The mission of the Vail Chamber & Business Association is to responsibly and professionally advocate for economic development and communication capacity for the Vail merchant community that will foster strong collaborative relationships and revenue development opportunities for its membership.

Board of Directors:

Board Members Business

Lourdes Ferzacca – President

A Vail resident since 1990, Lourdes first began her career in Vail as a nurse and interpreter for the Vail Valley Medical Center. In 1998, she and her husband, Paul, purchased La Tour Restaurant in Vail Village. Lourdes has served on the VCBA Board for the last six years and is currently serving as its president. She founded the Meadow Drive Partnership
and served as a Board Member and President for four years. She is also the co-founder of Change for Children, a non-profit organization that helps orphaned children around the world.

LaTour

Chris Cremer

Chris has been in the ski retail industry for over thirty years and understands the complex needs of both entrepreneurs and corporate entities. He specializes in buying, owning and selling successful ski and whitewater shops. Chris’ comprehension and articulation of complex concepts and ideas has consistently facilitated the alignment of cross functional teams with key company initiatives and directives.

Bridge Street Ski Haus

Scott Speedy

Scott has been with Specialty Sports Venture for 16 years having started on the retail sales floor, to now being responsible for all functions of the 43 Vail Resorts retail, rental, and tuning operations in Vail and Beaver Creek. In addition to being a VCBA Board member, Scott also serves on the Board of Directors for Foresight Ski Guides.

Specialty Sports Venture

Bill Suarez

Bill arrived in Vail in 1972 and has primarily worked in the restaurant industry since his arrival to Vail. He taught skiing for Vail Resorts from 1978- 2008 and is a fully certified alpine ski Instructor since 1983. Bill has served on the VCBA board since 2004, and is currently serving on the Vail Park and Recreation District Board of Directors.

Billy’s Island Grill

Michael Staughton

Michael arrived in Vail, CO in February, 1974. He started in the restaurant business as a bus boy at the Red Lion, then moved on to manage a number of restaurants and ultimately became the CFO at Los Amigos and Russells. He has served as a restaurant representative on the Vail Resort Association and on the Vail Restaurant Association board twice. Michael has also been a member and advocate for the Vail Rotary Club.

Slope Enterprises

DAVID PORTMAN

David has worked for First Bank in the Vail Village for almost 15 years, currently as Executive Vice President. He has served on the Board of various local non-profits including SOS Outreach, Shaw Outreach Team, and the Homestead Owners Association.

1st Bank

Cabal Yarne

Cabal has been a Vail Valley resident for the past thirteen years. Through his work at the Limited, Cabal gained considerable expertise in developing and operating small and large business enterprises. Prior to that, Cabal managed several clothing and logo businesses in Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen, and Snowmass. Cabal is also co owner of a wholesale entity called, Colorado Brand Ltd., which fashionably displays Colorado state flags on targeted clothing items.

Arriesgado Clothing Company

Larry Cavanaugh

Larry Cavanaugh was appointed to the VCBA Board at a recent meeting on August 8th. Larry is the new President of Centennial Bank in West Vail located next to Ace Hardware. Larry has been in the Vail Valley since 1997 when he moved from Pittsburgh, PA to begin a banking career with 1stBank. After 8 years he joined Colorado Business Bank in Edwards where he served as Vice President for the next 8-1/2 years. He joined Centennial Bank in March of this year.

Centennial Bank

SARAH FRANKE

Sarah was quick to accept a job opening in Vail directly after graduating college in 2001. Beginning in the hotel and lodging industry, Sarah has remained in the hospitality business ever since.  In 2004, Sarah shifted from the hotel to the restaurant industry, taking a position with locally based restaurant company GROUP970.  Throughout her time with the company she has worked in nearly every capacity, most recently becoming company President this past January.

Marleen Bosch

Marlene was born and raised in the Netherlands however after college she relocated to the Vail valley with her husband and Jax, her dog. She is currently on the board of The Mountain Valley Horse Rescue organization, where she holds the treasurer position. Marleen is the Reservations Sales Manager for The Sebastian – Vail boutique hotel & residence property. She has worked here the last three years, prior to which she was Director of Rooms at The Lodge & spa at Cordillera in Edwards.

The Sebastian
Patrick Flynn

Patrick moved to Vail in 2006 after graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder.  He was part of the Arrabelle at Vail Square opening team in 2007 and has been with Vail Resorts Hospitality since.  After working to open properties in Florida and the Caribbean he returned to the Arrabelle as Director of Finance in 2011.  He brings a wealth of hospitality and finance knowledge to the board.


Ryan Kelsey

Ryan Kelsey grew up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He attended and graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1999 with a B.A. in Political Theory.  His love of the mountain west and snow sports industries attracted him to the Vail Valley in January, 2000. Since, Ryan has spent over 16 years growing professionally within our local hospitality and mountain resort industries, acquiring a MBA along the way from the University of Colorado. Ryan is a driven mountain sport enthusiast, whose primary goal in life is to promote and share memories with family, friends, and guests of the Vail Valley within the Rocky Mountains.

Ryan has previously worked for Vail Resorts Inc. as Assistant Manager of the Elkhorn Lodge in Beaver Creek, Destination Hotels and Resorts Vail as Front Office and Reservations Manager, and The Charter at Beaver Creek as Front Office Manager. Currently, Ryan is the Director of Sales and Revenue for the Antlers at Vail, a board member for the Vail Chamber and Business association, and with his wife DiAnna, is co-owner of Healing Hut TCM a Traditional Chinese Medicine and holistic clinic in Eagle-Vail, CO.

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Alison Wadey – Executive Director

Before joining the VCBA team, Alison was an independent marketing and sales consultant for the past two years. Prior to this, she served as the Director of Membership Sales & Marketing at the Club at Cordillera for ten years. She is involved in the community through the Vail Rotary Club and other charitable organizations.


ResortApp—the official smartphone app for the 2015 Vail & Beaver Creek World Ski Championships. ResortApp is more than your typical ski app. With fully-loaded maps, GPS functionality, and a comprehensive directory of everything to do in Vail, you can plan your vacation all from the convenience of your iPhone. Whether you’re on the slopes or on the town, you can see where your friends are and find out what’s happening.

ResortApp is the Vail Valley’s premier vacation guide application for smartphones that will provide guests and locals with a free, fun and informative way to explore the resort they have chosen for their vacation or their home.



It’s always a good time to make sure your customers and potential customers are finding you and engaging with you online. Mobloggy means mobile blogging. We provide everything your company needs under one Vail Valley roof; Mobile + Blogging, Social Media, Internet Marketing Strategy & Branding and Web Design & Development. We help businesses set up and manage their online presence. We help you “keep it social and simple” by utilizing free platforms, running online contests, updates for fresh content with keywords, while focusing on viral pathways and consumer smart phone usage. We serve worldwide.

EnergySmart Colorado Content

The Energy Smart Program assists residents and contractors in Colorado in making home energy improvements simple and affordable. With $4.9 million in seed funding from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant through the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, Energy Smart Colorado has developed a comprehensive residential and commercial energy program.

Love Vail

“Love Vail,” an ongoing public awareness campaign, debuts this week introducing Vail’s new recycling law and rebate program, and what they mean for businesses, residents and guests.

The campaign introduction will be visible along the Vail America Days parade route, on the town’s website at www.vailgov.com/recycling and in the Vail Daily. The town has contracted with Walking Mountains Science Center and Vermilion, an integrated marketing agency, to help the Vail community learn about the new guidelines.

The “Love Vail” campaign brings the town’s sustainability initiative to life with a message of inspiration and embrace – “If you Love It Here, Recycle Here.” Informed by conversations with residents and members of the business community, the campaign reflects the widely shared love of living in Vail and encourages residents and guests to show their love by participating in recycling.

EGE Air Alliance

The EGE Air Alliance is a not-for-profit entity dedicated to creating a vibrant flight service program at the Eagle County Regional Airport. The EGE Air Alliance is a public-private partnership with participants including local municipalities and private business stakeholders.  Scan from VCBA

Actively Green

Actively Green is an innovative community-driven program that will transform the Vail Valley into a globally-recognized sustainable destination.

Health Links

Improving the health and economic well-being of Colorado businesses, workers and their families by enhancing wellness at work and home.

CACI

The mission of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry is to champion a healthy business climate. The four key objectives to that mission include:

 

Maintaining and improving the cost of doing business

Advocating for a pro-business state government

Increasing the quantity of educated, skilled workers; and

Strengthening Colorado’s critical infrastructure.

VR

We are the premier mountain resort company in the world and a leader in luxury, destination-based travel at iconic locations. Our product is the great outdoors. Our mission is simple: Experience of a Lifetime. ™

T2P

Think2Perform is a premier consulting firm dedicated to helping businesses and professional sports teams work more efficiently individually and as a group.

CDOT

Transportation impacts our lives each and every day from the bridges you cross, to the signs you read, to the construction reports you follow. A good transportation system allows us to get to work, recreational activities and health care and it allows companies to provide products and services to consumers. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) exists to ensure that Colorado has a safe and efficient highway system by building and maintaining interstates, US highways and state highways.

VVP Economic Development

The Vail Valley Partnership, via the Economic Council of Eagle County and the newly formed Economic Research Center, offers historic economic data and tourism information to help businesses and developers achieve success in Eagle County. The Economic Council promotes long term economic health for Eagle County by focusing on countywide retention of workforce and recruitment of sustainable new business.

VVF

Inspiring Lives. Enriching Communities. To enhance and sustain the spirit of the Vail Valley by providing leadership in athletic, cultural andeducational endeavors.

MSEC

MSEC serves the human resource and employment law needs of the business community, helping employers manage all aspects of the employment relationship.

TV8

The daily mission of Channel 8 is to successfully inspire our viewers to take advantage of everything our resorts and valley has to offer. Rely on the experience and enthusiasm of our hardworking organization to enthrall you with the same conviction toward this unique and captivating town nestled within the peaks of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

Vail Daily

We cover Eagle Valley, also known as the Vail Valley. It is home to some of the best ski resorts in North America, Beaver Creek and Vail. A free newspaper and have a tremendous number of daily advertisers. These businesses change their ads sometimes daily. We average 70 to 100 pages per day throughout the year. Between classified and display there are also a combined average of 1,000 ads per day in the Vail Daily.

KZYR

True. Local. Radio.

CO H2O Initiative

Always Mtn Time

Eight of Colorado’s most gorgeous counties play host to an all-star lineup of resort communities including Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Glenwood Springs, Keystone, Loveland, Mary Jane, Silverthorne, Snow Mass, Steamboat Springs, Winter Park and Vail.

 

VCBA Meetings and Calendar