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.
Mike Dunlap – President Operating Partner of Garfinkel’s & El Sabor
Mike Dunlap joined our community in 1993. Beginning his career as a cook for Garfinkel’s, he has worked in every position the business offers. He truly understands and appreciates all aspects of business operations in our Valley. Today, Dunlap is the Operating Partner for Garfinkel’s and for El Sabor. In addition to business community involvement, Mike helped gain approval for the Vail Skate Park in the mid-2000s.
As your Chamber President, he is excited to lead with a pro-business mindset. Dunlap wants to build relationships between the town and its many vibrant businesses while looking out for the better interests of the business community. He is a pro-profit, pro-growth minded individual. He will advocate for the capitalization of the world-class, fun-centered experiences our businesses can provide to guests and community members alike.
He invites you to join our Chamber today and have your business voice heard. Together, we are stronger.
Matt Gruesbeck –Treasurer (FirstBank Vail)
Matt Gruesbeck is from Michigan and grew up on a family-owned potato farm. His family took a ski vacation to Vail when he was in High School and from that point on his dream was to live in the greatest place on earth, Vail.
Matt Moved to Vail in 2013 after graduating from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Finance.
He is a Vice President at FirstBank and brings extensive knowledge of local commercial and residential real estate to the board. In his free time, Matt is likely skiing and exploring the mountains with his fiancé, Lauren Arnold and adventure dog, Maverick.
Mike Lange (Lions Square Lodge)
Mike began working at The Charter at Beaver Creek as a Night Auditor in 1985. Mike graduated college in 1985 with a BA in Finance from UND and received an MBA from the University of Denver in 1996. At The Charter, he held the positions of Controller from 1989-1997 and General Manager from 1997-2015.
He was promoted to Executive General Manager of Vail/BC for Wyndham Vacation Rentals and moved to Lion Square Lodge in 2015. As an EGM, Mike oversees the day-day operations for Vail/BC and has a thorough understanding of budgets, property management, and operations. Mike and his Associates have high service standards and emphasize hotel-type services (bell service, concierge, onsite front desks, daily housekeeping, etc.) in Condominium properties.
Mackenzie Hanna – (Craniologie)
MacKenzie Hanna is the Operations Manager of two Craniologie stores, one in Vail Village and the other in Beaver Creek. She has 2 decades of outdoor retail experience in various aspects of the snowsports industry.
Mackenzie has developed herself as a respected member of the Vail community by building relationships, providing sales expertise, and is featured as one of Vails premier female promotional skiers!
Motivated by the challenges of a unique ski town like Vail, Mackenzie looks forward to positively impacting our community and the Vail guest experience.
Cabal Yarne (Arriesgado Clothing Company)
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.
Ryan Kelsey (Antlers at Vail)
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.
Ryan has spent over 16 years growing professionally within our local hospitality and mountain resort industries, acquiring an 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.
Zach Meyers (The Arrabelle Hotel)
Zach is a native Coloradan and grew up in Burlington, CO on the eastern plains. Family vacations to Vail were a winter staple throughout his childhood and high school years. Zach attended San Diego State University and received a BA in English in 1996.
Shortly after graduating, he started his career in hospitality working at the historic US Grant Hotel and La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in San Diego before returning to Colorado to begin his Experience of a Lifetime with Vail Resorts in 2005.
He spent three years working in the Vail Beaver Creek Resort Properties Group Sales Department before transferring to Hotel Jerome in Aspen and working as the Director of Operations over the three years the property was flagged a RockResort.
In 2011, Zach transferred to Jackson Hole where he served as Director of Hotel Operations for Grand Teton Lodge Company for five years. In this role, he led all Lodging, Food, and Beverage, Camping and Activities operations under Vail Resorts’ concessions agreement with the National Park Service.
In 2016 he returned to Vail to take on the role of General Manager at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, a RockResort.
Zach is a proud resident of the Town of Vail. He is passionate about sharing this amazing place with our visitors and delivering world-class hospitality to his guests at The Arrabelle. When he’s not at the hotel, you’ll likely find him out in the mountains enjoying the backcountry, skiing, biking, paddling or simply taking in nature.
Marco Valenti (Vail Resorts Retail)
Marco Valenti is the Senior Manager for Vail Resorts Retail in Vail Village and oversees the operation of both the Vail Sports and concept shops. Marco is passionate about his team, the snowsports industry, and delivering world-class guest service throughout town. Originally from North Carolina, Marco and his wife Celine live in East Vail and are very happy to call Vail, CO home.
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.
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