Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce announces 2014 Board of Directors

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By Ben Wiebesiek

FIRESTONE — The Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce announced its 2014 board of directors Dec. 16, returning two incumbents to the board.

Six candidates ran for five available seats on the board, and both of the incumbent candidates, June Werner of Chick-fil-A and Franki Bertram of AFLAC, will return to the board next year.

Bertram, a resident of Firestone for 3 1/2 years, said in her candidate profile that AFLAC has been her business focus since 2002.

“My current time as a Board of Director for our Chamber has given me opportunity to give back to the community and make a difference,” Bertram said. “I plan to continue to be active and work towards the growth of our Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce now, and in the future.”

Werner is the marketing director for the Chick-fil-A in the Larkridge development near Interstate 25 and State Highway 52. Werner joined the board last December to fill the role vacated by Barrie Goettsche, the owner of the Chick-fil-A franchise, and she is the current vice president of the Carbon Valley Chamber.

“I have enjoyed working on the Board of Directors. I have helped to organize the 2013 Annual Dinner and serve as the Chair of the 2014 Annual Dinner Committee. I have helped to hire our new Executive Director and continue to work to mentor her in her new duties. I have also helped to refine the bylaws to better align our election goals,” Werner wrote in her candidate profile. “I look forward to seeing how we can continue to move the Carbon Valley Chamber forward into being the BEST, not only friendliest, Chamber in Colorado.”

Three new members were also elected to the board: Jay Stype with Tutor Doctor, Tina Ramey with Volk Bell and Matt Martin with the Home Depot.

Stype owns Tutor Doctor with his wife, Susan. They opened the business in Longmont in 2011.

Although Stype is joining the board, he has been an active member of the chamber for five years, including serving on the chamber’s business after hours committee.

Stype has also served as an ambassador with the Chamber and he said he has “enjoyed the added interactions with all the members and getting to know the other Ambassadors better.”

Ramey joined VolkBell in 2011 to “help build a team of HR professionals that support companies from project work to routine on-site support.” VolkBell is insurance and human resources consulting firm based in northern Colorado.

Martin is the store manager for the Home Depot in Firestone, where he has worked for nearly ten years.

“The chamber has been a great resource in enabling me to grow my business through peer relationships and community events,” Martin said. “I look forward to taking on a new role with the chamber in growing relationships, member involvement, and total organizational growth.”

The newly elected members will join the rest of the board not up for election this year: Bill Meier with United Power, Realtor David Pickett, Jenny Breitenfeldt with Adams Bank & Trust, and Angie Sanders with A.R. Sanders and Co.