FREDERICK – With the new year, five seats were open on the board of directors for the Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber tallied votes from its members during the Jan. 17 luncheon, and the open seats were split among incumbents and a couple new faces.
All three incumbents — Bill Meier, of United Power, Heather Morgan, of Mutual of Omaha, and Jesse Esparza, with the Small Business Development Center — were welcomed back for another term. Meier, who is also the president of the chamber, had reached his term limit. But the chamber, in a separate vote in 2012, revised this rule to allow Meier to run for another term.
The two new members are David Pickett and Jenny Breitenfeldt.
Pickett is a real estate agent based in the Carbon Valley area. Prior to the vote, Pickett told the chamber that from his perspective, watching the numbers of home sales and new home starts, he was excited about early signs that the economy might recover during 2013.
Breitenfeldt is the branch manager for Adams Bank and Trust in Firestone. Managing a branch of Adams Bank and Trust, one of the largest agricultural lending institutions in the country, has given Breitenfeldt valuable experience working with small and large businesses, she told the chamber.
Breitenfeldt and Pickett will fill the vacancies of two members who are leaving the board of directors. In a statement, Executive Director Stephanie Martin thanked the departing board members.
“Thank you to Brandon Rearick-vice president of the chamber for the past four years, and Ursula Marry-board member for the past two years, for your service, energy and dedication to the Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce!” Martin said.
The newly elected members will join three other members who were not at the end of their terms: Sharon Voss, of Voss and Associates, Judy Bakanec, of Going Places Travel, and June Werner, of Chick-fil-A at Larkridge.
The board of directors will elect offcer positions during its first scheduled board meeting in February.