Exciting changes coming for Vail chamber
After a year of several positive changes, the Vail Chamber & Business Association is sorry to announce the resignation of former President Richard tenBraak.Unfortunately, Richs position at Manor Vail was eliminated as a result of its construction project, making him ineligible to continue in his role with the chamber. Through his relatively short term as leader of our chamber, he became extremely active in the Vail community, contributed much time and ingenuity to the chamber and, most important, was an invaluable leader for the board of directors.Although personnel changes are inevitable in any business, I very much look forward to stepping in where Rich left off. As the new president of the Vail Chamber and Business Association, I will continue to promote the chamber as an important entity in our community, and I look forward to having a more active role than I previously had as vice president. I have lived in the Vail Valley for 15 years, and in that time I have opened two popular area restaurants. I have owned La Tour, located in Vail Village for nine years, and most recently opened ZaccaZa!, a Red Sauce Joint in Avon specializing in Chicago-style and Napolitano pizza. Remaining active in the Vail community is important to me, and in addition to managing two restaurants and serving on the chambers board, I am the president of the Meadow Drive Partnership. My term will be punctuated by several exciting developments. First, the chamber is venturing into familiar albeit exciting territory with the upcoming BBQ Bonanza on Bridge Street. Although the chamber has past experience with putting on special events such as Circus Chimera, the old Chili Cook-off, Summer Block Parties, International Fest, the Turn It Up! customer service program, Premier Impressions and several more, this is a new foray into a large-scale, family event that will hopefully serve to celebrate the beginning of the summer season and draw even more people into town.So far, the chamber has been impressed with restaurant and merchant interest in the event. With a Western barbecue theme, the event will have activities for all ages, and most important, great food. More information on the event will be sent out in chamber correspondence. The chamber is also looking forward to expanding in the upcoming months. As our involvement in community affairs becomes more pronounced, it has become clear that what the organization needs most are more resources and more capability to execute the types of activities necessary to be on the forefront of all Vail activities. Therefore, we are investigating any and all opportunities to raise money, and the best ways in which we can expand our presence and better serve the community, especially our members.One upcoming event designed to benefit any interested community members is a multi-part financial seminar the chamber is organizing. The first installment will occur in late June, and the topic will discuss protecting and controlling your financial assts. Watch for more information regarding the seminar to come soon, or contact the chamber at 477-0075. The chamber is also pleased to be taking part in a well-loved event for Vails founders. The 45th anniversary of Vail is being held Sept. 21-23, and those residents from 1962-1980 are invited to attend. The chamber has begun to coordinate with local shops and restaurants to provide specials and discounts, as well as a golf special offered by the Vail Recreation District. Additionally, the chamber is coordinating with local lodges to secure rooms for visitors. If your business has something to offer for the event, please dont hesitate to contact the chamber. Once again, I look forward to leading the Vail Chamber and Business Association into ever-exciting and changing territory.