Meet the Vail Chamber and Business Association Board of Directors
Daily staff reportVAIL The Vail Chamber and Business Association is devoted to getting to know and being known around the Vail community. Following are brief biographies of the chambers board members: Richard tenBraak, President: Originally from Morristown, N.J., tenBraak has been a Vail resident since 2001. He is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Manor Vail Resort. He is going on his second year as President, and is a member of the Rotary Club. He can be reached at Manor Vail, 343-6110. Lourdes Ferzacca, Vice-President. Ferzacca has lived in the valley for 15 years, and in that time has opened two very popular restaurants in the area. LaTour has been in a fixture in Vail for nine years, and she and her husband Paul recently opened ZaccaZa! in Avon, which specializes in Chicago-style and Napolitano pizza. Lourdes was raised in Chicago, is a mother of four, and is fluent in Spanish. In addition to managing two restaurants and serving on the chambers board, she is President of the Meadow Drive Partnership. Lourdes can be reached at 476-4403, or at ZaccaZa! 748-4848. Kaye Ferry, Executive Director. Ferry is known for her involvement in all things Vail. In addition to working as a ski instructor during the winter, Kaye writes a weekly column for the Vail Daily, and owned The Daily Grind, a popular coffee shop in Vail for 15 years. Her devotion to the town expanded in 1999 when she founded the Vail Chamber & Business Association by merging the Vail Village Merchants Association, the Lionshead Merchants Association, and the Vail Community Chamber. She currently serves on the Colorado Competitive Council, a group that lobbies the Colorado Legislature. Ferry can be reached at 477-0075. Ron Weinstein, Secretary-Treasurer. An east-coaster by birth, Ron has been living out west since leaving his home state of Delaware to attend college in Texas. Ron relocated to Vail and opened the popular store Roxy in 1991. Two more stores in Beaver Creek and Denver followed in 1994 and 1999, respectively. When not managing the three stores, Ron finds time to ski, golf, and has been a long-standing member of the chambers board. Marka Brenner. Marka has been a resident of the Vail Valley since 1970, when she was four years old. She has been in Colorado ever since. Along with her husband and family, Marka first opened REO Properties, then moved to Westcorp Mortgage as the Project Approval Coordinator. After that, she became both the office manager and owner of First Western Mortgage, which later became WestStar Bank. Two years ago she opened Blue Sky Mortgage, of which she is the current owner. Marka has been married for 22 years to Jimmy Brenner, and is a mother of three. She is an avid skier, golfer and snowmobiler, and is passionate about helping children. John Cogswell. John is a Coloradan by birth, having left the state only briefly to attend Boston University. Both John and his store, the Squash Blossom, started out in Colorado Springs, and when John moved to Vail in 1976, he brought his store with him. John is also owner of the Cogswell Gallery. In addition to owning two businesses, John has served on the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival Board, and is a Rotary Club member. Call John at the Cogswell Gallery, 476-1769. Steve Rosenthal. The owner of Colorado Footwear is going on his 12th year as a merchant and resident of Vail. With two stores in Vail and Beaver Creek, Steve divides his time managing approximately 13 employees, and designing the majority of boots sold at the two locations. Originally from St. Louis, Steve moved to Vail and soon after joined the Vail Local Marketing District Board and the Commission on Special Events. To contact Steve, 476-3130.