Vail Chamber welcomes new board members
After a few internal changes, the Vail Chamber & Business Association would like to welcome three new board members.We would like to to introduce you to Craig Cohn, Mike Glass, Susie Tjossem and Paul Wible. These four important members of the Vail community will be committing their time to aid the chamber in its work.Craig Cohn moved to Colorado from Pennsylvania in 1994 to escape law school for a more exciting future in snowboarding retail. In his first three years he worked for Surefoot before starting his own business. Cohn settled into Keystone to open the first snowboard shop in that resorts first year of allowing boards a daring step for a man in his mid-20s.The shop was something new and needed for locals and tourists alike. He called the shop Polar Revolution. The store became a chain, opening in Boulder, Copper Mountain, Aspen and eventually Vail on Bridge Street in 1998. After his success in the snowboard business, Cohn returned to school, attending the University of Denver and earning a masters degree in real estate and construction management. He moved back to Vail in 2004 to become a real estate broker for Solaris, where he works now. Mike Glass is a man who balances many activities. Glass is president of the Vail branch of Alpine Bank. He has been there since 1997. He earned his bachelors degree at Adams State College in Alamosa, then a Master in Business Administration degree from Regis University. Glass lives in the area with his wife, Andrea ,and their 20-month-old daughter, Anna. They expect their second child in November.In 2002 he was elected to the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District board, and is now chairman. Glass was also the treasurer for the Vail-Eagle Valley Rotary Club from 2002 to 2004. He often volunteers as an official for high school football and enjoys running, hiking, camping and playing golf.Susie Tjossem is an accomplished woman of Vail. She came here in 1973 to spend just a winter, and, as Vail has done to so many others, she stayed. She started her career at Pepi Sports. In a career with Vail Associates/Vail Resorts, she rose from ski instructor to vice president of sports and recreation for Vail and Beaver Creek. She is currently executive director of the Colorado Ski Museum. Outside work, Susie finds time to be with her family. She and her husband, Brad, have a daughter in college and a son in high school.Paul Wible has long been an asset to the community, volunteering his time in many areas and organizations. Hes been a homeowners association president, is currently the vice president of the Eagle Valley Family Assistance Fund and volunteers for the Vail Valley Foundation and the chamber. Wible not only volunteers his time but has an excellent background in finance, which will be an incredible help to the chamber. He came to Vail in 1992 after graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He started his career in the valley at FirstBank in Avon and is now an executive vice president of FirstBank. He and his wife, Theresa, enjoy skiing, mountain biking and rafting. They are building a new home they designed themselves. Offer your congratulations to our new board members, and feel free to express any of your questions or concerns with them.