The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meets the second Thursday of every month at 8:00 a.m. in the Board Room at the Third Street Center. Due to COVID-19 health orders, the monthly Board of Directors meetings are being held virtually via Zoom for the time being.
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President: Steve Skadron, Colorado Mountain College
Vice President & Secretary: Sandi Kister, At Large Representative
Sandi Kister is an estate planning and elder care law attorney in the Roaring Fork Valley. She relocated to Colorado in 2011 in order to work with the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office., Since that time, she has also worked for the Garfield County Public Library District as the Executive Director and as a Special Assistant County Attorney for Garfield County. With Masters degrees in both Library and Information Sciences and the Administration of Justice, as well as her law degree, Sandi is a lifelong learner. Opening her own law practice has been a career ambition for many years.
Originally from New England, Sandi is thrilled to live in a state with plenty of days of sunshine, which allow for bluebird ski days, whether uphilling, nordic or alpine. S In the summer, she enjoys road biking, hiking, and rafting. Sandi is married to a wonderful partner, Mark Kister, who has lived in the valley since 1978. Sandi is thrilled to be on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce in order to learn about the culture of our business community and in order to support our local businesses.
Sandi is thrilled to be on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce in order to learn about the culture of our business community and in order to support our local businesses
Treasurer: Brendan Matthias, FirstBank
Brendan Matthias is the Executive Vice President of the Roaring Fork Valley Market for FirstBank, and he has worked for the bank since 2005. In this role, he has experience in many areas of real estate lending, including residential construction and mortgage loans as well as financing commercial projects in the multi-family, office, and retail sectors, plus construction and renovation. He relocated to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2012 in order to open and establish a new Market for FirstBank. He previously worked at locations in Downtown Denver and the flagship in Lakewood.
Brendan currently serves on the board of the Roaring Fork Water and Sanitation District and is the Treasurer of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce. Prior non-profit involvement includes service on the boards of the Mark Ross Montessori Foundation, Community Builders, Windwalkers, Advocate Safehouse Project, Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation, the Glenwood Springs Downtown Partnership, and Community Educational Outreach.
Brendan received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration in 2002 from the University of Colorado and his MBA with a concentration in Real Estate from the University of Denver in 2009. He also received his Graduate Banking Degree from the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin.
“I am a proud member of the Carbondale Chamber primarily to meet more motivated and committed individuals in the Carbondale community! There is no better way to engage in the business community of Carbondale than through Chamber membership.”
Leah M. Gallant, Garfield & Hecht, P.C.
Garret Jammaron, Alpine Bank
Frank McSwain, Compass Real Estate
Frank and his wife, Rosie, have lived in the valley since 1999 and been an active and involved couple in the community and various organizations. Frank established and built the foundation for Valley View Hospital. He directed the efforts to raise the funds to build the Heart Center and the Calaway-Young Cancer Center. Frank has been in real estate here in the valley for 8 years and associated with Compass. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and received his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Frank spent 5 years in the U.S. NAVY as an officer in the Supply Corps. Most of his business career was spent as a packaging industry executive.
Frank and Rose are fortunate to have all three of their children and their spouses here in Colorado plus 8 grandchildren that live here in the Roaring Fork Valley. For activities, Frank is committed to being fit and working out. He enjoys running, biking, skiing, and golf, but his first love is his wife, Rosie!
Frosty Merriott, J. Frost Merriott, Inc. CPA
Mr. Merriott received his B.S. in accounting from Louisiana Tech University in 1970. He has extensive experience in tax planning and compliance, Internal Revenue Service examinations and management advisory services. He gained valuable tax expertise as the Corporate Tax Manager for Country Pride Foods, Ltd; a multi-state food processing conglomerate, and subsequently became partner in charge of the tax department at Roberts, Cherry & Company, a large local CPA firm in Shreveport, Louisiana. Mr. Merriott coordinated the accounting services function in the Lakewood, Colorado office of Gordon, Hughes, and Banks, LLP before beginning the firm of J. Frost Merriott CPA in Basalt in March of 1998. He specializes in the areas of taxation, attestation and accounting services for closely-held companies in the industries of insurance, financial services, oil and gas, cannabis, real estate, construction and manufacturing.
Mr. Merriott is a member of the AICPA Institute, the Tax Section of the AICPA, the Colorado Society of CPAs and the QuickBooks Pro Advisor Program. Mr Merriott is presently licensed in Colorado (18114), Louisiana (16-15132), and Texas (TP1741-01).
Frosty, his wife Carly, and Golden Retriever, Bentley, live at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale where they are members of the Orchard Church. They have two daughters, Shiloh, who is an RN for SCL Health, and Heather Chambliss, PhD, FACSM, who is a medical writer at St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Frosty was elected to 3 terms as a Trustee for the Town of Carbondale after he had served on the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Town Tree Board, the Town Environmental Board, and the River Valley Ranch Executive Board. Frosty is presently serving on the Carbondale Chamber Executive Board, the Town Environmental Board, and the Carbondale Arts Planning Committee. Frosty was named as an Everyday Hero by the Colorado Society of CPA’s for the difference he makes in others’ lives.
“I attend Carbondale Chamber Events because the first one I attended in 2008 I got a great tax client who has paid for my yearly memberships many times over.”
Kiko Pena, Sopris Liquor & Wine
Lauri Rubinstein, Step into Great
Over the last 30 years, Lauri Rubinstein’s uncommon approach and business strategies have led a generation of women entrepreneurs to make more money, play more, and have plenty of time for self-care. Her Coaching, programs, popular talks and presentations, share the exact skills women need to have a wildly profitable business they love, have more JOY in their life and time for themselves. Lauri helps female entrepreneurs in particular to overcome fear, uncertainty, undercharging, and self-sabotage so they can become confident action-takers, leaders, and expert communicators. After over 20 years of teaching sales and leadership to thousands of women and reaching the top 2% within a multibillion-dollar direct sales company, Lauri founded Step Into Great — a business coaching and consulting company that helps female entrepreneurs use their gifts in everything they do. Lauri earned her Professional Certified Coaching (PCC) designation through the International Coaching Federation and has a BBA in accounting.
Intuitive – Mentor – Guide – Coach – Author – Speaker
Tourism Council of Carbondale Chair: Troy Hawks, Sunlight Mountain Resort
Troy Hawks has served as the marketing and sales director at Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs, Colorado since 2015. Prior to that, he worked at Colorado Ski Country USA for two years, and 10 years as editor and communication director at the National Ski Areas Association. He has written extensively about the business and sport of skiing, and has earned multiple national marketing awards for Sunlight. He, his wife, two dogs, and family enjoy skiing, hiking, fly fishing, travel, and music.
Erica Sparhawk, Town of Carbondale Trustee/Liaison
Marty Silverstein, Town of Carbondale Trustee/Liaison
Andrea Stewart, Executive Director/Marketing & Tourism and Member Services
Andrea is the Executive Director of the Carbondale Chamber with 13+ years of Chamber experience. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Communication and a minor in Marketing Communication. Andrea also has an associate degree in Resort Management & Hospitality from Colorado Mountain College. She specializes in member relations and communications, and proudly serves on a number of advisory councils and boards, including the Association of Colorado Chambers of Commerce as Chair-Elect. In 2015, Andrea was recognized by the Small Business Development Center as an Emerging Business Leader and was named Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry’s Chief Executive Director of the Year in 2017. Outside of the office, Andrea is an accomplished runner, and in 2015, ran the Boston Marathon. She takes pride in family, and enjoys spending time outdoors, and cheering on the Wyoming Cowboys with her husband and their two boys!
Heather Beach, Bookkeeper
Heather Beach joins the Chamber staff with over 16 years of accounting and office management experience, having been the CFO of Beach Resource Management for 12 years before she and her husband sold the business in 2015. Heather also served as volunteer Treasurer for the Chamber for two years and has several years of volunteer experience as treasurer for other nonprofits, including her church, Snowmass Chapel. A native Texan (born and raised in Houston), Heather attended The University of Texas at Austin and graduated from UC Berkeley, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic society. She enjoys skiing, hiking, gardening, and reading fiction in her spare time. Heather’s 2 adult children live outside Colorado, and she resides in Castle Pines with her husband, Gary.
Katie Montie, Office Manager
Katie grew up visiting Carbondale throughout her childhood and quickly felt at home in the Roaring Fork Valley after moving to town from Michigan in 2011. She has been with the Carbondale Chamber for 5 years and values the connectivity and involvement she has in supporting Chamber and visitor information needs. Katie has a degree in Applied Science Fitness Leadership from Henry Ford College and a certificate from the University of Nations (an entity of Youth with a Mission, YWAM) for completing Discipleship Training School in Mexico, after which she volunteered for two months hosting visiting student service groups and the Homes of Hope ministry. Before moving to Carbondale, Katie worked as a certified trainer at a personal training & performance fitness center. When she’s not in the office, Katie loves to get outside with her dog Phoebe to hike, camp, and stand-up paddleboard. She enjoys traveling to visit her family and to see new and faraway places.