Basalt chamber selects Bramson to serve as interim executive director |

Basalt chamber selects Bramson to serve as interim executive director

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Bennett Bramson

Basalt resident and super-volunteer Bennett Bramson has been appointed as interim executive director of the Basalt Chamber of Commerce.

Bramson is taking over day-to-day duties immediately while the chamber begins a search for a permanent executive director. Former CEO Robin Waters and the chamber parted ways in February by mutual agreement.

“Having Bennett join as our interim executive director is exactly the type of leadership we need to continue the chamber’s service to our members and all of Basalt,” Charles Spickert, the chamber board of directors chairman, said in a prepared statement. “His commitment to Basalt and the Roaring Fork Valley and experience with the chamber’s mission and programs makes him an ideal choice to head our organization at this time.”

Bramson has been ingrained with the chamber in the past as a board member, committee chairman and as a volunteer who worked closely on civic programs with Waters and other officials.

As interim executive director, Bramson will team with Missy Morgan Hagen, the chamber’s director of events and community relations, to implement its programs.

Bramson said Basalt’s business environment is “exceptional” with the addition of new businesses, such as offices for the Aspen Skiing Co. office and Aspen Community Foundation and temporary office for Pitkin County government. Rocky Mountain Institute opened its Innovation Center and a development firm called RealAmerica is building an apartment complex. Construction of a whitewater park was completed in March.

The chamber has appointed a search committee to find a permanent executive director.