Carbondale chamber hires new director
CARBONDALE ” The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce has selected Sherri Harrison as its new executive director, effective immediately.
She replaces Randi Lowenthal, who left the chamber this month after five years as director to start a new nonprofit organization, the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center.
Harrison was born and raised in Glenwood Springs. She has lived in Carbondale for three-and-a-half years with her husband, Chris Harrison, and her daughter, Payge.
During her time in Carbondale, she has volunteered as a business ambassador with the Chamber Posse. She also sits on the town’s voluntary board of adjustment, serving as vice chair.
Harrison’s professional life took a little different track after her college studies. She went to Arizona State University, where she was a dance education major.
She was most recently with Aspen Sotheby’s International selling real estate, and also has a background in management, community relations and paralegal work.
“When this opportunity presented itself, I knew it was something I would love doing,” Harrison said.
She said her more immediate goals with the chamber will be to maintain a high level of service to chamber members and the broader community.
“I want to get out and listen to the community and the chamber members, and be attentive to their needs through communication, support and education,” Harrison said.
She also looks forward working with the new “shop locally” radio advertising campaign, which her husband helped initiate through his work with KSPN radio. The campaign is a cooperative effort with chambers of commerce in Aspen, Carbondale, Basalt, Glenwood Springs and Rifle.
“We have a variety of member benefits and have added some new ones of late,” Harrison said. “I’m happy to have people call in and explain what we offer.”
Also among her duties will be to oversee a staff of three employees at the Carbondale chamber office, located at Highway 133 and Cowen Drive across from the Cowen Center.
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