Board of Directors

Our 2018 Board of Directors represents all aspects of the Chamber membership. We try and ensure that we have a diverse group of experts on our board that represent small business and larger businesses in the community. It is our Board’s expertise and advice that helps in shaping current and future plans for the Cherry Creek Chamber. The Board meets each month to review goals and membership to ensure that the Chamber stays on task. Annually the Board meets for a half day board retreat in which plans are set for the upcoming year.

 
 

ROBERT C. RUNCO

2018 BOARD CHair
RUNCO & PROFFITT, P.C.

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Robert Runco founded Runco Law to focus on Colorado and Nevada's regulated industries.  In 2018, he partnered with Brian Proffitt and Runco Law became Runco & Proffitt P.C.  Mr. Runco provides licensing, regulatory, and commercial transaction advice to clients of all sizes, from bars, restaurants and liquor stores to brewers, wineries and distillers.  Mr. Runco also works closely with casinos, hotels and other hospitality businesses to ensure their continued success.

With a focus on closely held corporations and LLCs, Mr. Runco is a seasoned business attorney who advises large and small corporate clients on a variety of business matters.  Mr. Runco works with clients in all stages of the business cycle, from start-up and contract negotiations to mergers, acquisitions and succession planning.  He helps many small business reach their goals of becoming strong players in their industries.


Karrie Fletcher

Treasurer
Alpine Bank

Karrie Fletcher is the President and Branch Manager of Alpine Bank in Cherry Creek.  She has been with Alpine Bank since 1996 where she has had experience with all aspects of banking services.  In August of 2014, Karrie relocated from the Western Slope of Colorado to Denver where she now focuses on building customer relationships and lending.

Karrie has former Chamber Board experience and has served on many other non-profit boards in Western Colorado.  In her spare time, Karrie enjoys being outdoors, traveling, eating at new restaurants and spending time with her husband Jason and two children, Haley and Gavin. 


JeSSEN GREGORy


RUDDY GREGORY, PLLC

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Jessen L. Gregory, Esq., is an attorney with Ruddy Gregory, PLLC, a boutique law firm with offices in Cherry Creek, Denver, CO, and Washington, D.C.. Ms. Gregory has been practicing law since 2005 in California and Colorado and recently received her license to practice in Texas. She specializes in the areas of general corporate law, secured finance and real estate. Ms. Gregory's representative transactions include representation of business owners on the sale and buy-sides in purchase transactions from $1MM in enterprise value to $33MM, Series A and B rounds of investment for technology, construction, and real estate companies, and secured refinancing transactions on behalf of the consumer with large financial institutions as well as sizable private equity restructurings. Ms. Gregory lives in Denver, Colorado, and enjoys snowboarding, playing golf, and taking her two yellow labs on various Colorado and Wyoming adventures you.


ROBERT ”BOB” STEWART

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AAA COLORADO, INC.

Bob is the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of AAA Colorado, Inc. and has been with the club since 2012. Bob moved to Colorado in 1982 after growing up in Montana and graduating from Montana State University. Bob started his career as a practicing CPA after which he served as Vice President and CFO for businesses in athletic club ownership and management, wholesale insurance brokerage, and highway construction.

Bob is passionate about community involvement which includes volunteering and holding offices in Jaycees, Kiwanis, Junior Achievement, and Colorado Contractors Health Trust.  Bob is also active in his church at a local community level.

In his spare time Bob enjoys family time with his wife, three children and two granddaughters.  Bob spends time golfing, fishing and working with wood. 


Christine Des Enfants

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CHERRY CREEK CHAMBER

 

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Christine Des Enfants has been the Executive Director of the Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce since October 2007.  Her background includes working in sales and distribution in the publishing world for Time Inc. and Conde Nast Publications as well as owning an IT Business and a Travel Triathlon business.  Between the world of corporate and private business she developed a passion for helping small businesses succeed.  The combination of connecting and educating companies in the Cherry Creek Community has driven this boutique chamber to be a very successful and welcoming organization under her direction.


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Anne Frye is Regional Director of Sales & Marketing for Stonebridge Companies, one of the nation’s leading ownership, management and hospitality development companies with over 50 hotels in the company’s portfolio.  Delivering Distinguished Hospitality, Stonebridge focuses on service, relationships, careers and results.  In her role, Anne oversees the sales and marketing efforts of twelve hotels across the state of Colorado and in New York City.  Of the twelve, four are members of the Cherry Creek Chamber including the Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek, Residence Inn Cherry Creek, Courtyard by Marriott Cherry Creek, and The Jacquard, an Autograph Collection hotel.

With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality field,  Anne takes great pride in building strong relationships and successful partnerships.  She has earned many hospitality awards and has served as affiliate faculty at Metropolitan State University of Denver teaching Hospitality Marketing.  She lives in South Park Hill with her husband, Aaron, and two daughters, Zellie and Susanna.  As a graduate of the University of Virginia, Anne is actively involved with the university’s alumni club serving on its Board.


Lisa McInroy is in her third year Secretary for the Cherry Creek North Chamber of Commerce.  For the past 10 years she has worked for Western Development Group – a local developer and owner of mixed use projects, specializing in the Cherry Creek North area of Denver.  As their Vice President of Property Management she has been actively involved in Western’s acquisition of properties, reviewing new development opportunities from an operations standpoint, and for the ongoing leasing and operations of Western’s 300,000 square foot portfolio of office and retail assets.  Lisa also serves as a commercial board representative on multiple HOA’s that govern the mixed use (condominium and commercial) projects, also developed by Western in Cherry Creek North.

Lisa started her career 25 years ago working for a small developer in the San Francisco Bay area.  Since that time she has reported to large institutional clients such as The Fire and Police Pension Fund, as well small local developers in the Denver area, and has overseen both third party and company owned assets, and has managed suburban and downtown locations.  However, her heart is in Cherry Creek North, where she has worked closely with retailers, owners and the Business Improvement District for the last 15 years, and is proud to have been a part of the area’s explosive growth. 

In her spare time Lisa has been actively involved with the Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies and the Cherry Creek Art’s Festival.  She is an avid runner and practicing yogi, whose greatest accomplishment this far has been raising twins who will be college bound next year!


David Chiavacci

2019 CHAIR ELECT

Janus Henderson Investors

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David Chiavacci is the Director of the Advisor Solutions Group for Colorado. In this role, he oversees the distribution of all Janus related products and provides Janus Labs practice management and consulting services for RIAs, wirehouses, banks and independent firms. Mr. Chiavacci also serves on the board of the Janus Foundation, is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Colorado and completed The Human Performance Institute’s Corporate Athlete Course®, a science-based energy management course designed to strategically help participants become more productive and effective under pressure by managing their energy more effectively. Prior to joining Janus in in October 2012, he was a Portfolio Specialist at Merrill Lynch.

During his 18 years of experience in the financial industry, Mr. Chiavacci has held various leadership roles in wealth management including positions with Branch Management and being a Senior Financial Advisor. He holds the CIMA® & CFP® designations, has an MBA in Finance from Johns Hopkins University, received a business degree from Frostburg State University, and attended executive education from the Wharton School of Business. Before beginning a career in financial services, Mr. Chiavacci was an Army Officer for four years where he led a Reconnaissance Platoon. He attended Army Airborne School as well as Army Air Assault School.

Mr. Chiavacci lives near Denver with his wife Laura and two young children, Jack and Kate. He enjoys outdoor activities with his family including camping, skiing and golfing. 


AMY DICKERSON

LIVE LOVE LASH

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Amy Dickerson is Owner of Live Love Lash®, an Xtreme Lashes® Master Lash Stylist and an Xtreme Lashes Educator. With more than 12 years’ experience in the eyelash extension and beauty industry, Amy is a licensed esthetician, an award winning Xtreme Lashes Master Stylist and one of a select few Xtreme Lashes trainers in the world. 

Amy’s businesses have been featured by Associated Skin Care Professionals, Reign Magazine, Huffington Post, Brides Magazine and Good Day Colorado, to name a few. In 2015 she was selected as Xtreme Lashes Trainer of the Year, and in 2017 Amy was featured in the Cherry Creek Lifestyle "Women Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017". Her studio, Live Love Lash, was also selected as the Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce 2017 Business of the Year in Denver.

Throughout her career, Amy has been honored to share her passion for her clients, the industry and Xtreme Lashes through her studios, and in the course of training and mentoring others in the beauty industry business. She is most proud of teaching and motivating hundreds of people to start their own rewarding and profitable career in small business, and creating over 20 new jobs this year alone in her community. 

Amy lives in Denver with her husband and their two crazy dogs (one currently on doggie daycare probation) in a house divided among Broncos and Packers. 

 


Rick Palm

RW Baird

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Rick is a Financial Advisor with Baird’s Denver office in Cherry Creek.  He grew up in Rockford, IL and has been a Colorado resident since 1999. He graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI with a BS in Business Administration. 

As an active member of his community, Rick has served on numerous local non-for-profit boards, and is past President of the Rockford (IL) East Rotary Club and the University of Colorado Parents Association.  He currently serves on the Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Cherry Creek Theatre Board of Directors.

Rick is a resident of Cherry Creek and has two sons, Daniel and David.  In his free time he enjoys golf, tennis, skiing, traveling and playing acoustic guitar.


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After attending Cornell University, Tony Walker moved to the West Coast to start Global 2000, a computer networking company. After six years, he moved again to Denver, Colorado, with dreams of opening a full-service restaurant. There, he met his future business partner and together, they opened the Spicy Pickle sandwich shop in the summer of 1999. The Spicy Pickle took off and Walker opened nearly 100 locations before taking the company public and later selling it. A year later, Walker was approached to join the team at Marg’s Taco Bistro. After opening six locations, Walker sold the business. Today, Walker, who considers himself a serial entrepreneur, is out looking for his next adventure. In the meantime, you can find him snowboarding, fly fishing, watching the Denver Broncos, and, of course, spending time with his wife and three children.


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Gavin Berry is general manager of Del Frisco’s Grille, located in the prestigious Cherry Creek North neighborhood.  Del Frisco’s Grille combines prime cut steaks, modern inviting ambiance, top notch service and an award winning wine list.  With Gavin’s direction over the last two years, Del Frisco’s Grille has become one of Cherry Creek’s premier restaurant destinations.  Gavin has directly overseen several concepts in the Denver metro area and really draws passion from the elevated aspects of dining at Del Frisco’s Grille. 

Mr. Berry’s interests outside of the hospitality industry really peak with family and community involvement.  Mr. Berry is involved with several charities including A Precious Child, Mile High Charities and the Morgan Adams Foundation.  Mr. Berry was honored to receive the 2016 Community Leader of the year representing the Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. and Mrs. Berry are raising three young daughters and really revel in all that the Colorado lifestyle has to offer.


KATIE WAFer

HYDRATE IV BAR

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Katie is a born and bred Denver native, with family roots extending through Colorado for five generations. For college, she veered of the family path by enrolling in Arizona State University — earning a business and communications degree by 2010.

Her lifelong passion for health and wellness led her to a post-grad career in medical sales, while also living a lifelong dream as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader for two seasons, 11-12 and 12-13. During that time, she traveled to Las Vegas for work conferences often. And, that’s when she was first introduced to IV therapy.

 In 2016, Hydrate IV Bar’s first location opened in Denver’s Bonnie Brae neighborhood, with a menu of services for illness, wellness, recovery, and beauty. Hydrate IV Bar caught on quickly in the Denver market, largely set apart for its ability to provide services in a restorative, spa-like atmosphere while still maintaining the professionalism of a more traditional clinic. Since then, Hydrate IV Bar has opened three more locations in Colorado — in the Highlands (Denver), in Cherry Creek (Denver), and in Boulder. They’ve been recognized by almost every local news network and publication in the area, from The Denver Post to Denver 7 News. Because of Team Hydrate’s commitment to the communities that they serve, they’ve also garnered several awards including Cherry Creek Chamber’s Business of the Year in 2017 and MindBody visionary award in 2018 and 2019.

 When Katie isn’t working, she’s still always on the go. She serves on the board of the Cherry Creek Chamber, the Highland Merchants Association and the Butterfly Children Fund. In her spare time, she likes to travel, spend time with her big family, stay active, and enjoy the Colorado outdoors — snowboarding in the winter, camping in the summer and always getting an IV in between.