Patterson and Co. LLC broker and principal Seth Patterson was announced as the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce’s new board chairman at an event Wednesday that brought together local business leaders and government officials including Gov. Jared Polis.
Patterson, who takes over the 17-member chamber board’s leadership position from Millennial Wealth Management LLC’s Grayson Hofferber, said he is inheriting an organization that’s fundamentally sound and doesn’t anticipate instituting any major changes in the near-term.
“We’re going to continue to emphasize growth and financial stability,” he said after the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce’s annual member meeting held at the Copper Leaf Events Center. “We’re really just looking to expand on our programs and services for the business community.”
In past years the Chamber has faced challenges related to dwindling financial resources and membership, but the group is on solid footing now, Patterson said.
“We’ve made a lot of progress turning the ship around,” he said. “We’re financially stable and growing again.”
Broomfield ChamberCEO Sam Taylor agreed, telling the crowd of several hundred on hand that “last year was actually a good year. Unlike the year before, when we started out in very tough circumstances, the past year started well and got better.”
Membership eclipsed the 400 mark during 2019, he said. “This was the first time in a decade when the chamber has gained members for two years in a row.”
Polis congratulated the chamber and its new board leadership and spoke briefly about issues of importance to the local business community such as health insurance costs, transportation infrastructure, oil and gas regulations and the minimum wage.
The Broomfield Chamber will hold “Dispensing the Facts About the Cannabis Industry” at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30. It is first of three sessions in the chamber’s 2020 Education Series.
CBD, the chemical component found in hemp, is non-psychoactive, which means it won’t get the user high like the THC in marijuana. The session will be led by Cole Stegman, founder and owner of Zakah Wellness Company which sells hep products. He will cover the difference between hemp and marijuana; the definition of CBD and other botanical cannabis compounds; and how cannabinoids affect the human body.
Attendance at each session is not mandatory, but each is designed to build on the last. The next session is Feb. 27 followed by March 26. This series is open to chamber members and local lawmakers, who are welcome to attend but must contact Tammy Whitaker at Tammy.Whitaker@BroomfieldChamber.com or 303-466-1775, ext. 101 to register.
The cost for chamber members is $20 for one session or $50 for all three sessions
2020 Chamber Board of Directors
Chair – Seth Patterson, Patterson & Co.
Past Chair – Grayson Hofferber, of Millennial Wealth Management
Treasurer – Jim Vonachen, of Vonachen & Associates
Vice Chair – Christina Surprenant, Remax Momentum
Vice Chair – Jeri Morgan, of Code Blue Computing
Vice Chair – Kurt Sava, of Sunflower Bank
Secretary – Wendy Manteris, of Vitality Spine + Health
Christina Alderson, of Palisade Park
Peter Benkowski, of SCL Health
Cindy Hart, of Residence Inn/Fairfield Inn & Suites
Ray Lindley, of Elevations Credit Union
Al Manzi, of Prairie Mountain Media
Josie Moszynski, of UC Health/Broomfield Hospital
Corey O’Brien, of Spartan College
Ex-officio member Jeff Romine, City and County of Broomfield
Ex-officio member Stan Jezierski, Ward 2 Councilman