Board Members

Erika Zierke Board President

Englewood Grand

Erika Zierke owns Englewood Grand, a comfortable, friendly neighborhood bar in the heart of downtown Englewood. The Grand opened in 2016 and quickly became one of the cornerstone businesses in our city. Zierke has a passion for building community and believes we are all in this together, a philosophy reflected in the numerous neighborhood-enriching events her business hosts.

For more than a decade prior to opening her own business, Zierke’s career centered on civic engagement and empowerment. She worked on the government affairs team at Children’s Hospital Colorado, established and directed the outreach department for the Colorado State Senate Majority Office, and volunteered in media relations for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Zierke was elected Board President in April 2019.

Carol Wills Vice President

The Clapping Oak

Carol Willis started The Clapping Oak in 2016, a business that specializes in helping others communicate meaning and grow their influence. She creates and fine-tunes content such as blog posts and newsletters for clients and has edited books pre-publication. As a consultant and trainer, she leads communications-focused professional development opportunities for teams.

Additionally, Carol tutors students in writing and other language-based subjects.

Her creative nature comes out to play with textiles. Some of her creations can be seen at her Etsy shop, also called The Clapping Oak.

Besides freelance writing and editing, Carol’s previous experience included education, journalism, and nonprofit development and communication. Yes, she’s a bit of a word nerd. but it’s about so much more than that. Her desire is to contribute to building a community where all may flourish. “We can learn from the trees,” she says. “They communicate at the root level in order to nurture each other, protect the health of the forest, and ensure future generations. When we do the same, our community gains strength and joy.”

Scott Danford Secretary

Welcomemat Services

Scott is the owner of Welcomemat Services, a marketing strategies and technology company that provides monthly direct mail packages to people and families who have recently changed their address. The welcoming program is designed to reward new residents when they move into an area by giving them invitations to various businesses and organizations in their new neighborhoods.

New residents are a unique market segment – a group of consumers who are trying to find businesses and retail venues to serve them. Since 2003, Welcomemat Services has worked with many of the nations leading retail brands, organizations and cultural institutions. And so community businesses that use The Welcomemat and greet these newly relocated customers with special invitations are putting themselves ahead of the competition by creating the beginning of a loyal business-to-customer relationship

On a personal note, Scott is a proud Colorado native and has been an Englewood resident since 1996. Scott is a gourmet cook, as well as a certified BBQ judge and connoisseur.

He and his wife Kristin and have been married for 15 years and have two wonderful kids, Henry and Kelly.

Scott is passionate about family, customer service, community and connecting with and serving others. “I have such respect for small independent business owners and I am honored to be able to help them affordably connect with a well targeted, lucrative market segment.”

Contact Scott today at 303-916-0519

Brian Hart Treasurer

Frame De Art II

Brian is the owner of Frame de Art II, a very successful framing company. His company has received numerous awards over the years and it has been been a winner of Channel 7- A-List for several years. Frame de Art is known throughout the metro area for their quality of work and design. This year Frame De Art was chosen as the Englewood Business of the Year by the Englewood Chamber. Brian sponsors many of the Chamber events – including Business with Breakfast, Student Recognition and the Holiday Gala. He sits on the Chamber Board as the Treasurer.

Judy Browne

Judy Browne Realty

Judy owns her own Real Estate Company – Judy Browne Realty.

Her extensive skills, experience and knowledge are unmatched in the real estate industry. Judy has experience in building, inspecting, fixing, investing and of course buying and selling and will help you navigate any real estate transaction successfully and educate you along the way

Nancy Byers

Nancy Byers Consulting

Nancy Byers, owner of NB Consulting, LLC, has over 25 years of marketing and business development experience in a variety of industries, including many years in the financial services industryShe has a BA from the University of Idaho and an MBA, Marketing, from the Anderson Schools of Management, University of New Mexico. She just recently resigned from the Operation Education Board at the University of Idaho but continues to support the scholarship program. . Nancy has been chosen as  “Chamber Member of the Year” in past years due to her commitment, promotion and dedication to the Chamber. As the past President, Nancy will be an asset to our new Board president. We would like to thank Nancy for her service as Board president.

Jason Whyte

Simmons Bank

Jason is the the Branch Manager of Simmons Bank, Englewood location. Being a Colorado native, grown and raised not far from his branch, he is well connected within the community. Working for banks since 1991, through the years he has worked in many banking capacities. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1994 with a BS in Business Marketing.

On a personal note, he spends most of this time with his two boys:Lance(11) , and Evan(7), everything from zoos and museums to mountain outings. Hiking and camping are among his many interests. In addition to having fun, Jason really values helping the community through service organizations and projects: he belongs to the local Lions Club , is active with the Englewood Education Foundation and the Inter-Faith Community Services.

A.J Guanella

John Elway Dealer

AJ is with John Elway Chevrolet which was previously Burt Chevrolet. He has been with the company since 1960.

Ray Bruce

Dr. BizPro

Ray Bruce is known in the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce as DrBizPro. His business career has included starting and building successful businesses in the retail, hospitality, manufacturing, publishing and educational sectors. And, he has also held positions at three major universities, most recently at Colorado State University in Fort Collins in the College of Business where he helped start the Enterpreneurial Minor for students who had a business idea but didn’t need an advanced business degree. Ray’s passion is to help individuals, families and small business owners be more effective in their lives and to experience their passion through their business.

Staff Members

David Carroll Executive Director

David  holds an MBA in nonprofit management from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Colorado State University. He has extensive experience in membership programs and social media marketing. After recently moving back to the area, he has been active in the community as a previous trustee of the Englewood Historic and Preservation Society and current Chair of the Englewood Cultural Art Commission.

“I’m grateful to the board for the opportunity to lead this important organization and work in such a strong and proud community.” Carroll said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the members, volunteers and partners as we look to take the Chamber to the next level.”

Englewood is a unique community with a deep history of service. The business community is diverse, and the chamber’s mission includes connecting, promoting and strengthening businesses to enhance the community’s economic vitality and quality of life.