BRIGHTON – Since starting about two weeks ago, newly appointed Chamber of Commerce Director Holly Hansen is quickly becoming acquainted with the community.
“I’ve met a lot of people and really started to get a feel for the community and what it offers. Everybody’s been very nice and very supportive and very welcoming,” she said.
Hansen said she’s been “enjoying herself immensely” and thinks its a good time of the year to start the position because there are a lot of events, meetings and things going on to wrap up the end of the year. She met with the Chamber’s ambassador group during its holiday party, attended business after hours, attended a Brighton Economic Development Corporation meeting and met with the city’s leadership and management team at city hall.
Hansen said Karah Reygers, who was recently promoted to membership services manager, has been fantastic in helping her understand what needs to be done. She said they have just finished with the January membership renewals and are now planning for 2014 and building the chamber’s membership base.
“The exciting thing about 2014 is that we did receive some grant money from the city lodging tax, so early in 2014 we will be hiring a part-time community concierge...,” she said. “There will be a person who will be able to be in the office just helping the members, providing good customer support, things like that.”
With Reygers’ recent promotion, Hansen said a significant amount of her responsibilities will be dedicated to helping existing members and new member recruitment.
“We’re looking forward to seeing strides in that and opening the chamber up to maybe some businesses that have never participated before or businesses that have been members in the past and have gone away. We’d like to welcome them back as well as draw in some of the larger businesses in the area,” she said.
In 2014, the chamber will also expanding the circulation of the membership directory from 15,000 copies to 35,000 copies. She said some changes to the guide are also likely, so it can be more informational and serve as a relocation resource as well as a visitor’s resource.
“That may not fully come to fruition until 2015 but we’re definitely just looking at ways that we can use chamber resources to really drive not just member services but also be a resource for visitors and people who are looking to move to the Brighton area,” she said.
She has also set a personal goal for the chamber, saying she would really like to see the Chamber of Commerce work on membership growth and diversity and recruiting members a little outside of the chamber’s typical membership base.
Hansen has a BA in journalism from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo and a MA in Business Administration from the University of Colorado in Denver.
The last five years of her career has been focused in the private, higher education sector, working with proprietary schools like Westwood College and ITT Tech. In that industry, she started teaching in the classroom and then moved into career services, where she did a lot of outreach in the community to help connect students and graduates with employers.
Prior to working in higher education, Hansen she did some consulting and marketing work for the city and county of Denver while she was at home with her kids.
Outside of work, Hansen enjoys spending time with her family and is very family focused. She lives in Thornton with her husband Erik, who is an Adams Count Commissioner, and their son Quincy, 12, and daughter Grace, 10.