Smith to leave Conifer chamber for Golden job

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By Daniel Laverty

After more than three years leading Conifer’s business community, Dawn Smith announced her resignation as executive director of the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce last week.

“Obviously, we’re terribly sad to see her go,” said Melissa Baker, president of the Conifer chamber. “(Smith) has been such a wonderful asset to the Conifer community.”

Smith’s last day is Jan. 13, and she is leaving to become president of the Golden Chamber of Commerce.

“(Smith) has been invaluable to Conifer,” Baker said. “She really pushed to get Conifer businesses to the next level. She reached out to all organizations in the community to work together for the overall good.”

Smith will take over for former president Gary Wink, who announced his retirement last month from the Golden chamber.

Smith could not be reached for comment before press time, but she issued a statement last week:

“It is with mixed feelings that I announce my resignation as the Conifer chamber executive director. I have greatly enjoyed leading the membership over the last three-plus years, and have made friendships that will last a lifetime. I will always make time to promote this amazing mountain area and am thankful I am still working in Jefferson County. My time in Conifer has been wonderful, and I will truly miss this amazing group of people.”

Baker said the search for a new director has already begun, and she hopes to have the position filled soon.

“Things have been busy with the holidays, but chamber members will be meeting, and we’ll be forming a plan of action,” Baker said.

The next major event for the Conifer chamber is the Mount Lugo Luge and Barrel Stave Race at Meyer Ranch Open Space Park on Feb. 22. For more information, visit www.goconifer.com.

Contact Daniel Laverty at Daniel@evergreenco.comor at 303-350-1042. Follow him on Twitter at @LavertyReports.