14 nominees in running for downtown eco-devolopment board

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Member voting set for Nov. 9

By Vicky Gits


Candidates galore are turning out for the opportunity to be one of nine members of the inaugural board of the downtown Evergreen Economic Development Council. With nominations closed, 14 people have submitted their names for nine available positions.

Candidates will be featured guests at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at Mountain Home in the Evergreen Design Center, 27965 Meadow Drive.

The idea is to introduce the 14 EDC hopefuls to the rest of the membership of the Evergreen Downtown Business Association in advance of the voting process, which is set to begin in mid-November and conclude Nov. 9.

Voting is for members only and will be by absentee ballot or by voting in person at the regular meeting Nov. 9.

The nominations closed at the EDBA's regular meeting Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Beau Jo's Restaurant.

Under the proposal to create the EDC, a cultural district will be created consisting of the business enclaves on Highway 73, Meadow Drive, Main Street and Upper Bear Creek Road.

The purpose of the EDC is to serve as a voice of downtown Evergreen in dealing with public projects and infrastructure improvements in the absence of a town council or other formal governing body, as well as to create an identifiable cultural district within the greater Front Range area.

The EDBA voted to establish the EDC as a separate entity from it a meeting Aug. 10 on the heels of launching a campaign to build a downtown walking trail on Bear Creek.

The board of directors is to be composed of nine people as follows: four property owners (no more than two residential), three business owners and two members at large.


Contact Vicky Gits at 303-350-1042 or Vicky@evergreenco.com.



Candidates for nomination to the evergreen economic development council




By Jill Jachimek,

president EDBA



Tom Carby
Carby Insurance

I have been working as a Farmers Insurance Agent for the last 15 years. I have been involved in many community activities that have allowed me to learn from incredible individuals. I believe that my experience on the board of directors of such organizations as Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, Conifer Kiwanis, Drive Smart Evergreen Conifer and Team Evergreen Bicycle Club will allow me to bring wisdom and experience to the EDC.


Bob Cardwell
Stillwater Partners, LLLP

Robert “Bob” E. Cardwell, moved to Evergreen in 1989. Has three children ages 21, 23 and 27 and has been married for 31 years. Professionally has over 33 years in the commercial real estate industry with experience ranging from asset management, leasing, property management, finance (including tax increment), investment sales, urban and suburban development, and master planning. His experience includes the asset management responsibility for a $2 billion portfolio comprised of approximately 10 million square feet nationwide. His community involvement includes; Past President for Mountain Area Land Trust, State Chairperson for The Trust for Public Land Advisory Board and President of Evergreen Land Community Coalition. ELCC is the organization responsible for creating the concept of a 65-acre Buchanan Park. Prior to moving to Evergreen he chaired a county park and open space commission in Minnesota.


Dean Dalvit
The Evergreen Mountain Village, EV Studio

Dean Dalvit is the owner of The Evergreen Mountain Village at the southeast corner of highways 73 and 74. In addition, Dean also owns and operates his business EV Studio Architecture and Engineering from that location. Dean has extensive experience with public planning and development projects ranging from small single projects like the planning and design of the Evergreen Terraces office building and The Place, to larger scope planning projects for commercial and residential developments. Dean would like to leverage this experience to the EDC in its efforts to develop a master plan for downtown Evergreen as well as facilitate public and private construction projects within the district.


Kathleen Davis
Evergreen Players

Kathleen Davis has lived in Evergreen since 1966. She is a retired musician and music instructor and has served many years on the boards of the National Repertory Orchestra, Evergreen Center for the Arts, and Evergreen Players. Kathleen’s leadership, organizational skill, grant writing experience, and love for the heart of Evergreen would make her an effective team member of the Economic Development Council.


Brett Edwards
The Place

Brett Edwards is a long time resident and businessman of Evergreen. Brett’s company, Custer Resources is an international oil and gas consulting company. Recently, Brett opened Café at The Place, in Evergreen.

The café is part of a larger vision in the community which is called The Place, a new community center. Brett’s business and passion for people have encouraged many to support the new community center. Brett is a long time member of the local Rotary club for which he has done many fundraising events to support local and international non-profit groups. For many years Brett has also mentored young businessmen, teaching them to integrate ethics, morals and faith into business. 

Rachel Emmer
Residential Property Owner – Downtown; DetritusGroup Consulting

Globetrotting taught Rachel an appreciation of the beauty and promise of her home town. An EHS graduate, she returned to Evergreen decades later, now rich with experience and academic letters. She pledges to build community resiliency into all her endeavors. Rachel rose in rank on the board and in the field with Evergreen’s Alpine Rescue Team, and has earned American Red Cross’ Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award. As a sustainability consultant, Rachel collaborates with non-profit, municipal and business sectors to meet today’s challenges within development, food systems, built environment and renewable power arenas. Rachel is an active member of EAS+Y, downtown resident, business owner and daily lake walker.


Paul Koentges
Evergreen Artists Association

Born in Bruges Belgium, Paul moved to the U.S. in 1956, became a citizen in 1965. Learned English, went to CU, DU, La Salle extension university learning Real Estate Law (never took the bar exam). He holds a Colorado broker's license, was a captain/EMT with the Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department, and started Evergreen Mortgage Services Inc. in 1987 and sold it in 2002. He has lived in Evergreen since January 1975 and is the current president of the Evergreen Artists Association, Inc.

Linda Morris


Linda Morris has been active in the Evergreen business community for 10 years. She has been on the Chamber Ambassadors' committee for seven years and was an Ambassador of the year in 2007. She created Business in the Bag, Girls' Night Out Networking non-event, marketing dinners, organizes bowl parties for MRC, is active in the arts community, and has a decade-long list of volunteerism. She is passionate about the survival of Evergreen, which is represented by her blog, My Evergreen Biz, where she is all about promoting the businesses, non-profits, events, and people, with a goal of working for a positive future for Evergreen.


Melanie Nuchols
President of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce

Melanie Nuchols has been in the community since 1980 as an active supporter of Jefferson County. Her years of experience as a community volunteer, business owner and Chamber of Commerce president have provided her with the knowledge and tools for leadership in the county. She has served as Chamber president for five years. with a vision to ‘Build a Better Evergreen’ and she wants to see our businesses succeed. That vision includes relationship building … working with county commissioners, community service organizations, nonprofit groups, residents and businesses. Melanie wants to make sure we preserve our history, our environment, and that we have a responsible plan for growth.


Chris Parr
Denver Housing Authority

Chris Parr has lived in Evergreen for the past 8 years with his wife Michelle and is the father of three. Chris is the director of real estate development for the DHA and has directly developed over 1,200 units of housing over the last nine years in large-scale urban redevelopments. Chris is well equipped to work with planners, architects, general contractors, municipalities and most importantly, the community. In 2009 and 2010, Chris was successful in applying for and receiving over $50 million in federal grant funding, municipal and state funding, tax credits and energy tax credits. Chris is the board chairman for the Sun Valley Youth Center and sits on several municipal task forces.


Gail Riley
The Highland Haven

Gail has owned Highland Haven Creekside Inn for 31 years and is the author of “Colorado Cravings.” The award winning inn brings national and international attention as well as financial impact to all businesses, especially retail, restaurants, galleries, etc., and has employed hundreds over the years. Gail’s contributes to all things Evergreen, financially as well as with time and efforts. Her community involvement over the decades is a long list: Chamber Ambassador and numerous other chamber contributions, Leadership Evergreen Steering Committee, board member of Art for the Mountain Community for nine years, now a member of the advisory board, and she started the Sculpture Walk. Gail continuously works on downtown issues and has been Person of the Year nominee and Business of the Year two times.


Jim Sherwood
Evergreen Clothing Company and Evergreen Resort Apparel

I have lived in Evergreen for 18 years and had stepchildren grow up here for many years. I am in the manufacturing, distributing and marketing/sales of resort apparel and have owned retail stores here in the past and present. I am a Board member of the Denver Gift, Jewelry and Resortwear show, an EDBA board member, an executive board member of HSRA-Hawaii, and was also President and many other titles of the Promontory at Soda Creek. Jim is very well connected with this town in many ways and knows many people from various sectors. He loves Evergreen, is very proud to call this beautiful town his home, and will enjoy making downtown and the surrounding area more enjoyable and livable.


Chris Vinci
da Vinci Realty

“Because the EDC is focused on projects that will benefit owners of residential properties, land, & business in the Cultural District, I believe my real estate expertise will be an asset to the cause. Projects need buy-in from each of these groups within the District so that EDC proposals and grant requests carry more weight to the “powers that be”. As President of the EDBA, I was able to successfully motivate a variety of personalities around the mission of our organization which resulted in growth and expanded visibility. Combining my real estate experience and ability to communicate value-added benefits, my goal within the EDC will be to present the strategic argument to each of those groups within the Cultural District that our projects will increase property value and revenue thus ensuring we have full support for our proposals.”


John Watson
Lakepoint Center

Watson is a resident in our community for over 30 years. As an owner of the Lakepoint Center, he is intimately familiar with the economic and social environment of our community. Watson's background also includes a number of boards and twice past president of the Upper Bear Creek Homeowner's Association. A lifelong entrepreneur, he has been the president and CEO of three public companies over the past 30 years, as well as founder and president of several private companies as well.