• Creating opportunities for businesses since 1975.

  • Board of Directors & Staff

  • Chamber Board

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  • Eli Martinez

    President

    Eli Martinez is the Owner of RingMar / Architectural Drafting and Design. RingMar, established in 2010 by Eli and his wife Candy Ring, provides a full drafting service for architects, engineers, and property owners/managers. RingMar has 30 plus years of drafting experience in both commercial and residential. They have developed plans from auto dealerships, power shopping centers and several ground up residential homes. They also possess the ability to work with city officials in order to obtain building permits and complete field inspections. With this experience, they have a proven history of forming lasting relationships and a passion for ensuring quality and customer satisfaction. RingMar has been part of the Chamber since 2014, and now Eli is a board member for 2016.

    Eli and Candy moved to the Conifer area in 2010 from Texas and they have not looked back. They love being active - from going out with friends to hiking all the great local trails.

  • Cynthia Weeks - "Luna"

    Past President

    "Luna" Cynthia Weeks is the Owner of Luna's Mandala. As a Colorado native, she grew up in Lakewood and moved to Beautiful Conifer, Colorado in 1999.

    Luna offers people unique gift options for themselves and others, as well as Organic, Natural and Fair-Trade options of Clothing... basically helping them create their own Mandala. Her response when asked what her hobbies are: “When is there time for that when you own your own business???? “ She loves great food, reading, and just "Being" in nature; and would love to travel more.

    Luna joined the board in 2015. Her Motto is "Be the Change" - how better than to devote some more time and energy to this community.

    Fun Fact: She will sign up to do anything that allows her to dress up and be silly… life is too short!

  • Jodi Dolph

    1st Vice President

    Helping people buy and sell real estate along the 285 corridor from Denver to Fairplay has allowed me to live, work and play in one of the most beautiful places in the country.  Conifer has been a great place to raise my family, build a business worth owning and develop great friendships.



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  • Annette Aldridge

    Secretary

    Annette, a Florida native, grew up wanting to live in Colorado and finally made her home in gorgeous Conifer in 1985. Since then she has worked in Rocketry communications, taught math and science, set-up and managed retail offices, written for publications and raised her children in the mountain community she loves. Realizing her passion for people, since 2014 she has been the Director of Sales and Marketing for CornerStone auto glass and serves on the Board of Directors for Drive-Smart Evergreen/Conifer. She truly enjoys saving lives by educating people about transportation safety and carries that over into her love of networking, meeting new people and making them feel a part of this great community, and helping their businesses thrive.

    She loves to escape into nature, backpack, hike and snowshoe with her kids and dogs, photograph wildlife, teach about animals on her own non-profit site (www.Taproot.guru), do anything CRAZY for a purpose, and talk!!!

    Her philosophy….”For others: Do what you can—where you are—with what you have.”


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  • Anjie Bates

    Treasurer

    Anjie is originally from Traverse City, Michigan. She has called Colorado her home for the past fourteen years. She quickly fell in love with mountain living and has never looked back! In 2014, Anjie joined the team of Nancy Staub State Farm and began attending Chamber events regularly. She instantly felt inspired by the people and the energy of the Conifer Chamber. Serving on the board will help her share her passion for people and continue to help the Conifer Chamber flourish. In her off time, Anjie enjoys every aspect of the great outdoors. You will often find her out with her two dogs hiking, rafting, swimming and exploring.


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  • Harvey Penland

    Director

    Harvey Penland and his wife Laura form the foundation of The Penland Group with Keller Williams. Together they bring over 60 years of combined business experience to their real estate practice. With backgrounds in construction, consulting and professional sales, they are uniquely prepared to offer the same professional services to their real estate clients. Unlike other teams who combine resources but do not share clients, Harvey and Laura handle all their client needs together. This means that you always have a principal addressing your real estate needs and not an assistant or junior associate. You get two Realtors for the price of one!

    Harvey has been a long-time member of the Conifer chamber and previously served on the board of directors.




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  • Scott Zorno

    Director

    Scott Zorno is Co-owner and Chief Designer at High Country Ice Solutions, and also runs High Country Equipment.

    Scott joined the board in 2015.



  • Staff Members

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  • Melanie Swearengin

    Executive Director

    Melanie brings with her a passion for local business along with experience in marketing, direct sales, and event planning. These qualities along with an MBA in finance will bring tremendous expertise in taking the Conifer Chamber into a bright future. As a team player and leader, Melanie hopes to build the 285 area businesses as we work together to create and maintain a vibrant local economy. Melanie and her family moved to Conifer four years ago, and they are enjoying mountain life to its fullest. They enjoy skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and of course shopping locally. She looks forward to providing through the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce great opportunities to network, grow, and expand your business to become all it can be.


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  • Shawn Porter

    Executive Assistant

    Shawn Porter, a Colorado native, grew up in Wheat Ridge and graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Environmental Design. She chose love instead of a career in architecture when she met her husband through the mail. The two married and quickly became three when life carried the happy trio away from Colorado. After spending time in Texas, Missouri, and Illinois, Shawn and her family came to their senses and returned to the mountains. The 285 corridor always held a special place in her heart since she learned to ski at Geneva Basin as a young child. So, when Shawn and her husband found a small mining-era cabin in the Conifer area, they knew they were truly home.

    Shawn brings a wide array of clerical skills to her position at the Chamber. She has served as an executive assistant to lawyers, educators, and federal judges. Shawn thrives on learning something new every day, helping people, and being part of an organization which serves to better the community. In her spare time, she loves creating unique handmade gifts for loved ones, spending time with extended family, four-wheeling in the San Juans, and helping her husband renovate their cabin.

    Contact Shawn Porter by email