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Chris Romer

President & CEO

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Chris oversees general administration of the Vail Valley Partnership’s daily operations and works with local & regional stakeholders to advocate on behalf of the Vail Valley as a tourism destination and community. He is also responsible for the annual strategic plan for the organization and represents the Vail Valley on a variety of local and regional volunteer boards. Click here to watch a short video.

Chris can often be found at special events & concerts or enjoying the many recreational opportunities in the Vail Valley.

Chris’s Community Involvement:

Trustee, Colorado Mountain College
Chair, Tourism Industry Association of Colorado
Vice Chair, Western Association of Chamber Executives
Governor Appointee, Tourism Industry COVID Recovery Task Force
Steering Committee Chair, Colorado Competitive Council
Board Member (past chair), Colorado Association of Destination Marketing Organizations
Board member (past chair), Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives
Economic Development Board, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments
Past Board Chair, Colorado Workforce Consortium
Fellow, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Educational Attainment Division
Chair, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Destination Cities Council
Chair, Colorado Tourism Office Regional Branding Committee
Advisory Council, Colorado Mountain College

Governor Appointee, Colorado Brand Council

Vail Economic Advisory Council


Maren Cerimele

Director of Membership

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As the Director of Membership, Maren focuses her efforts on VVP’s Chamber of Commerce role in the Vail Valley. On a daily basis, she works with members of the Chamber to ensure that they are aware, and take advantage, of their membership benefits including; member savings, educational programming, marketing & media benefits, as well as networking and educational events. In addition, Maren works to help retain and recruit members, both for-profits and not-for-profits, to raise the visibility of their organization and reach more potential customers. Click here to watch a short video.

Maren moved to Colorado in 2007 and has been very active in the community since making the Vail Valley her home. Originally from Pennsylvania, she has more than 15 years experience in event production, development, and community engagement. In her spare time, Maren enjoys spending time outdoors enjoying Colorful Colorado with her husband, Chris, and rescue dog, Jerry.

Maren’s Community Involvement:
Board of Advisors, Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming
Board of Directors, Children’s Garden of Learning
Member, Town of Eagle Economic Vitality Committee
Member, Vail Sustainable Destination Steering Committee
Community Volunteer
Board of Directors, Minturn Community Fund (2011-2018)
Eagle County Gives Executive Committee (2015-2017)

Erik Williams

Director of Community Development

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Erik Williams is the Director of Community Development for the Vail Valley Partnership.  He works daily to bring community members and businesses together through the NEXT programs, Power Groups and other community initiatives.

Erik is also involved in visioning and implementation of larger community needs including workforce housing solutions. He works with local schools and businesses in career based initiatives including Career X and job shadowing programs. Erik has a passion for this place and the people lucky enough to spend time here. He loves that his job puts him in a position to serve others.

With a diverse television background and 17+ years in the valley, Erik is often used as a host/emcee for local events and can frequently be found on a local stage hamming it up for the audience.

Erik is married with three incredible children and two sled dogs. When he’s not at work he can often be found “searching for adventure” with his family in this beautiful place.

Erik’s Community Involvement:
Talk Radio Host, The Mid-Day Mile, 104.7 The Mile FM (2012-present)
Man of the Cliff co-founder, host and organizer (2009-present)
Eagle County School District spelling bee pronouncer and host (2006-present)
Eagle Valley Library District Books in Bloom host (2012-present)
United Way of Eagle River Valley (2012 – present)
EagleVail Property Owners Association board of governors (2012-2013)
Beaver Creek Religious Foundation board member (2002-2008)
Vail Valley Medical Center volunteer chaplain  (2000-2012)

Emcee/host for several Vail Valley events including:
Vail Valley Foundation’s Dance TV, Steadman Hawkins benefits, Habitat for Humanity’s Carpenters Ball, Evergreen Ball, First Descents Ball, Black Diamond Ball, Project Funway, Project Realway, Starting Hearts, Education Foundation of Eagle County, Steadman Phillipon Research Institute, Vail Jazz Foundation, Vail Film Festival, Bravo Vail Foundation, Vail Veterans Program, CanDo MS Foundation, Minturn Skijoring event, Ski Club Vail Moguls Championship, Red Canyon High School guest teacher, Vail Christian Academy fundraisers, Pink Vail

Anna Robinson

Program Manager

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Anna Robinson is the Program Manager at Vail Valley Partnership. In this role, Anna is responsible for organizing VVP’s signature programs (One Valley Healthcare, Vail Valley Works & Merchant Pass), Member Savings Programs, and connecting members through Leads Groups and the Business Insight Series.  Her role involves connecting VVP members through business-to-business and business-to-customer program opportunities, while also building relationships with existing VVP members.

Anna is a native of Atlanta but moved west in 2007 after graduating from Georgia Tech with a degree in Business Management. She has spent 12 years in the event and festival industry, planning a wide range of events – from weddings to rodeos (and everything in between!). In her free time, Anna enjoys getting outside for hiking, snowshoeing, running, and camping. She is also an avid reader who likes to cook and travel as much as possible. Anna lives in Eagle with her husband and two rambunctious boys.

Anna’s Community Involvement:

Volunteer, Western Slope Rodeo Royalty Clinic (2015 – present)

Member, Eagle Comprehensive Plan Update Committee (2018 – present)

Board Treasurer, Learning Tree of Eagle (2020 – present)



Lauren Emenaker

Events & Office Manager

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Lauren Emenaker is the Events & Office Manager for the Vail Valley Partnership. Lauren is responsible for organizing the VVP’s networking events, in addition to helping with the educational events. She is the point person for visitor inquiries. Lauren comes to the Partnership with event experience from her roles with Bookworm of Edwards, Vail Valley Charitable Fund and Dartmouth College.

Lauren was born and raised in Colorado. She graduated from Dominican University of California in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design. Lauren recently moved back to the Vail Valley after getting her Master of Business Administration from the University of Vermont with a focus in Sustainable Innovation. She believes that business should be a source of good in the world and aims to assist small companies and non-profits.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, biking and camping, but on a rainy day you can find her inside with a good book. Lauren lives in Edwards with her boyfriend, Tony.

Lauren’s Community Involvement:
Eagle County Gives Executive Committee Member
Vail Valley Charitable Fund Graphic Designer and Volunteer

Kim Brussow

Director of Sales

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Kim is the Director of Sales at Vail Valley Partnership.  She is responsible for group sales activities, tradeshow coordination and in-market client event planning. Her role involves maintaining constant contact with Vail Valley lodging partners and meeting/event planners, while also building relationships with new prospective clients.

Kim brings over 30  years of experience in the meetings marketplace, travel and hotel industry, with reputable organizations such as Hyatt, Sheraton, Oxford, Wingate Inn and The Sebastian-Vail. She brings an additional five years of group and suite sales experience from the Bradley Center Sports & Entertainment Corporation. Kim is an active member of MPI and Destination Colorado, previously serving on the Board of Directors since 2006.

In addition to her group sales efforts, she plays an integral part in supporting all local community events and marketing efforts for Vail Valley Partnership.

Susan Proffitt, CMP

Sr. National Sales Manager

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In her role with the Vail Valley Partnership, Susan specializes in the Medical & Healthcare group market segment coast to coast.  She brings more than 25 years of hospitality and Sales experience from some of Colorado’s finest; including: Keystone Resort & Conference Center, Vail Resorts and The Sebastian-Vail.  Susan’s expertise and professional network is a valuable resource when considering a conference, retreat or incentive in the Vail Valley.

Susan has also received her Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC). An intensive training give HMCC designees the knowledge and experience needed to successfully navigate the increasingly complex pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device regulatory environment as it relates to meeting and events. Training includes a broad range of healthcare topics including cross-border healthcare compliance, industry trends, global regulations, laws and mandates.

The CMP credential has been held since 2010 and is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the meeting, convention, exhibition, and event industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education, and rigorous testing.

A Colorado native and Denver resident, Susan relishes the best of both worlds.  Interests include (but not limited to) traveling, hiking, concerts, camping and spending time with family and friends which include Jasper and Beau-of the furry F&F variety.

Sandra Perrig Holst

Sr. National Sales Manager

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Sandra is responsible for bringing in group and meeting programs to the Vail Valley. In addition, Sandra works specifically on getting participatory sporting events to our valley. In previous years, the Partnership has helped to secure events like Tough Mudder in Beaver Creek, Diva Half Marathon and Ride the Rockies. Sandra comes to the Partnership with group experience from her previous position as the former Group Sales and Wholesale Manager at the Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort.

Sandra is originally from Zermatt, Switzerland, but has made the Vail Valley her home since 2005. Sandra enjoys all the benefits of living in our great mountain community, as her true passions are everything outdoors; skiing, hiking, diving, camping, as well as traveling around the world.

Ben Dodd

Content Marketing Manager

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Ben is currently Vail Valley Partnership’s Content Marketing Manager responsible for VVP’s websites, newsletters, social media, and marketing. He is a graphic designer, photographer, and videographer. Ben’s motivation is to inspire and educate others by telling the stories of those who are making a positive impact in the community, creating partnerships and supporting the economic development in the Vail Valley.

Ben graduated from North Carolina State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design. Wanting to get involved with community based organizations after working for Habitat for Humanity and Boys and Girls Club for two years in Jacksonville, Florida, he moved to the Vail Valley in 2012 and has worked for: Matsuhisa; SOS Outreach as a mentor, summer guide and Youth Program Coordinator; and Cordillera Metro District as their Marketing and Communications Associate.

You can find Ben creating short films for Capture the Action, playing sports, and living the outdoor lifestyle camping, rafting, fishing and skiing. You know Ben is around when you see his black spotted and white dog, Tiger. His main reason for wanting to live in the Vail Valley is due to the community and culture on top of the great outdoors.

Ben’s Community Involvement:
Edwards Rotary Club Member
SOS Outreach volunteer

Christy Beidel

CareerWise Customer Success Manager

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Christy Beidel is the Customer Success Manager for the CareerWise Apprenticeship program. Christy ensures a successful apprentice experience for both the students and the business partners. She is responsible for student recruitment, on-boarding new business partners, and acting as a liaison between the school district, business partners and student apprentices.

Christy is originally from Missouri and has lived in the Vail Valley since 2004. In her 13 years of experience as a high school science teacher, with 9 of those years here in Eagle County, she has served as a teacher mentor, helped develop district wide K-12 Common Core Standards for science, coordinated the Link Crew Program for both high schools, and coached softball and swimming.

Christy enjoys traveling around the world with her family. In her spare time you will find her skiing the slopes, hiking the hills, or swimming the seas. She lives in EagleVail with her husband Kent, 2 daughters Sophia and Madison, and French Bulldog Ginger.

Christy’s Community Involvement:
Member, EagleVail Community Garden Committee
Volunteer, Mountain Horse Rescue
President, EagleVail Community Garden (2015-2017)
Snowboard Outreach Society School and Site Coordinator  (2002-2007)
CPR/First Aid Certified Red Cross Instructor (2002-2010)

Kay Schneider

Lodging Quality Assurance Manager

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