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Barret O'Brien

Custom Printing Services

Owner of Custom Printing Services and O'Brien Rugby, Barret O'Brien has been in the apparel printing business for 11 years.  He is responsible for all the merchandising at Infinity Park in Glendale and supplies all the Glendale Raptors with apparel and protective gear.

Barret serves as an advisor to several non-profit organizations including the USA International Youth Rugby Foundation and Ducks Unlimited.  He has been involved with the Glendale Chamber of Commerce since 2005 and accepted an appointment to the Chamber Board of Directors in July 2013, and now serves as Board President.  Barret is a Denver native, an avid hunter and lives in the Stokes Place neighborhood with his wife and twin daughters.

 


 

Chuck Bonniwell

Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle

Chuck Bonniwell helped start the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and founded the Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle in 2004 as a local newspaper to offer insight to stories of significance in the Cherry Creek Valley.  Today, the paper is mailed to over 84,000 homes and businesses in the area. Chuck also works as a local political commentator and can often be heard on the radio.  He also co-authored a book, "The History of the Denver Country Club".


 

Linda Cavanagh

AAA Colorado

Linda began her career with AAA Colorado 35 years ago as the Personnel Manager and continued her education in Personnel Management/Labor and Employment Law. Linda has since been promoted to the position of Sr. Vice President.


 

Mike Dunafon

Mayor of Glendale

Mike Dunafon is the ninth mayor of Glendale in its 60-year history.  Prior to his election, Mayor Dunafon served as Mayor Pro Tem for eight years and has been a member of the Glendale Planning Commission since 1999 and Chairman since 2004.  A Colorado native, Mayor Dunafon has been a major player in initiating and shepherding the extraordinary 14-year transformation of the small City of Glendale into an entertainment capitol and internationally-known city.  This transformation began when Dunafon first chaired the Strategic Planning Initiative in 1998.  The Glendale citizens clearly sent a strong message:  they wanted a new identity - a more vibrant Glendale.

Co-founding the first Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Dunafon launched a full-time effort to collaboratively unite the residences and businesses of the City into a single vision.  Mayor Dunafon was instrumental in establishing a community-wide newspaper, "The Glendale News," which subsequently became "The Glendale/Cherry Creek Chronicle," currently mailed to 85,000 homes and businesses in the area.

With the Mayor's guidance, Glendale became the first city in the United States to adopt rugby as the sole and official sport of the city, and today Glendale is known as "Rugbytown USA."  Dunafon has a B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado, where he lettered for four years and was part of the All-Conference team.  He signed contracts to play with the Denver Broncos in 1976 and 1977.  His rugby career began in 1978 with the British Virgin Islands RFC and continued until 1992.  He has a USA Rugby Level 3 coaching certification.


 

Scott Franssen

Tennyson Center for Children

Scott Franssen has been a nonprofit professional in Colorado since 1997.  Since then, Scott has worked for the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver, Central City Opera House Association, National Sports Center for the Disabled, and currently for Tennyson Center for Children.  As a fundraiser for nonprofit organizations, Scott focuses on relationship building between people, and sees great value in communities and individuals working together to help the greater good.

As demonstrated by his dedication to working for nonprofit organizations, Scott actively seeks opportunities to serve and help others.  In 2004, Scott was elected to the Board of Directors for the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, a position he still maintains.  The Greater Glendale Chamber membership has grown in that time from a modest 50 to almost 300.

Additionally, Scott joined the Glendale Planning Commission in 2011 to have more involvement in the future development of the City of Glendale.  In April 2012, Scott was elected to the Glendale City Council representinig the community in which he lives, and further demonstrating his willingness to serve.

Tennyson Center for Children was established in 1904 as an orphanage for children and today serves children, youth and their families to overcome a variety of life crises, including abuse and neglect.  Programs and services are about commitment to kids.  Therapists, social workers, Educators and Youth Treatment Counselors strive to help each child and family overcome barriers to happiness and success.  As such, services remain child-centered, family-focused and community-based.

Additional information can be found at www.childabuse.org


 

Debbie Matthews

Shotgun Willie's

Debbie Matthews is the Past-President of the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce and has been the majority owner of Shotgun Willie's since 1982.  Preceding the Chamber, Debbie was involved with the Glendale Business Association.  She has a huge heart and is active with several boards and non-profit groups.


 

David Peterson

Bull & Bush

David Peterson is the co-owner of the Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery in Glendale, is a past-president of the Chamber and is an original member of the Board of Directors. He has been with the Bull & Bush since 1994, after graduating college. Now he and his brother, Erik, run the day to day operations. Specializing in brewing their own beer, the Pub opened in 1971 and has been a local favorite ever since.


 

Barbara Bown Wyatt

Butler Rents

Barb has truly grown up in the rental business.  Her parents Jack and Bernie Bown bought Butler Rents in 1970 and she has been involved ever since.  She is currently president of the American Rental Association Colorado Chapter and received the 2014 Region 7 Person of the Year.
 
Barb is a current board member of the Four Mile Historic Park and serves as the Education Committee Chair.  She has also been involved and served on the Denver Advisory Board for the Shining Stars Foundation.
 

 

Jeff Allen

Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce

Jeff is the current Chief Operating Officer for the Chamber and has been a member of the Chamber's Board of Directors since 2003.  In his extra time he coaches the offensive line at Mullen High School, and he serves as the Chair of the Board for Transportation Solutions, a non-profit organization focused on transportation challenges in Glendale neighborhoods.



 

Mark Smiley

Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle

Mark has been the Executive Editor of the Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle since September, 2013. Mark has 15 years of executive level experience. He most recently served as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Seniors' Resource Center. He currently volunteers as the Chairman of the Good News Breakfast Coalition. In the past, he has served on the Board of Regents for the US Chamber of Commerce's West Institute for Organization Management, County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board, US Chamber of Commerce Aviation Steering Committee, and the Friends of the LA/Ontario International Airport.

Mark is the former President of Sundance Public Relations, Mayuor of the city of Glendale, CO, Executive Director and co-founder of the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, and President/CEO of the Ontario California Chamber of Commerce. Mark Smiley was the seventh mayor in the 61 year history of Glendale. A native of Chicago, Smiley graduated from Saint Xavier University with a B.A. in Mass Communication in 1994 and also holds a master's degree in Communication Studies from Governors State University in Chicago. He and his wife Gwen were married in Beaver Creek, CO 9 years ago and have a beautiful 4 year old daughter, Eleanore.