Ambassadors are a coveted position within the Glendale Chamber. They welcome new members, facilitate networking at events, and help plan the schedule of events. For many, they are the face of our chamber of commerce. Upon joining the chamber, each chamber member is assigned to one of our ambassadors who help them get acquainted with our organization, make introductions and assist them with any other needs they might have.
Summit Wealth Strategies
Melissa is a Colorado native that has spent the last 10 years in the Denver metro area. Most of her career has been focused in the Human Resources profession but more recently she joined Summit Wealth Strategies in Glendale, a financial planning firm that focuses on helping businesses and pre/post-retirees create tax-efficient wealth accumulation and income distribution plans.
When Melissa is not working, she spends her time being active in Denver and the Colorado mountains with her Fiance’, friends and family, and of course her 120-pound dog George.
Brad brings over 20 years of banking and lending expertise to the position as a top loan consultant at AUTOPAY, located in downtown Denver. AUTOPAY is a lender marketplace specializing in auto and motorcycle refinance, lease buyouts, and new purchase finance. They partner with trusted credit unions, banks and lending institutions across the country to offer customers the most competitive rates and terms available, along with a complete menu of loan protection options. The online process and auto finance expertise makes getting a loan fast, easy, and transparent. Their ultimate mission is to provide customers with solutions that will improve their overall financial situation.
A dedicated Ambassador of the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Brad looks forward to welcoming guests and new members at Chamber events. He can be reached at 720 849-3438 or by email.
LIV Sotheby’s International Realty
Heather Brecl offers her clients savvy marketing skills and an extensive, first-hand knowledge of Denver’s suburbs. A Duke University graduate with a double major in Political Science and German, and an experienced marketing professional, Heather provides passion and local knowledge to pair homes with the lifestyles of her clients. A devoted supporter of the arts, Heather continues to be involved in philanthropy and her community. Her involvement with Central City Opera and the Glendale Chamber has been an important and rewarding part of her life that continues through LIV Sotheby’s. Based out of the Castle Pines office, Heather has access to all the leading-edge marketing and technical tools. This access, combined with her vast network of professional and industry contacts and resources, provides clients with the best opportunites for optimal real estate results.
RE/MAX Urban Properties
Friendly and competent, Angela emphasizes both the personal and professional aspects of real estate. She likes people, and believes that a solid working relationship is based on respect, friendship, and face-to-face interactions. By understanding her clients, Angela provides outstanding personalized customer service.
Angela attended the University of Denver on a swimming scholarship. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in Marketing, and subsequently obtained a Masters in Management. Her solid business foundation of providing clients with real estate services for life with high integrity and unbelievable customer service has helped her become a top producing agent in Denver.
Dr. Jeff Johnston
Dr. Jeff Johnston, of Ascent Dental Group, seeks to provide customers with the best in comfort, technology, and service in dental health care available in the Cherry Creek and Denver area. Ascent Dental specializes in preventative dental care and prides themselves on maintaining the health of teeth and gums. Dr. Johnston takes pride in being locally and privately owned, which ultimately leads to finer dental care for the citizens of this great city.
With over ten years of experience, Dr. Johnston is a strong believer in making patients as comfortable as possible and his goal is always to make sure his patients have a fantastic dental experience. Whether it’s a standard cleaning or laser dentistry, he is committed to using the best technology while ensuring the highest level of patient satisfaction.
Dr. Johnston loves the Colorado outdoors and spends his spare time skiing, mountain biking, traveling, and scuba diving.
Offering more than 12 years of experience as a business owner and franchise operations manager, Bob Liebhauser is involved in managing operations with franchisers, franchisees, and independent operators. His background includes 14 years in operations management with the number one fast food franchise, McDonald’s, and over ten years in the convenience store industry. Bob brings valuable insight and knowledge regarding leadership and management challenges faced by franchisees and independent operators, along with growing companies and brands.
Bob’s true passion is making businesses both profitable and successful, and growing entities. As a Business Coach, he helps business owners take their companies to their potential through the proven strategies of ActionCOACH. His second passion is running. He has run over 80 marathons including 24 Boston Marathons with a personal best time of two hours 48 minutes. Bob earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been married 45 years to Sherri. They have three daughters, all graduates of the University of Texas-Austin.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Laura grew up in the music business. Her family founded and operated a chain of record stores in Florida for 50 years and music has always been a significant part of her life. Laura moved to Colorado in 2002 to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she earned her BA in English. While at CU, she wrote for two newspapers, a publicity company, and a band booking agency.
After graduation, Laura moved to Denver and began working as a reporter for the Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle. Over the years she was promoted to Content Editor and then to Executive Editor. After seven years, she resigned from the Chronicle and moved to the Vail Valley where she runs her own business, Lieff Ink, which offers freelance writing, editing, and PR services for a variety of clients. In addition to working diligently for her Lieff Ink clients, Laura is an English and writing tutor, teaching assistant, and occasional substitute teacher at Colorado Mountain College. She also hosts a weekly radio show called Bite the Bullet on 107.9 Radio Free Minturn.
Phillip Gira Insurance Agency
Inga has been providing Colorado businesses and individuals the insurance they need to protect their most valuable assets since 1987. Her agency, Phillip Gira Insurance, has been in Glendale since 2008 and they love the sense of community the city offers. A New York native, Inga came to Colorado for school, graduating with a BS in Business Administration from the University of Denver, and loved Colorado so much she made it her home.
Her agency holds licenses in all 50 states and they are able to support their clients by providing a single resource to evaluate and manage any of their insurance needs, no matter where they are located. Inga is a fully licensed insurance agent specializing in commercial insurance and also homeowners and auto insurance. She is involved with several organizations, volunteering or serving on boards at Cancer League of Colorado, Food Bank of the Rockies, the Gateway Battered Women’s Shelter, Arapahoe Community College and other professional organizations.
Inga can be reached at 303-945-2096.
Born and raised in Denver, Old Chicago Bar Manager and Regional Beer Specialist Matt Poffel joined the Glendale community in 2013 when he was the General Manager at Applebee’s. He has been involved in Hospitality Management for 25 years and has coached Pop Warner football for eight years. In addition to hospitality and football, Matt enjoys cooking, fishing, and partaking in all things beer. He is an avid connoisseur who likes guiding customers, friends, and colleagues (who enjoy the beer culture as much as he does) through all types of delicious pint experiences.
Glendale Sports Center managed by the YMCA
Lynn has been with the Denver Metro YMCA since 2007, starting as an intern in health and fitness. She came to the Glendale Sports Center managed by the YMCA in December 2012 and is now the Membership Director. Lynn graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Marketing and Health & Fitness Management. She is passionate about the members who come through the Glendale Sports Center, as she enjoys interacting with them and making them feel welcome. Lynn likes being part of the Glendale community because it has that small town feel in a big city. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, watching sports and movies, bowling, and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones.