Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2018-2019
Learn about each of the Chamber's Board members!
Tim Harland – Grand Teton Distillery & Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate: Chair
Originally from Eugene, Oregon Tim attended Oregon State University and studied Engineering while playing football and lacrosse. Post college led him to California where he worked as a Senior Consultant for a national litigation consulting firm.
Moving to Jackson Hole in 1993, he worked in the craft beer and spirits industry with Snake River Brewing Company, Wyoming Whiskey and most recently Grand Teton Distillery, where he is the Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing.
He also does business as a real estate agent with his brothers company, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Brokers of Jackson Hole Real Estate.
Tim has been involved with the Jackson Hole community through a multitude of boards and associations, including Leadership Jackson Hole - 2001, Co-Chairing the Thanks-a-Million Foundation Board and participating as a founding member for the Citizens for Affordable Housing. He has been a volunteer firefighter in Wilson for 18 years, served for over a decade on the JH Chambers Old West Days Committee, is a member of the Rotary Lunch Club of Jackson Hole and presently Chairs the 2018 Lodging Tax PAC.
Tim has been on the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 10 years and is currently the Chairman of the Board.
Tim has 2 incredibly active sons with his wife Patrice of 25 years.
Joe Madera – Spring Hill Suites by Marriott: Past Chair
Originally from Puerto Rico, I first was introduced to our valley in the winter of 2001 and immediately became of fan. Currently the General Manager of the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, it was Hilton Worldwide that first presented me the opportunity to move to Jackson in January 2007. Quickly I saw the importance of immersing myself into many community related activities and organizations. That realization has allowed me to serve in our community and our state. Today I am proud to say that I am the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Past Board Chair, Central Wyoming College Advisory Board Member, Past President of the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association and Board Member of the Jackson Hole Rotary Club. In addition to Board involvement, volunteering for chamber, rotary and elks club events is very rewarding for me. All these activities and organizations have helped mold me to the person I am today. My wife Amy and I are proud parents to our two daughters Sofia Marie and Vivian Grace. My three pillars in life are Family, Career and Community.
Kris Shean – Haagen-Dazs: Vice - Chair
I grew up in Minnesota and attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. I have loved living in Jackson Hole since 1993. I first worked retail before buying Haagen-Dazs in 1998. I have served as president for two years on the old Historic Downtown Business Association and was a member of the Lion's Club. I currently serve on the Haagen-Dazs Franchise Advisory board and also an alum of Womentum.
Jackson is an amazing community and I love sharing everything we have to offer. When I am not scooping ice cream, I enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking or skiing. Owning a business on the town square has made me realize how important a cohesive business community is for both locals and visitors.
Adam Meyer – Teton Media Works: Treasurer
A native Minnesotan, Adam first visited the valley in 2002 on a college ski club trip to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Two summers later he followed the footsteps of three uncles and one great uncle who all spent summers working at Jackson Lake Lodge. With a fresh journalism degree from the University of Minnesota in hand, after responding to a classified ad in the Jackson Hole Daily in 2005, Adam began working in the Jackson Hole News&Guide advertising department. Now Vice President and Associate Publisher at Teton Media Works, Adam works with his team to serve readers with local news and information and offer advertisers access to high quality, engaged and efficient print and digital audiences.
After over a decade working with valley businesses, serving on the Chamber board is a natural fit. Adam enjoys collaborating with the fantastic staff and board to improve the local business environment that supports our unique community.
Adam spends free time with his partner Jen and three critters, and maintains kinetic energy outdoors through cycling, fishing and skiing.
Jason Williams – Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris: Secretary
Originally from Illinois, Jason moved to Jackson Hole in 1999 to be a guide on the Snake River. This led to ten winters as a snowmobile guide and then to becoming a professional wildlife photographer in 2004. After 7 summers guiding both scenic and whitewater trips, Jason founded Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris in the spring of 2007. Jason has a B.S. Degree in Geography with a minor in Anthropology from Southern Illinois University and is a Wilderness First Responder, Dive Master, Leave No Trace Master Educator and holds a Level II Avalanche Certification. He is currently on the board of Wyoming Untrapped and has served on the Chamber's marketing committee for the last 2 years.
Jason is passionate about business and wildlife conservation. He hopes to contribute to the success of the Jackson Hole business community while protecting the wildlife and wild places we all enjoy. To let off steam Jason enjoys hiking, skiing, climbing, shark diving and sailing
Richard Uhl – First Interstate Bank
Richard’s banking career brought him and his family to Jackson in 1998. He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Banking Group Manager for First Interstate Bank. The bank prides itself in being very locally connected. They urge all employees to volunteer with local non-profits and service organizations and support their involvement in the community. First Interstate Bank is an advocate for small business owners and is a strong promoter of our local business community. Having previously served on a Chamber of Commerce Board in Northern California, Richard currently serves on the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Government and Community Affairs Committee. During his 30 year banking career, he has been appointed to many various non-profit and service club boards. Now locally, he is President of Habitat for Humanity, Past-President and member of the Breakfast Rotary Club of Jackson Hole, Past-Chairman of Jackson Hole Christian Academy, and Past-Treasurer of American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Richard has volunteered with many non-profits and service clubs, including Kiwanis, Rotary, Little League Baseball, Global Village Habitat Build in Mexico, Teton County Roadside Cleanup, First Interstate Bank’s Sustainability Committee, Leadership Jackson Hole’s Ski Cabin Restoration, Jackson Hole Land Trust Picnic, AWANA Program Boys Leader, Indian Trails Homeowner’s Association, and leading First-Time Homebuyer’s classes. He has been a Rotarian since 1995.Richard’s life partner is K. Rae Ambroz MD. They enjoy life in their “Hoback Nation” log cabin and love all the outdoor adventures our Jackson Hole community and the Tetons have to offer.
Alex Lemieux – Wort Hotel
Alex first visited Jackson Hole during the summer of 2002. From the first glimpse of the Tetons, she knew that she would be back. Seven years after her first visit, Alex took a risk and moved from the East Coast to Jackson without a job or place to live. Prior to moving to Jackson, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Following her passion for travel and hospitality, in 2010 she took a position at the Painted Buffalo Inn as the Sales and Marketing Director. In the fall of 2015 Alex accepted a National Sales Manager position at the historic Wort Hotel. After completing her Certificate in Revenue Management, she took her current position as the Associate Director of Sales & Revenue. Based on her desire to promote tourism within the Jackson Hole region, she joined the Howdy Pardners Ambassador’s Club in 2014 and eventually became the now defunct club’s Vice President. Alex is actively involved in a number of the community’s organizations, including Womentum, the Women’s Round Table and of course, the Chamber. In her free time Alex enjoys skiing, hiking, biking and mountaineering with her husband, Jared and their dog, Summit.
Karen Connelly – St. John’s Medical Center
Karen Connelly is Chief Communications Officer at St. John's Medical Center. She provides leadership for St. John's marketing, communications, and community relations programs. Before joining St. John's Medical Center, Ms. Connelly was marketing director for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson Hole Visitors Council lodging tax board. She earned a degree in Economics at St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, and a MBA from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. She serves on the board of directors of the Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center and Community Safety Network. In her free time, she enjoys being entertained by her daughter, Madeline, and son, Charlie.
John Frechette – Made
Originally from the East Coast, John grew up just outside of Boston. Attending high school in Connecticut and college in Massachusetts. John matriculated to Jackson about 12 years ago when the real estate development firm he worked for in New York moved him to Jackson. After a five-year stint working for The Snake River Sporting Club came to an end in 2008 John decided to follow his entrepreneurial passions and his artistic interests. In 2010 John opened MADE located in Gaslight Alley just off the town square. The store which originally carried work from about 30 artists has doubled in size, opened a second location in Teton Village, and now works with over 200 artists. A new venture with long time partner, Christian Burch, has led the duo to open Mountain Dandy also in Gaslight Alley. John is a proud uncle to 20 nieces and nephews, enjoys golf, hockey, skiing and travel. The opportunity to join the chamber board is exciting to him, and he feels like he will have the chance to make an impact on marketing and the retail experience that Jackson Hole has to offer.
Derek Beardsley – Snake River Brewery
I have had the pleasure to call Jackson Hole my home for the past 16 years. Originally born in the Colorado Rockies then raised in rural Connecticut, the lure of the mountains eventually came calling. After receiving a Bachelor’s in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Connecticut and some great advice from a friend, I moved to Jackson. During my time here, some amazing job opportunities with vocations from all aspects of our community have helped me to become part of this valley and most importantly meet my wonderful wife, Emily. Currently, I am proud to be employed as the Director of Sales for Snake River Brewing. Being in a position to represent an integral business to our valley and help contribute to the growth of our community is one of the highlights of my job. Having been a part of this town for many years and marrying into a long time local family makes it a privilege to be able to enjoy all this amazing valley has to offer and call it my home.
Ned Wonson – Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Ned moved to Jackson in 1999 from his home state of Maine after graduating from St. Lawrence University. Ned has a professional background in sales and marketing and is the Marketing Director for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. He is a graduate of the 2014 JH Leadership Program. Ned and his wife, Katherine, are avid outdoors people who love to spend their free time mountain biking, rafting and skiing, bringing their children Emmeline and Beck along wherever possible.
Stephan Abrams – The Liquor Store and Jackson Hole Marketplace
Jackson Hole is home for Stephan, who first came to our valley in 1999. As the owner of The Liquor Store (TLS) and Jackson Hole Marketplace, he enjoys leading creative work teams and motivating them to success each and every day. In addition to being highly knowledgeable in the wine, liquor and beer industry, Stephan thrives on close ties with friendly local customers, excellent staff, diverse vendors and dependable distributors.
Raised in Brookhaven, MS, Stephan had dreamed of moving West since attending college at University of Alabama. Now that he’s been in Jackson Hole for a while, his next dream was to become a family man. Stephan married his beautiful wife Laura in 2013, and they are now raising two small boys, Louis and William. There’s no doubt Stephan has seen many changes in our area over the years, but one item always remains constant: his proud love of Wyoming. Serving our community is truly one of Stephan’s greatest pleasures.
Martha Bancroft – Center for the Arts
Director at the Center for the Arts for the last 5 years, Martha previously held management roles for various financial institutions. In her capacity as the Director, Martha oversees The Center’s 21-member Board of Directors, a staff of 34, and Resident and community relationships. Under her leadership, The Center has experienced extraordinary growth and increased stability, realizing the dream of our founders and visionaries.
She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole and regularly volunteers in the community. Martha is a Virginia native who moved to Jackson after earning a degree in economics from the University of Virginia in 1986. Martha and her husband, Chuck, a Wyoming native, have 2 sons, both of whom attend University of Wyoming, as well as beloved dogs Madeline and Winston. During her free time, Martha and her family enjoy hiking and boating the rivers and lakes of the region.
Carrie Boynton – Animal Adoption Center
Originally from Cincinnati, Carrie grew up in a house full of rescue dogs and cats. After graduating from Colorado State University, she moved to Jackson with her first rescue dog, Keto. Carrie worked at the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole from 2002-2006, where she was Director of Special Projects and Events. Her primary focus was organizing Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities. In 2006, Carrie became Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club. In her nine years there, Carrie increased enrollment in Ski Club by 40%, increased annual scholarship awards by more than ten-fold, and led numerous capital and program expansion campaigns. Over the years, Carrie has adopted two AAC graduates; her dog Cobia and Jake Kitty. Carrie is excited to combine her passion for non-profit work with her deep belief in animal rescue, adoption, education, and spay/neuter.
Barry Hunter – Rusty Parrot Inn
Barry grew up in Eastern Idaho and went to Weber State University in Utah, where he majored in business, played football and wrestled. Barry started his first business, Bear Canyon Store, when he was 22 years old, and made 200 sack lunches for skiers daily and simultaneously perfected the art of the twice-cooked French fry. He specializes in hospitality and went to the Colorado Restaurant Institute at Vail Colorado while he worked as the Director of Food and Beverage for Snow Basin Ski Resort in Utah.
Barry has founded several thriving technology companies, but in 2013 he returned to his true love, the hospitality industry. He and his wife moved to New England to run the Adair Country Inn and Restaurant, a historic B&B and award-winning restaurant, where they were named to Trip Advisor's Hall of Fame for Innkeeping.
He currently serves as General Manager of the Elk Refuge Inn in Jackson, a member of The Shine Group, and has a passion for customer service, building high caliber teams and profitable businesses.
Barry has struck lightning in business several times and has been struck by lightning twice.
Barry and his wife Kimberly were married at the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone Park. They have a blended family with 7 children and 12 grandchildren. The grandchildren affectionately call him Papa Bear and Kimberly, Mama Bear.
He loves skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing and hiking in the backcountry. His favorite family activity is white water rafting down the Snake River, which he claims to have done a hundred times .He recently transitioned to working for the Rusty Parrot Lodge, a 4 diamond ski hotel in Jackson.
Julie Calder – Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Julie Calder has been immersed in a culture of travel and tourism since she was born. Hailing from the Boston area, her parents owned and operated a chain of boutique travel agencies. Julie’s passion for travel and adventure began in the family business.
She graduated from the University of Richmond, and later earned an MBA and MA in International Economics and Spanish from George Washington University. She began her professional career as a civilian with the Department of the Navy, where she worked on international sales of military aircraft.
After several family ski vacations to Jackson Hole in the 1990s, Julie felt the lure of the Tetons. In 1997, she left her position in Washington, D.C., and moved to Wilson, Wyoming. Julie worked for Alpine Vacation Rentals and Management before moving into a position within the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. When Jackson Hole Resort Lodging was formed, Julie became the Marketing Manager. Over the next 20 years, Julie’s position gradually expanded and is now the Director of Marketing and Operations for Jackson Hole Resort Lodging. She has also been able to utilize her Spanish and newly learned Portuguese language skills as she oversees the Latin American markets for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Julie served on the Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association Board of Directors including Co-Chair, currently sits on the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Destination Sales Committee, as well as the Residents for a Sustainable Community. In her spare time, she avidly rides and competes on horses, and also enjoys skiing, hiking, and travelling. Julie is married to Andy Calder, and they have two young daughters, Avery and Hannah.
Zachariah Turpin – Jackson Hole Jewelry Company
Born in Jackson Hole, Zachariah's passion for travel was instilled from an early age. He spent his formative years living in some of North America's most beautiful resort destinations, including Santa Barbara, California; Telluride, Colorado; Vancouver, British Colombia; and Naples, Florida. After trekking further abroad to study in England, he married his wife Shari and moved back to Jackson Hole full time in 2010.
Carrying on the family tradition of jewelry, Zachariah is a second generation jeweler and jet setter. He continues to explore the world in pursuit of the perfect gems for his clients. As lead designer at Jackson Hole Jewelry Co, Zachariah's timeless pieces delight travelers and locals alike. Zachariah's love of adventure and philanthropy keep him actively involved in the community, serving as the chair of the St. Jude Moonlight on the Mountains Event, and on the Town Creak HOA Board, among other charitable endeavors.