Full disclosure, I am on the board of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce (GJACC). I am also a fourth generation resident of this valley, born and raised here in GJ. My wife and I have raised three wonderful children here (two of which moved back here after college) and enjoy every day we get to spend with them, their spouses and our five grandkids.
Along with my brother and my wife, we have owned and operated a successful construction and design business here in GJ for over 30 years. Our firm has been a member of the GJACC for over 15 years, but it has only been the last one and a half years that I have become active in the Chamber by becoming a board member and getting involved in committee work.
To say that I do not have a passion and determination to see that our valley, our city, our businesses and our families have every chance of surviving, prospering and having the best quality of life possible would be an understatement.
I cannot tell you how honored I am to be a part of this organization and cannot speak highly enough of each and every board member I have come in contact with so far. These members come from very diverse backgrounds - age, sex, type of business, political beliefs and affiliations, and length of time they have lived in our community. I believe I have been around each of them long enough to say, they have the same passion and determination that I do when it comes to trying to do what is best for this community and the people that live and work here.
Do we always agree on every issue, hell no, what group does? But I can tell you they are committed to seeing that our businesses (particularly our small businesses) grow, become successful and prosper. Exactly what the GJACC is empowered and set up to do.
The GJACC has garnered a lot of controversial press recently, mainly in regards to the upcoming election and the new candidates that are running for City Council seats. You may have your opinion on who you want to vote for to represent our city; that is your right and your choice. But for anyone to portray that the GJACC has any hidden agenda or is trying to take over the city for selfish, political reasons is dishonest, disingenuous and from my perspective, is doing it for their own selfish, personal agenda and benefit.
If you do not like the candidates or issues that the GJACC has endorsed, don't vote for them. I just want you to know that these endorsements come only from one perspective. It is what the GJACC believes is best for our businesses, their owners and their employees. When businesses thrive so does our city, our community and the people who live here.