More to Lowenthal than the Chamber
CARBONDALE, Colo. ” In Carbondale, the name Randi Lowenthal usually comes with the tag, “from the chamber.”
As the Executive Director of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, Lowenthal is dedicated to her job and very visible out in the community at chamber events ” but there’s a lot more to it than that.
Lowenthal’s got the attitude that life is just to short to waste time bickering and she tends to get right to the point. She is businesslike, for sure, but not without a softer side. Her favorite activity is hanging at home with Babe Ruth, her “skinny black Labrador with a beard” dog.
“He and I have been inseparable,” said Lowenthal about the dog she adopted from a local animal rescue organization shortly after she moved to Carbondale in 2000.
Lowenthal moved from New York City, but said the small-town thing isn’t foreign to her. Although she was used to a faster pace of life, she grew up in a small town in Illinois “in the middle of nowhere.” She said living in a smaller town again feels like coming full circle and she has no plans to return to the big apple.
“I had been coming to the valley since the mid-’80s with my husband who loved to ski and we kept hearing it was better in the summer than it was in the winter. We just kept coming here more and more, whenever we wanted to chill out we’d go to Colorado,” she said.
Lowenthal took a job at the Rocky Mountain Institute and later at the Aspen Institute after she and her husband decided to make the move to Colorado.
Not long after the move, Lowenthal’s husband, Michael Silberberg, a lawyer and an avid skier and outdoorsman, died of heart failure. The couple has one daughter, Dana, who lives in New York.
“I spent a lot of time upvalley and I didn’t have a big connection to Carbondale,” said Lowenthal about her first few years in the Roaring Fork Valley. “I was sick of commuting and wanted to work closer to where I lived. Magically, the chamber job came up.”
Lowenthal said the job’s been grounding for her as well a great opportunity to meet people. She lives in the Los Adobes subdivision just outside of the town of Carbondale.
“I had a lot of business experience and nonprofit experience. It was great to jump in with both feet and get to know a lot of people and businesses,” said Lowenthal, who has revamped the chamber into the place to be since taking over in 2003. “We’ve come a long way in the last three and a half years. Membership has grown tremendously and I think we’ve helped create a more positive business atmosphere in Carbondale.
“I don’t think the valley viewed Carbondale as a great place to do business, they thought of it as a great place to live and a great place to visit.”
Once the chamber got some funds through the lodging tax that passed in 2003 Lowenthal’s been building the organization, growing the membership from just over 100 when she started to almost 500.
When she’s not hangin’ with Babe Ruth, Lowenthal said she likes to read, cook, travel and cross-country ski. She said she dabbles in a lot of things. One of her passions is education and she considers life a lifelong learning experience. She is currently on the Colorado Mountain College Foundation and enjoys taking different classes.
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