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Debbie Contini Braun, IOM and CDME
President and CEO
970-925-1940
 
Debbie Braun has 17 years' experience in the Chamber and Destination Marketing field as the President & CEO of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.  She is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management and received her certificate for 96 hours of Nonprofit Organizational Management coursework.   She is also a graduate of Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) and has received the Certified Destination Management Executive designation.  
 
She is a current board member of the Colorado Association of Destination Marketing Organizations and former board member of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives.  She is an active member of the Western Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Destination Marketing International.  Debbie has been a speaker at the Mountain Travel Symposium - highlighting special events in the community; at the Assembly - collaborating for year-round mountain tourism; at the World Travel Market - featuring international sport tourism; and at the BVI Business Outlook Forum - on year-round community strategies for special events.
 
Debbie was born and raised in Palmer, Alaska.  She graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1988 with a degree in Public Relations/Journalism, and a minor in psychology.  She is active with many community committees and is married with two children.
 
John Davies
Executive Administrative Assistant 
970-920-7142
 
 
Julia Theisen, IOM and CDME
Vice President of Sales & Marketing 
970-920-7141
 
Julia manages Destination Marketing at the Aspen chamber which is contracted with the City of Aspen to attract leisure visitors and groups to the resort year round.  The destination marketing initiatives include group sales, public relations, social media, advertising, website, print collateral and marketing partnerships.  She is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management and received her certificate for 96 hours of Nonprofit Organizational Management coursework.  She is also a graduate of Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) and has received the Certified Destination Management Executive designation.  
 
Julia joined the Chamber in 2009 with experience in global event management, sales and marketing for companies including the American Heart Association and the PGA TOUR.  Julia loves to travel and has lived and worked in London, South Africa and throughout the U.S. but is delighted to call the Roaring Fork Valley her home.

 
Jennifer Albright Carney
Vice President of Event Marketing 
970-920-7143

Jennifer Albright Carney manages the special events department and produces 12 Days of Aspen, Wintersköl, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, Aspen's Old-fashioned Fourth of July Celebration and the Aspen Arts Festival.  Jennifer joined the Chamber in 1998 as the special events manager.  In 2002, she was promoted to director of events and in 2005 became vice president of event marketing.  

After graduating from Michigan State University in 1992, Jennifer spent the summer working on Nantucket Island and three months in Hong Kong before moving to Aspen.  Prior to joining the Chamber, Jennifer worked for the Ritz-Carlton Aspen and at the Aspen Art Museum as membership director.  Jennifer has enjoyed living in Aspen for the past 20 years.  With the addition of a baby boy and recently building a house, she and her husband look forward to spending the next 20 years in Aspen!

 
 
Brittany Zanin
Special Events Manager
970-920-7146

Brittany is the Special Events Manger and works with Jennifer Carney to produce ACRA’s numerous events throughout the year. After growing up in Aspen, Brittany attended the University of Miami and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science. Upon graduating from UM in 2011, she moved to Washington, DC where she worked with different Congressional Members and for a political action committee. Brittany moved back to Aspen because her family is here, her roots are here and she loves this town!

 
Noël Chiarelli
Special Events Coordinator 
970-920-7169

Noël works alongside Jennifer and Brittany in the Special Events department.  She grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a degree in Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management.  Having worked planning meetings and events at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen and San Francisco, she is very passionate about the event world.  In her free time, Noël enjoys traveling and soccer.  
 

Erik Klanderud, IOM
Vice President of Member Services
970-925-1940
 

Erik Klanderud is the Director of Member Services at the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA), and he just might be this mountain town's No. 1 fan. Klanderud (who also happens to be former mayor Helen Klanderud's son) has been graciously providing visitors and curious locals with vital Aspen information through ACRA for the last 9 years. That task comes easily to Klanderud, who has spent the last four decades living in our mountain town and cultivating his expert status on all things Aspen (he is even a graduate of Aspen High School, Class of '84). Whether you're wondering what trail to hike, where to eat, or when the Wheeler Opera House was constructed, Erik always has an answer, and it almost always comes with a smile. For great conversation and an Aspen factoid, you can find this hometown boy at the ACRA offices at 590 N. Mill Street.

 
Claire Sacco
Membership Program Manager
970-920-7131
Claire Sacco is the Membership Program Manager at the Aspen Chamber, and can help you with all of your membership questions and updates. She hails from Upstate New York, and graduated from Connecticut College in 2012 with a B.A. in International Relations and French. She moved to Aspen in 2013 to follow her dream of living in a mountain town, quickly fell in love and never left. She enjoys skiing, hiking, running, and the plethora of cultural events Aspen has to offer.
 
Diana Morrissey
Visitor/Member Services Manager
970-920-7145

Diana is the manager of guest services program and oversees the daily operation of the three in town visitor centers: the Rio Grande Visitor Center, the Wheeler Opera House Visitor Center and the Guest Pavilion on the corner of Cooper and Galena Streets.      
 

Susan Bantis
Airport Guest Service Director 
970-948-6319

 

Sarah Reynolds Lasser
Director of Sales
970-920-7185

Sarah Reynolds works in the Destination Marketing department at the Aspen Chamber, leading the group sales initiatives in Aspen. Sarah joined the ACRA after six years in the hospitality industry at Hotel Jerome and Ritz-Carlton Club Aspen Highlands.  She first came to Aspen on a college spring break and soon returned to work and enjoy Aspen's glorious summer months and great skiing.  Sarah grew up in Raleigh, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University where she majored in Hospitality and Tourism Management, as well as Marketing. Sarah lives Aspen's mind, body and spirit idea and can be found enjoying all of the outdoor activities, art, culture, film, and music.

 
Eliza Voss
Director of Marketing
970-920-7125

Eliza works in the Destination Marketing department at the Aspen Chamber, promoting tourism to Aspen, since she loves to travel and she loves Aspen, this is the perfect job.  Prior to joining the Aspen Chamber in 2010 Eliza worked at the Limelight Lodge. Eliza originally moved to Aspen in 2006 for just one winter season, and has been here ever since. She fell in love with all Aspen's recreational activities, cultural events, and delicious food and drink. She grew up in Connecticut, and graduated from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. She is married and has two children.

 
Liz Cluley
Sales Manager
970-920-7196

Liz Cluley is the Sales Manager for the Destination Marketing department at the Aspen Chamber. Prior to joining the Chamber, Liz worked in hospitality positions at The Gant and the Hotel Jerome. She first came to Aspen during the summer of 2009, and following graduation she moved back to live and work in Aspen full time. Liz grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Communications.

 
 
Amy Roldan
Destination Marketing Administrative Assistant
970-920-7197
 

Amy Roldan works as the Administrative Assistant for ACRA’s Destination Marketing Team.  She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May of 2011.  Amy is trilingual, communicating in Spanish and Portuguese fluently.  Her passion for traveling started at a young age, which inspired her to live abroad in Brazil and Peru.  During her time abroad she taught English and volunteered at various non-profit organizations.  The mountain lifestyle and family drew her back to the Roaring Fork Valley.  She joined the ACRA team in the fall of 2015.  

4th of July Parade Waiver

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort

Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other

liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July

parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.

      Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their

officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all

liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the

undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless

such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

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