Board Members


Dean Valdez
Owner, Old Capitol Grill, Miners Saloon, Ace Liquors

Chairman’s Message
A Message from the 2021 Golden Chamber of Commerce Chairman
Dean Valdez

Golden Chamber of Commerce Members,

The Chamber, now more than perhaps ever in our 101 years, needs to be a strong business partner for you.  In 2020, we all had to pivot regarding how we did business, and the Chamber was there to support you by providing an initial supply of PPE, advocating and communicating the evolving health and business issues at the state and local level, and creatively finding ways to support businesses.

Early in the year Nola Krajewski was appointed as our Executive Director and she has been providing the day-to-day leadership that has enabled us to thrive in a difficult year.  We have also added new Board members and as we embark on the new year, our focus will be to help ensure the economic vitality of our city.

Our goal has not changed; the Chamber exists to provide value to our members by focusing on business advocacy.  We support business commerce while helping our community grow and prosper.  In 2021 we will achieve this by enhancing membership return on investment, proactively participating with government officials on policy and business issues, and ensuring our members’ voices are heard and communicated where necessary.

We will continue with enhanced business networking and professional development opportunities and the Chamber’s participation in key community events will continue, especially the Golden Farmers Market, the Golden Fine Arts Festival, the Chili Cook-off, and Olde Golden Christmas festivities.  Participation in those events brings people to town who then support our local businesses and economy.

In addition to the above, we will:

  • conduct a business survey to get your feedback on how we can better support your business
  • hire a membership manager to better serve members and recruit new members
  • restructure our sponsorship and member pricing levels to provide more marketing opportunities for members and a better ROI on your membership
  • create a member business advisory council to provide a unified and strong business voice in the community

As I mentioned last year, we look forward to working with our members to create an even better business climate in Golden; the Chamber is the Gateway to Golden for our business community and I encourage you to join if you are not already a member.  If you have ideas for the Chamber to consider, please email me at with Golden Chamber Ideas in the subject line.


Brian Conroy
Principal Golden High School


Michael Curry
Manager of Provider Relations, Centura Health

Joe Del Nero
Digital Media and Communications Manager, Colorado School of Mines

Michael Nuss
President, Coors Distributing Company


Dr. Jen Perez
Individual member, Golden Young Professionals Chair

Cynthia Shields
Director Advising/Transfer/Tutoring Services, Red Rocks Community College

Tracie Wilcox
President & CEO
On Tap Credit Union

Andy Yates
Stone Strategy & Design

RaQwin Young
Attorney, The Law Office of RaQwin Young, LLC