Board Members


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

Chairman’s Message
A Message from the 2020 Golden Chamber of Commerce Chairman
Dean Valdez

I am a Colorado native and have lived in Golden for the last 21 years. I have seen Golden grow and thrive and become what many believe is the best community in the state. My wife, Aimee, and I invested in Golden real estate and have created and developed downtown Golden businesses. Thus, we have a vested interest in the economic vitality of our town. That’s one of the reasons I joined the Chamber Board of Directors in January 2019 and why I now look forward to leading the organization with one goal in mind; to provide value to our members by focusing on business advocacy.

Here’s what that looks like: enhanced business networking, better professional development opportunities, and more involvement in business policy decisions. We will also strive to bring our members cost-saving business-to-business deals.

In 2019 the Chamber’s financial position improved significantly and several board positions opened up. In 2020 we will have new board members and additional staff to support the objectives mentioned above. We will continue our participation in key community events such as the Golden Fine Arts Festival and the Chili Cook-off, however, our staff’s focus will shift to business advocacy in order to lay the foundation and direction for the coming years.

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Golden Chamber of Commerce and it will coincide with a new and focused direction. Members will gain an energetic partner dedicated to helping you succeed, and we will work hard to provide value to members and bring our business community together through a shared voice and common goals.

We look forward to working with you to create an even better business climate in Golden. 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

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