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Robert Briggs
President, Officer

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Robert Briggs currently serves as the Planning Director for the Northern Wyoming Community College District in Sheridan Wyoming.  Prior to moving back to Sheridan, Robert served as the Planning and Development Director for the City of Cheyenne.  Raised in an Air Force family, he had...

Christine Bekes
Vice President, Officer

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12/2015 – 09/2017 Christine Bekes is the Executive Director for Powell Economic Partnership (PEP), the local economic development organization for Powell, Wyoming. She has been with PEP since 2014.  Christine was raised in Powell on her family farm. After high school, Christine spent about 20 years on...

Ashley Harpstreith
Secretary, Officer

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10/2016 – 9/2019 (First Term)  Ashley Harpstreith is the Executive Director of Goshen County Economic Development Corporation where she manages a county-wide economic development program with a $3.8M financial portfolio and three staff. Current projects include promotion of a downtown development property, recruitment for two industrial...

John Marshall
Treasurer, Officer

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John Marshall is President at Golden Shovel Agency with 12 years of experience in financial analysis, sales and business development in the privately owned business market, specifically manufacturing, real estate development and the construction industries. He is a member of the Mid-America EDC, NREDA, SEDC,...

Dave Simonsen
Board Member

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10/2014 – 9/2017 (First Term) Dave Simonsen is the Chief Executive Officer for the Kaycee-Buffalo-Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board. Dave started in that position in December 2013. Prior to that he was the Business Ready Communities and Community Facilities program manager in the Investment...

Anja Bendel
Past President

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10/2014 – 9/2017 (First Term) Anja Bendel has been working in economic development since 2008. She has been working at the economic development organization for Cheyenne and Laramie County, Cheyenne LEADS, since 2011 as the Director of Business Development. Prior to coming to LEADS, Anja was...

Josh Boudreau
Board Member

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10/2015 – 9/2018 The Laramie Chamber Business Alliance 800 S. Third Street Laramie, WY 82070

Sharon Fain
Board Member

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Sharon Fain is owner of Cheyenne based WyBrand Strategies a consulting, marketing, media relations and public affairs firm. She serves as the chief executive and publicist charged with overseeing client campaigns, brand strategies and business relationship development. Sharon is also a trusted national communications expert...

Noelle Reed
Board Member

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10/2013 – 9/2016 (First Term) Noelle Reed is the Advanced Industries Manager for the Wyoming Business Council.  Noelle started her role with the WBC in January 2017.  Prior to that, she worked as the Vice President of Economic & Business Development for the Casper Area Economic...

Shawn Reese
Exofficio Member

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CEO, Wyoming Business Council 214 W. 15th St. Cheyenne, WY 82002 Shawn Reese rejoined the Wyoming Business Council as chief executive officer in June 2014. The Business Council is the state of Wyoming’s economic development agency. Reese previously worked at the Business Council from 2003-11. He oversaw the Investment Ready Communities Division...

Heidi Peterson
Exofficio Member

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Executive Director Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce PO Box 418 Laramie, WY 82073

Linda Klinck
Exofficio Member

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Program Manager, Wyoming Main Street Wyoming Business Council 214 W. 15th Street Cheyenne Coming from Indiana, Linda has been with Wyoming Business Council as the Main Street Program Manager since February of 2015.  As Program Manager she works closely with the state’s Main Street Communities, provides training opportunities, leads...

Chris Brown
Exofficio Member

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President WAGAN Chris Brown serves as the president of Wyoming Association and Government Affairs Network, an association management, government affairs and public relations firm that advocates on behalf of the hospitality, tourism, retail and economic development sectors in Wyoming.  

Robert Gullberg
Ex-Officio Member, Business Development Director of the Wyoming Business Council

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Ron Gullberg joined the Wyoming Business Council in March 2014 as communications director after a 25-year daily newspaper career. He was promoted to business development director in September 2017. In the newspaper industry, he worked in sports at The Ketchikan Daily News (Alaska), The Bulletin...

Tobi Cates
Ex-Officio Member, Administrator Office of Workforce Programs - Unemployment Insurance

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Tobi is the Administrator of the Workforce Programs Division of DWS which includes Employment and Training, Unemployment Insurance and Vocational Rehabilitation. Tobi was instrumental in the creation of the new WYUI software a 58+ million dollar multistate project. She has been with the department since...

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