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Dave Simonsen
President, Officer

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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...

Robert Briggs
Vice President, Officer

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10/2015 – 9/2018 Robert  Briggs is the Planning and Economic Development Director for the City of Sheridan.  Raised in an Air Force family, he had the opportunity to grow up in communities across the United States, and overseas in Turkey and England.  As a young adult...

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...

Christine Bekes
Treasurer, 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...

Noelle Reed
Board member

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10/2013 – 9/2016 (First Term) Noelle Reed is a University of Wyoming graduate with both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees. She received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice in 2007, and then received her Master's Degree in Public Administration in 2010....

Brandi Harlow
Board member

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10/2014 – 9/2017 (Second Term) Brandi Harlow is the Northeast Regional Director at Wyoming Business Council. Prior to this position she was Economic Development Director for the Town of Wright. She is responsible of all community and economic development projects as well as marketing and public relations.  Prior...

John Marshall
Board member

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John Marshall is Vice President of Sales 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...

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

Ben Avery
Exofficio Member

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Business & Industry Division Director Wyoming Business Council 214 W. 15th St. Cheyenne, WY 82002

Shawn Reese
Exofficio Member

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CEO, Wyoming Business Council 214 W. 15th St. Cheyenne, WY 82002

Chris Brown
Exofficio Member

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Executive Director Wyoming Association & Government Affairs Network PO Box 1003 Cheyenne, WY 82003

Heidi Peterson
Exofficio Member

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

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Linda Klinck
Exofficio Member

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