Board of Directors

Robert Briggs
President, Officer

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Chair Robert Briggs currently serves as the Planning Director for the Northern Wyoming Community College District in Sheridan Wyoming, and Administrator for the Sheridan Economic and Educational Development Authority Joint Powers Board (SEEDA).  He previously served as the Planning and Development Director for the City of...

Christine Bekes
Vice President, Officer

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Vice-Chair 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 has been a member of the WEDA Board since December of 2015 and currently serves on the board of...

John Marshall
Treasurer, Officer

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John Marshall is President at Golden Shovel Agency with many 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,...

Anja Bendel
Past President

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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 the Executive Director of...

Josh Boudreau
Board Member

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Josh Boudreau is the Vice President for Economic Development with the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance.  He works closely with partners in Laramie to help support start-ups, bring in new businesses and generally grow the Laramie economy.  He works to help Laramie achieve sustainable growth and...

Sharon Fain
Board Member

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Sharon Fain is currently the Vice President for Wyoming for Rocky Mountain Power.  In this role, Sharon oversees Rocky Mountain Power's Wyoming state business plan, directing customer and community relations and supporting regulatory and legislative activities. She completed her undergraduate studies at Georgia State University...

Noelle Reed
Board Member

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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 Development Alliance (CAEDA), nd...

Kayla McDonald
Board Member

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Kayla McDonald is the Business Development Director for the Sweetwater Economic Development Coalition (SEDC) in Rock Springs. Kayla was instrumental in the development and creation of the countywide economic development organization in 2016 which is a partnership with the City of Rock Springs, City of...

Shawn Reese
Ex-Officio Member

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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 operations and in 2003 developed the Business Ready...

Heidi Peterson
Ex-Officio Member

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

Linda Klinck
Ex-Officio 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
Ex-Officio Member

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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.  

Ron Gullberg
Ex-Officio Member

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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...

Robin Sessions Cooley
Ex-Officio Member

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Robin Sessions Cooley Ex-Officio Member Wyoming Director of Workforce Services Governor Mead appointed Robin Sessions Cooley to the Public Service Commission beginning March 16, 2017. Ms. Cooley graduated from the University of Wyoming, College of Law, in 1992, entering private practice in Cheyenne until 1997. Ms. Cooley’s government...

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