The South Metro Denver Chamber (SMDC) has named Jeff Keener its new Chief Executive Officer. Keener, a SMDC Board Member and the owner of a marketing firm, replaces Robert Golden who resigned from the SMDC in late 2019.
“As we approach the Chamber’s 100-year anniversary, we’re excited to gain someone as passionate about the business community as Jeff Keener. It’s an exciting time for the SMDC and we look forward to Keener’s leadership, especially as he helps evolve our best practices to reflect the growing business dynamics in the south metro Denver region,” said, Christie Lee, SMDC Board Chair and Director of Government Relations with Lockheed Martin Space.
Keener said the Chamber is poised to grow even more in 2020 and the years ahead thanks to a strong board and strong economy, especially in the south metro Denver area.
“People join the Chamber to be fully part of the community,” Keener said. “I’m committed to making sure that we meet our members’ needs so that their desire to be involved in their community is satisfied. I appreciate our Chamber’s important role: we are a critical nucleus for our various communities in the thriving south metro area.”
Originally chartered in 1921, the SMDC is about to celebrate its Centennial year and is one of the most influential forces in local government and regional economic development. What began as a small-town Chamber of Commerce has transformed to a key player in the South Denver region: influential in 4 counties and 18 cities with over 650 business investors.
Keener owns JMB Marketing, a consultancy that provides businesses support in the sales and marketing arenas. Keener was the winner of the SMDC Leadership in Motion Award in 2012. He is a former councilman for the Town of Breckenridge and a former member of the Board of Directors for Colorado Ski Country USA. Keener has always been an active member of his community, including stints volunteering with the Littleton Hockey and Soccer Associations and with the Arapahoe High School Lacrosse team.
About the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce
Through a variety of educational and networking events and subsequent collaboration, SMDC members have the opportunity to meet and get to know other business leaders who listen, bounce ideas back and forth, resolve issues, and find solutions to their mutual business challenges. More information is available at bestchamber.com.
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