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Colorado Chamber Announces Board Changes

David Rivera Elected Board Chair for 2021-22

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DENVER – The Colorado Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors today elected David Rivera as 2021-22 Board Chair during its annual meeting. Rivera is director of business affairs for Climax Molybdenum, a Freeport-McMoRan Company. Additionally, the Board elected John Jacus, partner for Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, as Board Chair-elect.

Marv Strait, the chamber’s long-time treasurer, also announced his retirement effective December 31, 2021, after serving the organization for more than 20 years. Kreg Brown, partner with Plante Moran, was elected to take his place beginning in 2022.

“I’m honored to take on this role at such a transformational time for the Colorado business community,” Rivera said. “As we look ahead towards economic recovery from the pandemic, the chamber’s role in giving business a voice in policy is critical. I look forward to working with the chamber team, including our next CEO Loren Furman, to continue delivering results for Colorado businesses.”

Rivera has been with Climax Molybdenum since 2008. He previously served in Colorado Governor Bill Owens’ administration as a senior policy advisor before he was appointed and unanimously confirmed as Colorado’s Commissioner of Insurance. Rivera is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in International Affairs. He has served on several commissions, task forces and boards, including the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform and as past-chair of the Colorado Mining Association.

“We are approaching a pivotal moment for the Colorado business community with the upcoming legislative session,” said Chuck Berry, current chamber president and CEO. “The Colorado Chamber has greatly benefited from David’s business experience and deep knowledge of policy, and I’m confident he will help set us on the right course as we transition into new leadership.”

“Our work at the Colorado Chamber is more meaningful than ever, and David’s leadership will be invaluable as we start a new chapter,” said Loren Furman, who will succeed Berry as president and CEO in January. “I look forward to working with him to advance our mission and craft the chamber’s vision for 2022.”

Rivera succeeds 2020-21 Board Chair Rachel Nance of Xcel Energy. Nance will continue to serve the organization as Past Board Chair.

*Note: David Rivera’s headshot for media use can be accessed here.

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The Colorado Chamber of Commerce champions free enterprise, a healthy business environment and economic prosperity for all Coloradans. It is the only business association that works to improve the business climate for all sizes of business from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. What the Colorado Chamber accomplishes is good for all businesses, and that’s good for the state’s economy. It was created in 1965 based on the merger with the Colorado Manufacturers’ Association.