Meet Shelly McManus, Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director |

Meet Shelly McManus, Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

Shelly McManus in Kremmling behind the Visitor Center.
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Shelly McManus has been the executive director of the Kremmling Area Chamber for three years.

What is a typical Friday in Summer like for you?

I don’t really have a “typical” Friday night but If I don’t have an event that I’m working that weekend, I am most likely going to be with friends enjoying our beautiful Colorado summer weather. We may just kick it by a bonfire or we like to take advantage of the short summer and all of the cool activities surrounding us like live music, festivals, concerts, beer festivals, farmer’s markets, plays, races and rodeos. I’m a pretty social person so I like to get out and meet new people and try new things. There’s also the side of me that likes solitude and quiet. I like to immerse myself in nature by camping, hiking, biking, and going to hot springs. But my favorite thing is to be surrounded by water. Being a native of Minnesota (Land of 10,000 Lakes) and a water sign (Scorpio), I’m happiest when I’m in, on, or near water. I really like that Kremmling is surrounded by so many different bodies of water and I like to take advantage by river rafting, Sea-doing, kayaking, canoeing, SUPing, you name it, anything but fishing. Lol (although I do want to start fishing). There are a few items I have on my bucket list like hiking a 14er, fly fishing, a hot air balloon ride, and paragliding off the Kremmling Cliffs!

What is your favorite part about your job?

There are a lot of things I love about my job, but I think my favorite aspect is helping people that stop at the Kremmling Visitor Center/Chamber to find activities, lodging, food and directions. I think people really appreciate it when you take the time to understand where they are coming from and going to, how much time they have, and what they are trying to see in between those two points. They like it when you’re able to take time and give them specific recommendations that they may not have known about, be it a short-cut, a scenic route, or a place to grab lunch. Other favorites are working with the businesses in town, organizing events, even though they may be stressful, and really promoting Kremmling as the small town gem that it is. So many people are looking for that place where they can truly unplug and where neighbors help each other, and you don’t have to lock your door. A place where people know you by name and there’s one stop light. I feel genuinely lucky to have made Kremmling my home.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

The most difficult aspect is not having enough time to go out and visit each business owner and find out what I can do to help them. It’s amazing how days, weeks, and months just fly by with meetings, events, e-mails, phone calls, advertising and marketing, and keeping the visitors center staffed. I would really like to have a firm grasp of what each business in our community does, and how I might be able to help them increase their revenue.

This is the fourth article of a five-part series highlighting the executive directors of Grand County’s Chambers.

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