Samantha Bruegger, Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce |

Samantha Bruegger, Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

Samantha Bruegger at Grand Lake's Town Park on Wednesday, June 15.
Kristen Lodge / Sky-Hi News |

Sitting on a picnic bench at Grand Lake’s Town Park, Samantha Bruegger and her crew of volunteers are eagerly awaiting the influx of cyclist from Ride The Rockies. Bruegger is the executive director of the Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. With this Colorado bike event staying in Grand Lake on June 15, this is one of the town’s biggest events and the planning process started back in December. Every non-profit brought in volunteers for food and music to make the event fun and successful, she said. “The town and new board came together to fully support this event.”

The best part of the Grand Lake Ride The Rockies event tonight will be the music, she said.

What is a typical Friday in Summer like for you?

It depends on whether or not we are heading into an event weekend. The Grand Lake Chamber operates with five Board Members, one full-time staff member (Samantha), three part-time staff members and generous volunteers! Event weekends are all hands on deck. Fridays we are running through our event checklists one last time! If we don’t have an event, then I am trying to squeeze in some time to enjoy our beautiful summers with my husband and our dog! So it’s work, packing and we’re off on a river or a trail for the weekend!

What is your favorite part about your job?

The people and the place! I get to work with so many talented, dedicated people. I have the most wonderful staff; the mayor, town manager and trustees have been great collaborators. Not to mention our non-profit groups and Chamber Members- we have a fantastic community in Grand Lake! As far as the place, I am constantly in awe of the beauty of where we live. Grand Lake is the first place that has truly felt like home to me: it’s where I got this job, where I met my husband and home to Rocky Mountain National Park. What more could anyone want?! Also, music- I love watching our local musicians perform at our outdoor concerts like 1st Saturdays, Buffalo Barbecue & Ride the Rockies!

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

Balancing time for work and for family and friends. As a Chamber Director, your job constantly requires your attention and input. There are no extended summer vacations, and I often work while “away,” but the reward of seeing this community grow and thrive is far greater than anything else! I am also grateful to have talented staff and Board members who do a fabulous job in my absence.

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

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