Chamber welcomes Tara Sharp as new director

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photo by Kim Cameron Tara Sharp (left) began her new position of executive director last week. She plans to meet business owners in the near future. She is pictured here with Andrea Buller who was hired as an administrative assistant last fall but will be taking on a new role within the Chamber as the Board looks to restructure.
photo by Kim Cameron Tara Sharp (left) began her new position of executive director last week. She plans to meet business owners in the near future. She is pictured here with Andrea Buller who was hired as an administrative assistant last fall but will be taking on a new role within the Chamber as the Board looks to restructure.

Tara Sharp is the new Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce executive director.

Most in Kremmling know Tara for her generosity and willingness to lend a hand.

For the last three years, she has been volunteering for the Middle Park Fair & Rodeo and the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce. This familiarity with events led her to apply for the executive director position.

“I am well aware of the events the Chamber does, and I am excited to work with everyone in the community,” said Tara.

Since moving here in 2013, Tara has been busy building relationships in the community and hopes to use this as a foundation in her new role.

“I have had a lot of local participation in the ‘Help the Homeless’ days I plan in Denver,” said Tara of her dedication to the homeless. For years she has been a volunteer at the Rescue Mission and began making blessing bags that included socks and other small comforts. She then grew her vision to include a hot meal, donations of blankets, coats and other necessary items. Through her efforts, the homeless in downtown Denver receive a hot meal four times a year, and as many as twenty Kremmling volunteers join her to help with donations and serve.

Tara hopes community members will see the importance of the Chamber as they have with trips to Denver. “I want to bring more of our community in for events and to increase community involvement,” said Tara with her endless positivity.

She plans to personally meet business owners in the first stages of her executive director role and is already immersed in the planning for Kremmling Days and Fire Up the Cliffs. Fortunately, she also has friends in the music business and was able to book a band from Memphis, Tennessee for Kremmling Days. In the future, Tara hopes to add another winter event to Kremmling’s venue.

She is slated to work five days a week, and with the help of Andrea Buller, who was hired last year as an administrative assistant, she is revitalizing the executive director position. The Chamber Board plans to shift responsibilities of bookkeeping and budgeting to Andrea who has a degree in business and a minor in accounting. With a shift in responsibilities, the Chamber Board will capitalize on the strengths of their staff and allow Tara more time for marketing, networking, and event planning. Tara’s background is in K-8 education and criminal science, and she served as a Victim’s Assistant in Leadville before relocating to Kremmling.

Kremmling Chamber Board president Dawna Heller commented, “Every question we asked, Tara had the right answer.”

“Kremmling has such amazing people… I look forward to working with everyone,” said Tara who knows her family will also be some of the first to volunteer.

Her husband, Alan, is a technical operations manager for Comcast, and a lieutenant in the Kremmling Fire Protection District. Her oldest children, a set of twins – Kaleb and Ashlee, are currently sophomores at West Grand and have already shown an aptitude for volunteering. Her youngest, Avriel, is a kindergartner.

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