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    November 15, 2018

    Dear Chamber Members,

    As many of you know, we have spent the past two years working with the Adams County District Attorney and the City of Brighton to prosecute our former Chamber CEO Holly Hansen. We are happy to announce that this week we received some resolution and optimism for our future.
    On Wednesday, several of our board members appeared in court and shared victim impact statements with Judge Patrick T. Murphy. After two hours, Holly Hansen was convicted of a Class Five Felony and sentenced to 10 years of economic crime probation and was ordered to pay the $112,000 restitution she embezzled from the City and Chamber. She was also sentenced to 90 days of home detention, 100 hours of community service, and was ordered to write apology letters to the Chamber and the City.  
    From day one, this investigation has been handled with the utmost urgency and a firm commitment by our Board to do everything possible to protect our organization. We have always been committed to keeping your concerns our top priority in order to rise above this adversity. Over the past two years, we have:

    • Hired the best team possible – President and CEO Naomi Colwell, Membership Director of Membership Leslie Espinoza and Community Concierge Yvette Martinez – who have reinvigorated our Chamber with their experience, innovation and passion for doing what’s best for our members.
    • Re-evaluated and added additional safeguards to our financial policies, with input from area CPAs and financial advisors, to ensure financial control and stewardship.
    • Created a finance committee and have engaged a professional CPA firm to perform a financial audit.
    This morning Robert R. Feis, CPA of Feis & Company, P.C. presented his firm’s findings of our recent financial audit to the Board. There were no significant findings and he found the financial records to be in good shape. He was happy with the results of the audit, especially the fact that we have an outside accounting firm doing our bookkeeping, the timeliness of reconciliation, and our internal accounting controls.
    We are incredibly proud to work alongside such a dedicated Chamber staff and Board of Directors who have devoted countless hours to ensure the value and needs of our members remained in the forefront of all decisions.
    Thank you for your continued trust in our leadership. We look forward to a future of continued strength, optimism, and enthusiasm.
    If at any time you have a question of the Board or Chamber staff, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly.
    Sincerely,
    Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce – Executive Board
     
     
    Brian Lewis – Chairman of the Board
    Charmaine Weis – Vice Chair
    Kevin Kildow – Treasurer
    Lynn Ann Sheats - Secretary

     
     
    Contact:
    Naomi Colwell, President/CEO
    3036559251
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