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Evans Hall honored as leader

State commerce group recognizes Steamboat Chamber official

Blythe Terrell

Steamboat’s top Chamber official received a special honor this month from the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry.

The group gave the Outstanding Leadership Award to Sandy Evans Hall, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s executive vice president. The group created the honor for Evans Hall, association Program Director Bonnie Finley said.

The association gave Evans Hall the award at the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives conference in Colorado Springs. Evans Hall earned the award by stepping up to become chairwoman of the executives group when the position unexpectedly fell open, Finley said. Evans Hall was slated to take over in January but did so in July instead.

“She just made that transition so seamless,” Finley said. “That void could have been a problem for that group, but she just didn’t let that happen. And she didn’t bully her way in. She just very calmly said, ‘I will step in and take this over before my time when I’m supposed to.'”

The Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives falls un-der the umbrella of the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry. The executives group gave a Special Achievement Award to the Crested Butte group, a Communications Aw-

ard to Jefferson County’s Chamber and a Best Chamber Web site award to the Aspen Chamber at the conference.

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The larger association bestowed the leadership award on Evans Hall, however.

“I was very pleased and very honored because it was in front of a group of my peers, that Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives group,” Evans Hall said. “And these are the people that do my job all over the state, and to be given a leadership award among that group was really very, very special to me.”

The chair position is time-consuming, Finley said.

“So it’s a very selfless thing, and she just did it so well,” Finley said. “And, you know, the younger Chamber executives look to people like Sandy, who have been involved in Chamber work, as role models, and she has been a great role model.”

Evans Hall will serve a one-year term as chairwoman of the executives group, starting in January. Since taking charge, she said, she has worked to organize the group and revamp its board of directors. She also helped change and pass the bylaws.

“Well, it is a challenge, but I believe so strongly in our professional development and our ability to provide that to Chambers of Commerce around the state that it wasn’t something that was overwhelming,” she said. “I was able to find the time to put that together.”

Finley said the first-time award might appear again.

“I think what we will do is, when we see some outstanding leadership, we won’t hesitate to give it out again, but it’s not every year that we have somebody who really is an outstanding leader,” Finley said. “I can see us giving it out again, but it is a special deal.”