Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Kara Stoller
Before moving to Steamboat Springs in 2007, Kara Stoller, 33, worked special event production in Philadelphia after graduating from West Virginia University. She wasted no time putting her skills to use in Steamboat, landing a job as special events director for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. This led to her current role as the association’s marketing director.
It’s a perfect fit, given her background, friendly personality and penchant for all things Ski Town USA.
“I came here to visit my brother, saw the ad, and then packed up and came back three weeks later,” she says. “Steamboat’s definitely home now.”Everyone who knows her, from friends and local family—which includes brother Todd, husband Andrew, 1-year-old daughter Iris, and her aunt and uncle—to visitors and workmates is happy things worked out that way. So are the many volunteer organizations she’s associated with, from Leadership Steamboat and the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission, where she served for four years, to the Ski Town USA Rotary Club, where she’s helping its outreach efforts. As co-chair of the local USA Pro Challenge host committee, she was also instrumental in luring the nation’s biggest cycling race to town.
“She’s very hard working and dedicated,” commends Chamber CEO Jim Clark, adding she also created the All Arts and Oktoberwest festivals. “She’s the type of person you know will get the job done, and get it done right. She’s a true asset to this community.”
For Stoller, she’s just glad it all gets her out in the community. “Working for the chamber has allowed me to get know some great members of the community,” she says. “Every day is different, which keeps things fresh and challenging. And Steamboat is great because it has such a dedicated and caring community.”
When not spearheading the Chamber’s marketing efforts or helping Rotary’s mission, Stoller can be found practicing what she preaches, mountain biking, skiing, golfing, hiking and more—all of which makes her even more endearing to her cohorts.
“She has an amazing work ethic, going above and beyond the call of duty every day, while still maintaining a great work/live balance,” says friend Sarah Coleman. “She’s smart, caring, happy and a real go-getter. Plus, she rips on a bike and skis.”
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