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Steamboat Springs Young Professionals’ Table of 10 to feature ‘chief of the Chief’

Scott Parker became executive director of the Chief Theater in August 2013.
Matt Stensland
Top 5 defining moments in Parker’s career:
  1. Nature’s Web: Through this program in 1996, which Parker and Kelly Anzalone created, local students had the chance to track Parker and Anzalone's adventure online with digital photos.
  2. In 2000, a few years after forming "We're Not Clowns," Parker, Anzalone and the third member of the troupe, Andrew Pratt, decided to compete at the International Jugglers Association Competition and Convention in Montreal, Canada. They won a silver medal at the competition.
  3. In 2005, Anzalone and Parker took over the lease of the Mountain Movie Theater in Ski Time Square. “We decided to convert it into a live theater and hosted an amazing variety of events until it was torn down in 2008.”
  4. After leaving the Yampa Valley from 2007 to 2013, Parker fullfilled a big dream by coming back to become the executive director of the Chief Theater.
  5. The Chief Theater won the Navigator Award for 2016 Business of the Year.

Success for Scott Parker is the gradual realization of a worthy goal.

“If you set worthy goals and achieve them, then you’re successful,” said Parker, executive director of the Chief Theater also known as “chief of the Chief.”

Whether its biking 900 miles on the 1996 Nature’s Web adventure to retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark’s expedition west or juggling whatever life may throw at him, he always managed to stay on course having a few laughs along the way.

On Friday, Parker will be the guest speaker at the Steamboat Springs Young Professionals Network’s Table of Ten event, which will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at Rex’s American Grill & Bar, 3190 S Lincoln Ave.

Giving young professionals a chance to connect and learn from top-level business and community leaders in Steamboat, the Table of 10 event will offer Parker a platform to share what brought him to Steamboat 21 years ago and the course of events and risks that led him to re-trace the Lewis and Clark Trail and tackle professional comedy and juggling, which eventually led him to a career in theater management.

“This is a great kind of professional development event because it’s just an hour at lunchtime, so we’re able to reach people who can’t always make it to our evening events,” said Beth Melton, vice chair on the YPN board. “It’s a quick, fun and useful way for YPN members to make important connections with the community that will help them grow in their leadership capacity.”

Melton said two of the Table of Tens that have stuck with her since the event’s inception in 2014 included hospital CEO Frank May sharing the vision for Yampa Valley Medical Center and Steamboat Pilot & Today Editor Lisa Schlichtman speaking about her vision for the newspaper and the importance of the Fourth Estate.

Other guests of honor over the years have included: Chris Diamond, Jason Lacy, Marsha Daughenbaugh, Mark Satkiewicz, Jason Peasley, Lindsay Dillenback, Jim Boyne, Tyler Gibbs and Tami Havener.

“Scott has done amazing things with the Chief Theater,” said Melton about the event’s selected guest of honor. “Under his leadership, it has been revitalized into a community institution.”

Parker has been part of the driving force of community leaders who helped transform the Chief Theater into a thriving arts and culture hub. From sold-out concerts by professional performers like Paper Bird to the locally produced Super Fun Steamboat Shows, the theater has experienced huge growth and was recognized as the 2016 Navigator Awards Business of the Year for its transformation.

“I hope that sharing my path and vision might inspire others to take risks,” Parker said. “We all came to Steamboat for similar reasons. Whether it be for a love of the mountains, adventure or to be away from a big city. But at some point we have to decide if we want to make an impact in the community.”

When it comes to words of advice for young professionals in Steamboat, Parker had this to say.

“There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer for some amazing nonprofit organizations,” he said. “You will meet some incredible people and become more connected with the community in the process.”

To become a YPN member visit the membership page online or call 970-875-7004. The event is limited to 10 current YPN members and an RSVP is required by contacting


To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.



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