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150-year-old Denver Chamber blossoms under first female leader

Kelly Brough serves as point person for 3,000 business membership


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KELLY BROUGH, 53

President and CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Brough has lent her strong and thoughtful voice to Denver's business community as the head of the chamber since 2009. The point person for a membership of more than 3,000 businesses in the metro area, she's overseen the organization during one of the biggest booms in Denver history.

Formerly John Hickenlooper's chief of staff when he served as the city's mayor, Brough is known as a convener and collaborator, critical for a role that requires balancing the needs of the chamber's disparate membership.

As the organization celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2017, her priorities include fostering education and affordable housing for the local work force, building a culture of health and wellness, and catalyzing investment in transportation infrastructure.

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Eric Peterson

Denver-based writer Eric Peterson is the author of Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and the Ramble series of guidebooks, featuring first-person travelogues covering everything from atomic landmarks in New Mexico to celebrity gone wrong in Hollywood. Peterson has also recently written about backpacking in Yosemite, cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and downhill skiing in Colorado for such publications as Denver's Westword and The New York Daily News. He can be reached at Eptcb126@msn.com

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