New leadership for the year ahead

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The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously approved the next Chair and Chair-elect for the Chamber this week.

This is a critical role for the Chamber and we have two incredible leaders coming in. Bill Lindsay of Lockton Companies will serve as the 2010-2011 chairman and Hassan Salem is the chair-elect and will serve as chair for the 2011-2012 Chamber year.

We are thrilled to have these two long-term Chamber board members lead us during this time. I have no doubt that each of them will leave a mark during his term and lead this organization and our economy toward prosperity.

Bill Lindsay’s term as Board Chair will begin in September. Lindsay’s previous roles with the Chamber include: Member of the Board of Directors; chair of the Health Care Committee; and participant in the Leadership Foundation’s Leadership Exchange program.

Bill’s resume in the health care world are impressive and include: Chair, Colorado’s Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform, 2007; current board member for Craig Hospital; inaugural board chair of the Colorado Children’s Basic Health Plan Policy Board; past chair of the oldest small business association in the United States, the National Small Business Association; past grant review and award panel member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and past member of the National Advisory Council of the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy.

As a small business owner, Bill can relate to the majority of Chamber members and Colorado’s business community. His leadership will help solidify our efforts to ensure every business in Colorado is getting the support and help it needs to grown and ultimately thrive.

Hassan Salem’s career began at Colorado National Bank (a U.S. Bank predecessor company) as a teller after graduating from college. He served in a number of positions within U.S. Bank’s Consumer and Commercial Banking division, including senior vice president and division manager of commercial banking for U.S. Bank in Denver. Additionally, Hassan is well-known and respected for being one of the ski industry’s leading lenders.

Hassan has served on the boards of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver Area Council-Boy Scouts of America, Mile High United Way, Colorado Concern, and Colorado Succeeds. He has also been a member of the Colorado Forum, serves on the Downtown Denver Area plan and is an alumnus of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s Leadership Denver class of 2004.

His term as chairman will begin in September 2011.

Hassan is an excellent choice to lead our board of directors. He is not only committed to helping create a prosperous business environment for all Coloradans but also to building a strong community as well. I look forward to his year of leadership.

In the business community we love those stories about rising from the front lines and Hassan represents that hard work can create great success. He and Bill create the perfect team to lead us in this next year.