Board of Directors

The Chamber’s Board of Directors is comprised of a maximum of fifteen representatives from member companies and organizations in good standing. Members of the board provide valuable governance and leadership for the direction of the Chamber. They come from varied backgrounds and business or organization sizes to represent the wide spectrum of the Brighton business community and Chamber membership as a whole. Our board members also provide volunteer assistance at Chamber and community events. Members commit to three year terms and may serve two consecutive terms.

Chairman—Larry Barnaby, Your Neighbor Magazine
Larry Barnaby has been on the Brighton Chamber Board since January of 2012. He currently owns and operates Cala Marketing which publishes four direct mail magazines under the franchise of Your Neighbor Magazine. Prior to being an entrepreneur, Larry worked in the family entertainment center industry for 20 years including positions as Regional Sales and Marketing director for Boondocks Fun Center, National Sales Manager for Regal Cinemas and Regal Imax Theaters and Director of Sales and Marketing for Huish Family Fun Centers. His experience in marketing and sales inspired him to start his own company.

In addition to being on the board for the Brighton Chamber, Larry also serves on the Board of Directors for The Adoption Exchange, currently serving his third term. Mr. Barnaby has won several awards including a Community Service award for family entertainment centers from International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry, Brass Ring Award for Best Radio and Television Commercial for Family Entertainment Centers from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions and nominee for Small Business of the Year in the city of Thornton, Colorado.

Vice Chair—Lynn Ann Sheats, School District 27J
Lynn Ann is the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools and Secretary to the Board of Education. Before joining the school district as an employee, she managed the Land Title Guarantee Company’s Brighton office for several years. During that time she also served as an elected member of the Board of Education, on the Brighton Cultural Arts Commission, the Brighton Youth Commission, and as a Chamber Ambassador. When she wasn’t occupied with all of that, she managed to find time to participate with her son in Boy Scouts, with PTA organizations, raise funds for Relay for Life, be an active member of the Adams County Election Canvass and Certification Board, and volunteer at her church. Lynn Ann is also co-owner of a small locally owned business with her husband.

Secretary/Treasurer—Jake Stratton, StaffScapes, Inc.
Jake is currently the controller for StaffScapes, Inc., a professional employer organization serving small business owners and their staff since 1996.  With more than 15 years of experience in small business accounting, forecasting and budgeting. Works closely in the employment processes to include developing systems, policies and procedures, documentation and planning for small business clients throughout the nation with emphasis in the Mountain West and the Southeast. Business planning consulting, including accounting, strategy, financial, production efficiency and process management. Jake is a published writer and accomplished speaker regarding business operations, legislation, human resources, payroll and governmental mandates.  He was awarded broker’s license in 2003.  B.S. degree in accounting and economics, University of Florida – Warrington College of Business and the Fischer School of Accounting.

Past Chair—Brian Blehm, Valley Bank & Trust
Brian Blehm is the Regional Branch President for Valley Bank & Trust. Brian primarily works with commercial and agricultural businesses. His experience in these areas is attributed to many years in the financial services industry as well as working in his family’s business. In addition, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Kansas State University and has attended lending schools for Commercial and Ag Lending. Brian is also a Dale Carnegie Graduate.

Directors

Amanda Griffin, Griffimages Photography & Design, LLC dba Colorado Marketing Chick
Amanda Griffin has served on the Brighton Chamber Board since 2012. She is the Chief Chick of Griffimages Photography & Design, LLC (dba Colorado Marketing Chick), a boutique marketing agency located in Brighton, Colorado, specializing in strategic branding and creative marketing communications for small businesses and non-profit organizations. Her visual communications career spans more than twenty-five years in a variety of both B2B and B2C industries, domestic and international, including high-tech scientific and medical device manufacturing, hospitality and business service industries, non-profits, and more. Additionally she is a published and award-winning fine art and lifestyle photographer.

Amanda has been very active with the Brighton Chamber since 2010—awarded Chamber Ambassador of the Year in 2011, Small Business of the Year nominee in 2011 & 2013, Citizen of the Year nominee 2014 & 2015. She was named Kiwanian of the Year in 2014 by the Brighton Kiwanis Club, which won Community Organization of the Year under her leadership. She served on the Brighton Economic Development Board of Directors in 2013 & 2014.

Amanda is very committed to the Brighton community. She was appointed by the City of Brighton to the Brighton Youth Commission, serves on the City of Brighton Citizen Master Plan Task Force, is the past president of the Kiwanis Club of Brighton and is current Lt. Governor for Division 11 of the Rocky Mountain District Kiwanis, and was one of six winners of the City of Brighton’s Big Little Idea Contest. She devotes countless hours in a variety of ways to support the local community and help make Brighton a better place for all.

Tom Green, United Power
Tom Green works as a Community Affairs Representative for United Power, a not-for-profit electric cooperative owned by the 70,000+ commercial, industrial and residential members who purchase electricity in a service territory that extends from the mountains of Coal Creek and Golden Gate Canyon to the farmlands of Brighton, Hudson and Keenesburg. Tom has spent more than 20 years working in the cooperative utility business with a focus on multi-platform communications strategies to keep members engaged. He has received numerous publication awards and has certifications in creating cooperative communications and administering key accounts programs.

In his current position, Tom works with companies, organizations and political leaders that can have a significant impact on the operations and revenues of United Power, with a goal of providing positive energy solutions and proactive responses that address customer needs, improve relations and meet the objectives of the cooperative. Tom also belongs to the Brighton Business Builders, Commerce City Business & Professional Association, Commerce City Rotary Club, 2014 MetroNorth Chamber Leadership Class, Adams County Business Retention Resource Board, Brighton EDC and is a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church.

Serafina Garza, Garza Tax & Accounting, LLC
Serafina Garza is the owner of Garza Tax & Accounting. She is an Enrolled Agent and has two decades in the tax and accounting industry specializing in individual and small business taxes. In her past career endeavors she was a bail bondsman, a paralegal, and business manager. She is DBE Certified through the Colorado Department of Transportation and works with minority-owned businesses as a translator and interpreter. Serafina also serves on the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain Minority Contractors Association, volunteers with the Small Business Development Center of Metro Denver as a consultant and counselor, and as an interpreter for the Denver County Courts and Immigration Services.

Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty-Metro Brokers
Jan Hepp-Struck, founding broker of Hepp Realty, is a 38+ year veteran in residential and commercial real estate sales, and a resident and active member of the Brighton community for more than 40 years, serving in a variety of leadership positions including the Brighton Planning Commission, and the Ladies Auxiliary of Brighton’s Volunteer Fire Department. Originally licensed in real estate in 1977, Jan is certified as a paralegal in real estate by the Denver University Law Center, and a member of numerous real estate and professional associations, serving in key leadership positions throughout the years in many of them, including Metro Brokers, Inc., and North Metro Denver Board of Realtors.

She is a long-time member of the Brighton Chamber, has previously served on the board of directors, and was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chamber in 2011. In 2012 she was appointed to the Brighton Urban Renewal Authority (BURA) board of directors by City Council, and is an active long-time member of the Brighton Kiwanis Club. In a nutshell, she is an integral and dynamic part of the Brighton community and will bring a wealth of experience and insight to the Chamber.

Jeanette Hrubes, Peak Form Medical Clinic
Jeanette Hrubes is the Medical Director of Clinical Operations for Peak Form Medical Clinic, a comprehensive Occupational Medicine and Physical Therapy Clinic located in Boulder and Brighton, Colorado. The practice focuses on workers compensation matters including, treatment and rehabilitation of injured workers, comprehensive employment testing programs, objective functional capacity programs, job analysis, ergonomic assessments and drug testing services. She often assists employers, providing brown bag seminars to educate their workforce on a variety of topics including, reasonable suspicion, ergonomics set-up and proper mechanics to decrease injury rates. Ms. Hrubes has over 20 years of experience as a physical therapist, and frequently serves as an expert witness in workers compensation cases, and speaker on Employment Testing in the State of Colorado in a variety of venues.

She is active in several organizations including, Professionals of Worker’s Compensation, Colorado Self Insured Association, Colorado Risk Management Association and the American Physical Therapy Association. She participates in Colorado legislative affairs and has served as a board member on several committees over the years. She is excited to serve as a Board Member in the Brighton Chamber of Commerce, and looks forward to using her leadership experience to help the business community in Brighton thrive.