Through some of the most challenging times and quite a few good times, Marianne Virgili has been one of the constants in the community for 32 years with the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.
Now, as she prepares to retire at the end of the year from her longtime position as president and CEO for the organization and pass the baton to longtime chamber protege Angie Anderson, Virgili is certain Glenwood Springs has some of its greatest times ahead.
"With the completion of the largest construction project on the Western Slope in 25 years, the future for the chamber and community is bright," Virgili said on the occasion of her retirement announcement last week, referencing the soon-to-be-completed Grand Avenue bridge project.
"It's a perfect time for the transition of leadership," she said.
The chamber board has decided to hire 10-year chamber employee and current GSCRA Executive Vice President Anderson as the new president and CEO of the organization.
Anderson, who grew up in Glenwood Springs and returned after earning a degree in organizational management at Colorado State University, said it's her dream job. She credits Virgili in many ways with preparing her for the challenge.
"Marianne has taught me, by example, the importance of thinking big, working hard, building strong relationships and striving for excellence," Anderson said. "This community has benefited immensely from her leadership, and I am honored and grateful to call her my mentor."
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