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2013 Board of Directors
Mel Hugentobler - President - Mel grew up in Monticello, married, and then worked briefly on the Navajo Reservation. He relocated to Salt Lake City where he completed his BSBA degree. Soon afterward Mel accepted a position with a Fortune 500 company and moved to Casper then later Cheyenne, Wyoming where he and his family lived until 1999. At that time he was promoted and relocated to Eagle, ID near Boise. He has always been very involved in Chambers of Commerce and believes a strong Chamber equals a strong business community. Mel and his family love the outdoors including hiking, backpacking, fly-fishing, and dirt-biking. At one point there were 10 dirt-bikes in his garage to accommodate all the riders in his family. After his 6th and 7th child graduated high school in Eagle, he was able to realize one of his goals and return to Southeastern Utah. Mel and his wife Jodie, relocated to Moab in August 2012 where he is the Business Banker for Zions Bank.
Randy Day - Vice President - Randy has been licensed in real estate since 1983, and became Principal Broker in 1989. Randy has sold and listed all types of property including vacant lots, homes, commercial, ranches/farms, and has done several development projects in Moab. Randy has been involved in his church, and many civic activities in and around the Moab area. Randy loves his family and wife of 25+ years. Randy has been called Mr. Friendly and has never met a stranger. Randy knows the Moab market very well and will work hard to find you what you are looking for.
Steve Lawry - Secretary - I retired from selling real estate on the Monterey Peninsula in 2001 and then my wife and I moved to Moab to raise our daughter who is in 6th grade at HMK school. In 2004 Jason Taylor and I started Canyonlands Jeep Adventures LLC. The job I love is driving the school bus. Steve has been active in the Chamber and served on our School Crisis Financial Committee. Steve, his wife Kathleen, and daughter, Aspen, enjoy being involved with the schools and dance in the Moab area.
Aubrey Davis - Treasurer -
Moab Music Festival. Aubrey is currently the External Relations Manager for the popular world-class musical event featuring chamber music, traditional, jazz, Latin and music of living composers.
Norm Knapp - Norm is the General Manger of Moab Auto Group. He relocated from Bridger Valley Wyoming in 2007
to manage Moab Chevrolet. When Moab Chevrolet and Moab Ford merged and became Moab Auto Group in 2008, Norm took over as General Manager for both Dealerships. Before relocating to Moab, Norm was owner/operator of a Dealership in Bridger Valley Wyoming.
He has extensive experience in the Auto industry and works hard to find just the right vehicle at the right price for each and every customer. Norm and his wife and daughter love the Moab area and the people here. He is dedicated to making sure Moab Auto Group will do everything possible to serve the needs of the local people of Moab.
Rory Paxman, a long time resident of Utah, fell in love with Moab as he spent his summers running up and down the river. In the early 90’s he knew that he wanted to make Grand County his permanent home and one day raise his family in this wonderful community. His family has owned and operated a business in Moab since the seventies, helping to bring visitors from around the world to visit the beautiful Moab area. With the experience of working in Moab’s unique economy for many years, Rory believes he knows what is right for Grand County and is willing to work very hard to keep the local government headed in the right direction.
Rory is an avid outdoorsman and loves being in the wilderness and would tell you he is a country boy at heart. In recent years he’s decided to put forth the effort he believes this county and area deserves. He belongs to the Utah Guides and Outfitters Board and loves the way businesses use the area in a responsible and respectful manner.
I grew up in Moab hiking and 4-wheeling all over the red rock country. Later in life, I discovered the river and all the fun and adventure it had to offer. I didn't start out to be a guide, but kind of fell into it when I decided that I wasn't getting enough time outdoors. Tag-A-Long Expeditions hired me on and I quickly moved up through the ranks.
I am now a senior guide and Sales/Marketing Director of Tag-A-Long. I still love getting out and exploring and that’s where you can find me when I’m not at my desk. Moab is my home, and there’s no better place on earth!
Jim Markle - Director
Markle Insurance Agency
Marian DeLay - Director
I am Marian DeLay. I was born on the east coast and migrated west with my family in my teens. In 1979 I moved to Moab with my husband, son and daughter.We have enjoyed many years and I really wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I am the Executive Director of Tourism for the Moab Area Travel Council. I am the co-Director of the Canyonlands Travel Region and the Vice President of the Utah Tourism Industry Coalition. Prior to this position I was the Director of Sales and Front Desk Manager at the Ramada Inn for 13 years. I have been a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board for many years and recommend that all local businesses become involved in the Chamber business to business connectivity.
Kirstin Petersen - Director, City Council Representative I moved to Moab in 1990 and have owned and managed Rim Mountain Bike Tours ever since. I serve on the Chamber board as the Moab City Council representative and am in my 7th year as a member of the council. Moab offers a world class lifestyle for recreation enthusiasts as well as having an abundance of cultural opportunities to enjoy. I am actively involved on the Grand County Trail Mix and Moab Trails Alliance boards as well as serving on the Sand Flats Recreation Area Steering Committee, the Moab Area Watershed Partnership, the Grand Homeless Coordinating Committee and the Canyonlands Health Care Special Service District Board. When not at one of these meetings or running a business I love to bike, kayak, swim and hike with my dog!
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