Moving Fort Collins Forward! 2015 In Full Swing

Sep 2, 2015 | Chamber News

The Fort Collins Area Chamber, along with campaign sponsors Blue Ocean Enterprises, Inc. and OtterBox, will launch the fifth annual Moving Fort Collins Forward! campaign on September 2.

The Fort Collins Chamber has not raised membership dues since 1999 but continually seeks additional funding to keep the organization’s programming relevant and a key resource to its members’ success. The Moving Fort Collins Forward! 2015 campaign will provide the Fort Collins area with a properly funded chamber of commerce capable of accomplishing key initiatives in the community. The Chamber is dedicated to improving community infrastructure, keeping schools strong, sound public policy, and economic growth, all of which lead to a more successful and vibrant community.

From September 2 until November 19, over 60 volunteers on 13 teams are tasked with raising $660,000 and recruiting 100 new members for the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce. To reach this goal, volunteers will be raising funds in five different ways which include special community initiatives, memberships, event sponsorships, advertising and budget reductions trades. The special initiatives are three areas of emphasis during this campaign, which include Fix North I-25 Business Alliance, Stand Up for Business and a Strong Economy and Talent Recruitment and Retention, each of which encompass the Chamber’s main goals in 2016.

The Campaign Co Chairs are John Carroll, Ed Carroll Motor Company, and Chris Otto, EKS&H. Joining them in the campaign are Campaign Vice Chairs: Eric Adams of Wells Fargo, Mark Driscoll of First National Bank, David Everitt of Everitt Companies, Dr. Tony Frank of Colorado State University, Kathy Jack-Romero of Fort Collins Coloradoan, Lucia Liley of Liley, Rogers & Martell, Curt Richardson of Blue Ocean Enterprises, Rick Sutton of Banner Health, Kevin Unger of University of Colorado Health and Bob Wilson of Columbine Health Systems.

Campaign teams include: Columbine Health Systems, Banner Health, Ed Carroll Motor Co., Eide Bailey, First National Bank, Flood and Peterson, Guaranty Bank, Home State Bank, Red Carpet Committee, University of Colorado Health, Wells Fargo and Western States Bank.

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce thanks all the volunteers who committed to making Fort Collins a great place to live and work and all the business members who get involved along the way. To learn more about Moving Fort Collins Forward! 2015 visit


About the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading membership-based organization in Northern Colorado, dedicated to helping business succeed. Investing in the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce puts members in contact with more that 1,100 business owners and managers in the market. For more that 100 years, the Fort Collins Area Chamber has influenced efforts to maintain and grow the business community in Fort Collins. For more information about the Chamber call (970) 482-3746 or visit

About OtterBox

Starting in 1998 with a line of dry boxes, OtterBox® has evolved into the No. 1-selling case for smartphones in the U.S. and a global leader in mobile device protection. Its diverse lineup of protective solutions for smartphone and tablet devices is the result of precision engineering, diligent testing and continual technological advancement, giving technology users the confidence to make the most of their mobile world. OtterBox is a seven-time honoree on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the U.S. and was named one of “America’s Most Promising Companies” by Forbes Magazine. The company is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo., with offices in San Diego; Boston; Cork, Ireland; and Hong Kong. For more information, visit Protecting your mobile world.

About Blue Ocean Enterprises

Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo., Blue Ocean Enterprises, Inc. is a management company established in 2011 by OtterBox Founder and Chairman Curt Richardson and his wife, Nancy Richardson, to provide business mentoring, accounting, legal, information technology, real estate, and human relations services to its affiliated companies. Visit for more information.