The Aspen Chamber Resort Association has announced the addition of three new board members and one returning board member for 2019. ACRA’s Board of Directors consists of “26 community leaders who help guide the organization and drive its vision to create an environment for Aspen to thrive,” according to a press release.

Recent additions to the ACRA Board include:

• Sam Barney of Hansen Construction. “Barney is a crucial addition to the ACRA Board as construction is such a large industry in Aspen,” the statement noted.

• Alan Fletcher, representing Aspen Music Festival and School. “Fletcher’s expertise is vital to the ACRA Board as ACRA plans to work closely with Fletcher on an arts and cultural study,” according to the release.

• Cari Kuhlman of Vectra Bank. She rejoins the ACRA Board as “the board felt it was necessary to have an additional member from the finance industry,” the release noted.

• John Kinney, representing Aspen-Pitkin County Airport. “The ACRA Board is pleased to have John join the board during the crucial planning time for the future of the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport,” according to ACRA.

Three outgoing members were thanked for their years of service to the board: Chair-emeritus, Warren Klug, at-large rep Tim Perry of Aspen Reprographic, and Laura Smith from the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Klug served ACRA for almost 20 years; Perry has represented both an at-large and service seat and Smith will remain an active member of the Marketing Advisory Committee.

The Aspen Music Festival and School will continue to hold their appointed seat with representation from Alan Fletcher.

ACRA also thanked Donnie Lee for his years of service as board chair. He will move into the role of chair emeritus in place of Klug and Cristal Logan will step into the chair position.

When asked about her new position, Cristal Logan stated: “I’m honored to take on this new role, as I think ACRA’s mission is as important now as it has ever been.”

“It’s easy to take for granted the success of our community, but we know that it takes tending, cultivation and careful planning to make sure that we dutifully protect and give voice to local businesses and the interests of the employees who are the backbone of our community and who make all of the magic happen,” she stated.