Kristen Cepak is new to Columbus but not to the Chamber world. She has more than 25 years of experience in sales and 5 years leading a Chamber. Kristen took the helm of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce on December 1, 2021. You can find her walking her dog or showing pictures of her first grandbaby.
A lifelong resident of the Columbus area, Janet has more than 30 years of administrative experience. She’s worked with other nonprofit organizations and is very active with her church and community events. She loves to travel with family and friends and enjoys all of her six grandchildrens’ activities.
Born and raised in Colorado County, Shelley has more than 20 years of business experience. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching her children play sports, cooking, and gardening.
My favorite thing about Columbus are the historical buildings and the people. The Chamber builds a stronger community by strengthening the network of local businesses. It’s a great place for me to raise my family.
Being a member of the Chamber allows me the ability to help our community grow and prosper. To businesses as a whole, we are here to help bring people into Columbus and help businesses succeed.
It’s wonderful to have small town living with short drives to major cities, plenty of local events, and things to do. With our strategic location along I-10, we have an opportunity to build our community up as the place to live and visit.
I love this community and the people of our wonderful town! I am excited about the potential of sharing my knowledge to help push overall community economic growth.
Columbus is on the verge of exciting changes. I’d like to see more tourists and weekenders spending money, with more activity in Columbus, particularly retail and food service around the Courthouse Square.
Being part of the Chamber is an honor. To have been voted in by my neighbors is a very good feeling. As a local business owner I feel the community stands behind me and I really want to give back. Being on the Board of Directors gives me a chance to do so.
I’m a fourth-generation Colorado County resident. I love Columbus because of its small town feel; everyone knows you by name. It’s a great place to raise a family because of the support of the community.
I feel like Columbus ranks high in terms of inclusivity. There is always a helping hand when needed and someone can bring an idea to fruition and many times achieve success.
Having lived most of my life elsewhere, one aspect of Columbus that became immediately apparent to me was the strong sense of community. People in Columbus are active members of the community and are very proud to live in this town and want to see it thrive.
Columbus is where my heart is! Moving back to raise my family and serve the community is one of the best decisions I’ve made. Columbus has many great things to offer and so much potential for continued growth.
I would like to see Columbus grow. With Houston/Katy moving west and Austin moving south, Columbus is in the perfect spot. The people of Columbus can benefit from continued growth and be proud of our great small town.
As a native of Columbus, I’m an advocate for our town. Exciting times are ahead with the revitalization of many downtown structures and I’m glad to be able to witness it. We are blessed to raise our family here…it’s a family tradition!