Former south metro chamber president Brackney headed to marketing firm

By Jennifer Smith
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John Brackney, former president and CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, will start the next phase of his career at the Greenwood Village marketing firm Webolutions, he announced today.

"Webolutions is a dynamic and powerful agency that has created a culture to be on the forefront of innovation and design in business transformation," Brackney said in a news release. "Webolutions is a thought leader and is superb at recognizing trends and then implementing strategies to position their clients to be at the top of their industries."

Brackney unexpectedly announced his resignation from the chamber March 24.

"In order for the chamber to take new steps, the time has come for me to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders. I am resigning as CEO," he wrote in an email at the time. "It has been an awesome ride, one I have appreciated and cherished every day."

Webolutions CEO John Vachalek is a former president of the chamber's board of directors.

"After working closely with John Brackney at the South Metro Denver Chamber and sharing our thoughts and ideas about how successful businesses and organizations need to position themselves in this social age of relationships and brand transparency, I am thrilled to be able to pioneer these offerings together as part of a fully integrated strategic marketing solution," Vachalek said in the news release.

Brackney will fill a newly created position for the firm, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, as director of strategic community and government engagement, basically serving as a networking guru. Vachalek says Brackney's main function will be to help strategically connect executives, businesses and organizations within the community.

"Technology has changed, but people and businesses still desire positive relationships and connectivity within their community," said Brackney. "Our intent is to fully complete marketing strategies for companies and organizations to generate bottom-line results through strategic engagement."

Brackney began his journey with the chamber 17 years ago as a member. He was hired six years later, then became president in 2004.

A Littleton native, Brackney earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Northern Colorado and a law degree from the University of Denver. He served as a captain in the Colorado Army National Guard, and went on to become the chair of Centennial Airport and an Arapahoe County commissioner.

He succeeded his longtime friend Brian Vogt as president of the South Metro Chamber, and the two were instrumental in the formation of the city of Centennial. They recently launched Common Sense Citizens, born of their personal frustration with what they call the debilitating effects of today's extreme polarization in politics. The two also were founding members of the Greater Littleton Youth Initiative.