South Metro Chamber names new president

Highlands Ranch Realtor tabbed as CEO

From left: Herm Brocksmith, chairman of the board for the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and president/general manager of Kuni-Honda Arapahoe; Robert E. Golden, new CEO of the South Metro Chamber; Rick Whipple, Chamber Board of Directors chair-elect and CEO of Whipplewood CPAs. Courtesy photo
By Jennifer Smith
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The board of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce has hired Robert E. Golden as its new president and chief executive officer. Marcia McGilley had been the acting president after longtime CEO John Brackney left the chamber in late March.

"Bob has a proven track record of collaboration and stellar achievement," Herm Brocksmith, board of directors chairman, said in a June 25 news release. "We expect the South Metro Denver Chamber to thrive, grow and achieve its potential under his leadership. With Bob's tremendous work ethic, influential contacts and business savvy, we are poised for great success."

Golden most recently had been president of Golden Solution LLC, an association consulting firm based in Highlands Ranch, since December 2012. Before that, he was the CEO of the Colorado Association of Realtors for eight years.

Golden earned his bachelor's degree in business from Florida Atlantic University in 1982. He and his wife, Kathy, have four grown children.

He said he is honored to have been chosen for the job.

"I look forward to leading the chamber under the four pillars of economic development, public policy, education and infrastructure which are vital to the prosperity of our business community," he said.

The hiring of Golden comes on the heels of several staff departures at the chamber. After more than a decade there, Brackney unexpectedly announced his resignation on March 24. He announced he'd accepted a job at Greenwood Village marketing firm Webolutions on April 11.

About three weeks after Brackney's departure, Jeff Holwell, chief operating officer and economic development director, announced he was leaving to become the City of Lone Tree's economic development director. He had worked at the chamber since 2011.

In May, the director of public policy, Patrick Pratt, left to become the program manager for the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry's Colorado Manufacturing Initiative. He had been with the chamber since 2010.

Terry McElhaney, manager of communications, also left in May. He started his own graphics company, Great Graphix, and continues to co-own Romancing the Bean, the coffee shop at the Littleton Light Rail Station.