MEET THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
Scott Wingfield serves as the Treasurer of the Erie Economic Development Council. Scott is a Colorado Native, growing up on a farm and ranch on the eastern plains near Wray, Colorado. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors Degree in Economics and a Minor in Business. Scott works as a Business Relationship Manger at Citywide Banks. Scott and his family have called Erie home for the last three and a half years. Scott has a passion for helping the community that he works and lives in and is excited to be a part of the EEDC.
John Jacquat serves as Vice Chair of the EEDC. Originally from Wisconsin, he has resided in Colorado for 17 years and Erie for the last nine. He owns Pure Risk Advisors as well as The Old Mine Cidery and Brewpub and Sweets Ice Cream & Coffee all located in Old Town Erie. He and his family enjoy living in Erie and are optimistic about the future here.
Shannon Dodge, owner of SCD Architecture, is an Erie resident and Secretary of the EEDC. Shannon has over 18 years of experience in residential and commercial architecture and is known for closely collaborating with clients throughout their design process. Shannon is passionate about developing relationships with other business owners. She finds herself most fulfilled when she is able to connect people to one another to help promote other's successes. She is excited to be a part of the EEDC and is looking forward to helping bring expanded awareness and new investors to the already dynamic organization.
Bill Meier is a Colorado native, from the Julesburg-Holyoke area where his family farms and ranches. He graduated from Colorado State U. He has been employed at United Power for over 37 years working to provide electric service to new and existing businesses. He is the I-25 Area Community Affairs Representative where he assists businesses with power quality issues, energy efficiency measures and rate and power consumption analysis. He is active in the Erie Chamber of Commerce and other chambers and EDC organizations in the communities along I-25 in Weld County. He served on the UpState Colorado EDC board for 12 years. He is a resident of Weld County. He values personal relationships with business owners and facility managers to understand their energy requirements and show them how to save on energy costs. He is eager to serve the EEDC as treasurer of the board.
It’s surely no coincidence Brie Fowler resides in beautiful Erie, Colorado. It's a place where families thrive under blue skies with a deep-rooted sense of community that ensures visitors an authentic welcome.
Her passion for helping those around her has propelled her on an anything-but-predictable path as far back as she can remember, beginning with her Degree in Nursing. Inspired to affect real positive change in the lives of others, she went on to challenge herself professionally, becoming a life coach and transforming herself into a "Divorce Nurse". Whether mentoring couples through big turning points or performing traditional nursing care for patients heading into surgery, Brie provides empathy to those journeying through life’s many changes. Her drive to nurture others’ wellbeing is a constant.
Eventually Brie decided to join her father in Real Estate, as it’s been her family’s career of choice for three generations. Her team works impeccably together, fostering local community and helping newcomers and friends alike, reach new life milestones through buying and selling real estate.
Brie was nominated for The Rookie of the Year 2018. She has the drive and motivation to compare to other established, top agents at Coldwell Banker Colorado.
Casey grew up in Littleton, CO and has lived in Erie since 2016 with his wife Tessa, their two beautiful daughters, and three dogs. They enjoy skiing, mountain biking, relaxing on the back porch, and pretty much all things involving the Colorado outdoors. He currently works as a Mortgage Loan Originator in Erie and the Greater Denver Metro area. He considers himself to be an architect of residential lending by cultivating a high level understanding of individual customer needs in order to help them design a financial plan based on their specific housing scenario. He believes this, and all business, is built through strong personal relationships rooted in trust, transparency, and integrity. He transitioned into lending after three years as the Regional Sales Manager and opening 3 new front-range offices with a staffing company. Before that he spent five years as the GM of Operations and helped open multiple CrossFit gyms around the Denver area. He is very excited to draw on those experiences to help the community of Erie thrive and grow.
Barry is Global Operations Manager at Veris Flow Measurement Group whose headquarters are located in Frederick Colorado. He has a Bachelors Degree in Business and is an elected member of Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business Administration. Barry is also a member of the 2019 Class of the Leadership Program of the Rockies. He went to High School in Lafayette and has lived in this area since 1993. Barry is passionate about business, serving his community and working to ensure sustainable and balanced growth in Erie.
I began my career at Edward Jones in 2014, serving clients along the front range of Colorado. My family, including my wife and our two kids, have been residents of Erie since 2004.
My primary goal is to help individuals, families and businesses develop investment strategies geared toward their unique, long-term goals. Whether they need to save for a child’s college education, reduce taxes or plan for retirement, I can help.
I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and earned my MBA from the University of Colorado.
I serve as a volunteer for iEmpathize, an organization that creates awareness in the fight against child exploitation and human trafficking.
My favorite past time is spending time with family and friends, and my hobbies include fly fishing and mountain biking.
For over 25 years, Trisha Ventker has been developing solutions and implementing methods that make things happen. She started her first business at the age of 20, worked as an educator, publisher, speaker, author video production manager and photographer for over 25 years.
Her forte is marketing print, broadcast, and online media outlets. Ventker is a serial entrepreneur and branding expert.
Ventker develops brand strategies with a holistic approach to brand communications so that a company's brand touch-points (corporate identity, product design, web site, retail environment, online marketing, traditional advertising, PR and word of mouth) all work in harmony to create a favorable perception in the mind of the prospects, increasing the chances of positively affecting purchase behavior. Trisha Ventker's specialty includes how consumers process information from brand touch-points, how they attend to, perceive, process and store that information; and how they retrieve and act on previous information from memory. Ventker focuses on the mind, perception, cognitive psychology, human nature and brain science to form a deep understanding of how people think and what makes them do, buy and love the things they do. Ventker currently is Editor-In-Chief and Publisher of ELIFE, NoCo and Denver , Colorado magazines.
My name is Donnie Waller. I have a wonderful wife Whitney and two children, Geoffrey who is 9, and Brooklyn, age 7. I am originally from Minnesota and moved to Colorado over 15 years ago, the last 8 of which have been in Erie. I spend most of my time with my family, exploring the outdoors when possible, I love to play all sports, my favorite being basketball. I have worked in the insurance industry for 5 years and prior to that was well established in the banking industry. I have seen Erie grow substantially in my time living here and look forward to increasing my ability to advocate for the town in which we believe and call home.
Public Relations & Administration Support
Amy Tallent, owner and operator of The Tallent Company assists the EEDC with their public relations efforts including administrative tasks, event management, and general marketing and branding.
With a passion for communication and business, Amy Tallent uses her background and skills to help companies, government agencies and organizations achieve their goals.
Amy's has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from the University of Northern Colorado (Go Bears) and over ten years experience in communication, event management, and organizational structure planning. She spent 5 years with a local fire district focusing on public information during emergency incidents and holds the title and certifications of Public Information Officer.