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Hougen, Kevin

Kevin Hougen


Kevin joined The Aurora Chamber of Commerce in 1996 as vice president of sales, and became president and CEO in 1999. He is a strong advocate for ethical business growth – and his energy and enthusiasm enables him to positively influence business and political reforms to benefit the community.

Kevin’s reputation has earned him a number of honors and awards, and he serves on numerous boards and committees. His knowledge and commitment to business and community make him a valuable advisor to key leaders.


  • Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, Chief Executive of the Year (2013)
  • Aurora Public Schools, Pacesetter Award (2013)
  • Community Hero of Buckley AFB (2011)
  • City of Aurora Circle of Life Award (2005)


  • Mile High United Way, Chair of Government Affairs
  • Community College of Aurora
  • Rotary Club of Aurora, President
  • Aurora Education Foundation
  • Vista Aurora
  • Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives, President
  • Western Association of Chamber Executives
  • United States Air Force Space Command, 460th Wing
  • Colorado Thirty Group
  • Community College Advisory Board, Chair

Simard, Rene

Rene Simard
Executive Vice President and Chief of Military Affairs

As Executive Vice President and Chief of Military Affairs at The Chamber, Rene is Director of Leadership Aurora, and staff liaison for the Defense Council.

Before joining the Chamber, Rene was Director of Advising Services at the Community College of Aurora, and had retired from the United States Air Force in 2006 with more than 28 years of service. His last military assignment was as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 460th Space Wing at Buckley AFB.


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Rachel Gruber
Director of Events and Marketing

Rachel serves as the staff liaison for the Women in Business and Young Professionals. She also schedules ribbon cuttings and is responsible for marketing and many of the Chamber events.

Horiuchi, Chance

Chance Horiuchi
Director of Business Development

As part of the membership and sales team, Chance engages businesses by sharing The Chambers’ benefits with potential members. She also works with the Young Professionals and serves as The Chamber liaison for the Ambassador Team.

Her well-rounded background includes sales, nonprofit, and the medical field. Originally from Hawaii, Chance owned and operated a jewelry store on the island of Oahu. She has also volunteered at assisted living retirement communities, hospitals, and for the Weld County Public Health department.

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Linda Lillyblad
Finance Director

As the finance director for The Chamber, Linda oversees The Chamber’s budget and the development and production of the Chamber Business Directory.

She is the staff recording secretary for the Chamber Board and works closely with the Board of the Chamber Foundation. She also serves as the Chamber Liaison to the Sister Cities Program. Her energy and enthusiasm are keys to her efficiency and effectiveness in all that she does.

Rosenberg, Paul

Paul Rosenberg
VP Membership Development

Paul has been with the Chamber since 1995, becoming Vice President of Membership in 1999. While increasing and developing Chamber memberships, he also directs Tips and Leads 1.

Paul is involved in municipal and county community committees, and is active in business oriented organizations – to encourage and assist with membership success.

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Tamara Mohamed
Director of Community Relations

Tamara serves as the staff liaison for the Government Affairs Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Council. She also assists with the Impact Newsletter, events, and billing.

Tamara’s background is in journalism/communications and adult education/corporate training – making her a great asset to The Chamber team.

Schindler, Mitzi

Mitzi Schindler
Director of Communications

Mitzi’s primary focus is to keep the lines of communication open and flowing between The Chamber and its membership. She is the primary writer and editor of the Chamber’s Impact Newsletter, regular email updates, and the Chamber’s Website.

Mitzi serves as the staff liaison for the Health Series, Business for the Arts, Communications, and Transportation committees, and for the Worksite Wellness Coaltion, a partnership with Tri-County Health Department. She also assists with the Leadership Aurora program.



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