Castle Rock community champion retires
President and CEO of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Pam Ridler, is retiring after 24 years of dedicated service to the Douglas County community.
Ridler started her career at the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce in 1993 before moving to Castle Rock, where she and her husband, Randy, have raised their family. The couple will be moving to Florida, where Ridler has promised herself that she will not commit to any new projects for at least six months. “I need to discover some hobbies,” she said, “maybe golf and time outdoors at the beach.”
A tireless community advocate, Ridler was a board member of both the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Western Association of Chamber Executives; a founding board member of the Douglas County Business Alliance; a founding board member of Douglas County Community Foundation; a board member of the Castle Rock Economic Development Council; co-founder of the Castle Rock Chamber Foundation 501(c)3 and the newly formed Citizens for Responsible Economic Solutions 501(c)4; co-founder of Leadership Douglas County; and a founding member of the Castle Rock Economic Partnership.
Ridler said what she is most looking forward to about retirement is sleeping in and hopefully spending more time with her eight grandchildren (in Colorado, Tennessee and North Carolina).
“I have been so honored to work with a very dedicated staff and amazing volunteers who give their wisdom, leadership skills, time and truly have the desire to work together to lift our chamber organization and community always looking for ways to improve,” she said. “I’ve made some life-long friendships.”
Ridler’s advice for whoever fills her position: “Always look for opportunities to build relationships; collaboration is so important.”
By Terri Wiebold; photo courtesy of Mike Waid