Meet the Chamber Officers & CONTRACT STAFF
The Sundance Area Chamber of Commerce is a driving force for building a strong economy. Please contact your current Chamber of Commerce officers with any questions and to see how you can be more involved. We are pleased to have such a fine Board of Directors and are excited about the progress and new direction of our organization!
- President: Steve Lenz, Small Business Remarkable
- Vice President: Dan Fairbanks, Bearlodge Mountain Resort
- Treasurer: Jim Durfee, Sundance State Bank
- Secretary: Dorothy Greenwood
Steve Lenz, President
Steve is currently consulting as Business Development Manager for several businesses in Sundance. He volunteers in Community Development for the City of Sundance and the Sundance Area Chamber of Commerce. In his most notable recent successes, Steve has orchestrated the Sundance Winter Festivals and Sundance Beer Festivals which have brought in thousands of folks to the Sundance community. Steve has developed a monthly, reoccurring Festival Initiative Plan which brings one major event each month to the downtown area in Sundance.
He and his wife Kathy have owned, operated and started businesses for over 25 years in Sundance including Black Iron Guns & Ammo, Off the Grid Sports, Sundance Dillon's Hardware, Mountain View Campground, Country Cottage & Yogurt Garden, Sundance Subway, and a food truck called Chuckwagon Concession Co. Of the over 180 people employed by this prolific entrepreneur and his family; approximately 150 high school kids experienced their “first job” in one or more of these numerous businesses.
Steve has been married 31 years to his wife, Kathy. They have three children and six grandchildren, all of who work and reside in the Sundance area.
Dan Fairbanks, Vice President
Dan serves as Vice President of the Sundance Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as Chairman of the Tourism Committee. He is also active on the Board of Directors of the Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association. Highly committed to increasing exposure of Sundance, he has been instrumental in obtaining grant funding and securing promotional opportunities. He has also portrayed Sheriff Ryan in Sundance’s popular “Sip N Walk Historical Tour”.
Dan and his wife Sharon built Bearlodge Mountain Resort four years ago on 94 beautiful, secluded acres within Sundance.
Having been married 6 years, they share 5 children, 3 grandchildren and one lively dog.
Jim Durfee, Treasurer
Jim Durfee is a native of Sundance, graduating from Sundance High School in 1976 and then from the University of Wyoming in 1980 with a BS in Finance. Jim has been an institution at the Sundance State Bank for thirty-six years and he has been the President since 1987. Few are the residents of Northeast Wyoming who haven’t benefited from Jim’s leadership role at the Sundance State Bank. He also served as President and Director of the Wyoming Bankers Association.
Jim is very dedicated to Sundance and Crook County; as evidenced by his four decades of leading, serving and volunteering in many organizations and events.
Jim is married to Kim; they have two boys, three grandkids, three step grandkids and two step great grand kids.
Dorothy Greenwood, Secretary
Dorothy was born and raised in Crook County and is a Sundance High School alumni. She performed as a comedian for many years, as well as owning several small businesses.
Dorothy and her husband Barry Floyd are retired and spent 8 years full time RVing before returning to live in Sundance.
She serves on the Crook County Museum Board and was instrumental in creating the Sip and Walk Living History tours. Dorothy and Barry share 5 sons and raft of grandchildren.
Contract Staff Biography
Jamie Jessen, Administrative & Communications Support
Jamie is originally from South Dakota and moved to Sundance 2 years ago after getting married. She loves the beautiful area and can’t imagine calling any other place home.
She has worked with people and businesses for the last 10+ years, including 6 years as a full time graphic designer and 4+ years in the tourism industry. Jamie has degrees in both Graphic Design and Photography from Black Hills State University and took a few marketing classes that she really enjoyed! Jamie looks forward to helping the Chamber and its members grow, as well as building relationships with the businesses in the community. She has a passion for people, design, photography and most recently gardening.
Jamie has been married to her husband Alex for 2 years and they have a beautiful baby girl, as well as 2 loving labs and a horse.