Michael is manager of the Salida SteamPlant Event Center. He has served as the Chamber President since November 2015. This is his first term in the position.
Trish is owner of The Palace Hotel, one of Salida’s most famous buildings, located on F Street near the base of S Mountain. Stop by and drink in the history.
The Vaqueros — or “Red Coats” as they are lovingly referred to by the citizens of Salida — are the ambassadors and welcoming arm for the Salida Chamber of Commerce. The Vaquero Club was organized on August 13, 1965.
In the beginning, the Vaqueros wore a required uniform of red jackets, bolo ties and cowboy hats — hence the name “cowboy” in Spanish. Today the red jackets, polo shirts and/or button downs with the Vaquero logo attached are seen around town and at all Chamber events!
In their current incarnation, the Vaqueros are made up of local business people interested in the growth and development of Chaffee County. The Vaqueros remain the backbone of many of our events, appearing at all new business Ribbon Cutting and Business of the Month presentation ceremonies. They host the chamber’s monthly Business After Hours social, and have since June 1985. In that span of time the Vaqueros have volunteered over 12,000 hours of their time on behalf of this monthly business networking event.
The Vaqueros are also enthusiastically involved in Salida’s annual Community Awards event, and host the annual kickoff to FIBArk, the oldest and boldest whitewater competition in the nation!
The monies raised by the Vaqueros were utilized to pay off the Chamber building loan in 1989, and they continue to fund capital improvements and additional needs of the Chamber to function smoothly and efficiently on behalf of our membership.
The overall message of the Vaqueros is to share their philosophy of making our communities the best they can be.