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Meet the Chamber Officers & CONTRACT STAFF

2016 Term

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: Kathy Cluff, Prevention Management Organization of Crook County

Officer Biographies

steve lenzSteve 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 fairbanksDan 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 durfeeJim 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.

Kathy CluffKathy Cluff, Secretary
Kathy Cluff is a native of Sundance and in her words, “I was raised along with 5 siblings in a small business environment.  If you were tall enough (even if standing on a chair) you were ready to provide customer service.  My parents spent their lives running businesses and setting an example of commitment and hard work.”
Kathy graduated from Sundance High School in 1985 then moved to Arizona, attended college, was married, started a family and worked as an underwriter at a life insurance brokerage.  After returning to Wyoming, Kathy took a large role in multiple family businesses first in accounting and soon after adding the role of general management. Years later with the businesses sold, Kathy moved into the Community Prevention and Wellness career she currently enjoys.  
Kathy is blessed to have four children, all who are grown. 

Contract Staff Biography

deanna hooperDeanna Hooper, Administrative & Communications Support

Deanna has made her home in Sundance the past 7 years and loves its beauty and quaint, friendly environment.

Having committed over 25 years to sales, management, marketing and event planning for media, tourism and governmental enitities, she decided to create Powerful IMPACT Business & Organization Services four years ago. She has been providing communications, website and administrative contract services for the Sundance Area Chamber of Commerce for over 2 years. She is excited about the continued progress that is being made in the Sundance area and pleased to be a part of it.

Deanna is also a licensed ZUMBA instructor and for the past three years has been holding several evening classes per week at the VFW Hall in Sundance.

She has been married to her husband Mike for the past 7 years and together they share four sons, one granddaughter, and an array of pets!