Meet the Chamber Officers
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: Roger Connett, Connett/Connett Consulting
- Vice President: Steve Lenz, Small Business Remarkable
- Secretary: Kathy Cluff, Prevention Management Organization of Crook County
- Treasurer: Jim Durfee, Sundance State Bank
Roger Connett, President
Roger Connett grew up in Riverton, Wyoming and moved to Sundance in 2007. Roger brings strong, proficient leadership to the Chamber with creative, strategic thinking and planning. He specializes in defining visions and objectives and empowering people to meet established goals.
Roger attended Casper College, was a Master Graduate of the Rapport Leadership Institute and received certification in the Management and Leadership program from Harvard’s Levinson Institute. He’s spent his career in management in the Coal & Uranium Mining Industries. Roger held many positions from General Mine Manager and OEM owner, Customer Support Manager for the USA and Mexico of distribution and rebuild centers to Coal, Copper and Uranium Mining.
He is married to Victoria; has four daughters and six grandchildren.
Steve Lenz, Vice Chairman
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 orchestrated the 2015 Sundance Winter Festival which drew in over 500 people and the 2014 Sundance Beer Festival which brought in nearly 800 people into the 1,100 person Sundance community. Steve has developed a monthly, reoccurring Festival Initiative Plan which brings one major event each month to the Main Street in Sundance.
He and his wife Kathy have owned & operated and started businesses for 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.
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-five 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 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, three who are grown.