LACDC reveals new team concept

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Entities unite in strategic strength building plan

By Carol A. Clark

Hiring Suzette Fox as its community projects coordinator is part of a wider plan underway at the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC).

With Fox’s arrival, LACDC has taken the opportunity to implement a team approach to managing all of its projects. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet and the Meeting and Visitor Bureau are tied closely together in working toward the overall company-wide goal of helping create a viable community through a sustainable economy.

The new team includes Fox, along with a second community projects coordinator, Claire Roybal, Visitor Center Manager Chelo Rojas, Visitor Center staff member Cindy Whiting, marketing intern Oliver Funsten and Chamber Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos, who is the team leader.

“I really like this team approach. The synergy between our different entities is already pretty strong, but we have an opportunity to communicate more effectively and be more productive through teamwork,” Korkos said. “We all have different skills to bring to the table and we can help each other connect to the community better, too.”

The LACDC hired Fox as part of its newly created team concept. She replaces Jeremy Varela who is leaving the organization to pursue a private business opportunity.  

“Our community projects coordinator is our key person for our MainStreet events and for our various publications,” explained LACDC Executive Director Kevin Holsapple.    

“Chamberfest, the Next Big Idea, Fair and Rodeo Parade, the Chamber golf tournament, Trick or Treat on MainStreet and Winterfest are our big events and The Essence of Los Alamos & White Rock and our Mind Your Business newsletter are key publications. Suzette brings great experience from her work with events and publications in prior employment and she has a great personality for working with the public. We think she’ll be a great asset to LACDC.”

Fox expressed enthusiasm about her goals for LACDC.

“I would like to implement committees for each community event and an editorial committee for our publications. I would invite members to brainstorm ideas to make each event the best that it can be and to serve our members and the community with publications that are relevant to them,” Fox said.

Fox was born in Rockford, Ill. She moved to Los Alamos in 2001 and has owned her own design business, Suzette Fox Interiors, for the last eight years.

Fox previously worked as editor for the Colorado Springs Home Builders Association’s bi-monthly magazine. When she first moved to Los Alamos, Fox worked for the Santa Fe Home Builders Association where she coordinated the Santa Fe Haciendas Parade of Homes, the Haciendas Parade of Homes magazine, the Home and Remodeling Show and other promotional events.

Fox is the wife of LANL Foundation’s Tony Fox. The couple has a 5-year-old daughter, Lily.

For information about serving on the LACDC events and editorial committees, call 661-4844 or e-mail Fox at suzette@losalamos.org.