Denver Chamber of Commerce Elects First Black Chair in Organization’s 150 Year History

Denver is one of America’s most revered cities.  A little known former home to Madam C. J. Walker (yup, she lived there), and  the city’s Black community represents roughly 11.1% of the total population.

And, for the first time in the 150-year history of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the organization has elected its first African American chair in Denise Burgess.  

Burgess is a successful businesswoman in the Denver, CO community where she currently serves as the president and CEO of Burgess Services, a construction services firm she took over from her late father.   Burgess has continued the family legacy going on to complete key projects across the country including the Denver International Airport’s Westin hotel and the U. S. Army COrps of Engineer’s southeast regional headquarters in Miami.

Burgess holds a bachelor of arts degree in business and journalism from the University of Northern Colorado and started her professional career in radio management and sales.

Chairmanship isn’t new to Burgess who previously served as the chair of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority’s board of directors in 2009.  She will serve in her post as Chair and preside over the 2017-18 Chamber board of directors.

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