Fremont County Tourism Council

The mission of the Fremont County Tourism Council is to responsibly budget and spend the allocated lodging tax dollars collected in Fremont County to increase visitors to the area and thereby have a positive economic impact to the entire region.

Fremont County Tourism Council Board Members

Ashlee Sack, Board Chair (though 12/31/2024)

Ashlee Sack has lived in Colorado since 2004, when she came to Cañon City to be a whitewater rafting guide with Echo Canyon River Expeditions. She has since worked as a middle school teacher at Florence Middle School (2008-2012), and has worked with Fremont Adventure Recreation since 2014. In her work with FAR, she has engaged in discussions regarding public lands, conservation, recreation policy, and tourism. She has served on the Royal Gorge Chamber Alliance Board, the Whitewater Festival Board, The Gold Belt Byways Board, and the Fremont County Tourism Council. Ashlee enjoys mountain biking, trail running, and rafting with her family – including her husband, Ben, and two sons.

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Beth Katchmar, Treasurer (through 12/31/2024)

Beth Katchmar, along with her husband, Kolby, own and operate Pizza Madness which serves a large number of tourists on a year-round basis in the historic downtown area. She has served on the FCTC board since 2007 as Treasurer, Vice Chair, and board member. Beth is extremely active in community affairs and has also served on the Royal Gorge Chamber Alliance board and the Cañon City Tourism committee. She was a founding member of WKRP (now Royal Gorge RIO) and has volunteered on many committees with many volunteer organizations.Beth has lived in Fremont County since 2005, and has enjoyed raising her family in a community where they can walk to school, enjoy a close-knit community, and be around other people who enjoy the many recreational opportunities in the area, including hiking, biking, rafting, canoeing, rock climbing and fly fishing. Through her business and community involvement, Beth recognizes that tourism is a vital part of our economy and helps our local businesses to thrive.

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Elizabeth Oberle, Secretary (through 12/31/2023)

As the Lead Facilitator and Managing Principal of Fremont Economic Development Corporation’s AgStart business incubator, Elizabeth Oberle offers guidance and support to entrepreneurs and those entering the workforce to join in the mission of attracting, growing and retaining businesses in Fremont County with innovation in the agricultural sector while adhering to the vision of sustainability and conservation of our natural resources and rural mountain lifestyle.

Ms. Oberle’s professional background as a Montessori educator and author, professional development coordinator, curriculum writer, program and workforce developer, academic researcher, and inquisitive community activist in rural and urban settings – coupled with her personal passions for creating equitable and inclusive community bonds, regenerative and sustainable agriculture, the organic farm to fork movement, and all things wildly natural – propels her towards these goals.

Elizabeth is always eager to find folks who love to hike, kayak, get dirty while playing and carry on long conversations about the wonders of the world. You can often find her petting dogs, chatting with children and looking for the perfect ingredients to make a great meal at a local farmer’s market.

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Joen, Member (through 12/31/2025)

Bio Coming Soon

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Adam Arnold, Member (through 12/31/2025)

Adam, an Indiana native, moved to Colorado in Fall of 2021 from Nashville, TN . Heand his wife Kara(an herbalist and native Tennessean) renovated and opened the LIttle Canyon Inn, a modern roadside motel by the Royal Gorge. They relocated to COto be closer to the mtns and hiking which they love to do as a family. Adam, Kara and their 4 boys run the motel, cleaning rooms, taking reservations and just hanging out with guests. During the day, Adam works as a small business technology consultant for Keystone Business Solutions specializing in Microsoft network and cloud solutions.. Adam’s background as a consultant coupled with his experience starting his own hospitality business is why he chose to serve on the Tourism board. He hopes to bring that experience to increase tourism to the area and spread the word about Fremont County.

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Orlin Camerlo, Member (through 12/31/2023)

Orlin and Alyson Camerlo, started an elegant wedding venue, The Barn at Howard Creek Farm in 2019 on their 11-acre farm along the Arkansas River in Howard. They moved an 1861 Historic Bank Barn that is beam and post construction from Northern Indiana and reassembled it to accommodate up to 200 wedding guests per event, seasonally.   Orlin is a Fifth Generation Coloradoan born and raised in Fremont County who is new to the Fremont County Tourism Board in 2021.  A lifelong outdoorsman Orlin is a former Arkansas River raft guide, currently enjoying taking his two girls and wife on the river to fly fish, paddle board and or to tackle some whitewater. He also enjoys skiing, packrafting and is a Certified Wildland Firefighter and a current member of the Howard Volunteer Fire Department.  Orlin believes that his family’s business in Western Fremont County will give a substantial number of wedding guests to our region the opportunity to enjoy the numerous tourism opportunities that are currently available in Fremont County each spring, summer and fall.

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Chris McLaughlin, Member (through 12/31/2021)

Chris runs Desert Reef Hot Springs which is a natural hot springs with accommodations in Florence, Colorado. began his career in hospitality as a trip leader for backpacking expeditions in the US and abroad. After working in international trade overseas, he founded a consulting firm in Chicago specializing in the concept, diligence, and launch of new businesses for clients ranging from the creation of SAS systems to residential treatment programs. Additionally, Chris has been deeply involved in his family company which manufactures water controls and water monitoring technology. There is no county where he would rather live, work, and explore than Fremont County.

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Ex-Officio Board Members

Kevin Grantham, Ex-Officio Board Member & Fremont County Commissioner

Kevin Grantham took office as Fremont County Commissioner on January 12, 2021. Kevin grew up in Ordway, Crowley County, in SE Colorado. He graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA with a BA in Religion. Kevin has been appraising real estate here in Fremont County since 1998.

Kevin has been active in the community including volunteering at a local shelter and serving in service oriented organizations such as the Lions Club International, Elks Lodge 610, and Gideons International.

Kevin served on the Canon City Board of Adjustments from 2005-2007 and as chair in 2007. He was then elected in 2007 to an at-large seat on Canon City Council.

In 2010 he was elected to his first term as State Senator District 2 and then re-elected in 2014. During his tenure he served on a variety of committees including Appropriations, Ag & Natural Resources, State, Veterans, & Military Affairs, Finance, and the Legislative Council Committee.

From 2012 to 2014 Kevin served as the elected Republican Caucus Whip and in the 2015-16 sessions he served on the Joint Budget Committee and as Chairman of the Appropriations committee. In 2017 and 2018 Kevin served as the President of the Colorado State Senate.

Kevin is married to Caroline and they have two children and five grandchildren. They make their home in Cañon City.

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  • Royal Gorge Chamber Alliance – Rich Millard
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  • City of Canon City – Amy Schmissseur
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  • Florence Chamber – {Available}
  • City of Florence – Krystal Wood
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  • Fremont Heritage Commission – Jim Nelson
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  • Fremont EDC – Rob Brown
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  • Fremont County Administration – Charis Hall
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  • Downtown Business Alliance – {available}