GJ business owner takes Club 20 helm

Bonnie Petersen, new executive director of Club 20


Brown clears committee

Former Club 20 Executive Director Reeves Brown won unanimous support from a Senate committee Tuesday during his confirmation hearing as executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

The Grand Junction resident now awaits final approval from the full Senate, which could come as early as today.

— Charles Ashby

Bonnie Petersen, a Western Slope native whose background includes owning her own business and representing Qwest Communications, is the new head of Club 20.

Petersen, 57, whose family history in western Colorado reaches back to before the 1880s, will succeed Reeves Brown, who headed the organization for 10 years before being appointed to head the Colorado Department of Local Affairs by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Petersen has been a Club 20 member since 1988 and served six years served on the board of directors.

Petersen applied to head the organization with an eye to protecting the economy of the Western Slope on several levels, she said.

“I want my kids to have a job in western Colorado if they want,” Petersen said.

Petersen’s “enthusiasm and passion for Club 20’s mission, combined with her skill set, will serve Club 20 well,” Club 20 Chairman Jeff Comstock said.

Her resume includes working on public policy for Qwest Communications, helping western Colorado communities to gain access to high-speed telecommunications and state-of-the-art technologies. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mesa State College.

Petersen is the owner and general contractor of GreenStar Homes in Grand Junction and is a certified energy rater with Frostbusters & Coolth Co., another Grand Junction company.

“Whatever happens with energy is going to be one of the defining issues of this century,” Petersen said. “We’re going to need access to all energy sources.”

Traditional western Colorado issues will remain at the forefront, too, Petersen said.

“Club 20 was started to address the issues of transportation and roadways in western Colorado, and those issues are no less important today than they were then,” she said, noting their significance to tourism, manufacturing, agriculture and other industries.

Petersen serves as treasurer of the Home Builders Association and is a former chairwoman of the boards of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Junction Economic Partnership.  She is a member of the Grand Junction Kiwanis Club and co-founder of the Western Colorado Energy Forum and Expo.

Petersen is to take over the reins of Club 20 officially on Feb. 23.

She is the mother of five children, 16 to 31 years old. She and her husband, Orville, have been married 20 years.


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