For 13 years, Jenifer Furda has dealt with the local business community, building a reputation for her energy and community involvement at the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Now she’s bringing those attributes to the Colorado Springs Business Journal.
Furda has been named associate publisher of CSBJ, overseeing events, sales, programs, circulation, marketing and communication, reporting to Colorado Publishing Co. CEO Francis Zankowski. She begins Aug. 20.
Furda, 37, was senior vice president of member services at the Chamber, where she had worked since 1999. Last year, the Chamber merged with the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. and now is the Chamber and EDC. Furda was among four staffers laid off July 18.
At the Chamber, she headed up 85 events each year and managed programs such as the Chamber Rising Professionals and Chamber Connect. She believes the merged Chamber and EDC may move away from small programming.
The Business Journal, she said, will have an opportunity to expand its events and programs, networking events and business education endeavors.
“I feel these are things the Business Journal can smash out of the park,” Furda said. “I am so excited for the opportunity that we have at the Business Journal, and as a community, to move the needle in a positive direction.”
Furda has a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration and a master’s degree in sports administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She was the youngest person to receive the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s Forty Achievers, Under 40 in 2001 and was named to CSBJ’s Women of Influence in 2009.
John Weiss, chairman of the board for Colorado Publishing Co., announced the news of Furda’s appointment to the CSBJ staff earlier this week.
“We are thrilled to have Jen as an important part of our team, knowing her years of being involved and caring about the future of Colorado Springs,” Weiss said. “It will be a lot easier to train Jen how newspapers work than to teach an outsider the inner workings of the Colorado Springs business and civic communities.”
Furda met with CSBJ staffers this week and said she is devoted to Colorado Springs, saying she went to junior high (West) and high school (Coronado) in the Springs. She is married with two children and said she is looking forward to her high school reunion this weekend.
“My personal mission in life is to put a dent in this community,” she said. “I want to be part of something bigger than myself — the Business Journal has a huge opportunity to help businesses not only survive, but thrive.”