Frederick A. “Fritz” Schaefer is the new vice president of marketing for the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Schaefer has over 20 years experience in sales, marketing, and general management, including profit and loss responsibility for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to start-ups. He has broad industry experience in technology, especially in communications markets across multiple industry segments.

Additionally, his skills lie in finance, the energy field, law, government, and the commercial sector. Schaefer started his career at IBM and was a marketing manager in Denver. He also led Varian Associates (high-tech electronics manufacturer, Palo Alto, Calif.) worldwide marketing and sales efforts.

“With a BA in economics from Colorado College; an MBA, marketing concentration, from the University of Minnesota; and a Juris Doctor degree from the William Mitchell College of Law, Schaefer brings impressive academic credentials to the Chamber,” said chamber president Will Temby. “His previous career successes, innovative thinking, and strategic focus will contribute significantly to the Chamber’s mission and future direction.”

Tembly believes the Chamber has assembled a winning team with the hiring of Schaefer, and the recent hiring of Chief Operating Officer Dave Csintyan.

“Coupled with our existing management staff, (this) will give the Chamber one of the best teams ever assembled,” Temby added.

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The Chamber’s other executives include Jeff Crank, senior vice president of government affairs; Lynn Pelz, vice president of programs and community relations; and Curtis Layne, vice president of sales and member services.

“I am thrilled to be joining Will’s management team and look forward to making substantial contributions to the Chamber’s strategic direction,” Schaefer said.