8 Questions for Helen Triplehorn
Gallup Chamber of Commerce Board Chairperson
by Fowler Roberts
Q. Helen, what got you interested in serving with the Gallup Chamber?
A. I like what the Chamber has done for local businesses and what they provide when you need help. The Chamber helps you and your business grow and get ideas. They have insight on how to help you get your business where you want it to be.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your new job as Board Chair?
A. The interaction with the other board members. We have a phenomenal group. It is reassuring to know what capabilities we have with our group. What we bring to the table as a group is just outrageous. It’s a lot of fun. We are all excited.
Q. What is the biggest challenge of your job?
A. Taking this job a year before I was really prepared for it and not knowing exactly what I need to do, but I have a lot of help with our President, Bill Lee, and everyone else down there.
Q. What is your number one priority for this coming year as Board Chairperson?
A. To get the board extremely involved in everything we are doing. Our board members have all picked points of what they want to do so we are going to really see the Chamber explode.
Q. What do you see as the future of the Chamber?
A. The one-stop shop for all your needs for anything with Gallup, with your business. If you need to know something, the Chamber is the place to go.
Q. What do you enjoy doing in your off time?
A. I like photography. I take senior pictures, general pictures, weddings – things like that.
Q. What is your favorite movie?
A. I have a lot of them. My husband thinks I’m crazy with all the chick-flicks. I liked The Family Stone. It was very good. I felt it had a lot of my family’s values built into it. You’re always there anytime there is any kind of medical problem. Your family is there and that really is important. Life is really short, so take every moment we have.
Q. If you could trade places with one famous person, who would it be and why?
A. I would say John F. Kennedy, because of where he wanted the world to go. He was respected and he respected everybody around him. He treated people with the golden rule. I think he could have had America go down the better path.