Rod Slyhoff came to work at the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce in June 1988 as a 100 percent membership salesperson, so if he didn’t sell a membership, he didn’t make any money.
“It was that way for about one and a half years before I moved up to a salary plus commission,” he says. “Back then, I had two little girls and it was a bit tough, but we made it.”
Slyhoff says things were especially difficult in those days because Pueblo was suffering through a 21 percent unemployment rate due to the downturn of the steel mill. He got through those years and in 1992 became vice president of membership, then in June 1994 was named interim chamber president.