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  • Chamber Ambassadors

  • Chamber Ambassadors, serve as the "boots on the ground” for the organization, helping to support members and promote the Chamber’s mission throughout the community. Led by Co-Chairs Michelle Robinson and Brent Gunnels, Ambassadors play many important roles. One of their primary functions involves membership recruitment and retention. Ambassadors help call on new businesses to share with them about the benefits of Chamber membership. They attend ribbon cuttings and grand opening ceremonies and help members celebrate moves and milestones. Ambassadors also encourage involvement among long-time members through networking at Chamber events including the monthly Business After Hours gatherings.

    Ambassadors are also on the scene at Chamber functions held throughout the year. Participants volunteer their time setting up, serving at, and tearing down events. These include the Golf Classic, Dishin’ Up Democracy, Annual Meeting & Business Expo, and Festival of Trees, among others.

    Participation requires that individuals be employed by a Chamber member. Ambassadors are chosen by existing members and other Chamber leaders. Participants must be active in the organization and regularly volunteer their time at events, meetings, ribbon cuttings, and in helping to recruit new members.

    2019 Ambassadors

          Colby Barker                         Chris Barnes                        Matt Bodson                      Theresa Gilstrap

         Brent Gunnels                   Raymond Harvey                Beverly Johnson                       Lisa Lewis

            Lyn Miller                             Lacey Nietert                      Jessica Odom                          Janet Petty


            Nathan Riggs                   Michelle Robinson                  David Short                           Geoff Starts

        Brittaney Taylor                       Kim Wilson