Chamber Ambassadors ready to work
A dynamic and enthusiastic group of ambassadors recently completed training for the Aiken Chamber’s 2017 program. The 56-member team, who represent a cross section of the Chamber membership, qualified for the prestigious program.
Ambassadors have a prominent position of responsibility in the business community. They act as the Chamber’s primary liaisons for new and existing members and are highly visible at Chamber events.
They assist members by introducing them to the benefits and services of membership and by serving as a means for members to engage in the organization.
“I am always impressed by our ambassador program,” said Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson. “These volunteers display a keen level of interest and commitment to helping us meet our goal of connecting and engaging our members. They are an asset to the Chamber, and I look forward to working with this fine group during the year,” Jameson said.
Valerie Thomas Umsted, Tyler’s Sanitation, Inc., will serve as the 2017 Ambassador Chair. Umsted has been on the Ambassador team since 2013.
“The 2017 ambassadors are the epitome of what ‘Connecting Aiken’ is all about,” said the Ambassador Chair Valerie Thomas Umsted, Tyler’s Sanitation, Inc. “We have a diverse group this year ranging from new members to veterans, self employed to those working for large corporations; definitely the full gamut of qualified individuals. This years Ambassadors’ goal is to help ‘Connect Aiken’ even more than ever. They are excited about the opportunity to represent the chamber and serve this community and I am the lucky one to be serving as their chair.”
This year’s corporate sponsor for the eighth consecutive year is Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC. Vergil Norrod, Plant Manager of Bridgestone’s Aiken Passenger Plant, said, “As a member of the business community, Bridgestone has chosen to sponsor the Ambassador Program for the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce again this year because of the impact these individuals have on welcoming and educating the new and existing Chamber members. Ambassadors provide great service to the businesses in Aiken,” said Norrod.
2017 Chamber Ambassador Team
Jeff Baumgardner Comfort Keepers
Miranda Beck MAU Workforce Solutions
Katie Besley Aiken Regional Medical Centers
Paul Bush Concerned Ministers Fellowship (CMF)
Josh Carias SRP Federal Credit Union
Nancy Cerra Nancy Cerra, Meybohm, REALTORS®
Teresa Cheek Aiken Staffing Associates
Joshua Cline PayScape
Kristina Collins Anchor Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
Allen Cooke ADS Security
Sherry Corbett Wayne’s Automotive and Towing Center
Gail Cruz Trinity Home Health & Hospice of Aiken
Nikasha Dicks Aiken Technical College
T.C. Dorries Certa Pro Painters of the CSRA
Pegi Flahault Mobile Office Management, LLC (M.O.M)
Kaleigh Foster WJBF - TV
Frank Fulmer Cardconnect
Tonya Fulmer Woodside Plantation Country Club
Tiffany Garland Mueller Financial
Lisa Glass Aiken Communications, Inc., Aiken Standard
Mandie Hill AAA Vacations
Kanita Holland Manpower
Butch Holley Augusta Data Storage, Inc.
Orion Jeter Goodwill Industries
Kay Jones Margaret’s Garden Adult Day Care
Jacquelyn Kane Aiken Communications, Inc., Aiken Standard
Julie Keating Trinity Home Health & Hospice of Aiken
Kelley Kohr WSI eMarketer
Woody Malone Woody Malone, Meybohm, REALTORS®
Amanda Marshall TD Bank
John McMichael City of Aiken
Kim McNeely Honey Baked Ham Café & Catering
Austin Meredith Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC
Lauren Molony Alison South Marketing Group
Noel Moore Hospice Care of Tri-County
Kurt Mueller Mueller Financial
Jessica Nelson The Augusta Chronicle
Paul Newsom University of South Carolina Aiken
Timothy Odishoo University Prompt Care
Tavy Perry Critical Nurse Staffing, Inc.
Merry Glenne Piccolino Aiken County Public School District
Felicia Pontoo Mead Hall Episcopal School
Dexter Price Aiken Personnel Services
Katelyn Reagin PruittHealth Hospice
Cheri Reese Hutson-Etherredge Companies
Ashton Rosier Hitchcock Healthcare
Martha Ruthven Congressman Joe Wilson’s Office
Andrew Siders Allstate Insurance, Andrew Siders Agency
Jeremy Stevens Wayne’s Automotive and Towing Center
Hannah Swanson State Farm Insurance, Swanson Agency
Dee Taylor Atlantic Broadband
Maidi Thompson Aiken Homes & Lifestyles Magazine
LaShaunda Tucker Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
Valerie Thomas Umsted Tyler’s Sanitation, Inc.
Cathy Walker NHC Homecare - Aiken
Janice Young Security Federal Bank