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

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