Chamber Ambassadors

Chamber Ambassadors

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Ambassadors Council members serve as liaisons between the Chamber and its members by personally visiting and calling their peers. Through their efforts, Ambassadors help fellow members engage in the events, and money-saving opportunities that help them make full use of their membership. They also attend and aid Chamber staff at our various networking and Ribbon Cutting events.

Current ambassadors: Have you recently reached out to a business? Be sure to fill out the Ambassador Contact Form!

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2020 Ambassador of the Year

2020 Ambassador of the Year | Brian Justema, Sharpe

The Chamber is proud to recognize Brian Justema of Sharpe as the 2020 Ambassador of the year!  “Even during a crazy year Brian never took his eye off his Ambassador responsibilities,” said Mark Allen, Director of Business Services at the Grand Rapids Chamber.  “At the beginning of 2020, Brian was a familiar face to members at several of our events and programs as well as ribbon-cutting celebrations.  He is always willing to make a connection and an introduction whenever possible living out the Chamber’s core value of fostering belongingness.”

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Brian is a sales executive with Land Rover/Jaguar of Grand Rapids, serving the community for the past 10 years.  Combining his passion for luxury automobiles and superior customer service, Brian partners with his clients to realize their dream of ownership.  In his free time, Brian enjoys downhill skiing, domestic and international travel, wine tasting, and golf. He is also a Certified Tourism Ambassador for the City of Grand Rapids.

Brian says “The Chamber Ambassador Program provides me with the opportunity to be involved with the Greater Grand Rapids business community.  Being an ambassador allows me to meet the people growing this city into a vibrant, thriving metropolitan destination.”

Brian is one of the Chamber’s longest-serving Ambassadors.  He joined the council in May of 2007 and currently serves as the council's past chair as well as on the Program Committee for the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals.  Along with attending chamber events and member ribbon-cutting celebrations, Brian volunteered to assist the Chamber in supporting small businesses with grants through the Kent County Small Business Recovery Program.

The Chamber is thankful for Brian and his continued commitment to serve as an Ambassador to support all of our members.

2021 Chamber Ambassadors

Courtney Failer, Chair, Warner Norcross + Judd

Tom Short, Vice-Chair, Progressive AE

Brian Justema, Past Chair, Sharpe

Sulema Kiekintveld, Losgistics Coordinator, Lodgco Hospitality

Adam Doubblestein, Government Affairs Ambassador, TowerPinkster

Adam Russo, Member Celebrations Leader, COM 616

Michael Ames, Government Affairs Ambassador, Santana Law Group

Kayla Benda, Event Team Leader, Oh Hello Branding Group

Andrew Liang, Comcast Business

Bernard Fogg, Bernie Fogg Solutions

Brenda Kimball, MOSS

Carlos Pava, Voices for Health

Janelle Hill, DEI/OutPro Ambassador, Arbor Circle

Jennifer Jenks, Great Deals Magazine

Jill Murray, 91.3 WCSG


Matthew Hogg, Raymond James

Robin Bartells, Gordon Water Systems

Shelly Shepard, Coldwell Banker Corporate Relocation

Scott Huxley, Syscom Business Technologies

Sharon Landman, StoryPoint

Stephanie Lares, Michigan First Credit Union

Stephen Williams, New York Life

Solmeris Hernandez, Fifth Third Bank

Tom Damitio, Corporate Conversions

Travis Gibbons, Calvin University

Wesley Trimpe, VantagePointe Risk Management


The GRACC Ambassadors Council is looking for a few individuals to join the ranks of this elite group of volunteers. Ambassadors’ activities directly support the Chamber’s goal of connecting members to resources they can use to grow and succeed.

Interested? Take the first step by checking out the Ambassador Committee Handbook & Application.