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.

2018 Ambassador of the Year – Matt Cunningham, Real Retention

“Passionate about the Chamber, excited to tell our story and eager to take on any extra tasks to support and connect our members.  Matt goes above and beyond every aspect of being a Chamber Ambassador to enthusiastically serve the Chamber, our members and his fellow Ambassadors,” said Mark Allen Director of Business Services at the Grand Rapids Chamber.  “Members and staff frequently comment on the positive interactions and level of service they have experienced with Matt.  He has a well-rounded presence within the chamber and is a familiar face to all at chamber events and member ribbon cutting celebrations.”

Matt is a partner with Real Retention.   Real Retention focuses on relationship coaching as a means to help people better understand themselves. Better understand that each of us is meant to complement and work in harmony with those around us. Through 1 on 1 coaching, business workshops and motivational speaking, Matt is making the most out of every moment he has with others and helping each of us see that we have unlimited potential to be more.

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A Chamber Ambassador since April 2017, Matt has made it a priority of his to connect with the chamber membership to encourage involvement and share how the Chamber can benefit them and their employees.  Matt has also committed to getting to know the entire Ambassadors Council through meeting with each of the Ambassadors individually.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected as the Ambassador of the Year for the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.  I became an Ambassador because I believe in the people and businesses in this community, and feel that it is every individuals’ responsibility to support the person standing next to them.  My involvement as an Ambassador gives me that opportunity on a daily basis.  I am excited to be an Ambassador and look forward to an amazing 2019.”

Matt’s 2018 Ambassador accomplishments include mentoring new members and new Ambassadors, regular attendance at monthly meetings, conducting Business Outreach calls, attended 20 member ribbon cutting celebrations, attended the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals annual convention and has stepped in from time-to-time to cover the concierge desk in the Chamber’s work café.

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

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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.

Chamber Ambassadors

 Brian Justema

Michael Ames
Joost Vapor

Kathleen Bart
New York Life

Robin Bartells
Gordon Water

Rhonda Beatty
Trillium Staffing

Randy Commeret
OnSite Wellness

Tom Damito
Corporate Conversions LLC

Tanya Horan
Davenport University IPEx

Sonja Jobson
Jobson Studios

Sulema Kiekintveld
Holiday Inn Express North

Jill Murray
91.3 WCSG

Adam Russo
COM 616

Mark Silverstein
Workbox Industrial Staffing

Cobi VanOeffelen
Northpointe Bank

Courtney Failer
Vice Chair
Warner Norcross + Judd

Jennifer Jenks
Past Chair
Great Deals Magazine

Michael Behrens
Behrens Wealth Management

Amanda Brand

Alex Caceres
United Bank

Valarie Cook

Whitney Ehresman
The Rapid

Leslie Fiorenzo
Employee Assistance Center

Solmeris Hernandez
Fifth Third Bank

Bonnie Nolan
Welcome Wagon

Candy Wilkes-Scheper

Jay Glover
Northwestern Mutual

Thomas Short
Progressive AE

Matthew Hogg
Raymond James

Brenda Kimball
Logistics Coordinator

Kayla Benda
Oh, Hello Promo

Matthew Cunningham
Real Rentention

Adam Doubblestein

Bernard Fogg

Janelle Hill
Arbor Circle

Angela Johnson
Angela Johnson – Edward Jones

Sharon Landman

Joan McKinley
Fifth Third Bank

Shelly Shepard
Coldwell Banker Schmidt Relocation

Lisa Verhil
Experience Grand Rapids

Winsome Kirton
Pack Elephant

Katy Piirala
Michigan First Credit Union