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!
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.”
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, Logistics Coordinator, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Rapids North
Adam Doubblestein, Government Affairs Ambassador, TowerPinkster
Michael Ames, Government Affairs Ambassador, Santana Law Group
Valerie Cook, Member Outreach Team Leader, Samaritas
Adam Russo, Member Celebrations Leader, COM 616
Kayla Benda, Event Team Leader, Oh Hello Branding Group
Alex Caceres, United Bank
Bernard Fogg, Bernie Fogg Solutions
Brenda Kimball, MOSS
Janelle Hill, DEI/OutPro Ambassador, Arbor Circle
Jennifer Jenks, Great Deals Magazine
Jill Murray, 91.3 WCSG
Michael Behrens, Behrens Wealth Management
Leslie Fiorenzo, Coach with Leslie
Matthew Hogg, Raymond James
Rhonda Beatty, Trillium Staffing
Robin Bartells, Gordon Water Systems
Shelly Shepard, Coldwell Banker Corporate Relocation
Scott Huxley, Syscom Business Technologies
Sharon Landman, StoryPoint
Solmeris Hernandez, Fifth Third Bank
Tom Damitio, Corporate Conversions
Travis Gibbons, Calvin University
Wesley Trimpe, Compass Insurance
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.