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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.

2019 Ambassador of the Year: Candy Wilkes-Scheper, Afterthemove

The Chamber is proud to recognize Candy Wilkes-Scheper of Afterthemove as 2019 Ambassador of the Year. “A true focus on member value and experience and fostering belonginess are two of the Chamber core values that immediately come to mind when reflecting on Candy’s work as a Chamber Ambassador.  She has a way of making whoever she is speaking with feel like they are the most important conversation she is having that week,” said Mark Allen, Director of Business Services at the Grand Rapids Chamber. “Candy is always ready and willing to greet members and assist our staff at Chamber events and programs as well as member ribbon cutting celebrations.”

2019 Ambassador of the Year: Candy Wilkes-ScheperCandy is the owner of Afterthemove, which assists companies with recruitment and retention of their new employees by providing destination services for newly relocated families. They help them engage in their community and settle into the area through personal and customized services. Afterthemove believes getting connected to the services and resources that are important to the individual is essential for their successful move and transition to their new home. Afterthemove is dedicated to improving the relocation process for all families moving into the West Michigan area.

Upon learning of her recognition, Candy was thankful. “I want to start by thanking the Chamber for allowing me to be an Ambassador for them and I feel truly honored to be selected as the 2019 ambassador of the Year. It is not an award that I accept alone, however. It takes the whole council to make the Ambassador program work and I feel blessed to be able to work with such a group of individuals each day. Being able to meet and learn more about the businesses in the community through my work as an Ambassador has been very rewarding as well. This has been a great way for me to give back to the business community in which I work and live.”

Candy joined the Chamber Ambassadors in June of 2016 and has been the lead for the Member Celebrations & Ribbon Cuttings Ambassador Team. Her 2019 Ambassador accomplishments include attendance at 25 chamber events while volunteering at 9 and attending 46 out of 80 member ribbon cutting celebrations. Candy led the team to accomplishing 389 Ambassador appearances at Chamber events and worked with several new members to help them engage with their Chamber membership.

The Chamber is thankful to Candy for her commitment to be an Ambassador, and for always making members a priority through her Chamber networking and engagement.


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

 Courtney Failer
Chair
Warner Norcross + Judd

Michael Ames
Santana Law GR

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

Cobi VanOeffelen
Northpointe Bank

Joan McKinley
Vice Chair
Fifth Third Bank

Brian Justema
Past Chair
Sharpe

Michael Behrens
Behrens Wealth Management

Alex Caceres
United Bank

Valarie Cook
Samaritas

Whitney Ehresman
The Rapid

Leslie Fiorenzo
Employee Assistance Center

Solmeris Hernandez
Fifth Third Bank

Jennifer Jenks
Great Deals Magazine

Candy Wilkes-Scheper
afterthemove

Thomas Short
Progressive AE

Matthew Hogg
Raymond James

Craig Sutherland
Arbor Financial Credit Union

Brenda Kimball
Logistics Coordinator
MOSS

Kayla Benda
Oh, Hello Promo

Adam Doubblestein
TowerPinkster

Bernard Fogg
LegalShield

Janelle Hill
Arbor Circle

Angela Johnson
Angela Johnson – Edward Jones

Sharon Landman
StoryPoint

Shelly Shepard
Coldwell Banker Schmidt Relocation

Lisa Verhil
Experience Grand Rapids

Winsome Kirton
Pack Elephant

Katy Piirala
Michigan First Credit Union

Ashley Diersch
Kids’ Food Basket

Matthew Cunningham
Real Retention