2022 Ambassadors 

Ambassadors actively advocate for the Chamber, communicating the benefits, programs and privileges of becoming a Chamber member.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Through enthusiastic Chamber representation, Ambassadors seek opportunities to educate, promote and share the benefits of Chamber membership with the business community.  Serving as an Ambassador offers a great deal of visibility and builds credibility for your own business, while generating stronger relationships for the Chamber in the business community.

OBJECTIVES

  • Educate members about the services and benefits of their membership
  • Foster new member engagement in chamber programs, events and committees
  • Nurture quality relationships
  • Attend ribbon cuttings/grand-openings, New Member Welcome, Networking @ Noon, community events and educational programs
  • Assist with membership development activities and events
  • Meet & greet at Chamber events
  • Welcome new members via phone followed by a visit to drop off welcome bag and give insight into the Chamber
  • Represent the spirit of the Chamber at all chamber events and on social media
  • Foster involvement/engagement within the chamber (events, programs, committees, advocacy etc…for the new member and your mentees
  • Provide feedback for continuous improvement of program

BENEFITS

  • Official Ambassador name tags
  • Chamber calling cards to be able to leave when utilizing member businesses
  • Opportunities to utilize a 10-13 minute WHMI radio spot to highlight Ambassador Program/yourself within the community/your business (if able)
  • Speaking opportunities at ribbon cuttings/grand openings
  • Introduction at New Member Welcomes-who you are, what you do,share why you are an Ambassador/how has membership benefited you personally and your business
  • Ambassador of the Month picture/bio/video in CA (provided by you-for now), social media and howell.org website
  • Opportunity to meet all new members/opportunity to introduce your business and yourself
  • Member outreach via retention calls/opportunity to introduce yourself and your business
  • Exclusive networking opportunities (i.e. registration desks, greeter, etc.)
  • Introduction at the Annual Dinner
  • Opportunity to participate in Spring/Fall Blitz
  • Recognized as an invaluable leader within the chamber and the community that we serve

COMMITMENT & EXPECTATIONS

  • Prioritize attendance at monthly Ambassador meetings
  • Attendance at ribbon cuttings/grand openings-a minimum of two Ambassadors at each ribbon cutting
  • Attend at least two New Member Welcomes a year (held in Feb, April, June, August, October and December), times rotate between 9-10am and 12-1pm
  • Attend at least four Networking @ Noon (one a quarter)
  • Make monthly membership outreach/retention calls and report back on google sheets notating date/time of calls and any notes from call (usually anywhere between 5 and 10 calls per month)
  • Share your Chamber experience within the community
  • Participation in the ½ day Spring Membership Blitz and Fall Retention Blitz
  • Attend chamber events and programs per your availability
  • Help with member registration at events when needed

JOIN US!

If you have been a chamber member for at least one year, are community-minded, interested in driving regional economic prosperity through engagement within the chamber, excited to share the benefits of membership within the community, possess a curious nature for helping others…then serving as an Ambassador may be a great opportunity for you to brand yourself as a leader and resource within our membership.

Please contact Dianne Samples at dsamples@howell.org or call the Howell Chamber at (517) 546-3920 to discuss in more details.

AMBASSADORS

Kelley Albrant
Edward Jones

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I manage the Edward Jones branch on the west side of Howell. I am a native of Howell and a graduate of Michigan State University. After over 20 years in the communications industry working with local businesses and managing sales and marketing teams, I decided to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps and become a financial advisor.

He instilled in me the importance of setting financial goals and creating strategies to help achieve them. At Edward Jones, I have the opportunity to do that while empowering others to do the same.

I enjoy working with all types of clients. I am here to help you gain a sense of control over your financial future. I thoroughly enjoy coaching others about ways to save and invest and educating people on how proactive strategies can change the trajectory of your family legacy.

Giving back to the community that we live in is a key component to my practice and my personal life. I enjoy serving at church, the chamber and in the school district.

My husband, Paul, and I have lived in Howell for over 25 years. Our three boys, Patrick, Bradley and Mitchell, are proud to be Howell Highlanders! Our family has spent many hours on the lacrosse field and with the HHS Marching band. We also enjoy summer camping and spending quality family time together.

As a financial advisor, I know that relationships are key. We will partner together throughout your life to help keep you on track. Your time is valuable, and we welcome the opportunity to provide you with our highly personalized services to help you reach your goals.

Sheila Gunn
Team One Credit Union

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Sheila has worked in the financial industry for 33 years with 26 years of experience in Residential Mortgage lending. Additionally, she is a member of Livingston County Association of Realtors providing a unique insight into the local real estate market. Sheila prides herself in providing mortgages for our current and future members.

Sheila has lived, worked, and played in the Livingston area for the last 29 years where she is an Ambassador for the Livingston County United Way, and belongs to the Greater Brighton Area Chamber, Howell Chamber, and Hartland Chamber. In her spare time, she enjoys her grandchildren that live in the community. Not only does Sheila lend in the community, she also supports the community!

Jessica Grima
MidCourse Correction

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Jessica is a native of Michigan and has lived in Livingston County since 2003. She has been working for Midcourse Correction since December 2014 and was named the Executive Director in March 2022.

Her passion is serving others and helping those in need. When she is not at work she volunteers as a rotary member at Sunrise Rotary, being a CASA for Livingston County, is a youth leader at a local church, and is working on her second Master’s Degree at Madonna University in Social Work. She comes from a large family and is an Auntie to nine nieces and nephews. In her rare free time, you will find her reading, traveling, camping, hanging with her family, or watching movies at home. She loves being a part of the Chamber and now as an Ambassador for the Howell Chamber is excited to meet you as she loves networking and making new friendships!

Sheila has worked in the financial industry for 33 years with 26 years of experience in Residential Mortgage lending. Additionally, she is a member of Livingston County Association of Realtors providing a unique insight into the local real estate market. Sheila prides herself in providing mortgages for our current and future members.

Sheila has lived, worked, and played in the Livingston area for the last 29 years where she is an Ambassador for the Livingston County United Way, and belongs to the Greater Brighton Area Chamber, Howell Chamber, and Hartland Chamber. In her spare time, she enjoys her grandchildren that live in the community. Not only does Sheila lend in the community, she also supports the community!

Brenda Lindsay
Mind Transformations LLC

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Brenda is the founder of Mind Transformations LLC, a consulting and wellness firm that is committed to helping leaders, employees, teams,  and individuals unlock potential and flourish in an age of disruption.  Engaging with other members of the business community has been rewarding.

Trained from Brown University, Brenda is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher, a certified Meditation Instructor with the American Institute of Health Care Professionals (AIHCP), and a certified Personal Resilience Practitioner (PRP). Brenda received both a Bachelor of Business Administration and an Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness graduate certificate from Western Michigan University. In addition to facilitating mindfulness and resilience sessions, Brenda leads drop-in meditation sessions and has been practicing mindfulness since 2013.  It has been life-changing for her. Sharing what Brenda has learned has been one of the most gratifying experiences in her career.

Prior to committing herself to the wellness field, Brenda served in several executive roles at the Michigan Department of Treasury including the Administrator of the Office of Privacy and Security and the Assistant Deputy Treasurer with an extensive accounting and security background. Brenda helped transform the Michigan Department of Treasury’s security culture through education and the engagement of over 1,500 employees and contractors. Everyone owned a part of the security solution.

Deanna Brzuchowski
Hartland Insurance

Helen Habib
Old National Bank

Michael D. Aubert
Comerica Bank