The mission of the Saginaw County Chamber Ambassadors is to promote the Chamber of Commerce through direct membership contact. Member retention and satisfaction are their ultimate goal.
The Ambassadors are member volunteers who actively perform a variety of services for the Chamber including public relations, member retention, new member support, and event hosting. They are the goodwill, public relations arm of the Chamber and facilitate communications between the Chamber Board of Directors, staff and the members.
Ambassadors conduct hundreds of personal visits and contacts each year completing member surveys, delivering new member information, asking and answering important questions and performing a variety of tasks designed to strengthen member retention. The information Ambassadors gather is invaluable in helping us evaluate and provide member communications, benefits and services.
Working in teams, the Ambassadors provide assistance at Chamber events in areas such as registration, greeting, bartending and networking. Events include ribbon cuttings, monthly ambassador meetings (generally the 2nd Tuesday of each month), grand openings, Percolator Breakfasts and Business After Hours among others. They are also key volunteers at the Regional Business After Hours and the Chamber Golf Outing.
The commitment is great but so are the connections and community relationships that result. Ambassadors are truly the "eyes and ears" of the Chamber.
2013 State Ambassador Leadership Conference
The Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 2013 State Ambassador Leadership Conference, October 9-11, 2013. Click the image for details.
Meet Chamber Ambassador Colleen Koski
Lutheran Homes of Michigan The Manors
5935 Shattuck Rd.
Saginaw, MI 48603
Q: How long have you been with your company/organization?
A: 12 years. My first day working at the Manors was December 6, 2001, and my employment with Lutheran Homes of Michigan began on May 1, 2004.
Q: How long have you been a Chamber Ambassador?
A: I have enjoyed being an Ambassador for about a year now and have enjoyed the inter-action with fellow ambassadors and working as an Ambassador Team member.
Q: What do you like about being an ambassador?
A: I appreciate the opportunity to meet new people and build new bridges with others in the community. Being an Ambassador has given me the opportunity to talk with many people I normally would not talk with in other areas of business and this does “lead to leads”.
Q: Tell me something about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Saginaw and I have a great affection for Saginaw City. I do try to volunteer any time I can to “give back” where and whenever I can. I graduated from St. Mary’s Cathedral High School which is no longer standing, in 1966. I was not the Homecoming Queen but did date the quarterback. I have 2 children, a son Chris, a daughter Katie and 3 grandchildren Riley 18, Kennedy 11 and Brendan 7. Grandma time does keep me busy and involved and I love every minute of it.
Q: Tell me something you would like the membership to know about you.
A: I am truly blessed in being able to do something I love and the old adage is true that “sometimes it is not even work”. I’m an “old soul” and what you see is what you get.
Q: What was your first job?
A: For my first paying job I was all of 11 years old and it was at The American Red Cross on S. Jefferson where my Mom worked. I folded letters, stuffed them in envelopes and added the stamps and I was paid 5 cents per envelope. I got to wear a Red Cross arm badge and sit at a big desk. This was a pretty big deal for me to be able to work with my Mom; I thought this was pretty cool.
Q: What keeps you up at night?
A: Nothing…..I always look forward to what the next day will bring. A good day is great and a bad day makes us stronger!
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: I have always been proud of the fact that I worked hard and achieved my personal goal of owning my own home by the age of 40, and I DID IT! Renting and living with family was just not my gig.
Q: What is your most prized possession?
A: Boy this is a hard one. Family and friends are not possessions so I guess I have to say my home.
Q: What is something unique in your office?
A: I have a paper weight on my desk that was a gift to me from a fellow co-worker in my retail days. It reads “If you are not the lead dog the view never changes” and we all know what that means. This has always encouraged my confidence to do a good job and focus on my purpose in what I do for people.
Q: What is your favorite Michigan travel location?
A: I love visiting the west side of Michigan.
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