Ambassadors

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 encourage the participation of members at all Chamber functions and make new members feel included.  They act as greeters and mentors, helping to build a strong and active membership. 
  • 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.

 

 

Meet Chamber Ambassador...

  Joe Rau
  Garber Buick
  New and Pre-Owned Sales Consultant
  5925 State Street
  (989) 497-4444 
  www.888gogarber.com 
  jrau@garberbuick.com

Q: How long have you been with Garber Buick?
A: I celebrated my three year anniversary this January.

Q: How long have you been a Chamber Ambassador?
A: A year and a half.

Q: What do you like about being an ambassador?
A: I like to meet the members and learn about their business. As an Ambassador I get to help people utilize the chamber to its full potential and uncover new opportunities for them. It’s always refreshing to hear other’s success stories. I can take little pieces from them and improve my success, or help other chamber members improve theirs. My favorite thing is the time we spend with other ambassadors…we have an awesome group!

Q: Tell me something about yourself.
A: I was born in Saginaw, and have lived here my whole life. I went to Saginaw Valley State University and graduated with a double major in Marketing and Management. For fun I enjoy boating, mountain biking, downhill skiing and snowboarding. I love getting up to northern Michigan on the weekends.

Q: What was your first job?
A: My first job was as a lifeguard at Bay City Country Club, it was the best summer job!

Q: What keeps you up at night?
A: I can't really say anything keeps me up, when I hit the pillow, I'm out. Although when I have a slow sales month, that can weigh on you, as we are pure commission. As a Dale Carnegie graduate though, I am able to compartmentalize my stress pretty well.

Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: My greatest professional achievement was winning the Buick Elite Sales Award. There are over 130 people in our zone, and I was ranked number 11 after working only two years in the business! I have also won GM's Mark of Excellence Award every year that I have been selling.

Q: What is your most prized possession?
A: My boat is my most prized possession; it's a Four Winns 225 Sundowner. I had wanted a boat ever since I can remember, and it was a major motivation to succeed at school and work. After two degrees and two years of working, I was finally able to buy my own boat. It's much sweeter when you work so hard for something.

Q: What is something unique in your office?
A: I have a model of the first motorcycle I bought, it was a sportbike, and a lot of fun! I have since sold it, but it was the first thing I ever bought new at a dealership. It reminds me that my hard work will pay off, and it's a conversation piece with my customers that are bikers.

Q: What is your favorite Michigan travel location?
A: During the summer I love to go to Higgins Lake. It is beautiful, you can see bottom in 18 ft. of water, and it's all hard packed sand bottom. It's a wonderful place to go boating. During the winter, my favorite place to go is Boyne Mountain for some skiing or snowboarding. If we get a condo we can really unwind! 
 

Your Chamber Ambassadors

 

Lindsay Barrett-Olgine
Email Lindsay:  lindsaybarrett12@gmail.com
Saginaw Habitat for Humanity

 

Colleen Koski...meet Colleen
Email Colleen:  ckoski@agingenriched.org
Lutheran Homes of Michigan, Inc. 

Ann Marie Batkoski...meet Ann Marie
Email Ann Marie:  annmarie@rchendrick.com
R.C. Hendrick & Son

 

Darlene Krumpholz...meet Darlene
Email Darlene:  drkumpholz@wildfirecu.org
Wildfire Credit Union

Amanda (Mandy) Board
Email Mandy:  mboard@goodwillmidmichigan.org
Goodwill Industries of Mid Michigan

 

Jason Kutchinski...meet Jason
Email Jason:  jason.glba@att.net
Great Lakes Bay Agency, Inc.

Mandy Borsenik
Email Mandy:  mborsenik@bavarianinn.com
Bavarian Inn Restaurant 

 

Jill Neperud
Email Jill:  jill@cuadvantage.com
Reimold Printing Corporation

Nathan Breidinger
Email Nathan:  nbreidinger@ingfp.com
Arner Investment Management

 

Kevin Neumeyer...meet Kevin
Email Kevin:  kneumeyer@ibcp.com
Independent Bank 

Amy Buben, Ambassador Chair...meet Amy
Email Amy:  amybub@yeoandyeo.com
Yeo & Yeo, CPAs & Business Consultants       

 

Christine Nietzke...meet Christine
Email Christine:  chrnie@yeoandyeo.com
Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

Jenny Dumont
Email Jenny:  jennyd@referralinstitutesaginaw.com
Referral Institute Saginaw

 

Jim Nightingale
Email Jim:  jimn@tbfgraphics.com
TBF Graphics/Digital

Jennifer Egbert
Email Jennifer:  jennifer.egbert@citizensbanking.com
Citizens Bank

  

Nancy Paris
Email Nancy:  nparis@carrollton.k12.mi.us
Carrollton Public Schools

Mark Fetterolf
Email Mark:  mark.fetterolf@edwardjones.com
Edward Jones Investments

 

Julie Partlow
Email Julie:  jpartlow@heidenconsulting.com
Heiden Consulting 

Michelle Gricar...meet Michelle
Email Michelle:  mgricar@rdmhc.com
Servpro of Saginaw

 

Mary Pitts...meet Mary

Laura Hill
Email Laura:  lhill@mihomepaper.com
The Township View

 

Joe Rau...meet Joe
Email Joe:  jrau@garberbuick.com
Garber Buick

Shelli Kelsey...meet Shelli
Email Shelli:  shellik@1ststatebk.com
1st State Bank 

 

Kristen Wenzel...meet Kristen
Email Kristen:  kwenzel@michiganworks.com
Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!

 

Martha Zehnder Keller...meet Martha
Email Martha:  emailto:martha@bavarianinn.com
Bavarian Inn Lodge