What is a Chamber Ambassador?
Ambassadors are a voluntary position at chamber of commerce and play an essential role in member communication and retention. Each Ambassador is charged with conveying member needs, questions and concerns to Chamber staff. Generally speaking, an ambassador would be expected to encourage member involvement. Different chambers have different guidelines and varying levels of expectations for their ambassadors.
How to utilize current Ambassadors
Whether you’re a member of the chamber or not, Chamber Ambassadors are a great resource. These people tend to be more in-the-know about the community, and can offer a member’s perspective of the chamber. Feel free to ask our current ambassadors anything.
Why be an Ambassador?
Being an ambassador can be a time commitment, but will benefit your business in addition to the chambers. Ambassadors receive direct access to chamber members, getting your foot in the door with a local business. Talking about the chamber is an excellent ice breaker, and the relationship you build is just that – yours. Active Ambassadors generally receive a higher level of word of mouth referrals and direct business from fellow members.
It is the mission of the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Team to promote member commitment and retention by:
- Raising awareness of Chamber activities and benefits
- Informing and involving new Chamber members to promote strong continuing membership
- Encouraging meaningful and beneficial participation in the Chamber's programs
- Serving as a liaison between the Chamber staff and membership
- The Ambassador Program consists of volunteers from the Chamber membership who donate their time to assist the Chamber in various activities.
Who May Participate:
- Any member in good standing
- Must be a member of the chamber for at least 6 months
- There may be multiple members from the same company or organization
- You must complete and submit a written application
- Attend monthly Ambassador Meeting - currently meeting the 1st Thursday of each month from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- Attend monthly Ribbon Cuttings
- Help with greeting, registration and set up/teardown at monthly Membership Meeting and After Hours Mixers
- Help with Special Events
- Contact new and existing Chamber members by phone or face-to-face visits
- If you are interested in serving as a Chamber Ambassador? Please contact the Chamber office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-838-5711.
Our current Ambassador Team includes:
Originally from Cincinnati, Jessica Gentry moved to Colorado in 2013; she found her heart in Conifer. Jessica enjoys the outdoors: hiking, sand volleyball, and playing with her dog Aspen! With over 16 years of experience in the service industry, she found her calling in Real Estate so she could continue to help people when they need it. Jessica is currently part of Keller Williams Foothills Realty and is a Certified Mountain Area Specialist. An ambassador and Chamber member allows her to meet new people, help others and give back to her community. Like the small town she grew up in, in Conifer, Jessica has that strong desire to connect with her fellow neighbors and friends to help grow an active and strong community. You might find Jessica out on the hiking trails; feel free to say Hi!
Angela Bassano - Angela was born in New Jersey, has lived in Conifer since 1973 and in the same house in Aspen Park since 1978. She has been a Rotarian since 1999. Her favorite thing about being an Ambassador and a volunteer for other organizations, is that she gets to talk to everyone. Being part of a community and a resource for others is a great experience.
Originally from Florida, Bill Aubin traded the Salt Life for the Mountain Life in 1995, first in Evergreen, then moved to Conifer in 2009. After leaving a career in service and sales, Bill took those relationship based skills and applied them to helping businesses obtain commercial loans as a commercial finance advisor with Optive Commercial Capital. He loves raising a family in Conifer. And being connected to all the great members of the Conifer Chamber, it was a natural choice to volunteer as an ambassador to help welcome new members and maximize their involvement and networking benefits through the organization.
Mark Spiroff is the local producer of Conifer Radio, our new internet-streaming community radio station for the US Highway 285 corridor, available via www.ConiferRadio.com. Mark is originally from Montana where he was a radio DJ at KGLT in Bozeman Montana (a LONG time ago). While working several decades as a Human Resources Director and as an HR consulting executive in the Denver metro area, Mark and his wife Denise moved to Conifer from Lakewood in 2003. Mark returned to his love of radio, created Conifer Radio in January of 2020, and has been working to support our US 285 Corridor communities through an unprecedented time in our history. Mark has been visiting and promoting the community with a mobile radio station for the past 2 ½ years and now has built Studio 308 as an interim radio station site for the remainder of 2022. He is working to transition the station to a nonprofit organization in 2023. Mark invites community members and mountain area volunteers to participate in the development of your community radio station and encourages everyone to contact him directly. Conifer Radio is located at www.ConiferRadio.com with “mountain classic rock” playing 24/7, 365 days per year.
Holly Conyers is a Colorado native and life-long resident, growing up in Denver and then on to the University of Colorado in Boulder. She moved to Conifer in 2005 to escape the city life and live peacefully with her dogs and 3 beautiful children. In 2010, after several years as a Loan Processor, Holly opened a Children's Consignment Boutique in Conifer called "Little Britches Boutique". The store was a well-known and respected small business in the Conifer community for 10 1/2 years. Holly recently started a new life chapter when she closed Little Britches and committed fully to her career as a Financial Services Professional with New York Life. However, Holly missed the connection she had to her community through Little Britches and seeing that she's been a Member of the Chamber for 10+ years, she decided becoming an Ambassador would be a great way to reconnect with the community she loves.
Jacqui Angelo grew up in the beautiful state of Maine and moved to Denver in 2007. She and her husband, two dogs and their cat moved to Conifer in 2018 to get away from the city. Jacqui has been a registered nurse for 30 years. She recently stepped away from nursing to work full time on the business she and her husband own - Blue Leaf Design Build, specializing in home remodeling. She loves this community and living in a small town. She decided to become an Ambassador for the Chamber as a way to get to know people and support small businesses in our area.
Danna Johanson is an Oregon coast native with her heart in Colorado since 1981. A Mountain Certified Agent, Danna has a lifetime background of construction and a career of over 30 years in real estate all along the front range. The corporate building and real estate world had its benefits but becoming her own broker with Envision Realty Group and having options to help buyers, sellers and owners through the custom home build process has been extremely rewarding. Always up for a challenge and the ability to connect people, she firmly believes that it’s never a job when you love what you do. Two great kids and two new grandbabies are always in her heart, as well as a supportive and fun husband who shares in her love to cook and entertain for friends, garden, travel, hike and adventure. Always sharing together in community service and giving back.
Aimee Pless grew up in Buffalo, NY and moved to Colorado in 1997. After teaching middle school English for 8 years, she became a stay-at-home mom. Aimee has lived in Conifer since 2004 and absolutely loves experiencing the mountain community with her husband and 2 teenage daughters. In 2006 she became a certified Jazzercise instructor and a few years later became owner of the Conifer studio, also spending a lot of time volunteering for PTA at her kids' schools. Aimee has enjoyed being a member of the Chamber with her Jazzercise business and decided to become an Ambassador as a way to get involved in the Conifer community once again.