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Ambassador Program

Traverse Connect Ambassadors celebrate investors and connect with our business community.

Traverse Connect exists to lead economic growth in the region. The Ambassadors demonstrate and communicate the goals and strategic plan to our investors. The Ambassadors are volunteers who continually strive to improve the level of personal customer service Traverse Connect investors receive.

Ambassadors serve in many ways, such as:

  • Scheduling and holding ribbon cuttings and anniversary celebrations for investors
  • Making periodic visits and phone calls to new, prospective and existing investors
  • Helping investors recognize and understand the value of their investment
  • Connecting in our community to help Traverse Connect better understand investor business needs and to design services to meet those needs
  • Providing volunteer support at events

Recent Ribbon Cuttings

Congratulations to CC Jewelers for renewing their membership. Members of the Ambassador team stopped by to thank them and congratulate the owner Dave Croad for his 40 years in the jewelry business.

Members of the Ambassador team stopped in at The Center for Plastic Surgery and Skin Care during their annual holiday Open House event to thank and congratulate them for renewing and investing in Traverse Connect's chamber programs.

Members of the Traverse Connect Ambassador team stopped by Silver Spruce Brewing Company in Traverse City to congratulate them on their one-year business anniversary and thank them for their investment in Traverse Connect.

Brenda McLellan

Director of Investor Engagement, Traverse Connect

Kimberly Purdy

Business Development Consultant, Trion Solutions, Inc. (Chair)

Cindy Ockert

Asst. V.P. Commercial Lender, Honor Bank

John Sohacki

Solutions Consultant, Next I.T.

Mary Bickley

Account Executive, PMP Personnel Services

Rene Hills

Realtor, Real Estate One

Suzie Greene

Co-Owner , Greene Construction Group

John Roddy

Corporate Sponsorship Manager, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Kate Reichard

Realtor, EXIT Realty

Vic Geha

V.P. of Sales, Wyant Inc.

Kat Hanson

Development Director, Conservation Resource Alliance

Anne Bodnar

Business Development Supervisor, Munson Home Health

Chuck Korn

Supervisor, Garfled Township

Michele Young

Media Consultant, TCBN/Ticker/Northern Express

Ron Lemcool

Owner, Cherry Country Cafe & Gift Shop, Inc.

Sheila Peek

Benefits Consultant, Mannor Group

Suzanne Miller Allen

Dir., Community Responsibility, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Tom Walczak

Sales Representative, Applied Imaging