About the Ambassador Program
In March of 2014, the Chamber unveiled a team of Ambassadors. These Ambassadors are essentially an extension of the Chamber's team of staff, with a shared goal of providing support to our members on how to make the most of their membership as well as to grow the membership community through recruitment and retention efforts.
meet Our Ambassadors:
Amanda is a recent boomerang to Schuyler County, having moved back to the county in December 2017 after 25 years in Florida. Amanda has deep roots in Schuyler County and is thrilled to be back home. She has over ten years of community redevelopment and development experience and loves to help small business grow and thrive!
“I am so excited to be an ambassador with the Chamber! When I was looking to move back to the area, the Chamber was the go to spot for everything I need to know in order to move. I have worked with several chambers throughout my career and this is by far the friendly and most member-focused chamber in my experience. It is an honor to be an ambassador and to have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful business owners.”
Josh Fuksman, is the owner of Finger Lakes Sign and Design, your one-stop shop for any printing and marketing needs.
In 2015, the owners of Laughlin Signs offered Josh the opportunity to purchase their business. He bought the business as a leap of faith three years ago. Josh had a lifetime goal of being an entrepreneur, and this opportunity allowed him to make that goal a reality. Using his business expertise and sales experience, Josh formed Finger Lakes Sign & Design.
Of joining the Ambassador Program, Josh shares, “Over the past few years, I have heard nothing but great things about the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce and it kept piquing my interest. I recognize that the chamber and our communities are growing – and I want to be involved! As a business owner and entrepreneur, I understand the challenges facing small businesses and I also have the ability to think creatively and help find solutions. I cannot wait to make a difference in the Ambassador Program!”
Bryan is originally from the Elmira area, and has spent the bulk of his life in the Finger Lakes Region. After college he spent a few years in Florida and he returned to the area in 2015 to continue his career in banking.
After spending 5 years in the banking industry Bryan took a position as the Marketing Specialist at GLN Tax and Payroll. In this position Bryan wears several hats but spends the bulk of his time handling the marketing for GLN, and working directly with local businesses to help them find the most convenient and cost effective way to handle their tax and payroll needs.
Bryan had a few great experiences with the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce in the early part of his membership and decided that he wanted to be as involved as possible. He was impressed with the comradery among businesses and how they are eager to work together and promote one another in any way that they can. He felt that the best way to encourage this momentum was to get involved with the Ambassador Program and, hopefully, give other members the same positive experience that he has enjoyed.
Debbie Rohde is an accomplished Sr. Recruiter with Adecco General Staffing in Corning, NY. She joined Adecco in July of 2002, bringing with her years of customer service, sales, and training experience. In her current role, she meets with potential clients to determine various business models they can develop and implement to meet their specific staffing needs. Once a plan is agreed upon, Debbie will then recruit potential employee matches through phone screening, testing abilities, and onsite interviewing. She is motivated to provide excellent service for her clients, her associates, and her colleagues.
It is Debbie’s desire to network in her community that has brought her to our Chamber. She is looking forward to meeting new people and learning more about our unique area of the world.
Born and raised in Chemung County, Debbie still resides in Horseheads where she has raised two sons and continues to enjoy time with her wonderful support team of family and friends. Debbie has always enjoyed our surrounding lakes and activities we offer. She is looking forward to meeting our members and being a part of the Ambassador program.
Sue Silhan is Co-Owner and Manager of Selah Studio’s Yoga and Music in Burdett. Sue is a practicing Registered Nurse and Certified Yoga Instructor who is continuing her education in Gestalt Pastoral Care. A career in healing and helping professions has led her to many connections in the Watkins Glen/Hector area and she feels that a connected community is a strong and healthy one. As a new business owner herself, Sue is excited to help others in business meet their full potential through the connections that the WGACOC provides. Meeting and talking to people is a special joy as she seeks to enhance the special relationships in the business community.
Bill is a member of the MacKinnon Clan, a group of Canadian families from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He met his wife Martha while in college and moved to the Finger Lakes in 1969. Bill Sitzman worked for Toronto-based Electronic Associates of Canada before founding his communications consulting firm near Trumansburg, NY in 1973. Bill and his two-man staff worked with over 700 clients in the United States, Canada, Latin America as well as the Pacific until his retirement in 2012. He continues to represent a small number of clients and is also the frequency coordinator for broadcast mobile units covering the Watkins Glen Race Track and for other events in the Southern Tier. He was a member of the Trumansburg Area Chamber of Commerce from 1979 to 2011 and has been a Member of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce since 2011 and is committed to promoting business and tourism in the Finger Lakes region. He is also active with the membership and Ambassador committees.
Natalie Travis is a well-traveled convert to the Finger Lakes. Born in Stuart, FL, and raised in NC, she attended college in Las Vegas majoring in Hotel Administration and has worked in the food and tourism industry in Key Largo, the Caribbean and Las Vegas. Natalie came to the Finger Lakes to visit for a summer and quickly fell in love with the area. That was seven years ago and now this is home for her and her family. Natalie joined the Plum Point Lodge team last fall and had the pleasure of helping with the design work on the remodel and is now the General Manager of the lodge and onsite restaurant, Sapalta.