Ambassador Program

Members First • Members Strong

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:

Dawn Baker of Ultimate Apparel
Dawn Baker
Owner
Ultimate Apparel
Dawn is the owner of Ultimate Apparel, which recently relocated from Dundee to Watkins Glen. With a focus on both large and small businesses with no minimum quantity, Ultimate Apparel makes it possible for businesses of all sizes to have custom, unique, high quality apparel. Of the Ambassador Program Dawn says, “Becoming a member of the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce has opened up so many doors of opportunity for me and my business. To become an Ambassador for an organization that I believe in and has helped me in so many ways in the growth of my business seems like the only choice to make. I am privileged to volunteer my time to spread the word of the endless advantages the Chamber has to offer and to help current businesses who are already members take full advantage of the opportunities involved when being a member.”
Julie Chevalier
Executive Director
Community Progress

Photo and bio coming soon!

Jeff Frey
Sales
PSP Unlimited

Bio coming soon!

Jerakah Heady
Jerakah Heady
Owner
Royal Image FLX

Jerakah began Royal Image FLX in the winter of 2015, but she isn't new to the world of wedding and event planning. Although she is an only child, Jerakah comes from a large extended family where every gathering is an event in itself. As an aspiring socialite and extrovert, Jerakah loves to entertain. Her love of small details and attentiveness allows her to plan Weddings and Events with ease. Jerakah is studying to become a certified Wedding and Event Planner specializing in luxury events. Jerakah is a lover of coffee, Target, and Finger Lakes wines. She enjoys reading, writing and photography and spending time with her husband and stepson.

Cathy Hendrickson
Cathy Hendrickson
General Manager
Image Packaging

Cathy Hendrickson began at Image Packaging at the age of 14 as a filing clerk and has worked in almost every capacity over the last 15 years. These days she is a General Manager and it is safe to say that she knows everything there is to know about Image Packaging. Currently, she oversees customer service and accounting, and she enjoys working with key customers. As a single mother of two beautiful daughters, Cathy obtained her Associates Degree from Corning Community College. In her free time she enjoys gardening, volunteering in her church ministry at Fresh Start and spending time with her friends. 

Of joining the Ambassador Program, Cathy shares, “I enjoy working with the people and business in Watkins Glen, I not only want to grow my own relationships with the businesses here in Watkins Glen, but I want to help them grow their business too. I feel it is important for small businesses to work together for the greater good!”

Eileen Peet
Eileen Peet
Account Executive
Vasco Brands, Inc.
Eileen Peet is an Account Executive with Vasco Brands. Originally from Endicott, NY and currently living in Elmira Heights, she has always enjoyed the Finger Lakes area. She attended Keuka College where she studied Psychology and also participated in women’s lacrosse and was a synchronized swimmer. Her past work experience includes being the Sales and Marketing Director for Rust911 and a Sales Representative for Payco Payroll Services. In the beginning of 2015 she won the Rising Star Award from the Southern Tier Business Meet Up community. Eileen tells us, she especially enjoys meeting new people, hearing their stories, and learning from others. In her spare time she enjoys being with her family, her two rescued American pit-bulls, and enjoying the outdoors.
Debbie Rohde
Senior Recruiter
Adecco

Photo and bio coming soon!

Sue Silhan
Sue Silhan
Co-Owner
Selah Studio's Yoga and Music
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.
Sarah Sarviss
Sarah Sarviss
Business Consultant
Pro Audio Consulting
Sarah Sarviss is originally from Cambridge, England, and she is currently living just outside Corning. She feels gifted to have moved to the beautiful Finger Lakes area.  She has worked in a Sales and Marketing role for over 25 years within the technology market. Sarah volunteers outside of work not only as an Ambassador for the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce but also within the Girl Scout Service Unit and a few  other non-profit organizations. Watersports have always played a big part in Sarah’s life and she loves to spend time kayaking with friends in the region. With regard to the Ambassador Program Sarah shares, "I am honored to serve as an Ambassador for the Chamber, it’s such a vibrant group of people and I love the course that the Chamber is on. I have a great love for the area and the Chamber shares this and it is very evident in everything that they do."
Matthew Sharpe
Matthew Sharpe
Director of Sales
Cameron Manufacturing and Design

Matthew Sharpe is a business professional with thirty years of comprehensive business experience in sales and marketing, operations management, training, and human resources. Over the last fifteen years, he has specialized specifically in human resources including, recruitment and retention, conflict resolution, change management, employee relations, training, compensation, and benefits. He has successfully become a strategic human resources partner with the ability to align business objectives with employees and management, as well as serving as a value-added consultant on human resources related issues. He moved to the Southern Tier area in 2011 and joined Cameron Manufacturing and Design as Director of Sales in 2013.

Bill Sitzman
Bill Sitzman
Chamber Patron
Bill Sitzman is a proud member of the MacKinnon Clan, which is a Canadian family from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He met his wife Martha, while attending college, and moved to the Finger Lakes in 1969. Bill has been a singer since 1957. In 1988 he became active in the Hornell Community Chorus (New York), and in 2007 became a founding member of the 28 Voice Masterworks Orpheus Chorale. Bill continues to solo in various churches, one of them in Schuyler County. He 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, as well as in Latin American countries and the Pacific until his retirement in 2012. He continues to represent a small number of clients and is also the frequency coordinator for broadcast media covering the Watkins Glen Race track as well as other events in the Southern Tier. Bill was a member of the Trumansburg Area Chamber of Commerce from 1979-2011, and has been a Patron Member of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce since 2011. He is active with both membership and tourism committee.
Paul Sydlansky
Paul Sydlansky
Owner
Lake Road Advisors, Inc
Paul founded Lake Road Advisors in 2016 to provide comprehensive, transparent, uncomplicated financial planning services.  He became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ to help families and small business owners create clear paths to achieve their goals. Of being an Ambassador, Paul shares, “As a new member to the chamber, becoming an ambassador was a great way for me to meet fellow members and also truly understand what the chamber has to offer.” Prior to founding Lake Road Advisors, Paul spent seventeen years working in finance, including thirteen years at Morgan Stanley in New York City. Paul earned his BA in Economics from Marist College and his MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU.  Paul serves as Board Member for the Arc of Steuben Foundation, Corning YMCA, and Horseheads Public Library Foundation and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Kim Wilson
Kim Wilson
Director of New Sales
Wallin Insurance
Kim joined the Wallin Insurance team in 2016, bringing with her many years of sales and excellent customer service experience.  As the Director of New Sales, Kim meets with prospective clients, offers them competitive insurance quotes, and then welcomes them to the agency.  She has a property and casualty license for both personal and commercial insurance. She can help everyone with their insurance needs. Kim has a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Keuka College.  She enjoys spending time with her friends and family. As a lifelong resident of the Southern Tier, she values the beauty and culture that the Finger Lakes has to offer. Kim and her husband, Darren, are proud to be raising their son in this wonderful area. When she isn’t working you can find her with her family, walking her dogs, listening to music, playing games, going to the movies, or playing trivia.