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:
A young marketing professional in the Southern Tier with four years of sales, marketing, and event planning experience who is involved across many aspects of communities within our local counties, Morgan has successfully and consistently connected businesses with one another and brought new business to her clients. She strives to develop and build valuable connections for her clients and looks forward to doing the same in our communities through the Ambassador Program.
Of joining the Ambassador Program, Morgan says “My favorite quote of all time is ‘Do or do not; there is no try.’ Yes, I’m making a Yoda reference. But there is so much to be said of this small movie line. The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce has the ability to connect businesses with one another and to educate their members on the importance of these connections, and they DO. The Can-Do attitude that makes up this Chamber has me eager and honored to be involved and to volunteer my time as an Ambassador.”
Bio coming soon!
Eldon is a lifelong resident of the Corning area and is proud to call the Finger Lakes home. He has spent over 18 years in the engineering and IT fields, with a recent addition of instrumentation, electrical, and control system design. As the Senior Control Systems Integrator for Cybertech Automation, he focuses on large-scale networking deployments, SCADA, and automation for manufacturers and process control industries. Along with the design and deployment of these systems, Eldon is also tasked with expanding the U.S. market for Cybertech Automation.
Of joining the Ambassador Program, Eldon shares, “I became an Ambassador because I understand that having a little support can make a difference for a business or an individual. I enjoy being able to help in whatever capacity I’m needed. The Ambassador Program allows me to work closely with local businesses to help provide access to the many tools that chamber membership offers.”
Bio coming soon!
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!”
Eileen Peet is a Regional Account Manager at Techonology Research Council. 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.
Ted Peet is the National Account Executive for Cameron Manufacturing & Design. Ted has transitioned seamlessly into the world of manufacturing after years in the construction industry. He is a United States Marine Corps Veteran and involved in a variety of ways with many different Veteran organizations, including being the Founder/Facilitator of Got Your Six Veterans Support Group. Ted’s presence in the local manufacturing community was recognized as he was awarded the 2016 Rising Star Award from the Southern Tier Business Meet-Up.
Ted’s duties at Cameron Manufacturing & Design include: identifying sales opportunities throughout a National client base, building and maintaining robust business relationships, acting as a liaison between internal teams and clients, and ensuring brand consistency and recognition. Being a bridge for communication between a client and Cameron Manufacturing & Design is something Ted takes great pride in, as he feels that providing a solution to one’s problems is as an invaluable asset as there is.
Of joining the Ambassador Program, Ted shares, “I want to help businesses grow their business and gain a greater understanding of the needs of my clients or prospects in the process.”
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 Patron 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.