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:
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Bio coming soon!
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.