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.

Ambassador Resources (PDFs): Questionnaire ♦ Tracking Report
Ambassador Resources (Links): Questionnaire Tracking Report

 

Our Ambassadors:

Dawn Baker of Ultimate Apparel
Dawn Baker
Ambassador
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.”
Mindi Beheydt of Seneca Sunrise Coffee
Mindi Beheydt
Ambassador
Seneca Sunrise Coffee
Mindi is the owner of Seneca Sunrise Coffee, an organic coffee roaster in Watkins Glen. Native to the Finger Lakes region, Mindi grew up in Dundee and settled in Watkins Glen. As a single mother, she obtained an associate's degree in business administration from Corning Community College. She has held various administrative positions, but enjoyed her jobs in the veterinary field the most. In the summer of 2015 she learned how to roast coffee and had the opportunity to buy a used small-batch roaster, she finally found a career she could be passionate about. Her membership in the Chamber inspired her to be more actively involved in the area’s economic development. About small business success, Mindi shares, “I believe that successful small businesses can be a cornerstone for the local economy, and in my role as an ambassador I hope to provide these businesses with the same kind of support I have recently experienced.”
Jeff Frey
Ambassador
PSP Unlimited

Bio coming soon!

Cathy Hendrickson
Cathy Hendrickson
Ambassador
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!”

Joe Pavlik
Joe Pavlik
Ambassador
Employment Solutions
Joe is a Field Sales Account Manager with Employment Solutions of New York. They specialize in staffing services by connecting clients with the best employees. Pavlik holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Law from Alfred University and a Master’s of Professional Studies from Alfred University. Pavlik resides in Corning, NY.  Joe has an entrepreneurial background and was part owner of The Cellar Martini Bar in Corning, NY and is active in the Corning Community and as a volunteer. This entrepreneurial, community spirit led Joe to join the Ambassador Program, “I am committed to seeing business in the Southern Tier succeed and I want to help these businesses succeed.” Joe sees the Ambassador Program as an opportunity to do just that.
Eileen Peet
Eileen Peet
Ambassador
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.
Rosemary Petchell
Rosemary Petchell
Ambassador
Rosemary Petchell's Office Works
Rosemary Petchell is the sole proprietor of Rosemary Petchell’s Office Works. Originally from Australia she immigrated to the Finger Lakes Region in March of 2012. Rosemary’s work experience has included facilitation and training in a large telecommunications corporation, where she was sponsored to attain her degree in Adult Education, then putting her career aside for a time she homeschooled her two children. She has also volunteered extensively, turning her hands to whatever was most needed. Rosemary has found her new business exciting and enjoyable as she has applied the lessons learnt from years before and added new knowledge to her skill set. In her spare time she enjoys sipping wine with friends, quilting, gardening and spending time with her husband Mike. She is also an avid Bunco Fan!
Sarah Sarviss
Sarah Sarviss
Ambassador
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."
Sue Silhan
Sue Silhan
Ambassador
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.
Bill Sitzman
Bill Sitzman
Ambassador
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
Ambassador
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.
Betty Vinti
Ambassador
Chamber Patron
Betty is a familiar face around Schuyler County and is heavily involved in the community. She serves on numerous boards including the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary and Endless Mountain Music Festival. She volunteers at Schuyler Hospital, towing a cart of magazines and calendars to patient rooms. She also attends community events and has been very active with the Chamber for many years. She has taught speech, English, and writing at the high school and university level.
Kim Wilson
Kim Wilson
Ambassador
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.