Ambassadors

The Ambassadors are a very important part of the Chamber and are selected on the basis of their leadership, engagement, energy and integrity. Ambassadors help in many ways: they attend ribbon cuttings, assist with connecting events (such as the Business Before Hours and Business After Hours), support larger Chamber events (such as the Annual Meeting and State of the Economy Luncheon), and serve as liaisons between new members and the Chamber community at large. Ambassadors also provide a communication link between the Chamber and the local business community. Through their participation in Chamber events and outreach, they are key in helping members understand how they can best use the Chamber’s programs and services.


Join the Ambassadors!

We are seeking applicants to join the Chamber Ambassadors. If you are interested, please download and fill out the Ambassador application. If you have any questions, e-mail Barbette Dunn or call 336-728-9245.


Our Chamber Ambassadors

Jason Anderson

First Citizens Bank



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Who is Jason Anderson?
I'm a triad native who grew up in High Point and resides in Winston-Salem with my wife Melissa and our son Dylan. After graduating from Western Carolina University, I began working in the financial services industry in several cities across the state. I'm very passionate about building lasting relationships with friends, colleagues, and clients.

What brought you to your current career?
Working in the financial services industry since graduating college has brought many great experiences for me. I’ve worked as a Credit Manager, Registered Personal Banker, Branch Manager, and currently a Business Banker. The drive to learn more about the industry and local businesses has brought me to my current role.

How has being a Winston-Salem Chamber member influenced your business?
Being a member of the W-S Chamber of Commerce has helped to solidify our commitment to the community in which we serve, which has influenced our clients to choose us as their banking partner.

What do you enjoy about being as Ambassador?
It is always interesting to find out the history of each business and how they participate and utilize the Chamber.




Rob Cook

Russell & Cook Insurance



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Vernon Gambill

Black Tie Transportation



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I was born in Wilkes County, and lived in Winston Salem since being discharged from the Army. I spent my early years in the Textile Industry, and then in the sales area. I joined Black Tie Transportation ten years ago. I really enjoy this area and I am proud to call Winston Salem my home.

Tell us about your business or company:
Since 1989, Black Tie Transportation has gone the extra mile to provide our clients with exceptional service. Now, over 25 years later, Black Tie is widely recognized as one of the top limousine car services in the nation.

What brought you to your current career?
My past experience in sales was a perfect fit for joining Black Tie Transportation. My friendship with the owner, Gray Hill, made the job even more appealing.

How has being a WS Chamber member influenced your business?
Meeting and networking with all the great members of the Chamber has been a valuable asset to our company. The Chamber gives members a great way to meet members of other companies.




Regina Hall

Flavor of Fun Shaved Ice



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Terry Hedrick

Allegacy Federal Credit Union



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Bobbie Liggett

TRC Staffing



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Nathan Long

LMI Builders, Inc.



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Who is Nathan Long?
I was born and raised in the triad area and I’m proud to call it home. I have a degree in Civil Engineering from UNC Charlotte and have been in project management ever since I graduated in 2005. The projects I have worked on since that time have ranged from a small $5,000 upfit to a new $40 million dollar industrial facility. Currently, I am a project manager for LMI Builders and take pride in the role I’ve had in helping revitalize downtown.

What is LMI Builders, Inc.?
LMI Builders Inc. is a triad-based general contractor with a reputation for quality, workmanship, and customer satisfaction. Our superb staff of employees take pride in bringing our clients the best building we can provide. We are experienced in every aspect of construction, including but not limited to office, retail, restaurant and industrial jobs. A unique field of expertise is in historical restorations and helping clients receive historical tax credits for their projects.

What brought you to your current career?
During college I studied Civil Engineering however I soon realized that as a career this usually equates to sitting behind a computer and designing the same thing repeatedly. I wanted to be challenged and loved the idea that every project offers something different with unique challenges and hurdles that you need to work through.

How has being a Winston-Salem Chamber member influenced your business?
Being in the W-S Chamber has been a great way to get connected with business owners in the community. The networking events held by them always brings a crowd and new people to connect with.

What do you enjoy about being as Ambassador?
The opportunity to meet business just coming to the area and helping them get involved and take advantage of all Winston-Salem has to offer.




Eric Moore

Confetti Web Video Marketing



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Sean Newby

Edward Jones



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I am a financial advisor and I have run my own practice under Edward Jones for 6 years now. I am a former Engineer & Paratrooper and served in the U.S. Army for 10 years. I am happily married to my wife Heather and we have 3 beautiful girls. My current hobbies are my children! When I'm not spending time with them, I'm playing with computers and other tech and volunteering my time in the community serving others.

Tell us about your business or company:
As a financial advisor, I've developed a process for a group of successful individuals who are within 10-15 years of retirement, who among other things, are looking to “not” be so serious about work. My process helps us figure out what to do when the paycheck stops.

What brought you to your current career?
I was recruited by Edward Jones. I met a financial advisor that felt I was a strong candidate for this business based on my experience and character. Because of the entrepreneurial possibilities, I happily pursued this opportunity and have not ever regretted it.

How has being a WS Chamber member influenced your business?
Being a member has allowed me to connect more deeply with other professionals and business owners in the community. It has helped me to create a more personal connection that I did not have before. My goal is to cultivate a network of professionals that promotes a strong referral habit between each other, an air of collaboration and a strengthened sense of community.




Zac O’Brien

Thrivent Financial



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Who is Zac O'Brien?
I graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2009 as a Double Major in Finance and Accounting. I started my career with Thrivent Financial 7 years ago and have never turned back. I am a CFP® (CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™) , CLTC (Certified in Long-Term Care), Million Dollar Round Table, and a Kingdom Advisor. I am the president of Winston Under 40, lead the Synergy referral group, President for the board of directors for Twin City High School, an ambassador for the Winston Salem Chamber, and am on the Government Affairs Committee. I also sit on the Board of Directors for the Winston-Salem Chamber. I am on the finance committee for Augsburg Lutheran Church, manage the Church Softball team, and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. I have a wonderful, loving Wife Nichole (“Nikki”) and I am the father of Wyatt Zachary O’Brien – due July 1, 2016.

What is Thrivent Financial?
Thrivent Financial is an amazing company that has been named to the world’s most ethical companies 5 times now. We're more than financial services. We're a not-for-profit, membership organization of Christians – and we're starting a new conversation about money.

What brought you to your current career?
At the young age of 9 I was sitting in my 3rd grade class (the teacher asked us what we wanted to do when we grew up, of course after I retired from the NFL, I looked at her and said I have no idea) She made me write a list of things that I enjoyed to do and realized that I really loved to help people and had a unique understanding and passion for money. I started asking around about what people did and luckily for me my Uncle “V” was in town. He is a well-known financial Advisor from Chicago; he explained how he helped his clients manage the money so that they could have a retirement that they deserved. BINGO I made up my mind and the rest is history in the making.

How has being a Winston-Salem Chamber member influenced your business?
The chamber has been one of the most important tools in growing my business. It is a tool though and you have to know how to use it. The chamber has been an opportunity for me to get connected to the people in Winston Salem that might have never happened without the Chamber.

What do you enjoy about being as Ambassador?
Explaining to people the importance of the Chamber and that they need to leverage the Chamber to their unique situation.




Bill Porter

Streetlevel Media



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Who is Bill Porter?
I graduated from Fishburne Military School and Elon College. I have been in the advertising and marketing business for over 40 years and have worked with many nationally known companies such as Procter & Gamble, SC Johnson, Nestle, Nabisco, Chrysler, GMC, Chevrolet, Honda, Reebok, and many others.

What is Streetlevel Media?
Currently, Streetlevel Media operates the Bus Ads business for the Triad with all three transit authorities plus PART. Streetlevel Media also sells advertising on trucks that go set routes daily visiting all supermarkets, convenience stores, drugs stores, Wal-Marts, Aldi’s, Targets. The truck ads are all over the state. The company operates bus ads in the Triad, plus Fayetteville and Wilmington.

What brought you to your current career?
My background and experience in sales and marketing within the Out-of-Home Media business.

How has being a Winston-Salem Chamber member influenced your business?
The Ambassadors program is great for meeting new businesses and their owners. Plus, the Business Before Hours and Business After Hours enable me to cultivate new business contacts. It enables me to also give back to the community.

What do you enjoy about being as Ambassador?
All of the new businesses I get to meet, plus the opportunity to work with good people as ambassadors.




Nike Roach

6th Sense Health and Wellness Center



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Betsy Spencer

Casual Furniture World



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I am a native of Aiken, SC; I also lived in Knoxville, Atlanta, and Hilton Head prior to moving to Winston-Salem in 1997. Winston-Salem is the first place I’ve lived that felt like a “forever” home. My career started in accounting and banking before moving to sales in 1994. What I love about sales is the opportunity to meet so many different people and form lasting relationships along the way. I enjoy being active; a former runner, I now do more yoga, Jazzercise and ballroom dance.

Tell us about your business:
Casual Furniture World is a local, family-owned business serving the Triad (and Myrtle Beach) since 1985. We provide a full line of outdoor furniture as well as umbrellas, grills, fireplaces & fire pits, rugs & accessories, etc; anything needed to create an ideal outdoor space for a business or residence. We offer great customer service, design services and white glove delivery service for our customers.

What brought you to your current career?
I have been in sales since 1994, and have worked in a variety of fields including accounting software and student loans. I like B2B sales, and it’s important to me to work for a company that is ethical and provides great service and products. It seemed like the perfect time to work with a company that provides furniture to create the ideal outdoor space for businesses since so many local companies now have patios, pools, etc. for their customers and tenants.

How has being a WS Chamber member influenced your business?
Being a Chamber member has given me the opportunity to meet so many people! I have participated in the networking groups through the Chamber, and attend the Business Before Hours and VIBE events. It’s a great way to get introductions or hear about opportunities I wouldn’t know about otherwise. Also, the staff at the Chamber have been extremely helpful in providing introductions or offering suggestions. And being a Chamber member, and especially an Ambassador, gives me credibility when I introduce myself to a new prospect.

What do you enjoy about being an Ambassador?
It’s a great group of people, so I enjoy seeing everyone at meetings. And it’s nice to have the opportunity to know the new members and reach out to them. I also get to connect with a lot of friends, both old and new, at Chamber events.




Wendy Taylor

Keller Williams



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Chuck Windham

Corporate Cleaning Group



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Who is Chuck Windham?
I was born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana. I have lived in Natchez, MS, Hammond, LA, Lafayette, LA, Charlotte, NC, Overland Park , KS, and Kernersville, NC. I received my Bachelors' degree at Louisiana State University as well as attending other colleges such as University of North Carolina - Charlotte and Southern Mississippi. I have three children and three grandchildren. I attend Triad Baptist Church in Kernersville. My hobbies include Coin Collecting and Antique Bottle Collecting. I am an active member of the Masons and Shrine Clubs and enjoy Cross Country Running and Water Skiing.

What is Corporate Cleaning Group?
Using cutting-edge cleaning technologies, we promote the health, happiness and productivity of your building’s occupants through customizable janitorial solutions. We have locations in Kansas City, Charlotte, and the Triad. Corporate Cleaning Group opened in 2013 in the Triad located in Greensboro, High Point and Winston Salem.

What brought you to your current career?
Over 16 years ago, I attended church with one of the owners of Corporate Cleaning Group and was asked to join them while living in Overland Park, KS.

How has being a Winston-Salem Chamber member influenced your business?
I am a member of the LIONS, which is a referral group sponsored by the W-S Chamber, through which I have grown my business. I also attend all Ribbon Cuttings, and Business Before/After Hour events!

What do you enjoy about being as Ambassador?
Helping new and potential members learn about the Chamber and how it can help there business! Meeting a variety of Business Owners and Many others and forming friendships! Also seeing the referrals I get turn into profitable clients and friendships!




Matt Winnicki

LegalShield Business Solutions/IDShield



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Who is Matt Winnicki?
I retired from a 23+ year career with the Winston-Salem Police Department and found my calling with IDShield & LegalShield Business Solutions. I specialize in Employee Benefits and am certified in Small Business, Commercial Driver, and Law Enforcement Officer Legal Plans. I have received specialized training in the area of Identity Theft from the United States DOJ, Kroll, the world’s leading risk consulting company, Winston-Salem Police Department and is mentored by Morgan Wright, an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity strategy, cyber terrorism, identity theft and privacy and John P. Gardner Jr., a nationally recognized expert on Identity Theft and author or “If You Are Me, Then Who Am I” and Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur’s Soul. I am married to my wife Tena and have four children. I’m the 2016-2017 President of the Rotary Club of Yadkinville and I enjoy Hockey, Cycling, Golf and Volunteering.

What is LegalShield Business Solutions/IDShield?
IDShield is the most comprehensive Identity Theft Protection available to consumers today and has been for 16 years. Powered by Kroll, IDShield monitors a consumer’s identity from multiple angles, provides a $5 Million Dollar Service Guarantee and will restore a member’s identity to pre-theft status without any additional cost to our members.

LegalShield is a 44 year old company that has disrupted the way legal services for individuals, families and business are delivered, making access to the legal system and your rights available and affordable to everyone in the United States and Canada. At LegalShield we believe in the American Dream and the right of every person to be free of legal hassles so they can focus their attention on the pursuit of happiness. At LegalShield we provide a range of services designed to protect and enhance the lives of millions.

What brought you to your current career?
In 2006 my wife’s Identify was stolen. Through that painful event I learned just how vulnerable we all are to the ravages of Identity Theft. After losing almost $18,000, enduring a law suit, having wages garnished and taking 4+ years to put our lives back together I learned about IDShield and how this catastrophe could be minimized and prevented. Helping others from being a victim is my personal mission.

As a police officer, I experienced firsthand what the lack of access to the legal system can do to someone. Since the world we live in revolves around the law, having access to experience and affordable legal help to make good decisions and stay out of trouble really made sense to me. From providing Estate Planning to giving someone affordable access to an attorney to make better family decisions and prevent being taken advantage of, I feel good about what I do.

How has being a Winston-Salem Chamber member influenced your business?
The Winston-Salem Chamber has been instrumental in the growth of my business. It had opened up opportunities for me to grow my business, provide exposure and also had provided valuable educational and marketing tools that I needed as a new entrepreneur.

What do you enjoy about being as Ambassador?
I enjoy being able to support the values of the Chamber, being liaison for members, learning about the great business that make up the business landscape of Winston-Salem and the additional access it provides me to open new doors for growing my business.




Not pictured above:

  • Valerie Benton Smith, Flow Cadillac
  • Nathan DiBagno, @Work Personnel
  • Joseph Hamby, New Resources Consulting
  • Retha Martin, Belflex Staffing Network
  • Sean Newby, Edward Jones Investments