Chamber Ambassadors have a prominent position of responsibility acting as a primary liaison for new members and are highly visible at Fountain Valley Chamber events. Ambassadors assist members by introducing them to the benefits and service of membership and serving as a conduit for members to engage in the organization. Ambassadors are volunteers whose responsibilities include one-on-one visitations with Fountain Valley chamber businesses, event networking, participation in Chamber committees, recruitment of new members, and support various programs and projects evolving around the business community.
•First contact with new businesses in the City
•First contact with new members
•Website Ambassador of the Quarter showcase
•Ambassador page on website
•Ambassador recognition at luncheons
•Drawing for Free Chamber lunch at monthly Ambassador meeting
SuperStarz Business NetworkingDusty LiningerCo-Chair
Lininger MortgageVince Sosa
The Vince Sosa Team/Keller Williams
DGH Background Services
Michele JensenCivic Member
Theresa "Terri" SimesTheresa Simes Insurance Agency Inc-Farmer's InsuranceKathy KnightNew York LifeKathy ThomsonVinny MartinelliSpectrum Business
JMS Technical SolutionsCaroline Witham
DGH Background Services
Maestro Mobile Notary Services
SuperStarz Business Networking
JMS Technical Solutions
Time Warner Cable
Fit Body Boot Camp
Keller Williams Realty
Higuchi Wealth Group
Heartland Ovation Payroll
Walter "Kiff" Crandall
Robertson & Olsen Law Firm
Ambassador of the Month
Diane Higashioka - DGH Background Services
1. What do you like about being an Ambassador?
I have always enjoyed volunteering in my community and being an Ambassador for the FV Chamber gives me the satisfaction of knowing that I have volunteered my time to make the Chamber a better organization. I enjoy greeting all the wonderful people that join us at the monthly events and try to understand what each business does and how we, as a Chamber, can help them achieve their goals.
2. What made you become an Ambassador?
When I first started my company, I had to get the word out to anyone that could use background checks. The FV Chamber of Commerce was the first group that I joined to start the ball rolling. Attending events was a start but I soon realized that if I wanted to meet more people in less time, the Ambassador group was the place to be. Joining the Ambassador team and volunteering my time to "work" the events was a far better use of my time to meet my goals. I have become friends, as well as business partners, with many of the Chamber businesses since joining the Ambassadors.
3. What do you want people to know about your business?
I am amazed at how many business owners do not background check their employees! I think it's because they think the cost is too high or they feel they have a good sense of character but I can't tell you how devastating a bad employee can be to your small business. Is $35.00 too much to spend on the confirmation that you made a good choice on your next employee? If you only hire 1-3 employees a year, that's a small price to pay for "peace of mind."
4. How long have you been in this business?
I started my business in 2013 and have been growing consistently since then.
5. What is your greatest achievement?
Doubling my business growth annually. I was also awarded the Sales Person of the Year from Universal Studios Home Video.
6. What do you do in your spare time?
During the baseball season, I spend most of my time watching the Yankees play whomever. I belong to a bowling league at Fountain Bowl and I play Bunco monthly with a group of women that I've known for 20 some years.
7. What are you really bad at that you don't mind telling people?
I'm really bad at cleaning my house! If anyone would like to volunteer, please give me a call!
8. What are you really good at that most people don't know?
I'm very good at details. Making sure every detail of an event is covered. Finding mistakes or typos that pass most people by. At times I have to stop being too obsessed with the small stuff!
9. What advice would you give other chamber members?
If you want to get the most value from your Chamber membership, you must spend time developing the relationship. Join one of the groups, attend any events that you can, get to know the people and businesses around you. We're all in this together and we can all help each other grow. Sometimes it's not about the sale but about the knowledge that you develop.
10. What was the last book you read/movie you enjoyed?
I'm partial to mystery/thrillers. Who-done-its are my go to books. I recently saw the Spike Lee movie, BlackKKlansman. Outstanding movie and very well done.