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Meet Your Ambassador - Gary Sibbitts,
founder, Z-KNOW Computing Solutions…and Chamber Ambassador


Growing up on a dairy farm in a small farming/college town located 20 minutes from the Canadian border in Canton, NY, I spent a lot of time shoveling manure. In the years since leaving the farm, I have yet to work at any job that didn’t have a certain amount of manure to deal with.

Meet Your Ambassador - Kirk Faubel
Liberty Mutual Insurance…and Chamber Ambassador


I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of a police officer and a nurse’s assistant.  Milwaukee is a beer town like St Louis whose economy had relied heavily on manufacturing.  I loved the comfortable summers, having a ton of snow in the winter and I grew up playing baseball in the summer months as well as camping and doing anything in the water. 

Meet Randall Higgins
Owner, Speedpro Imaging and Chamber Ambassador


Like many others, I’m an ‘immigrant’ to St Louis. I grew up in a small town in northwest Alabama called Florence, which I don’t think was named after the more famous Italian city. So when folks here ask me where I went to school, I answer that I went to West Point; and that was a long way from NW AL! Four years at the Military Academy taught me more things than I knew there was to know, and that education was more than just academics.

Allow me to introduce you to Simmons First National Bank located at 302 N Clay Avenue in Kirkwood, Missouri.

Simmons First National Bank is committed to providing exceptional quality customer service and giving back to the communities that we serve.

We believe that our community banking philosophy has been the key to our success. It is a philosophy that stresses the importance of being involved in our communities by putting our time, talents and money into these same communities. In 2013, Simmons First had over 1400 associates involved in contributing more than 27,000 volunteer hours to over 600 organizations in 53 communities.

Name-dropping often has negative connotations. Whether its aim is to impress or advance a person up the rungs of a social hierarchy, name dropping is seldom as fun for the recipient as it is for the name dropper. I can think of one example, however, when name-dropping is not only acceptable, it is golden! That’s when the names belong to members of the Kirkwood - Des Peres Area Chamber of Commerce. When we show up at Chamber events and make a commitment to “Shop Chamber First,” we find valuable resources for getting things done and strengthening our local business economy. Then it’s only natural to spread the good word by name-dropping. Let me show you what I mean.

A Flashback to childhood and I think about my Dad painting a rainbow on my bedroom wall. On the adjacent wall he painted half yellow and half green. I am one of seven girls, so it’s not like my Dad had a lot of time to create art. I never knew if my Dad had a real artistic flair, or if he was just using up some extra paint. He never painted any of the other rooms in the house like that. But, I’m not sure any of my sisters would’ve appreciated his artwork like I did. I think he was testing me, in a way! Maybe he was planting the seed.

The Negatives of Being a Chamber Ambassador

 

After talking with several of the Chamber’s ambassadors, you may end up sighing a bit and asking, “Are there any negatives to being an Ambassador?” Well, of course there are; I just can’t think of any. It’s a giant job of meeting and greeting just about everybody who participates in a Chamber function. Talk about super networking made easy! Just be there and do your job and you get names and numbers of folks you may do business with, and you are able to help them get involved in the Chamber.

Meet Your Ambassador – March 2014
By Dennis Cooper, The Federal Savings Bank


This article may seem like I am repeating myself, but that is because I am. My experiences with chambers of commerce started early in my career assisting seniors with accessing the equity in their homes with the use of Reverse Mortgages. I realized that I couldn’t go into a neighborhood and determine which homeowner was interested in the process, but in almost all cases the homeowner or buyer had someone they considered an advisor.