The Ambassador Committee works to strengthen the Chamber membership by making every member feel welcome at Chamber events and encouraging them to become involved. This amazing group of volunteers are the first Chamber members many of us meet, and are always friendly faces throughout our memberships.
All new members are given an Ambassador to the Chamber when they first join. Our Ambassador Committee looks to reach out to new members in their first year, serving as an additional resource as long time Chamber members. Ambassadors serve as a trusted voice to new members on how to maximize the Chamber membership, based on the objectives of the new member, and also look to greet new members at upcoming Chamber events.
To get to know your Ambassadors better, this is the first in a series of Ambassador Spotlights. This month, Jay Reiner, CPA.
I’m a Certified Public Accountant, providing tax and consulting services to small businesses, estates & trusts, non-profits, and individuals.
What are some of the previous jobs or positions that you’ve held?
I was a lifeguard for a few summers (and actually saved somebody!), and I was the best darned burger flipper at McDonalds.
How long have you been a member of the Chamber?
Since December 2010.
What is your favorite part of being a Chamber Ambassador?
Being one of the first people to welcome new members, and helping them get engaged within the Chamber.
How else are you involved with the Arlington community?
Volunteering for Arlington based non-profits.
What do you hope to accomplish as a Chamber Ambassador?
Get better response from new members, so that they feel connected to the Chamber right from day one of their membership.
What do you think makes someone a good Ambassador?
A friendly, welcoming personality, and desire to help out.
What events do you participate in as a Chamber Ambassador?
How long do you have to read this? I’m an Ambassador at every Chamber event that I attend, and there have been many events over the years.
How has being a Chamber Ambassador impacted you?
I get to meet a lot of new people by being the “first line” when people become Chamber members, and I’ve managed to get more than a few people engaged in the Chamber, over the years. And for me, it’s definitely expanded my circle of connections.
Why did you decide to become a Chamber Ambassador?
I was offered a lot of money to do it (don’t know what happened to that…). But seriously, as I wrote above, I see myself as a friendly, welcoming type of person, and being an Ambassador lends itself perfectly to those traits.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Free time, what’s that?! For the free time that I do have, I’m a current events/news junkie, avid reader (usually reading a few books at any given time), learning Spanish, fitness enthusiast and major food fanatic (they aren’t mutually exclusive!), movie fan, performer in community theater, and I get a few hours of sleep in each night!