The Ambassadors help the entire membership experience by calling new members and returning members to have conversations about business and how the Chamber can help. They also help host Chamber events by welcoming attendees and working the registration table. Monthly meetings are held to keep Chamber staff informed of member needs and to foster new ideas for better member services. Below are our 2019 Ambassadors, their information, and an introduction video with each of them.
Business Development and Marketing Manager
J. Hoffman Insurance
“Of all the networking organizations I am part of and have participated in, the Goshen Chamber of Commerce is by far and away my favorite. In the three years that J. Hoffman Insurance has proudly been a member, and the 18 months that I have had the honor of being an Ambassador, we have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful people that are part of the Goshen business community. Many of these people have not only become referral partners of ours but friends as well. I truly value the relationships we have formed through the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, and the opportunities we have had to network, volunteer, sponsor and learn via the various activities the Chamber hosts throughout the year.
I am honored to serve the Goshen Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador because it is my way of “paying forward” the warmth, welcome, kindness and enthusiasm that I experienced from the very first time I walked in to an event. I hope that I will be able to make every member that I interact with – both new and existing – feel the way I did and continue to about our Chamber.”
“The Goshen Chamber is doing some wonderful thing and is getting better and better every day. The Goshen Chamber is working hard and smart with Goshen and Orange County governmental agency as well as the not for profit organization that make our community great.
I am proud to serve as an ambassador because it’s an opportunity to help strengthens the business to business community which to me in turn strengthens the community as a whole. Which is something we all benefit from.”
Assistant Secretary/Branch Manager
Orange Bank & Trust Company
146 N Church St, Goshen, NY 10924
“Orange Bank & Trust Company opened its doors in Goshen in December 2009.We had not had a previous presence here and although we were staples of the Business community in Middletown, we were the new kids in Goshen.
From the very beginning, the Goshen Chamber was the light that welcomed us, the nurturing entity that helped us set down roots and the cheerleader that partnered with us to help us flourish. Fast forward 10 years, the Chamber remains that constant friend that is always there for us.
Giving back is a big part of what our Bank has always believed in and encouraged of its employees.That is what I want to do as an Ambassador.I want to welcome new businesses into our community. Give to them what was given to me; encouragement, camaraderie, inclusion and integration.I want them to feel embraced and valued as a vital member of our Goshen family.
Once upon a time, I was that newbie and now I walk thru Goshen waving or stopping to talk with the many friends I have made in this community. My Heart is very committed to Goshen.”
“The Goshen Chamber of Commerce allows me the opportunity to help members in so many ways. My passion has always been to help people. The Goshen Chamber with the Dynamic New Executive Director, Barbara Martinez, and the Executive Assistant, Lisa Clancy, are taking this Chamber to another level of excitement and growth.
Loving my role as an Ambassador allows me to interact with members, both new and old, helping them to increase their footprint in the region. I find that some members don’t like to mingle and introduce themselves to others especially at networking events. I seek out those that aren’t and introduce myself as an Ambassador of the Goshen Chamber, breaking the ice. I then find out a little about their business and ask if there is any type of business or industry that might have some commonality with that individual. Then I make that introduction and stay a minute or two just to make sure they are talking to each other and then leave. Later, I will seek them out again and repeat. This will make them not only more comfortable that evening but will make them more confident for the next event. This is only a part of what I do as an Ambassador.”
“There are several organizations that are either county-wide and even regional in their reach where Alianza is a member. They each have their own uniquely compelling mandate and reasons for our being involved. What is especially enjoyable about our membership with the Goshen Chamber of Commerce is that it’s more like boots on the ground for what is happening in the Goshen area. Think of it as “shopping locally.”
“The Goshen Chamber is a user friendly group of local professionals that really embodies the hear of Orange County. No cliques. No pretension. Just great people will to connect, help and grow the community.”