by Marnie Uhl, President/CEO, Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce
Prescott Valley has long had a history of strong leadership by women in business. These women have volunteered and supported the mission of the Chamber and have contributed to its growth and impact on the businesses and community.
One committee of the Chamber, the Chamber Ambassadors, has been a beneficiary of these outstanding and committed women.
Jamie Goeringer became an Ambassador in January 2015 while she was the owner of SMARTgirls Resale Fashion. She credits CEO Marnie Uhl for inviting her to join as a way to more effectively engage in the community and market her business. For Jamie, being an Ambassador gave her, as a business owner, a fresh platform to meet people with the common ground of being a Chamber member.
Since that time she has been able to connect with more people and in the realms of business that has stretched her, and this wonderful group of people who were once strangers have now become her business family.
Jamie continues to be an Ambassador as the representative of her husband’s business, Orkin Pest Control. She recently has stepped into leadership as an officer of the Ambassadors, but Jamie has always been a leader in not only the Ambassadors and businesses but also the community. She was the founder of Hope Still Floats, a fundraiser for the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center and Julie’s Closet, a clothing bank within Yavapai Family Advocacy Center for women in need. Jamie was the recipient of the 2018 Community Excellence Award for Business Leader of the Year.
Heidi Fowler King is the owner of State Farm, Heidi Fowler Agency. She attended her first Chamber mixer in April 2011 and attended her first Ambassador meeting in May. Since that time, Heidi has been very active serving in leadership as Vice President for several terms.
Heidi says she has made amazing friendship during her time as an Ambassador and plans to continue helping serve the businesses and community for many more years. In addition to her service to the Ambassadors, Heidi has held leadership positons for AWEE (Arizona Women’s Education and Employment, Inc.), the Highway 69 Chamber of Commerce, Bradshaw Mountain Lions Club and the Prescott Area Board of Realtors.
Lesa West is the owner of New Life CPR and has been in business for almost 36 years. She joined the Chamber in 2011 and became an Ambassador in 2012 to meet other business members and be part of the Chamber’s social and hospitality arm.
As Lesa says, “I try hard to keep this crazy group together” with mixers, ribbon cuttings and monthly meetings. Lesa has served as Secretary for several years and is always one to come up with fun new ideas to help our businesses and community. She loves the Ambassador group and what they do for the Chamber and community. She plans to be around a long time!
The Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce recognizes that its volunteers are priceless and appreciate those who go above and beyond in service and leadership as a Prescott Valley Chamber Ambassador.
For more information on the Chamber’s Ambassador program, contact Marnie Uhl at 928-772-8857 or firstname.lastname@example.org.