The largest standing committee in the Chamber of Commerce - Ambassadors are a group of business leaders committed to helping the Chico Chamber of Commerce 'Move Chico Forward' by leveraging the voice of business for community good. Ambassadors are the Chamber volunteer force and a premier business-networking program.
Click here to view our Community Vision Newsletter outlining the Chambers vision for “Moving Chico Forward".
Ambassador Mission Statement
To be the "Members In Action" assisting the Chamber in reaching their goals of advocacy, economic development, member services, and tourism..
Click here for the Chico Chamber of Commerce Community Vision.
Ambassador Vision Statement
Community Impact Through Business Engagement
Who Can Participate?
Ambassador participation is open to all employees of Chico Chamber of Commerce member businesses.
Ambassador candidates must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:
- Must have decision-making authority in a member business.
- Must be able to demonstrate leadership experience.
- Must be able to make a commitment of time.
- Must exhibit professionalism and full command of Chamber mission.
Ambassador Engagement Calendar
2018 calendar coming soon!
2018 Ambassador Executive Team:
Valerie Coletti, Chair: Northern California National Bank
Valerie has been a commercial lender for over 25 years in Northern California and recently moved to Chico from Redding. She recently joined Northern California National Bank as a Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer and is looking forward to becoming actively involved in the Chico Chamber of Commerce and establishing close relationships within the business community! Valerie currently serves on the Loan Approval Board for 3CORE and on the Executive Board for ChicoStart. She is newly married and enjoys the outdoors and the culture that Chico has to offer and being a mom to her daughter Kelly!
Wendi Hart, Vice Chair: Farmers Insurance - Geiger Insurance Agency
I’m a Northern California woman. I was raised in Santa Rosa, CA and am a Sonoma State University graduate with a degree in Communication Studies. Prior to joining the insurance industry, I worked in financial services in both the personal and business arenas. My California Insurance license allows me to offer both personal and business policies. Being an agent with a multi-line company gives me the flexibility to work with people in many different stages in life. My family and I made Chico our home 8 years ago. In my free time, I love spending time with my friends and family. I am married to Ron Putnam, a professional commercial photographer, and mother to Spencer, Avary, and Evie. I was raised by entrepreneurs and married one as well, I am passionate about the Chamber being the voice of business in Chico.
Tim Sharkey, Membership Team Captain: Chico Gift & Ship
Tim has worked in the HVAC Fabrication Sheet Metal Industry for 15 years. With this experience he has seen the need for sustainable materials and practices. Moving to Chico in 2001 he started a few small businesses; creating California Habanero Blends and now the owner, with his wife Olga Morska-Sharkey, of Chico Gift and Ship. He has also worked as a Sales Manager for the Work Training Center representing three of their manufacturing commercial services. Timothy is currently working at the Idea Fab Labs as a Chico Sales Manager. An active member and Ambassador of the Chico Chamber of Commerce, he is passionate about bringing the community together.
Taj Atkins, Economic Development Chair: ServiceMASTER by Cronic
As the Business Development Manager with ServiceMaster by Cronic I am dedicated to the success of the company, employees and myself. I joined ServiceMaster by Cronic in November 2012 after leaving my previous career of building custom swimming pools. I started with the company as a Water Technician and was promoted to the Water Operations Manager. Prior to joining ServiceMaster by Cronic I was an iron worker, a sub-contractor, a wildland firefighter, and a custom pool builder. At all these jobs, I learned a lot about work ethic, and what hard work really was.
Aside from working for SeviceMaster I serve as the President of the Chico Business Builders, one of the largest networking groups in Chico. Being a part of this community and doing what I can to move it in a positive direction is something I am very happy to be a part of while raising 2 children here.
I was born in Olympia, Washington and moved to Taiwan with my family when I was 5 years old. We lived there for a year, where my parents taught English and lived at a church. We then joined a Christian Organization called YWAM and moved onto a hospital ship named the M/V Anastasis. I lived on the ship all my elementary school and traveled to over 30 countries and 5 continents in 7 years. We provided free medical care to the people of Africa, building wells and clinics in the different ports that we visited. During my travels at a young age it opened up my eyes to what a beautiful and diverse world that we live in. Traveling and the different things I have seen has taught me to stay open-minded and treat everyone with compassion. I moved to Chico over 20 years ago and have lived here ever since. I am raising my 2 amazing children here with my beautiful wife and count my blessings every day.
Brett Sanders, Past Chair: Office of Brad Jacobson, Farmers Insurance
Brett grew up in Orange County, CA and Seattle, WA area before moving to Redding, CA in 2005 to attend Simpson University. At Simpson University he obtained a B.A. in Business and HR Management. He has been working as an insurance agent for Farmers Insurance since 2009. Brett loves the Chico community and enjoys being a part of Moving Chico Forward, making it a great place to do business and raise a family.
Jaycob Arbogast: Arbogast Advisers, LLC
Taj Atkins: ServiceMASTER by Cronic
Sara Beachman: B Fit
Maxine Bigler: Healthy Enterprises
Joyce Brown: Soroptimist International of Chico
Calen Chapman: Harris Commercial Real Estate
Valerie Coletti: Northern California National Bank
Don Cutler: Happy at Home
Ken Dickson: Porch-to-Porch Real Estate
- Ramon Ferguson: Select Janitorial Inc.
- George Ghawi: Nevin & Witt Insurance Services
Ryan Gulbrandsen: The Stogan Group
Wendi Hart: Farmers Insurance - Geiger Insurance Agency
Brett Herman: Smile Business Products
Wendy Hicks: Five Star Bank
- Richard Hoyt Jr.: Edward Jones
- Megan Littler: Members 1st Credit Union
Miles Berdache Lynk: Ready Success Go
- Rick Nielsen: Business Learning Systems
Sharon Salcido: Chico Noon Exchange Club
Brett Sanders: Office of Brad Jacobson, Farmers Insurance
Danie Schwartz: Danie Schwartz Consulting
Timothy Sharkey: Chico Gift & Ship
Shannon Thomson: Aflac
- Jerry Urban: Stott Outdoor Advertising
- Nou Vang: Express Employment Professionals