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
2017 Ambassador Executive Team:
Brett Sanders, 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.
Valerie Coletti, Vice 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!"
Don Cutler, Economic Development Team Captain: Happy at Home
Ramon Ferguson, Membership Team Captain: Select Janitorial Inc.
Ramon Ferguson is the Operations Manager of Select Janitorial and Expert Floor Care. He started with the company in 2013 leaving behind a long relationship as a Senior Technician for a local plumbing company. While working for the plumbing company full time, Ramon attended Butte College in the evening and graduated with his Associate of Arts degrees in Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as a Certificate of Achievement in Administration of Justice. He has years of experience in customer service and loves to provide the best service he can to each and every client. Ramon is happily married to Tiffany, his wife of 13 years. They have three sons, and reside with two dogs. He is an avid outdoorsmen and enjoys backpacking, hiking, running, cycling, golfing, theater, and traveling, especially with friends and family.
Danie Schwartz, Past Chair: Danie Schwartz Consulting
Danie is not a native to the Chico area, but that does not stop her love and excitement for our city and businesses. After graduating from CSU, Chico she decided to stay and start working in the community. After years of working hard, building a reputation and honing in on her knowledge and skills. One trait that defines Danie and defines her role in the community is her passion for the community and the Chico Chamber of Commerce. Danie finds her passion through her participation and dedication to local organizations and non-profits. Danie has been a YPO Committed Leader for the past four years (winning the Young Professional of the Year Award in 2014) and took on the role of Chair of the Chico Chamber Ambassadors in 2015 (winning the 2015 Ambassador of the Year Award). As she passes on her Chair role, she is excited to step into her role as YPO President. She has a commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley, as well as other local organizations and is on the Board of Directors for the CSU, Chico Alumni. These passions allow her to remain committed to helping Move Chico Forward. In her free time, you will often find her riding her bike to the Thursday night market or taking a hike in Upper Park with her boyfriend and their dog. You can also find her behind the camera lens taking photos at Chamber events or out and about in our town. Don’t be surprised if you run into Danie at music festivals or concerts. She loves music! Danie tries to blend the professional lifestyle with a touch of creativity, community and outreach for a perfect balance.
Jaycob Arbogast: Arbogast Advisers, LLC
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
- Duane Dufault: Coastal Business Systems, Inc.
Ramon Ferguson: Select Janitorial Inc.
Ryan Gulbrandsen: The Stogan Group
Wendi Hart: Baywood Real Estate
Brett Herman: Healthy Solutions Insurance Services
Wendy Hicks: Five Star Bank
- Anne Johnson: Anne Johnson Essentials
Casey Newmark: Interim Healthcare Personal Care & Support
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
- Jerry Urban: Stott Outdoor Advertising
- Nou Vang: Express Employment Professionals
Drew Vercellino: The Specific Chiropractic Center
Shuree Wesley: M & S Wesley Tree Service