Committees

Ambassadors

The mission of the Chamber Ambassadors is to promote the role of the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce in the community by welcoming new members, encouraging current members to maximize their membership and aid in maintaining and increasing the retention rate of new and existing members through reinforcing the Chamber benefits. Ambassadors create a positive image for the Chamber by acting as liaisons between members and the Chamber Staff.

Ambassadors are a very important part of the Chamber, and are selected on the basis of the individual’s interest, dependability, integrity, energy, and communication skills. An Ambassador uses those skills and provides a communication link between our membership and the Chamber, and our community and the Chamber.

If you are interested in becoming a Chamber Ambassador, contact Janelle at jelwood@mcachamber.com.

Current Ambassadors

Alison Beatty, First Trust Credit Union – As Member Development Representative at First Trust Credit Union, Alison participates in community outreach in La Porte, Porter, Jasper, Newton, and Pulaski counties. In her position, she also attends marketing events on behalf of First Trust and assists in designing promotional material for the credit union. She is an ambassador for the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce and the Greater LaPorte Chamber of Commerce. Alison holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and French from Saint Mary’s College. In her free time, she hosts trivia in Valparaiso and bowls in a league in LaPorte.

Amanda Meyne, JMJ Talent Solutions & Staffing – Amanda was born and raised in the region. She has a business management degree and has been working in a human resources type role for 5 years. Amanda’s current role is an Account Manager at JMJ Talent Solutions & Staffing. Her passion is recruiting and building lasting relationships with her clients. She has newly become a Michigan City Chamber Ambassador as of the end of 2018.

Eileen Quigley, Midwest Lending – As a licensed mortgage professional, Eileen has the knowledge, training and expertise to match the perfect mortgage product to your individual financial picture. It is her responsibility to educate borrowers on the best home financing options available. She will be with you through the entire process from application to the closing table. Eileen is a resident of Michiana Shores and is licensed in IL, IN and MI. She has been a Chamber Ambassador since 2019.

Rose Tejeda, Interior Designer/Consultant – Rose is a licensed, commercial interior designer specializing in retail environments, showrooms, facade and shopping center renovations. She has over 25 years experience in the industry. She works with clients who want to make a statement. Rose is proud to have provided successful and inspired solutions for clients such as Michael Jordan Golf, Motorola, United Paradies Shops (airport retail), C.D. Peacock and H20+. She has been a Chamber Ambassador since 2019.

Dawn Zigler, Meridian Title – In her role as Account Manager, Dawn focuses on establishing and maintaining business relationships with potential and existing clients through professional, social, civil, and community groups which promote the services and goodwill of the company. Dawn is devoted to exceeding her customers’ business goals expectations. She started as Escrow Officer with Meridian Title in 2002, and moved to an Account Manager roll in 2011. Dawn is very committed to giving back to the industry. She is an Ambassador for the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce, Greater LaPorte Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of the LaPorte County Association of Realtors and the LaPorte County Family YMCA.

In celebration of the Chamber’s Centennial Year, the Ambassadors checked in with Chamber members to say “Thank You” through the 2018 Chamber Check-In Program. Selected member received delicious cakes featuring their logos, donated generously by Al’s Supermarket. Those deliveries were featured monthly in the News Dispatch Newspaper, as well as on the Chamber’s website & Facebook page. Thank you to our Ambassadors for all of your help in making this program a success. Click to view photos. 

 

Community Development

The Community Development Committee is the group that is the steward of The Chamber Education Foundation Fund (CEFF).

The CEFF is held at the Unity Foundation of LaPorte County. The purpose of the fund is “dedicated to the enhancement of the local educational environment through efforts to achieve a high quality education in the Michigan City area.” The CEFF has granted funds ranging from: the MAP Program for Middle Schools , Summer Camps for students, Culinary Workshops, College and Career Pathways Summit & more. Learn more about the CEFF.

Lakefront Career Network

This Young Professional Division of the Chamber are leaders in the community that focus on connecting the next generation of business leaders and attracting & retaining young people to work & live in Michigan City. LCN is “Developing today’s connections for tomorrow’s relationships.” Learn more about the LCN.

La Porte County Manufacturing Forum

 The La Porte County Manufacturing Forum will exist to bring together industry leaders and decision makers to learn from one another, work toward solutions for common problems, and be a stronger voice for the manufacturing sector in La Porte County.

Because this Forum will focus on big picture issues and be problem solvers, it is imperative the company representatives be at a decision-making level.  The Forum will meet bi-monthly with a county manufacturing facility hosting each event.  Tours, discussion, and action items will be set at each meeting.  To be added to this group, please contact Katie Eaton, keaton@mcachamber.com

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