Chamber Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors are the heart of the Chamber. They serve as our business welcoming agents by greeting new members and guests at Chamber events, attending ribbon cutting ceremonies, and introducing new members to other member businesses. Meet your Valley Chamber Ambassadors below!

Ted Schmidt Certified Business Coach ActionCOACHSince 2010, Ted Schmidt, Certified Business Coach, ActionCOACH, has coached dozens of business owners and executives to achieve their goals, and take their business and careers to the next level through improvements in sales, leadership, marketing, team development, efficient systems, personal development, and communication. His business philosophy is simple: Take care of your team, your team will take care of your customers, your customers will take care of the business and the business will take care of you. Ted has been a long time Ambassador with the Chamber serving since 2013. He believes that being part of the Chamber means giving back and supporting the community!

Jim Reincke Regional Director Modern Woodmen of America Fraternal FinancialJim Reincke joined the Ambassadors group to further enhance Chamber membership opportunities for existing and new members, as well as for his own business and networking. He believes that by volunteering, helping and getting to know his peers in the Chamber and in the community, he will be sure to grow personally and professionally. Jim is the Regional Director for Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial. Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial specializes in growing leaders in business, leaders in the community and leaders in life. Modern Woodmen was founded in 1883, and while many things have changed over the years, our strong values and unique culture remain the same.

katy payne (1)smAfter graduating from Eastern Washington University in 2012 with a degree in Business Management, Katy Payne worked as a Digital Marketing Coordinator for a local radio group for four years. Recently, she decided to jump full time into the entrepreneurial world to run a pet sitting business, Katydid Critter Sitting, and photography business, Katydid Multimedia. Katy has been an ambassador for the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce since February 2015 and looks forward to new opportunities to serve the Spokane and Spokane Valley community. Her other passions include web and graphic design, music, rock-climbing, traveling and volunteering.

Stella Fox Business Development Manager ActionCOACHStella Fox is a Certified Business Coach and Business Development Director for ActionCOACH. She uses her enthusiasm and confidence by authentically connecting with people to build deep and meaningful relationships which allows her life to be filled with joyful travel and learning. “Here at ActionCOACH, we serve others by redefining what a business is and teaching others how to build their businesses to sustain their goals and dreams. A chiropractor may go to school to learn to be a chiropractor, but they don’t learn how to be business owners, that’s where we come in. We’re a part of the Chamber because we believe a strong thriving business community is necessary for economic development and deep meaningful relationships.”

DickDick Brantley is an Account Executive for Stuart Advertising, a full service advertising agency, handling everything from sky writing to radio and television. 99% of the time there is no additional cost to you and the returns can be amazing! Dick has served the Chamber for over ten years– the last few years heading up the Ambassador team. I love working with the Ambassadors, a dedicated group of professionals. I have been in the marketing business for all most all of my adult life. The experience gained working in a variety of media across several states has helped me polish my creative writing skills.

AdinaAdina Stone is the owner and founder of Peachy Kleen. She began her business in 1996 after working for another cleaning company. I noticed their lack of attention to detail and I knew I could offer a more efficient service. Hence “we don’t cut corners, we clean them” was born and so was Peachy Kleen! While my business is growing, I felt that my decision to join the chamber would allow me more exposure to g row professionally. Through my experiences within the chamber and meeting so many of its members, I have been inspired by their leadership and sense of community.

Dusty Wetzler is the Manager of the Millwood Branch of Banner Bank.  As a banker, Dusty has over a decade of experience in serving the Spokane area, with a focus on trust based relationship development.  He is absolutely in love with his community and is committed to connecting amazing people to amazing people!    In his free time, Dusty enjoys spending time with his two children, dance instruction, scuba diving, hiking, competition in mixed martial arts, and writing.

Garth Trimble Account Executive KAYU FOX 28 Garth Trimble has been Account Executive with FOX 28 TV for over 8 years serving the Greater Spokane community.

Ryan Eskelson Branch Manager US BankRyan Eskelson is a Branch Manager with US Bank of Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley where he has worked for the past four years. He enjoys serving his community and helping them with their banking needs. He true passion is helping children understand the important lessons about finances. He feels being an Ambassador with the Chamber helps him positively impact his local community and helps him a build a strong network for his business.

Danielle Milton has lived in Spokane for the majority of her life. She is a business and career development librarian at the Spokane Valley Library of the Spokane County Library District. She works with job seekers and business owners to utilize library resources and tools available through the library. The library strives to support and build the community by connecting people to educational, economic, and recreational opportunities.

Robbie Jackson Legal Administator Winston & Cashatt, LawyersRobbie Jackson joined our Ambassadors group to become more involved with our “vibrant and connected Chamber.”  Robbie feels blessed to be the legal administrator for Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers. Her responsibilities include overseeing finances, HR, marketing, event planning, IT and the facility. She feels her greatest success has been raising two beautiful, kind, smart, and generous daughters.  Her favorite past-times are traveling, reading, and spending time with her daughters and friends.

 

MiaCate Kennedy I is the Director of Technology Solutions for ABC Office Equipment Company. She graduated from Gonzaga University and is a very enthusiastic alumni! She has traveled extensively and worked as a Corporate Sales Manager, Business Development/Marketing  Manager, Global Business Strategist, and Entrepreneur.   At ABC, she has many responsibilities including marketing, development, and technology solutions.  She LOVES her job and the people she works with at ABC. She joined the Ambassadors group to become more involved in helping the business community connect and grow with the help of the wonderful leadership team that make up the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber.

Erica Herrold is a Health and Fitness Coach with HD Fit. She was born and raised in the heart of the Black Hills, South Dakota. In 2011, she married her husband and they took a life adventure to Spokane, Washington. Erica is a natural born entrepreneur. Erica enjoys the thrill of chasing the next challenge. Through the chamber she has been able to fulfill her passion for community involvement and helping others. In her words, “being a part of the Valley Chamber is like having a second family!”

SheltonShelton Hansen has lived in Spokane since 2010 and absolutely loves the Inland Northwest. He grew up in Arizona and then went to high school and college in Colorado before moving to Washington. He met his amazing wife here 4 years ago at Bethel Church where he is an assistant pastor. He is also a fully licensed insurance/retirement professional for COUNTRY Financial. Shelton and his wife have two dogs, a German Shepard (Ace) and a Standard Poodle (Blaze) who they love to spoil. He is very excited to be part of the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and cannot wait for what the future holds.

Cindy Esch is the President/Co-Founder of Childhood Saved.  A 501c3 non-profit, Childhood Saved creates the possibility of healing by providing funding for therapy for survivors of childhood sexual abuse who otherwise couldn’t afford the help they need to heal. Cindy has been a Chamber Ambassador since 2013 and is a strong advocate of the Chamber. She became involved in the Chamber and as an Ambassador to better serve the community and connect with passionate business owners in the Greater Valley.