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!
Ron Carpenter is a Security Consultant for the Secure Pacific Corp in the Spokane Branch Office. Ron grew up as a self-described army brat and when his dad retired in 1980, Gig Harbor, WA, became his latest home town. He joined the WA State Dept. of Corrections in 1989 and through promotions worked in a total of four different prisons with a varying degree or responsibilities, before landing at the Airway Heights Corrections Center in 1999 and grew a love for the Inland Northwest. Ron’s last position was with the Spokane Gang Unit as a Community Corrections Officer, when he retired from State employment in Sept. of 2017 to join Secure Pacific. He is still providing security to the community, albeit in a different manner. Passion outside of work is playing softball in the Valley league, along with his wife, son and brother.
Tonia Wilder is the partner/Office administrator with her husband, Dr. Robert Wilder, at Wilder Dentistry. She has been working in the dental field for many years and thoroughly enjoys working with her husband. Tonia, along with Dr. Wilder, are very passionate about caring for their patients. She loves interacting with people and helping them feel comfortable during their visit. Tonia truly loves being involved in the community and advocating for the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber. “I love how all the businesses support each other and the Chamber has helped with that great community feeling.” In Tonia’s rare spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and daughter. Traveling, boating, camping, wine tasting and collecting are her favorite things to do.
Shelton 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.
Jim 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 achieve great success in growing personally and professionally. Jim’s background in team building, leadership, marketing and sales development was the catalyst for relocating to Spokane Valley with his family in 2015. Since then, he has been recognized by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce as the 2016 Ambassador of the Year and was a finalist for the 2017 Heart of the Community Award. In his current career as a voiceover artist with Rockin’ Rhino Voice Over, Jim has been heard in radio, television, and internet commercials around the world and across the universe. His job is literally speaking up for you! Jim previously served as Regional Director of Eastern Washington and North Idaho for Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal financial services organization.
Jen Clark grew up in the Spokane Valley, graduating from University High School & attending SFCC. She works for PrimeSource Credit Union in Marketing & Community Development. Volunteering for various nonprofits has been a longtime passion, but she found her niche in the credit union world, where similar values align. She is passionate about helping youth, particularly in the area of financial education. When she’s not working or out in the community, you can find her outdoors -fishing, kayaking, and spending time at Priest Lake. “I am thrilled to support our wonderful community in this new Ambassador role!”
Vicki Busby is the Relationship Banker for Umpqua Bank at their Liberty Lake location. She grew up in Southern California investing her time as a bank teller and performing close-up magic while in college, before moving to the Bay Area to be with her husband, who wrote books and manufactured props for professional magicians. When the dot-com came along in 1991, she and her husband moved their mail order company to the beautiful town of Wallace, Idaho. In addition to owning and operating the business for 20+ years, Vicki was also achieving success as the branch manager of US Bank in Wallace. She dedicated herself to the area by serving on the local Chamber Board and enjoyed being an active part of the community. She loves Umpqua, because there’s such a strong focus on people and community involvement. As Ambassador, she looks forward to getting to know you and your business!
Christi Armstrong and her family have lived in Spokane Valley since 1990. She is currently the Employment Services Director at World Relief Spokane. World Relief is a refugee resettlement agency that provides a wide variety of services to newly arriving refugees, resettled in the Spokane area through the United Nations Higher Commission for Refugees. Spokane has historically received between 400 and 600 refugees annually since the early 1990’s. Before joining the staff at World Relief, Christi was the Director of Union Gospel Mission’s Anna Ogden Hall and was also a Pastor at The Intersection Church in Spokane Valley. She is a former GSVCC Board Member and Ambassador. “The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce has long been a vital part of creating a vibrant business community in Spokane Valley. I am looking forward to meeting new friends and promoting member businesses as an Ambassador for GSVCC.”
Eric Conway is a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Spokane Valley. He helps organize, build, protect, and transfer wealth for families throughout the Inland Northwest. As a small business owner for over 20 years, Eric is uniquely qualified to help business owners understand the tools that are available to help build, grow, and preserve their business. His branch is committed to helping people from all walks of life, especially those whose lives have been impacted by someone with special needs. He is an active participant in his community as an ambassador for the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and North Palouse Chamber of Commerce, and is involved with Spokane Guilds’ School, Free Rein Therapeutic Riding, and Boy Scouts. Eric and his wife Teresa are parents of two very active boys and spend much of their free time attending sporting events, boy scout outings and cheering on EWU football on the red turf!
Dick 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.
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.
Wanda Buddrius, proud WSU Alumni, is the Manager of BECU’s Spokane Valley Neighborhood Financial Center, located on N. Sullivan Rd. With over 20 years of banking and Management experience, Wanda is an excellent community resource for financial needs and is a passionate advocate for the community she serves.
Since 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!
Garth Trimble has been Account Executive with FOX 28 TV for over 8 years serving the Greater Spokane community. Garth became an Ambassador in early 2016, after joining the Chamber. He wanted to get involved in the Valley Chamber as a way to meet other business people and continue serving the Greater Spokane Valley community, where he has lived for over 30 years. Garth is always willing to lend a hand—whether it’s attending ribbon cutting events or greeting members, while reaching out he is very intentional with his interactions with members. Garth was our 2017 ‘Ambassador of the Year’ recipient.
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. Dusty was our 2017 ‘Heart of the Community’ recipient.
Ryan 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.