Richard Boisvert is the Chamber’s outstanding Ambassador of the Quarter! Four times a year, the Chamber honors volunteers for their superior service. After joining the Ambassador team in late 2016, Richard wasted no time and jumped right in to familiarized himself with Chamber resources, making him an excellent member adviser. This is very similar to what he does professionally as a customer-focused sales & customer service representative in the information technology industry.
Richard builds strong customer partnerships with CIO Technology Solutions by listening, guiding, and quickly solving customer challenges through organizational support with a solution-centric approach. Richard started his career with Digital Equipment Corporation, a multinational computing mainframe and systems manufacturer, then rapidly transitioning into imaging, print management, and data storage systems.
Ambassador volunteers are vital to the Chamber’s mission of building business success in our community. Typically, they are the first contacts new members make when joining the Chamber. And we all know the importance of a positive first impression!
Richard’s outgoing personality and ‘never met a stranger attitude’ builds a welcoming environment for new members to quickly engage through Chamber activities. Richard hails from New Hampshire but made Tampa Bay his home in 1993. Richard lives in Palm Harbor with his wife Julia their 2 children. Congratulations, Richard, on a job well done!
The Chamber is proud to recognize Wayne Heiser as our outstanding Ambassador of the Quarter! Four times a year, the Chamber honors volunteers who stand out from the rest through their undeniable commitment to excellence and betterment of the organization. Volunteers are vital to the Chamber’s mission of building business success in our community.
Wayne is a 12-year employee of The Fest Corporation and currently serves as the Public Relations/Community Relations Director. The Fest Corporation, comprised of American Marketing & Mailing and American Visual Brands, specializes in a broad range of marketing and printing services including various assortment of signage.
A native Floridian, originally from Dade City, Wayne has called Tampa home for the past 36 years. He is a proud graduate of Florida State University where he met his wife of 37 years, Donna. Together they are proud parents of three professionals in the healthcare industry.
Wayne actively participates in many organizations throughout the Tampa Bay area in addition to the Chamber; WestShore Alliance, American Marketing Association, South Tampa Chamber and the Downtown Partnership. Please join us in offering hearty congratulations and many thanks for his dedicated service!
Congratulations to Kimberly Birks, Senior Health Insurance Consultant at PrimeGroup Insurance (PGI) for being named Ambassador of the Quarter! Kimberly plays a key role in the Chamber’s retention efforts and volunteers her time reaching out to new and existing members, attending ribbon cuttings, and participating in a variety of Chamber programming. Having served on the Ambassador Committee for nearly 3 years, she exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism.
Kimberly has worked with PGI for over 17 years. PGI is a full service Insurance Agency that specializes in employee benefits, workers’ compensation, property and liability policies, as well as personal lines. In her role there, she focuses on finding the most competitive employee benefit solutions for her clients. Caring for her clients every step of the way by becoming an extension of their staff and ensuring that they are in compliance with the Affordable Care Act requirements.
Kimberly is actively involved in several community organizations including serving on the Board for New Life Village for the past five years. New Life Village is a private community program for parents looking to foster or adopt older children.
The Ambassador Spotlight is a quarterly award given to an Ambassador who best exemplifies a spirit of volunteerism and dedication to the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee’s focus of serving as member relations support and assisting with efforts to retain members through consistent personal interaction and involvement. For more information about the Ambassador Committee, contact Tracy Wilson at 813.276.9464.
Congratulations to Jonathan Browy, a commercial banker with Synovus Bank, for being our Ambassador of the Quarter! Jonathan has been a commercial banker for over 20 years. He returned to the Tampa Bay area in 2000, after five years in New York. “I grew up mostly in St. Pete, and I had always wanted to return to the area to raise a family,” he said.
At Synovus, Jonathan works with business owners and C-level executives, focusing on those with larger and more complex banking needs. Besides being an Ambassador, he serves on the board of SPCA Tampa Bay and is the Advisory Board Chairperson for the YMCA’s Central City branch. This and having two active children keep Jonathan and his wife Marion always on the go.
Jonathan has been a Chamber Ambassador for several years. “I became an Ambassador in order to connect with businesses that find value in their Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce membership,” he said. While this has occasionally led to business opportunities for Jonathan, he feels that it’s much more about helping companies leverage all of their Chamber benefits. “If I can assist a member in developing a new relationship through a Chamber networking event, or refer them to a skill-building program like our Competitive Edge Series, then I feel that I’ve helped our business community.”
The Ambassador Spotlight is a quarterly award given to an Ambassador who best exemplifies a spirit of volunteerism and dedication to the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee’s focus of serving as member relations support and assists with efforts to retain members through consistent personal interaction and involvement. For more information about the Ambassador Committee contact Tracy Wilson at 813-276-9464.
Jason Chavez, Platinum Information Services
Congratulations to Jason Chavez, Regional Account Manager with Platinum Information Services in Tampa Bay, for being our Ambassador of the Quarter! After finishing college in Colorado, Jason moved to Tampa in 2001 looking for a longer boating season and an opportunity in sales. For an outgoing individual who genuinely enjoys helping people, a position in technology sales with Platinum has been a great fit. As competent IT expertise is a necessity for modern businesses to maintain secure and reliable systems, Jason finds it rewarding to see the value of the investment payoff for Platinum customers when it all comes together. Platinum Information Services focuses on Server & Desktop Support and Data Backup/Disaster Recovery for 400+ corporate customers within 10 states.
When not working, Jason can usually be found on or near the water. Sailing & racing one-design keelboats, he enjoys the camaraderie and competition of traveling to the boat events throughout the U.S. and abroad. Jason values the relationship he has with The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce as it gives him the opportunity to establish industry partners, generate business, and even bring new people into the sailing community.
The Ambassador Spotlight is a quarterly award given to an Ambassador who best exemplifies a spirit of volunteerism and dedication to the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee’s focus of serving as member relations support and assists with efforts to retain members through consistent personal interaction and involvement. For more information about the Ambassador Committee contact Tracy Wilson at 813.276.9464.