The Ambassador and Emissary Programs allow Chamber members to become more engaged with the community. Chamber Ambassadors are individuals who help represent and promote the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber, as well as promote their own business to other companies. Chamber Emissaries are chosen individuals who act as messengers to advocate the Chamber to current members.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Chamber Emissaries are chosen individuals who act as messengers to advocate the Chamber to current members. Emissaries are assigned (or can choose) a minimum of 25 member companies (10–15 should be new members) to which they act as a liaison for the Chamber. Companies should be chosen based on an opportunity to do business in the future. We want the member company to fall within the Emissaries natural scope of work (no hard sales) so that it is easy to place them in their natural contact rotation. This program is an effort to increase membership value and retention rates. For the Emissary, it is a chance to build a business relationships (again, no hard sales). Those chosen have already shown a strong sense of commitment and dependability by being outstanding Chamber members and are extended an invitation by the Chamber leadership, Membership division and/or the Guidance Committee, to become part of the Emissary Program.
For more information, see 2023 Ambassador and Emissary Handbook.
2023 Application Form (Fill-in)
2023 Code of Conduct (Fill-in)
Crystal Gilreath serves as Business Relationship Officer for Redstone Federal Credit Union in Huntsville, Alabama. In her role, she focuses on being a trusted and dependable resource for Individuals and small businesses to help them achieve their financials goals. Crystal has over 14 years of financial service experience in multiple capacities within the local economic market. She is a graduate of Athens State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Human Resource Management. Crystal Joined the Chamber of Commerce in 2014 and has had the privilege of meeting many extraordinary people. She stays active in the local community as a volunteer with Junior Achievement and the emissary program. Crystal enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Chad and son, Elliott.
Harmony Heard is the Complex Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing for the Westin Huntsville and a Past President the Huntsville/Madison County Hospitality Association. Harmony has been a driving force for hospitality in our community because of her passion and love for our city. Harmony serves our community in many roles. She is an Emissary for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce having been named the 2018 Lead Ambassador for the Chamber. She additionally serves as Chair Elect of the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau and Chairwoman of the Board for The Cornerstone Initiative. She has won multiple awards for sales, marketing, hospitality, and community service. She is a two- time Huntsville/Madison County Hospitality Association Red Ribbon winner, which is the highest honor to receive for the local hospitality industry. Harmony is a native of Huntsville and a graduate of Athens State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with honors. Her diverse background in both the accounting and legal fields have established a strong foundation for success in sales and marketing. Harmony loves to serve the community and has given back to the community by serving for organizations such as Strong Tower for Women, Merea House, Taste of Huntsville, Kids to Love. She volunteers regularly to serve many local ministries and always seeks to give back to the community. Her passion is for helping people and making a difference in people’s lives. She is the mother of three beautiful children, Drayke, Kayla and Kayden and Gigi to two super cute little ones, Nevaeh and Bentley.
Vice-President/Retail Market Leader/Business Banker Synovus Bank 301 Washington Street N, Huntsville, AL 35801 256-551-3329 firstname.lastname@example.org Scott Hulgan is the Retail Market Leader for Synovus over the Huntsville and Madison Markets. He has served the Huntsville and Madison Banking Communities since 2003 in the areas of Small Business, Commercial, Private & Wealth, Mortgage, and Retail Banking, Lending as well as Branch Leadership. The opportunity to wake up every day, come to work in the best city in America, and truly live his passion of making a difference in his Community is what drives him. With experience and expertise that truly set him apart from his competitors, Scott works to help every client he encounters to reach their individual financial goals. Scott brings to his Community and his position with Synovus a unique set of skills. His diversity in banking as well as his familiarity with the Huntsville and Madison Markets, allow him to provide consultative advice enabling his clients to succeed not only in business, but also in their personal financial journey. Scott believes the most important factor in any relationship is that it never matters to people how much you know, until those people know how much you care. It is that quality caring that positively effects a Community, one business at a time. Scott graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. He lives in the Blossomwood Community with his wife Valerie and their 3 children, Megan, Ryan, & Kate. He is a Member of the First United Methodist Church. He enjoys camping, Sports with kids, Boating, Traveling, RC Hobbies, and volunteering at the Chamber.
As an experienced, professional business executive and master networker/relationship-builder, Dave Knowles is honored and excited to return to serving as an Emissary for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Originally trained as an educator, since 2002 he has provided sales and marketing expertise to two highly visible local companies – as the Director of Sales at the high-quality, niche publications Who’s Who in Huntsville and Who’s Who in Huntsville Technology magazines and as the Sales and Marketing Director at nationally/locally recognized LEAN Frog Business Solutions, Inc. He is now pleased to be the Community Liaison for Rosenblum Realty. Since 1957, Rosenblum Realty has offered realtor services in residential sales and leasing, property management, and commercial sales and leasing in the Huntsville/North Alabama area. A family-owned, fourth generation, award-winning business, Rosenblum Realty is known for its professionalism and integrity. Dave is also actively involved in the All Saints Lutheran Church’s “Outreach Committee – Kitchen Ministry”.
Jennifer Middleton grew up in Huntsville and graduated from Huntsville High School. She has spent most of her career in the Hospitality Industry. After graduating from the University of Alabama she served as Sales Manager for the Bevill Center at UAH hosting meetings and events for the US Army Corps of Engineers, UAH students, staff, Research Park Companies and the community. She went on to sell and manage the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel for Premier Hotel Corporation where she earned Director of Sales of the Year Award in 2005. Jennifer joined LBA Hospitality in 2009 as the Director of Sales at the Homewood Suites - Village of Providence. In 2009 she received a Steward Ship Award for Outstanding Community Service and Director of Sales of the Year Award of Merit in 2010. She left Homewood to serve as the Interactive Media Director for Rocket City Broadcasting before returning to LBA Hospitality in 2012 as an Area Director of Sales for the Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn by Marriott. In 2015 she joined IHG as the Director of Sales for the Candlewood Suites Huntsville-Research Park. Jennifer credits the Chamber with giving her the opportunity to network and build relationships as key to her success. A Chamber volunteer since 2004, Jennifer has served as an Ambassador, Total Resource Campaign Volunteer and Emissary and member of the Leadership Council. She has also served on other boards such as the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Executives, Public Relations Council of North Alabama and currently serves as the Vice President of Communications for the Huntsville Youth Orchestra and the 2nd Vice President of Membership for the Rocket City-Alabama Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals. When not networking to put heads in beds at the Candlewood Suites Huntsville-Research Park, Jennifer likes to spend time with her husband, Chris and daughters Hannah and Raegan.
A 1983 graduate of Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH with a BS in Business Management Jeff brings his years of experience in the Information Technology industry along with his Networking expertise in business. Jeff started JEDORI PC Services, Inc. in 2001 bringing IT Services to Huntsville and, envisioning a need for more resources, purchased a Computer Troubleshooters Franchise in 2004. Since then Jeff has grown his business through the Chamber of Commerce and Networking and, in the meantime, earned the “2018 Franchisee of the Year”. He continues to grow his business through adding Cyber Security and Cell Phone repair to his services with a backing of over 800 Franchisees worldwide. A volunteer with the Chamber since 2002 Jeff has used his experience to not only grow his business but, also, assist others through mentoring and training to grow their business.
Hello, my name is Tom Ray, my early retirement allowed me the opportunity to pursue my true passion as an artist. I express my art in large digital formats which I mount on large steel structures on major roadways for the enjoyment of our community. I’m a Huntsville native with almost 20 years involvement with the Chamber as a Board Member, Ambassador and Emissary. I have received great value in my membership and highly recommend membership in our Chamber.
Stewart Schuerr has worked in the office equipment industry for over 20 years. Since 2015, he has served as the Division President for the JT Ray Company. Before moving into the office solutions industry, Stewart worked as a software programmer with interactive projects for public and private sector customers, including projects with Honda, Nasa and Mercedes. With his background in software development, the transition into the office automation world was a perfect fit. Over the years, the industry has evolved from simple copy, fax and print capabilities to software as a service (SAS) offerings. The JT Ray Company serves the North Alabama and North Mississippi areas. He has been involved as a Chamber representative in the North Alabama area since 2015 and has been an Ambassador since 2016. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for Valley Hill County Club. In his private time Stewart enjoys playing golf, spending time with his wife, two Grandchildren and family.
Andrea Simpson AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, NOMA, IIDA 329th African American Female Licensed Architect in the US Architecture & Design (A+D) Regional Market Manager OSCO | turnerboone, Authorized Haworth Dealership Andrea Simpson is a licensed architect in Huntsville, AL. Receiving her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University in 2005, Andrea practiced architecture in a traditional setting for 10 years; working for reputable firms such as Gensler and HEERY International in Atlanta, GA. In 2015 she decided to pursue a career in the commercial furniture industry. This transition allowed her to leverage her past experiences and seamlessly collaborate with architects and designers. You can find her at OSCO | turnerboone, the local Haworth dealership, providing a holistic design approach for clients by applying her knowledge of construction and building design to create thoughtful interior solutions. Andrea understands there are many factors to consider beyond furniture when an organization is thinking about moving or updating an existing space. She excels at developing case studies, space planning, and workplace solutions that fit the function of each individual client. As a consultant in the corporate furniture industry, Andrea strives to educate clients on how a great work environment can promote productivity, wellness and employee retention. Andrea spends her free time with her family and loving husband, Neville Simpson. They enjoy traveling and college football games. As philanthropists of The Boys and Girls Club and Tuskegee University, they freely support financially and with their time. In 2020 Neville and Andrea partnered with the Madison County Department of Human Resources and began to serve as licensed foster parents to children throughout the North Alabama region. Additionally, Andrea proudly serves her profession as an elected member to the AIA Alabama (American Institute of Architects) Board of Directors and the IIDA (International Interior Design Association) Board of Directors for the state of Alabama.
I am native of Huntsville, AL and love the Rocket City! After graduating from the University of Alabama, I taught at Grissom High School for four years. While at Grissom, I taught Early American History, World History, Psychology, and AP United States History. While teaching I also served as an assistant baseball and football coach for all four years. While teaching was a true passion of mine, I wanted to branch out and decided to enter into a completely different field of work. I work at J Smith Lanier, a Marsh & McLennan agency, and we serve the commercial insurance needs of businesses all throughout the United States. We look to provide our clients with a consultative approach and view ourselves as a wonderful addition to our clients’ risk management team. I enjoy volunteering with the Chamber as it is a wonderful opportunity to network with many different companies, as well as stay in touch with all the excellent things happening in our incredible city. I have been married to Kerri Stell Stephenson since 2014 and we have an amazing son named Owen. During my free time I love to play golf, spend time with my wife and son, and do anything that involves being outside.