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Chamber Ambassadors Recognized at Annual Luncheon

Outgoing co-chairs of the Ambassador program Sherry McHaffie of Pinnacle Financial Partners and Marcus Archer of Archer Design & Marketing at the annual appreciation luncheon on June 6.

BY: JESSICA KARSTEN

The Knoxville Chamber honored its Ambassadors at the annual appreciation luncheon at the Square Room on June 6.

The Chamber’s Ambassador program currently has 43 members who have dedicated countless volunteer hours to assist the Chamber and further its mission.

“Our Chamber Ambassadors are invaluable to us,” said Lauren Longmire, director of member services for the Chamber. “Their willingness to dedicate so much time and energy to our organization is why our Ambassador program is recognized as one of the most outstanding in the nation.”

During the luncheon, each Ambassador was recognized with a certificate for his or her service. Cleshon Bess was named “Ambassador of the Year” for his dedicated service in 2017. Bess, who works as talent acquisition manager for Cellular Sales, has been a Chamber Ambassador since 2014.

Outgoing co-chairs of the program, Marcus Archer of Archer Design & Marketing and Sherry McHaffie of Pinnacle Financial Partners, thanked the Ambassadors for their hard work and expressed gratitude for their commitment to the program.

Christa Early of Resource Accounting and StaffingSolutions and Lorena Hubbard of Lawhorn CPA Group were recently elected to serve as co-chairs of the Ambassador program for the upcoming year with the chance for reelection.

“It was great to gather everyone together and recognize the hard work they do all year long to help the Chamber,” Archer said. “I’m just unbelievably honored to have helped Sherry lead this group the past two years. I look forward to serving as an Ambassador for many years to come.”