Knoxville Chamber President and CEO Mike Edwards thanks Ambassadors for their volunteer efforts on behalf of the Chamber.

BY: JESSICA GUTMAN

The Knoxville Chamber honored its Ambassadors for their dedication to the Chamber’s mission at an appreciation event at Maple Hall on June 5.

The Chamber’s Ambassador program currently has 39 members who dedicate countless volunteer hours to assist the Chamber with events and membership efforts throughout the year.

“The Chamber couldn’t fulfill its commitment to the community without the help of our incredible Ambassadors,” said Megan Wright, program manager at the Chamber. “Their willingness to dedicate so much time and energy to our organization is greatly appreciated by our entire staff and has made our Ambassador Program nationally recognized among chambers.”

During the event, Ambassadors enjoyed chatting and bowling over delicious food and drinks. The program’s co-chairs, Christa Early of Resource Accounting and StaffingSolutions and Lorena Hubbard of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, thanked the Ambassadors for their hard work and expressed gratitude for their commitment to the program.

Tom O’Brian was recognized as the 2018 Ambassador of the Year for his dedicated service this past year. O’Brian, who recently moved into a management role at Walmart, has been an Ambassador for five years and volunteered for 25 Chamber events this past year.

“To be part of a group of business professionals that has such an outstanding level of integrity and character is an honor,” O’Brian said. “But to be able to call them my friends as well is a true blessing.”