Who are The Ambassadors of the Temple Chamber? These individuals serve as an elite group of volunteer members supporting the Temple Chamber of Commerce by assisting with member retention, attraction, celebration, and outreach. They are those driven to engage with the Chamber and are passionate about helping others do the same. They are people who enjoy expanding professional contacts and thrive on being part of a distinguished group of raving Temple Chamber fans.
Every single Ambassador brings something unique and special to the Chamber world, highlighting our organization with that bright Temple blue. Whether they are wearing their blue coats, Chamber polos or individual company logos, they are the face of the Chamber – the public-facing, non-staff members who represent us everywhere they go. They are dependable, honest individuals who believe in and support the efforts of the Chamber and want to make a difference in the greater Temple community.
The Ambassadors can be spotted at any of our Chamber events, volunteering at the registration tables, ushering guests to their seats or assisting with business celebrations. Each one is a volunteer who consistently takes time out of their workday to bring value to the Temple Chamber and the local business community.
The appreciation we feel for this amazing team is unmatched and can't quite be put into words - we can only hope that these extraordinary humans know how deeply we treasure them. Next time you see a bright blue coat at a Chamber event, please take the time to speak with them and thank them for their hours of service spent devoted to our Chamber and its members.
In this season of giving, we are honored to thank each of our Ambassadors:
Dave Hedge, Ambassador Chair, Temple Daily Telegram
Lisle Meeker, Temple Breakfast Lions Club
Tommi Fettig, Cornerstone Gardens
Tiffany Marek, Lamar Advertising
Bre Alexander, Baylor Scott & White
Trevor Coots, Express Employment Professionals
Matt Serna, Bold Republic Brewing
Kenny Kelly, Residence Inn
Angela Cases, Ameriprise Financial
Stacy McGinnis, Extraco Banks
Paola Hutzler, First United Bank
Rylind Newman, Newman’s Technology Services
Kevin Thomas, Equitable Advisors
Michael Ranger II, Priority Janitorial Services
The promise of Wings Pizza ‘N Things, mainly the coveted Ranch Dressing, drew a remarkable turnout from the members of the business community for Business After Hours sponsored by Ludwick, Montgomery & Stapp, P.C. and Wings Pizza ‘N Things on May 25.
The back half of the restaurant came alive with the spirit of networking as attendees chatted, exchanged information, connected, and built relationships in the lively and engaging atmosphere. Attendees also indulged in an assortment of buffalo wings and pizzas, showcasing the culinary delights of Wings Pizza ‘N Things.
Thank you to Ludwick, Montgomery & Stapp, P.C. and Wings Pizza 'N Things for their support in making this event a resounding success. This May Business After Hours is just one example of the Temple Chamber's commitment to providing valuable opportunities for connection and growth throughout the year. Stay tuned for more exciting events that will empower you to connect with like-minded individuals, support local businesses, and contribute to the continued prosperity of our community.
If you couldn’t attend, fret not! We've captured the essence of the evening in a collection of vibrant photos, allowing you to relive the spirit, fun, and fellowship that filled the air.
The Leadership Temple Alumni & Graduation Banquet held on May 23, 2023, at the Hilton Garden Inn-Temple was filled with celebration and recognition. Business and community leaders gathered to honor the achievements of both the esteemed Leadership Temple Class of 2023 and the recipient of the 2023 Leadership Temple Distinguished Alumni award, Gary Schmidt.
The fifteen professionals comprising the Leadership Temple Class of 2023 were commended for their unwavering commitment and dedication throughout the intensive nine-month program. Their remarkable journey of community leadership, professional development, and personal growth was a testament to their passion and drive. Led by the capable leadership of Camryn Bintz, Class President, and David Shine, Curriculum Chair, these graduates have emerged as future leaders poised to make a lasting impact in their respective fields. The graduates of the Class of 2023 are:
Amanda Alvarado | First Community Title
Brooke Barron | Brockway, Gersbach, Franklin & Niemeier
Jodi Brazeal | Magnolia Realty Temple-Belton
Amanda Carlson | Temple Economic Development Corp.
Jeffrey Clark | City of Temple – Police Department
Kevin Craven | Baylor Scott & White Health
Jentry Davis | Temple Area Builders Association
Annette Farmer | Boys & Girls Club of Central Texas
Tanner Johnson | Central National Bank
Christine Leal | City of Temple – Performance Excellence
Ben Lopez | Workforce Solutions of Central Texas
Megan Mondrik | Garcia Architects
Cassidy Revis | Wildflower Country Club
Caleb Smith | First United Bank & Trust
Bryson Soden | Walmart Distribution Center #6083
The banquet provided a valuable opportunity for attendees to network and engage with the Class of 2023. Guests were also presented with a report on the Class's Action Team project, highlighting the practical application of their newfound skills and knowledge in addressing real-world challenges.
Amidst the festivities, the event reached a pinnacle as Gary Schmidt, an exceptional alumnus of the Leadership Temple program, was honored as the 2023 Leadership Temple Distinguished Alumni. This esteemed recognition celebrates Schmidt's outstanding professional accomplishments, remarkable service to the community, extraordinary leadership qualities, and enduring impact on Temple.
Schmidt's distinguished career began in 1978 as a Banker in Temple, and he has since risen to the position of President at Central National Bank, where he has demonstrated exemplary leadership since 2000. Beyond his professional achievements, Schmidt has been actively engaged in numerous community organizations and boards, leaving an indelible mark on the growth and development of Temple. His contributions to the Temple Economic Development Corporation, Temple Tax Reinvestment Zone #1, Temple Chamber of Commerce, Temple College Foundation, United Way of Central Texas, the Central Texas Housing Consortium, Temple Business League, and the Texas A&M Central Texas President's Advisory Council have been instrumental in shaping the city's success.
To honor Schmidt's accomplishments and his commitment to making a positive difference, a donation will be made to Altrusa International of Temple's Summer Fan Drive, benefiting the United Way of Central Texas. This contribution reflects Schmidt's dedication to serving the community and ensuring the well-being of its residents.
As the Leadership Temple Alumni and the Class of 2023 were commemorated, it was evident that they represent a vibrant force of leaders poised to create a lasting impact on Temple and beyond. Their graduation not only marks the end of an intensive program but also signifies the beginning of a lifelong journey to lead with excellence, inspire others, and continue making a positive difference in the greater Temple community.