Ambassadors act as liaisons among new partners, the chamber and the business community. They welcome our partners and help them navigate the ins and outs of the chamber programs and events so they can take advantage of all the benefits chamber partnership has to offer. If you are a current chamber partner and are interested in becoming an ambassador, please contact Nisha Westerman.
A Message From Our Ambassador Chair
The Melbourne Regional Chamber ambassadors are a highly visible, prestigious group of professional volunteers from various backgrounds who serve as liaisons among the Chamber Board of Directors, staff and members. This energetic group helps maintain contact with other Chamber members while championing the Chamber’s brand. The goal of the Ambassador Program is to encourage meaningful engagement with the Chamber’s mission, initiatives, and programs for new and existing members, and to build member value and increase member retention. Its core focus is to develop and enhance member and prospective member connections.
Ambassadors are essential front-line representatives of the Melbourne Regional Chamber at events, and they help to ensure all members receive the maximum benefit from their investment. Ambassadors act as public liaisons for the Melbourne Regional Chamber, help new Chamber members and investors feel at home, and provide Chamber staff with much-needed volunteer support.
“I have been in the MRC Ambassador program for four years. I have learned so much about myself. I gained networking skills, friends, and business partners and have overcome my social anxiety. I love introducing people to each other and really connecting the community. I would love to see the ambassador program grow, so please contact me if you are interested in joining us! You can call or text anytime at 321.759.3553. I would love to meet you!”
Tara Johnson, Ambassador Chair, 2023
Fully Promoted Melbourne
Luther Andal is the co-founder and CEO of Streamline, a cutting-edge web, mobile, software, and AI development company established in 1999.
Before relocating to Melbourne, Luther spent 27 years in Lexington, KY, where he was an active member of the local business community. He served on the Full-Stride Board for Commerce Lexington and held the position of Chairman for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County’s Courthouse Area Design Review Board, which was responsible for reviewing and approving design projects in downtown Lexington.
When asked about his motivation for becoming an Ambassador, Luther explained, “Networking is an integral part of my DNA, and I’m eager to connect new members with the existing membership and the resources that the chamber offers. I’m also excited about continuing to invest in the community where I live and promoting economic development alongside the fantastic team at the chamber.”
Alan Bernstein is the owner and chief HR consultant for HR Office Savers, Inc., a human resources consulting firm for small businesses that are big enough to have HR issues but small enough not to have their own PR person. Prior to opening his business, Alan served as director of talent acquisition at Harris Corporation, director of human resources at Honeywell Corporation and human resource generalist at Verizon Wireless. In these roles, his responsibilities included employee relations, HR compliance and outplacement services. Alan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Buffalo University.
Alan is a board member at the chamber, served as chair of the Small Business Council in 2021 and also serves as president of the Space Coast HR Association. He chose to participate in the ambassador program because, “It is important to me and my business to support the local community. I remember not knowing anyone when I joined the chamber; the ambassadors were invaluable to me as I navigated my way around. Being an ambassador is a way for me to give back. I am so proud of the work we do to help chamber partners!”
He advises new partners, “Whatever you join, be active. Get there early, stay late, ask how you can help. Be a part of the solution, not just a spectator.”
David Cable is a realtor for RE/MAX Elite and helps clients through the process of buying and selling properties. David has 35 years of sales and management and has invested 8 years with MRC.
David earned his bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Central Florida. Previous to working in real estate, he practiced in areas of tax and accounting software sales. David enjoys serving his community hence it allows him to connect with businesses and people so they can help each other grow within the community. With being a big advocate for community development, David serves as an Executive Officer for MRC, BOD for Melbourne Main Street, BOD for SPCA Brevard, and is the HOA President.
Sharon DuBois is the Marketing Manager for NuVantage Insurance, where she acquires relationships for insurance needs with home, auto, flood and business insurance. Sharon has been involved with MRC for 5 years and has over 30 years of experience with customer service and marketing. Prior to working in the marketing industry, she has worked in a variety of positions such as shipping, engineering, human resources, and the police department.
Sharon chose to become a chamber ambassador because she states, “it is a way I can express what I do and connect others with other chamber members and their business. I love people and I love doing good.”
One piece of advice Sharon would like to share with our new partners is, “don’t just join, connect with the events the chamber offers and find out what fits for you.”
Charles Duvall is a retail associate for Lightle Beckner Robinson, where he holds the duties to oversee all asset classes of commercial real estate including office, industrial, and retail properties. Charles also plays a key role with the capital marketing and investment sales team at LBR advising clients in the acquisition of large scale investment products.
Charles holds a bachelor’s degree in arts economics, and finance from the University of Central Florida and has 2 years of experience in contract analysis, capital markets, and investment sales.
Charles chose to be an ambassador at the chamber, “to give back to the community that has afforded me the opportunity to conduct business with such incredible individuals. My goal is to teach, and advise clients to make a lifelong impact in the Brevard County market.
Cheryl is the owner of Absolute Accounting Services, where she helps small businesses with accounting, budgeting and growth. Prior to starting her own business, she served as a staff accountant as well as working in hospitality and sports merchandising. She earned an associate degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Cheryl joined the Melbourne Regional Chamber’s ambassador program to “help small business owners network and get involved in the community.” She tells them joining the chamber was “the best decision I made” and advises them to get to know their neighbors in the community.
Christie Lynes is the owner and publisher of Beachside Connections where she oversees all working and moving parts of the magazines she self publishes. She also holds the duties to maintain a flourishing magazine by presenting sponsorship opportunities to local businesses around Brevard County.
Christie earned her associates degree in liberal arts from Brevard Community College where she then furthered her education at SUNY Cortland and received her bachelor’s degree in social studies. With over 5 years of experience in the workfield, Christie received her masters in public administration from Florida Institute of Technology.
Of her ambassador role, Christie said, “I have been building relationships and positive connections in the community and have helped both local businesses and communities grow over the past 5 years. It’s not just about joining but about being part of a community.”
Diane Langford is a health insurance agent at One Insurance Group, where she helps navigate her clients through tumultuous health insurance needs, medicare, and group. Diane has been a part of the chamber for 6 years and has 10 years of experience in the work field after receiving her Certificate of Insurance for Health, Life, and Annuities.
Diane chose to be an ambassador at the chamber because, “it is an opportunity to share with the community all the resources the chamber has to offer in the area. By attending the business events, it shows support for the business and their owners.”
Jeremy Lindquist is the owner and CEO of Sky Peak Financial. Several years ago Jeremy identified an underserved segment of the community…Business Owners! Sky Peak Financial is a holistic, team based, fee based financial planning firm where Jeremy and his team work closely with each client to identify opportunities to enhance the economic efficiency of their business and personal finances in pursuit of greater wealth. Sky Peak Financial offers the intellectual capital needed to empower people to make optimal financial decisions on their own behalf. Sky Peak Financial offers comprehensive business and personal financial planning, business contingency planning, business exit strategy, employee benefits and retention strategies, group and individual retirement planning, private wealth management solutions, private banking opportunities, trust services, protection products and more!
Jeremy is an ambassador and the Champion Sponsor for the Small Business Council for the MRC, a fixture at the Good Morning Space Coast Breakfasts an advocate and partner with Family Promise of Brevard. He is a true believer that as Entrepreneurs living and thriving in this amazing community, we all have a responsibility to bring our very best to those we serve and to others looking to do the same!
Andrea McCarthy serves as the marketing manager for SERVPRO of South, West & Central Brevard, Osceola County and Sebastian, marketing the SERVPRO brand and its franchises to both residential and commercial customers.
Andrea earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Providence College then went on to work in the pharmaceuticals industry as a representative, trainer and manager for companies including Noven, Pfizer and Parke-Davis.
In addition to serving as a chamber ambassador, Andrea serves as past second vice president of the Space Coast Home Builders and Contractors Association (HBCA), a board member of CAAMP (community association advisors for management professionals) and a board member of the Sebastian River Chamber of Commerce.
Andrea has been an Ambassador for over 5 years. Of her ambassador role, Andrea said,” I am always looking to connect people based on their industry and business needs. There is no better feeling than seeing relationships prosper from my efforts.”
She advises new partners to “Learn as much as you can about others and how you can complement their business or refer them. You will gain business from these efforts.”
Owner/CEO, Éclat Media Group
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Michelle Tracy is a health insurance specialist. She works for The Florida Health Insurance Exchange. She represents Florida Blue and Florida Healthcare Plans. She is Medicare certified and an ACA agent. She assists individuals over 65 and under 65 with their healthcare needs such as Medicare, under 65 health insurance, ancillary products, small businesses insurance, life insurance, and dental insurance. She has been with the chamber for 12 years and has 12 years of experience in this field.
Michelle was born and raised in Melbourne Florida. She graduated from Eau Gallie High School. She received her AA degree at Brevard Community College. She moved to Orlando and attended The University of Central Florida where she received her Bachelor degree in Health Services Administration. Michelle decided to move back to Brevard County with her family to raise her children and chose Satellite Beach to reside. Michelle got her 2-15 Life, Health, and Variable Annuities License in 2011 and started her career as a health insurance agent.
Michelle is active in her community and is a member of The Indialantic Rotary Club. She is also a member of ABWA Express Network, HBCA, and Melbourne leads group. She became a MRC ambassador in 2023.
Michelle said “I love supporting our community. We should give back to our community through volunteering and advocating. We should assist with connecting businesses with other businesses in the community to understand what they have to offer. This is what keeps our community strong.”
Michelle said “ I am so honored to be an Ambassador for the Melbourne Chamber. I love connecting with others and learning about their business. I believe giving someone the right tools helps him or her to connect better with others and builds a genuine relationship which helps support our community and businesses.
Prior to founding Indigo, Wright served as senior director, communications, for corporate headquarters at L3Harris Technologies, a Fortune 200 company. Wright started her career at Harris as a mechanical engineer, designing deployable reflectors for space. From there, Wright moced into roles of increasing responsibility including project engineering and engineering management. Wright also expanded her business acumen through her roles as acquisition business analyst, business development manager, and senior marketing manager.
Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business management from the University of Florida. She is also a graduate of the University of Virginia Darden Leadership Dimensions executive education program and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton executive development program.