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AMBASSADORS

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 Staci Donovan.

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 three 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!”

Sincerely,
Tara Johnson, Ambassador Chair, 2021

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HR Office Savers, Inc.

Alan Bernstein

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Servpro of Brevard, W. Brevard

Andrea McCarthy

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Spotlight Magazine

Bryan McDonough

Lightle, Beckner, Robison

Charles Duvall

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Absolute Accounting Services

Cheryl Hieatt

Beachside Connections LLC

Christie Lynes

David Cable, Treasurer of the Melbourne Regional Chamber
​ RE/MAX Elite

David Cable

One Insurance Group

Diane Langford

Coast2Coast CPR, Inc.

Heather Stanberry

Price Termite and Pest Control

Jimmy Rizek

Shari Tabat headshot
RE/MAX ELITE

Shari Tabat

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NuVantage Insurance

Sharon DuBois

HR Office Savers, Inc.

Alan Bernstein

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.”

Servpro of Brevard, W. Brevard

Andrea McCarthy

Andrea McCarthy serves as the marketing manager for SERVPRO of South, West 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 second vice president of the Space Coast Home Builders and Contractors Association (HBCA), a board member of CAAMP (community association advisors for management professionals).

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.”

Spotlight Magazine

Bryan McDonough

Lightle, Beckner, Robison

Charles Duvall

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. 

Absolute Accounting Services

Cheryl Hieatt

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.

Beachside Connections LLC

Christie Lynes

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.” 

​ RE/MAX Elite

David Cable

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.

One Insurance Group

Diane Langford

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.”

Coast2Coast CPR, Inc.

Heather Stanberry

Heather Stanberry is the owner of Coast2Coast CPR, where she practices first aid training, corporate training, CPR, AED, and OSHA compliance. Heather holds an associates degree in nursing from Florida College at Jacksonville and offers 17 years of experience. Prior to owning Coast2Coast CPR, she spent time practicing in critical care and emergency nursing. 

Of her ambassador role, Heather said, “I enjoy welcoming new members to the community, making introductions, and promoting small businesses. If I can offer one piece of advice to new partners, it would be to join the chamber and show up to all meetings!”

Price Termite and Pest Control

Jimmy Rizek

RE/MAX ELITE

Shari Tabat

Shari Tabat is a licensed real estate professional with REMAX Elite, where she helps buyers and sellers navigate real estate transactions. Prior to becoming a realtor, she worked as an inventory auditor for 30 years. As well as serving as an ambassador for MRC, Shari also volunteers at Genesis House and Hospice of Health First.

Of her ambassador role, Shari said, “I like encouraging and promoting small business owners and connecting them with other business partners in the chamber. I enjoy going to the ribbon cuts to meet and support local business partners that are dedicated to the community’s growth.”

When Shari meets with new partners, she “encourages them to attend the various meetings and events the chamber offers. This will help people get to know, like and trust your business.”

NuVantage Insurance

Sharon DuBois

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.”