Chamber Diplomats Making a Difference


The future of Gainesville and our country lies in our young people, making their development a very important facet of what we do as a Chamber. On August 30, our Chamber Diplomats visited 234 8th graders at Howard Bishop Middle School for the Junior Achievement’s Diploma-SEE Day.

Chamber Diplomats participating in the program were Steve Cannon of Konica Minolta, David DiEugenio of Cartridge World, Lindsay Fico of Aflac, Steve Jeppson of Florida Credit Union, Mary Knestrick of IndepenDance Studio, and Chris Marhefka of Body by Boris.

“We appreciate them for taking time out of their day to serve as real-world, positive role models and providing relevant lessons to engage the children,” said Diane Smith, Executive Director of Junior Achievement of Alachua & Citrus Counties. “They were amazing in the classroom!”

The Diplomats reinforced the benefits of a strong education, good financial decisions and the importance of finding their spot in the workforce and making a positive difference in the community.

“It is for all of those reasons that we need positive role models in the classroom to improve the quality of life in our community,” Smith said. “Thank you [Chamber Diplomats] for making a difference that the children are still talking about!”

The Chamber Diplomats are a group of representatives from Chamber member businesses who volunteer as an active extension of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce staff. Their mission is to cultivate, promote and maintain a positive relationship between the Chamber, our members and the community. To learn more about our Chamber Diplomats or how you can become one, visit the Diplomats page on the Chamber website or call us at 352.334.7100.


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