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Mechelle Martz-Mayfield, Thompson Education Foundation

January 2011 - Featured Monthly Investor

During any superior acceptance speech, the recognized party gives thanks to those that have supported them along the way. For its continued success with Loveland business, any Loveland Chamber of Commerce acceptance speech – including those from staff, Ambassadors and STIR young professionals – would include a special thanks to Mechelle Martz-Mayfield with Thompson Education Foundation for her behind-the-scenes and driving roles supporting a variety of programs and committees.

Mechelle can be considered a quiet supporter. She is always involved and always adding value without calling for recognition or attention. A reliable part of any team, Mechelle has made her mark through a variety of opportunities, but most notably with the Chamber Ambassadors. Mechelle has been a Chamber Ambassador for years and was recently named the 2010 STAR Award winner, voted on by her fellow Ambassadors. As the STAR Award winner, Mechelle is recognized for her contributions to the Ambassadors and how she represents the group to the rest of the Chamber community. She was also a finalist for Ambassador of the Year, which recognizes the Ambassadors who have earned the most points through event attendance and mentorship calls in support of the Chamber. Investor regularly see Mechelle at Business After Hours, Business Before Hours, STIR events and ribbon cuttings.

As a thriving young professional herself, Mechelle is a key supporter of STIR Loveland young professionals, another Chamber program. Mechelle has been active since the beginning and has helped influence more and more frequent young professional involvement in other Chamber opportunities. Behind the scenes, she has also been instrumental in providing feedback to expand the group.

“Mechelle is a huge asset to the Chamber team. She is an extremely reliable investor who is interested and eager to take on new challenges and opportunities daily that can help grow herself and organization,” said Nicole Yost, director of communications. “She is certainly a positive example of how a non-profit organization can capitalize on Chamber investment. I have a hard time meeting people who DON’T know who Mechelle is. The visibility she has been able to achieve for herself and her organization is strongly due to her commitment to her role as an Ambassador and her willingness to contribute to the Chamber on multiple levels.”

When she isn’t supporting the Chamber, Mechelle is driving interest and opportunities for the Thompson Education Foundation through projects like the School Supply Drive and the upcoming Teacher’s Appreciation Breakfast.

Hear it from Mechelle:

How have you capitalized on your Loveland Chamber investment and what has it brought you? Being a part of the Loveland Chamber has really been great opportunity to become a part of the local business community. Working for the Thompson Education Foundation, our success relies on creating partnerships with the local community. The chamber has provided me with multiple arenas to learn about community members and businesses, as well as be able to communicate the goals of our foundation. I have been able to connect to so many people through the chamber and through our membership, I feel that it is more than just business related, but it makes me feel as if I am a part of the community and family that makes Loveland great.

What Chamber events, committees etc. do you find the most valuable? As a Loveland Chamber Ambassador, I feel that I get to be more involved with what the chamber does and have some input on how to improve things for investors. I love being able to contact current investors and ask their opinions and get their feedback. On the event side, I really feel that the ribbon cuttings are a great way to meet new investors. I am able to talk directly with business owners and have some face time, even if just briefly. I wish my schedule allowed for more time to attend all of the ribbon cuttings that are coming up, there have been so many and it is great that so many new faces are joining the chamber and taking advantage of what the Chamber has to offer.

What would you say to someone considering Chamber investment? Make sure you take advantage of what the Chamber has to offer. The staff and volunteers at the Loveland Chamber are working very hard to make your investment work for you, but if you don't take the time to use what is available then you might be missing out. Use the free trainings to help further educate staff, find the person within your company that likes to meet people and encourage them to attend events, make sure your profile through the Chamber's web site is updated and list some deals for potential customers to take advantage of. I talk to people all over the region and there are so many things that the Loveland Chamber offers, it makes our chamber stand out above the rest. Also, don't be afraid to contact one of the Chamber Ambassadors, any one of us would be happy to help you make the most of your investment.

What has been the top benefit to you for your chamber involvement? For me, the top benefit to being involved with the chamber is the opportunity and the time to get to know Loveland and the people who make this town such a great place to live and work. The Loveland Chamber provides such a wonderful network of businesses and organizations that all love being in the Loveland community and want to see it thrive. I am so energized when I see businesses and organizations working together towards common goals. Loveland Chamber provides a great starting point for different businesses to find a commonality and work on expansion, and development. I don't know anywhere else where I could have the opportunity to meet with such a variety of people and be able to work with them on the development of our community and schools. The connections I have made through the many events at the chamber have been so valuable to me. So much is done electronically these days and I have to say that sometimes emails and phone calls are easy to ignore. Face time is rare and valuable. The various networking events provide a real opportunity to get one-on-one with people and really make a lasting impression.

Which events will we see you in February? I will absolutely be at the Business After Hours and the Business Before Hours events! I'm not sure when the STIR Loveland educational meeting will be this month, but I plan to be there. I have the Master Minds group on my schedule for February too, as I'd like to see what that is all about and if that might be a good fit for some of the things Thompson Education Foundation has in the works. Hopefully you will see me at a few of the ribbon cuttings in February as well. On the 18th, you'll see me at the Educator Appreciation Breakfast that the Thompson Education Foundation is holding! I hope to see some community members there!