The purpose of the Oshkosh Chamber Ambassadors is to serve the Chamber as out-reach persons and Good Will Ambassadors for the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce. The Ambassadors shall serve as a volunteer group working on a year-round basis to promote the activities and benefits of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce and to advance the mission of the Oshkosh Chamber.
Membership in the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is by invitation. Prospective members may express interest prior to an invitation or may be recommended by a member of the Ambassadors. Ambassador candidates must be Chamber members for a minimum of six months, (employees of a Chamber member must also be involved in the Chamber for a minimum of six months) or retirees of Chamber members in good standing. Ambassador candidates must be willing to learn about and promote the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce.
Contact Amber Thiel, Member Relations Coordinator and Chamber Ambassador Representative at [email protected] or 920-303-2265 ext. 16.
What our Ambassadors say:
Nathan Kastein, Oshkosh Chamber Ambassador since 2015
VP – Business Banking, Bank First National
What do you enjoy about being an Ambassador?
Over the years I’ve especially enjoyed the ribbon cuttings which have taken place throughout the city. It’s a great way to meet new people, build new relationships with like-minded professionals, and help business owners get connected in the community. It’s amazing to look back at all the new businesses that have popped up over the last several years, which continues to shows the great strides Oshkosh has made in making our business community even stronger.
Nicole Peterson, Oshkosh Chamber Ambassador since 2013
Career and Technical Education Coordinator, Oshkosh Area School District
Why did you choose to become an Ambassador?
I chose to become an ambassador because I like to be involved in the community. I enjoy being on the cutting edge of knowing the latest and the greatest things that are happening in Oshkosh, and to be part of welcoming new businesses to Oshkosh! There are so many great things happening in Oshkosh, that I want to work to get the word out to others.
Our founder, Carlton “Cal” Ohst, formed the Ambassadors in Oshkosh, while working
for Wisconsin Telephone in the public relations area. Cal’s reason to form the Ambassadors was to serve as the official Chamber Public Relations representatives and outreach persons and Good Will Ambassadors for the city of Oshkosh – a group working on a year-round basis to assist with chamber programs.
It all started on August 27, 1967, with about 15 charter members. Some of the other
charter members were Dave Green, Leo Metzler, Jerry Mathe, Gene Schroeder, Bill
Lewis, Bob Schultz, Vince Clarke, Robin Jones, Margret Pierce, and Gertrude Schein. In
time, it grew to 50 to 60 members. Dave Green was the last charter members to serve as
an Ambassador. At the time the Ambassadors hosted many local conventions and were
there to welcome visiting celebrities and dignitaries. When the Oshkosh
Convention & Visitors Bureau was formed they took over those duties.
Today, the Ambassadors help coordinate and assist the Chamber of Commerce activities
including Ribbon cuttings, Grand Openings, Business After Hours, Ground Breakings,
EAA Fly-In, Chamber Golf Outing, delivering plaques to new chamber members, and
visiting and touring chamber members to learn more about Oshkosh businesses.
On August 27, 1997, the Ambassadors celebrated 30 years of service to the Chamber.
The Mayor of Oshkosh, William Castle, declared that day as “Ambassadors Day” and
presented a plaque to celebrate the day.