Fran Maltby is celebrating her first year as a Chamber Ambassador, and already she’s making an impression.

“Fran has a positive, helpful and pay-it-forward attitude with every networking group, mixer or ribbon cutting she attends,” said Chief Ambassador Erika Weber.

Maltby was recognized as the 2015 Ambassador of the Year at the 96th Annual Awards and Installation Dinner for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Aug. 12.

“She not only because she attends so many of the Chamber sponsored events but because she takes the time to engage with the people she meets, find out as much as she can about their business and then refers those businesses to other community leaders,” Weber said.

Fran Maltby works the check-in table with her fellow Amassadors at the 96th Annual Awards and Installation Dinner Aug. 12.

Maltby is a Santa Maria native and the youngest of eight children. She attended all Santa Maria schools, then moved to Idaho where she studied cosmetology and began working for a JC Penney Salon. A couple of transfers later brought her home again to the Santa Maria store. Now she works as an independent contractor at Juliet’s Salon.

“I have a passion for life and my craft,” she said. “I am an artist and hair is my canvas.”

Maltby said she loves seeing businesses experience success and enjoys giving back to the community.