Long-time Chamber member and active Chamber Ambassador Jim Colegrove was recently named Ambassador of the Quarter.
Colegrove served five years in the Air Force before attending Ohio State to get his degree. Jim and and his wife Julie (another proud Chamber Ambassador!) moved to California in 1962, which is when they were first introduced to Shaklee products and decided to start their own Shaklee business. Colegrove says that over the years, their membership to the Chamber has helped them with their customer base and growing their business.
“Our 25+ year membership in the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce – coupled with active participation – has benefited us as well. The Friday morning breakfast meetings, for example, give us the opportunity to not only share Shaklee but also to support and see what other businesses are doing and to learn new techniques,” Colegrove said. “Ambassador activities add greatly to that by way of meeting new business owners, reaching out at mixers, and attending Chamber sponsored events. And our Chamber keeps getting better and better.”
Being a Chamber member and active Ambassador has helped Jim and his wife Julie share their passion for their business with the local community, while also playing a vital role helping the Chamber by being so active in their roles as Ambassadors.
“Shaklee, to us, is more than a business. It represents 46 years of building friendships, knowledge, and success without which our lives would have certainly seemed less fulfilled,” Colvegrove said. “We feel as though we’ve added some indefinable thing that has enriched our lives beyond the recognition, money, travel, and car benefits. We seem to be participating in something bigger than ourselves.”
Colegrove says that through promoting their Shaklee business and being an active Chamber Ambassador, he’s able to continue doing what he is passionate about while making valuable connections in the local community and also giving back by serving as a Chamber Ambassador.
Congratulations Jim on being named Ambassador of the Quarter! We are thankful for all you do for the Chamber and our local community!