Ambassadors are highly-visible advocates for the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and often serve as the first point of contact for members celebrating their business success through ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings. These Quad Citizens are an extension of Chamber staff who serve as a valuable point of contact within the business community and are available to members as a resource and to help you make connections.
The Ambassador spotlight series is a chance to get to know these outstanding Quad Citizens better.
Meet Charles Taylor, Crawford Company
Tell us about your role at your company?
I am the Digital Marketing Manager for Crawford Company in Rock Island. I handle digital marketing for the company. Including handling all of our seo, websites, google presence, Facebook posts and promotions, and I represent the company at functions. I’ve been at Crawford for a year and five months.
What do you love about being a Chamber ambassador?
I’ve gotten to meet people that I wouldn’t normally meet otherwise. People who have long established careers and people who are starting a career or build their own businesses. You also get to know people beyond just what their job is.
Do you have a favorite experience or memory from your time volunteering with the Chamber?
Getting to meet an intern from a small town in Illinois on the riverboat was pretty cool. He was becoming a taxidermist, which immediately peaked my interest.
If you had to eat at one restaurant in the Quad Cities every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Alfano’s in Rock Island. It wouldn’t be a very long life, but I’d take it one deep dish pizza at a time.
Say you’re independently wealthy and don’t have to work, what would you do with your time?
I’d hang out with friends and family every day. Probably try to read a lot more books, bike, and actually follow through on learning to properly draw.
The zombie apocalypse is coming, who are three Quad Citizens that you want on your team?
Cory Ricketts: The world’s most handsome and charismatic programming nerd at Town News. Grew up on a farm. High survival skills.
Marcus James Rubley: Blood Drawer for Mississippi Valley Blood Center. Would be helpful in case of blood loss or somebody to lighten the mood in the blighted future wasteland.
Bob Rebitzer: Always schnellin’ at the ‘Stube. You’ve probably seen him and Dieter in lederhosen if you’ve spent any time there. His laugh will bring a smile to anybody’s face, and he shares my passion for movies where vehicles explode at the slightest body damage.
What would we find your doing when you’re not on Ambassador duty?
Biking, running, working out, watching Big Trouble In Little China, talking with somebody that has an interesting story.
Do you have any advice for someone who is considering becoming a Chamber member?
Talk to almost everybody you can. The purpose of the chamber is to bring people and businesses together to grow the community. That means you need to engage with everybody you meet, not just the people that you know.