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 Annaka Whiting, City of East Moline

Tell us about your role at your company and how long you've been a Chamber Ambassador?

I am the Finance Director for the City of East Moline and I've been a Chamber Ambassador for ten months.

What do you love about being a Chamber ambassador?

I was always content doing my own thing, I never stayed after a meeting or event to chit-chat I would just leave because it made me uncomfortable.  I became an ambassador to get out of my shell and I don’t regret it.  Everyone I meet is very friendly, inviting and welcoming.  What I love the most is that we are in it together.

What is your favorite item that you've purchased this year?

A vacation with my husband. We went on a cruise together just the two of us.

If you had to eat at one restaurant in the Quad Cities every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Cafe Fresh!

Say you’re independently wealthy and don’t have to work, what would you do with your time?

Write a crime novel

What would we find your doing when you’re not on Ambassador duty?

I wear many hats, as many of us do outside of our Ambassador and career roles. I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with family. I am a wife, Mom, chauffeur to karate, drama, and gymnastic practices, personal chef, teacher, enforcer of all things not fun (according to my kids!), friend, Finance Chair at church, and many more – but I enjoy all of it and all of the experiences!  

Do you have any advice for someone who is considering becoming a Chamber member?

Don’t overthink it, if you considered becoming a member, there is a reason – join and you will realize immediately that exact reason!

Annaka's children
Annaka and her husband

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