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 Kirby Vyncke-Hughes, MRA
Tell us about your role at your company and how long you've been a Chamber Ambassador?
I'm an Associate Director with MRA. My role is to connect organizations to resources to help their organization thrive relating to talent in their organization through HR services, learning and organization development, talent management, and total rewards. I have been an ambassador for two years.
What do you love about being a Chamber ambassador?
As a chamber ambassador I love to support our businesses and community as a whole. Being an ambassador aligns with MRA’s mission to help organizations thrive through providing them resources for success.
Do you have a favorite experience or memory from your time volunteering with the Chamber?
I enjoy the ribbon cuttings and business celebrations. I know this isn’t a particular memory however there’s always so much positivity and excitement that comes from the business leaders and owners. Everyone’s happy!
What is your favorite item that you've purchased this year?
My wedding and honeymoon tickets.
The zombie apocalypse is coming, who are three Quad Citizens that you want on your team?
Deanna Jensen-Valliere for her expertise in resource knowledge, tenacity, and perseverance, Sarah Stevens for her incredibly positive outlook and attitude and Greg Aguilar for his courage.
Say you’re independently wealthy and don’t have to work, what would you do with your time?
Travel and take others with me. Travelling allows individuals to grow and experience things in a different perspective, learn about themselves, and enhance their views and way of thinking.
What would we find your doing when you’re not on Ambassador duty?
Providing solutions to our community, making connections, traveling, anything outdoors and staying active. I also have a side hustle of real estate with Re/Max and renovating homes.
Do you have any advice for someone who is considering becoming a Chamber member?
You get out what you put in. The Chamber is a great conduit to connections and opportunities in building a stronger Quad Cities!