Ambassadors are a Valuable Member Resource

Ambassadors are Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce local business leaders who volunteer their time and talents to promote the Chamber and your business. Ambassadors play a pivotal role in providing the resources and support to keep our Chamber a dynamic and viable organization.

What is an Ambassador?

The Ambassadors are a group of business leaders committed to helping the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce fulfill its mission of representing businesses and providing leadership to enhance the quality of our community.  The Ambassadors are Chamber members who volunteer their time to welcome new Chamber members and support Chamber staff at events.  The Ambassador program is the premier member-to-member, business networking program.

Ribbon Cutting Events


The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to spotlight two dynamic Ambassadors for the month of June

The Greater Grass Valley Chamber is pleased to present Denise Johnson of Craig Johnson Plumbing as one of our Spotlights for the month of June 2019. 

Denise has been an active Ambassador since 2014. Along with Jennie Sparks, she co-chairs the Retention and Recruitment Committee for the Ambassadors. In addition, Denise enjoys volunteering for Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies and Chamber Mixers. The Ambassador Committee has been a positive experience for Denise, as she has made many new friends since joining the group. Denise’s positive energy and can-do attitude is mirrored by her fellow Ambassadors.  

Since 2004, Denise and her husband Craig have been successfully running their family plumbing business. Craig Johnson Plumbing serves the Nevada County area with a full range of plumbing and rooting services. Craig and Denise Johnson work together to provide excellent customer service and plumbing solutions.

Along with the time she donate to the Chamber of Commerce, Denise is very active in other areas of our community, including being an avid supporter and volunteer of and for The Friendship Club. She loves what they do for our area girls through mentoring and providing support from 6th grade through high school. 

Denise has two adult daughters who both attended grammar through high school in Grass Valley. Her oldest daughter served in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and her youngest just graduated from CSU Chico State.  

In her spare time Denise loves to travel and explore. She’s on the go and makes it a point to see as much live entertainment as possible, locally and anywhere there’s a good show. We love her spirit and zest for life.  

Denise exemplifies what a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador is all about – enthusiastic, outgoing, and a true believer in the power of community to help local businesses succeed. 

To contact Denise for any of your plumbing needs call: 530-274-7275 or on the web


The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are excited to spotlight Jennie Sparks of Absolute Communication Solutions for the month of June. Jennie’s been an outstanding member of our group for nearly three years.

Jennie has been with Absolute Communication Solutions since 2007. She started in the field with her husband, Eric, and then found her niche with Human Resources. She’s very passionate about Human Resources.  She became a member of SHRM in 2009 and in the Spring of 2017, after her hard work and dedication, she received her SHRM-CP certification.

As a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, Sierra Human Resources Association and CalChamber she’s able to receive the support she needs as an HR professional. Jennie values her memberships and the personal connections that she’s made with her peers. Jennie strives to keep up to date on all things HR, so that she can provide their business and employees with relative and real time information. In July 2018 Jennie joined the Board for the Sierra Human Resources Association as the Community/External Relations Chair, during her two-year term, she hopes to be able to give back to the HR community that has supported her through the years.

As an Ambassador for the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce Jennie has had the opportunity to give back to her community by volunteering at events hosted by the GGVCC. Through Ribbon Cuttings and Mixers, she’s been able to network with other business owners and welcome them to the Chamber. The personal connections that Jennie’s made at the Chamber are priceless. Jennie goes on to say, “It’s a great group of business owners, employees and individual members who are committed to improving our community through fundraising, volunteering and networking”.

Jennie is modest when it comes to how much she has done for the Ambassador committee; she’s always the first one with her hand up to help. Also, she’s co-chaired the Ambassador Retention Committee as well as stepped up to the vacancy for the Ambassador Secretary position and has even run a meeting or two. Jennie is an exceptional Ambassador and human being. We are fortunate to have her on our team.

Jennie loves spending time with her friends and family in Nevada County. Jennie makes time to enjoy our community events and is a real Nevada County wine buff. She loves to make time for non-profits as well as supporting new business owners at ribbon cuttings.

To learn more about Jennie and her business Absolute Communications Solutions, visit their website  or call Jennie at 530-271-0332.

Benefits of Becoming an Ambassador

  • An effortless way to get to know other members by volunteering for ribbon cuttings, greeting at our business after hours mixers, and other events
  • Ambassador business cards are included in all new member information packets sent out to dozens of businesses throughout the year
  • Special placement of Ambassador business cards at our Chamber office
  • Introduction of Ambassadors at our Chamber events so that others in our community get to know you better
  • The chance to use your communication and leadership skills to benefit our community working side-by-side with other like-minded business people
  • Increase your possibility of business referrals by being more visible in our community

Ambassadors are committed to our Greater Grass Valley Chamber

  •  By regularly attending our monthly meetings held on the third Tuesday of the month from 12:00-1:00 pm
  • By participating in at least 50% of our networking and business promotion events each month including ribbon cuttings, business after hours mixers, and other scheduled functions
  • By connecting with existing members and promoting new membership

Call our Chamber office at 530 273-4667 if you have any questions.  Feel free to attend one of our monthly meetings as a guest and get to know us!

Ambassadors are a Valuable Member Resource

Ambassadors are leaders of local businesses and organizations, members of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce who volunteer their time and talents to promote the Chamber and their business. Ambassadors play a pivotal role in providing the resources and support to keep our Chamber a dynamic and viable organization.

The contributions of each Ambassador is a valued community service. At the same time, the visibility as an active Ambassador promotes you and your business.

Ambassadors: • Act as the Public Relations arm and liaison for the Chamber
• Represent both the Chamber and their own business
• Serve as greeters at Business After Hours Mixers
• Coordinate Ribbon Cuttings for new members
• Provide outreach to current members
• And so much more!!!

Membership is open to all current Chamber Members. If you would like to learn more about the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee or becoming an Ambassador, download the Chamber Ambassador Packet.

Mixers and Events


Becker, Doug
Welcome Home Vets
Grass Valley, 530-272-3300

Brazil, Donna
Lake Wildwood Association
Penn Valley, 530-432-1152

Collins, Mick
Pay it Forward Processing
Auburn, 530-268-3382

Fuxjager, Rich
Nevada City, 530-559-4904

Green, Joe
Waste Management
Grass Valley, 530-263-1189

Grimes, Nicole
Gold Country Community Services
Grass Valley, 530-615-4541

Haddock, Heather
Grass Valley Downtown Assoc.
Grass Valley, 530-272-8315

Hand, Jeneé
River Valley Community Bank
Grass Valley, 530-798-2690

Hook, Paul
SunStor Solar 
Penn Valley, 530-802-1899

Johnson, Denise
Craig Johnson Plumbing
Grass Valley, 530-274-7275

Kulhavy, Kristen
Crystal Ridge
Grass Valley, 530-446-0772

Leishman, Seth T. 
Ostrofe Financial Consultants
Grass Valley, 530-273-4425

Lewis, Tamitha
Placer Title Company
Grass Valley, 530-477-1382

MacDonald, Machen 
ProBrilliance Leadership Institute
Grass Valley, 530-273-8000

Manning, Dave 
Digital Strategy
Nevada City, 530-478-0709

Meyer, Sarah 
Comfort Keepers
Grass Valley, 530-274-8600

Myers, Sarah
The UPS Store
Grass Valley, 530-274-6000

Newman, Amber
River Valley Community Bank
Grass Valley, 530-798-2690

Pilcher, BettyKay
Finance of America Mortgage
Grass Valley, (530) 263-6094

Porter, Joy 
Winding Road Imagery
Cedar Ridge, 530-913-6045

Patterson, Deborah
Patterson’s Tax Practice
Grass Valley, 530-615-4917

Quaintance, Laura 
Grass Valley, 530-913-2006

Reynolds, Steve
API Marketing
Auburn, 530-885-9674
Rice, Susan A., PhD
Susan A. Rice and Associates, Inc.
Grass Valley, 530-346-9212

Seim, Jennifer
Individual Member
Grass Valley, 530-477-4250

Shaffer, Kathleen 
Individual Member
Grass Valley, 530-802-6501

Shelbourn, Maggi
Nevada County Concert Band
Nevada City, 530-272-7499

Sorani, Erin
Network Real Estate
Nevada City, 530-277-8373

Sparks, Jennie
Absolute Communications Solutions
Grass Valley, 530-271-0332 X 203

Voter, Suzanne 
Finance of America Mortgage
Grass Valley 530-478-8383

Moon, Cindy
Nevada City Chamber Liaison
Nevada City, 530-265-2692

Davies, Robin
CEO Greater Grass Valley Chamber
Grass Valley, 530-273-4667

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