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They attend Business Before Hours, Business After Hours, Ambassador Luncheons, Ribbon Cuttings as well as volunteering at Chamber fundraisers and more each month. They help new Chamber investors feel more at home and provide Chamber staff with needed volunteer back-up.
Meet the Loveland Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors
Secure American Insurance, Leivestad Agency LLC
Lance grew up in a small conservative town called Fairview Montana. When the oil embargo went into place there was no work to be had in that community, so we moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 1986. Lance finished up high school and got a degree in construction management at Front Range Communtiy College where he graduated with honors at the top of his class. During this time Lance also started worh with Albertsons. He worked for them for 18 years and was in charge as a store director in 12 different stores in the state of Colorado. While working for Albertsons he earned a degree in business management from Cornell University.
Lance left Albertsons in 2005 due to some serious business model changes and started his own construction company called Lance Homes. He teamed up with Leivestad and Berkely Builders to build many new homes in Loveland. During this tine 2006 he married a beautiful woman Jaquie Leivestad.
In 2008 Lance got out of the construction indsutry and started his own insurance company to offset lost income due to the construction downturn. The insurance business flourished, and Lance really found his place helping people.
Outside of work Lance still feels a desire to help people anyway he can. Lance was a Trustee for his church for 9 years, is the Loveland Chamber of Commerce Ambassador President, participates in many local event and is looking forward to serving our community for many years to come.
Lynnette is the Membership Coordinator for the Loveland Sam’s Club and has been with them for over 9 years. Before joining Sam’s Club she was the Employing Broker for The Team Real Estate in Greeley.
She loves visiting with Businesses and their employees. So now, instead of selling homes she is selling Memberships, which she says is very rewarding knowing that she is providing a service that will help both businesses and families.
I love being involved in welcoming businesses into the Loveland Chamber and being an ambassador gives me the opportunity to be more involved in the Loveland Community. I have also made great friends thru the Chamber.
Adam's Bank & Trust
Cathy has enjoyed working for many years in the world of finance and lending. It began at a Savings and Loan in Denver and continued in Fort Collins and the Loveland/Berthoud areas. After working for many years at Home Federal Savings, she and her husband, Rocci opened Optima Mortgage in Fort Collins. From there they both went to work at Merrill Lynch. Currently she is assisting her clients at Adams Bank and Trust for five years plus in the capacity of a Financial Services Representative.
There are many creative endeavors that pull at Cathy. She was fortunate enough to operate a stained glass business doing custom pieces for her clients. There are many other hobbies that she’s dabbled in including jewelry-making, quilting, sewing, crocheting and reading.
She and Rocci enjoy their 38’ motorhome. They takeoff in it whenever possible, which will be more often when they retire. A favorite destination is Santa Fe for Indian Market. They have several Indian artist friends and enjoy being with them at Market. Their corgis, Max and Carrie love to travel in the motor home as well. They get excited to head out as soon as Rocci pulls the motor home in front of the house. The motor home has also headed to northern Minnesota to visit Cathy’s sister and her family among other destinations.
She also enjoys sharing adventures in the motorhome with her five grandchildren. One outing afforded a view of hot air balloons during breakfast!
Cathy was also lucky enough to have earned the honor of 2018 Loveland Chamber Ambassador of the Year. The Chamber is a great place to meet business owners, help celebrate businesses ribbon cuttings and learn more about each of the businesses, attend the Business After Hours events to network with business people and connect with the community.
Loveland Chamber of Commerce
Bill is Director of Advocacy for the Loveland Chamber. In that role, he monitors the legislative landscape throughout northern Colorado and the state including key relationships with lawmakers and civic officials. Bill has worked closely with the Fix North I-25 coalitions, workforce initiatives and other programs that impact the welfare of citizens of Loveland and our business community. A resident of Loveland since 1984, Bill has worked closely with veterans programs in northern Colorado and is passionate about the great things our community has to offer.
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
Allison Clark is a Loveland native and happy to be working at her family-owned theater, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. Allison has been with the Candlelight for 5 years and has enjoyed building Candlelight's reputation and relationships throughout the community. Allison joined the Ambassadors last year in an effort to get to know the chamber better. Since then she has loved volunteering her time at events and truly values the friendships she has built within the chamber. She encourages anyone in the community anxious to grow their business to reach out to her and the chamber for tips, events, and business leads. Allison, her husband and their sweet dog, Fiona reside in Loveland.
Chamber Ambassador, Don Reilly’s business, DJRImaging Photography has two prime areas of focus;
(1) Helping businesses do “Visual Storytelling” and
(2) A source of “Stock Photos” with emphasis on showing Loveland/Larimer Co. visually in all seasons of the year.
1. Business client assignments to photo products, facilities, people, events and more are done on location to meet client needs conveniently and to enhance the story telling for the client.
2. Shopping in my on-line stock galleries,, results in finding many photographic views of the area that can be useful for digital (social media/website). Also, a wide range of prints and wall art are available on the site that enable businesses and homeowners to showcase pride in or make gifts of the beauty of Loveland/Larimer Co.
Visit https://djrimaging.smugmug.com/Stock-Photos to see many choices, the “Loveland Views” gallery in particular.
- Don Reilly -
Walter Williams is the Director of Capital Advancement for Mountain States Children’s Home and has been with them for three years. A graduate from UNLV, Walter has always desired to work in a field that helps children – he was adopted from a children’s home as a child.
What Walter likes best about being an ambassador is the networking! Ribbon-cuttings, mixers and all Chamber events are a great way to grow awareness about Mountain States Children’s Home.
Walter is married to his wife Diana and will be celebrating their 19th anniversary this year – He also has two daughters Macy (13) and Kelly (9.) In his spare time, Walter enjoys playing golf and mountain unicycling.
Miki Roth, a local Realtor with The Group, Inc., loves to help home buyers and sellers realize their dreams in home ownership and investing. But, that is just a small part of what she does and how she strives to make a difference. She is a member of Philo Club of Loveland, a 100 year old non profit organization that is unique to Loveland. She is the President for 2017-2018. She also is a member of the Loveland Rotary, another non profit that continually contributes to worthy causes throughout Loveland and Internationally! She is a Board Member of the Loveland-Berthoud Association of Realtors, a Board Member of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Board of PVH/MCR Foundation, is a member of the City of Loveland Marketing Commission and serves on the Larimer County Workforce Investment Board. She has been recognized by the Real Estate community with the Realtor of the Year Award, 2012, President of LBAR 2012-2013, and Distinguished Service Award 2017. In 2016, she was honored with “the Heart” award by the Loveland Chamber, and was named The Grand Marshall of the Corn Roast Parade in 2017. She served as Chamber President 2014, and chaired the Corn Eating Contest for years! She is presently a member of the Chamber Board and a Chamber Ambassador. A Loveland native, she enjoys remembering all the good old days in Loveland as well as seeing all the accomplishments that the citizens of Loveland continue to unfold over the years. She sums up her outlook on life with a simple quote. “The world is full of good people. If you can’t find one, be one, anyway!”
Office Yoga™ Colorado, LLC
Deanna is one of the Loveland Chamber's most enthusiastic cheerleaders.
"Hello! Thanks for checking out the Loveland Chamber! Loveland is such a wonderful place that has grown so much since 1974 when my family moved here.
I have been in banking of the past 20 years. I am happy to help you with any of your banking needs. I truly love living in Colorado and all it has to offer. My passions are fishing and camping with my family and friends.
I hope to meet you at future ribbon cutting!"
What does she like best about being an Ambassador?
"I enjoy being a Chamber Ambassador because of all of the fantastic new people I get to meet."
I graduated from Loveland High School in 1978, relocated for a short time for school and work, then returned with my wife Marilyn and our two children to the great city of Loveland in 1989. Our son Andrew is a High School teacher and coach in Fountain, CO and our daughter Katie lives in Highlands Ranch as an administrator and music director at Jubilee Fellowship. I was fortunate and blessed to work in a local church for twenty years where I specialized in youth, family and outreach.
Seeing the continuous needs of single moms and their children, Marilyn and I founded a community wide, faith based non-profit organization called Be the Gift.
Be the Gift provides a healthier and safer homes to single mom families through the support and assistance of volunteers in the community. We believe that everyone has a dream and desire of doing something significant with his or her life. We are connecting every day ordinary people with an opportunity to do extraordinary things by facilitating hope, acceptance, compassion and change in our community through the single mom home repair projects. A win-win for the single moms, their children and the community we all live in.
Kimberly Artis has over 11 years of experience with U.S. Bank, serving her consumer and business customers with truly exceptional service. Kim builds a personal relationship with all of her customers; she truly knows who they are, what their needs are and provides them with sound financial solutions.
She consistently goes the extra mile to make her customers' banking relationship the best experience possible. She has served our community and the Chamber's Ambassador Committee for over 8 years. She believes the benefits of being an Ambassador are numerous; from meeting new businesses (some of which she wouldn't know existed without the Chamber), participating in amazing community events (***the Corn Roast is her favorite), and more!
Kim enjoys the fabulous connections she has established through the Chamber, which have benefited her, both personally and professionally. She feels that her membership with the Chamber has been a significant contributor to her success with U.S. Bank. Please reach out to Kim (or her fellow Ambassadors) with your questions and needs, she is always glad to help you succeed in your professional and personal life as well!
Secure American Insurance, Leivestad Agency LLC
Barbara Hanfland is a native of Fairview Heights, Illinois, who has spent the majority of her life in Colorado. She and her husband, Tom, raised their kids and lived in Summit County, CO, for over 30 years before moving to Table Rock Lake near Branson, MO, where she was an insurance agent. They returned to Colorado in 2017 to be near their 2 kids, Keri and TJ, and their four fabulous grandkids.
Barb is a certified Acupressure Therapist and enjoyed 20 years as the owner of The Acupressure and Massage Center of Dillon. She was fortunate to work with Kellen Schweitzer D.C. at Front Range Family Health and Chiropractic in Loveland before joining Secure American Insurance in March 2019. Working as an Ambassador with the Loveland Chamber has been a highlight of living in this great community.
Relationships are Barb’s most treasured asset, at home and at work. Her most favorite pastimes are hanging out with Tom and her kids, riding her bike, hiking the local trails and being an embroidery nerd.
In the role of Chief Financial Officer, Olson provides executives with timely and accurate financial statements, ongoing cash flow projections, oversight over accounting and finance operations, as well as design and maintenance of the financial reporting structures.
In addition to his accounting and finance oversight responsibilities, Steven offers broad management, internal control and strategic advice to management. His Total Quality Management experience can greatly accelerated a company’s effort to document business policies and procedures as well as improve manufacturing processes.
His proficiency relative to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 benefits companies in a wide range of industries by evaluating all aspects of their internal control systems. He typically assists with the identification of key risks and design of mitigating controls, documentation of principle procedures and performing pre-audit testing to evaluate existing compliance.
Companies that Steven has previously helped represent a variety of industries including Internet communications, precious metals mining, agriculture, computer hardware manufacturing, and industrial equipment manufacturing. Proficient in general management, business principles and essential business practices, he has advised companies representing several industries including aggregates, publishing, aerospace, automotive parts distribution, information technology and others.
As an experienced project manager, Steven assists companies making the transition from basic accounting systems to wholly integrated business and financial information systems. His role as the project manager ensures rapid conversion to the new software and timely implementation with minimal disruption to operations. For project management engagements, Steven facilitates the documentation of various business processes, addresses relevant internal risks and controls, and performs initial compliance testing as part of the internal review process.
His success as an advisor to business is built on a foundation of considerable leadership and management experience obtained while serving in the U.S. Navy. As a Naval Officer, he held a wide array of leadership positions in the health care delivery field. He possesses a wealth of experience in health care including budgeting, operations, system design, data base management, financial management and others. Steven is a member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants.
He has taught a wide range of business and accounting subjects as an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix, the Monfort School of Business at the University of Northern Colorado and Front Range Community College in Northern Colorado. His University teaching experience enables him to continually bring added value to his business and financial consulting.
He currently serves on the Loveland City Council.
Tasha Hagemann is a loan officer with the Bank of Colorado. She started her banking career in 2008 as a teller and has worked in several different positions over the years, which gives her experience in all aspects of banking. She especially enjoys working for a community focused bank, as she believes banking is not just a transaction, but about building a relationship with customers to help them achieve their financial goals. Most banks offer similar products, but her mission is to get you the right products for your needs.
Originally from Wisconsin, she has lived in Colorado for over 10 years and recently became a Loveland resident. Tasha is always looking for ways to get involved in the community. Her involvement in the Ambassador program with the Loveland Chamber of Commerce has been a great opportunity to get fully immersed in the community, along with making great connections with local businesses and nonprofits.
Tranont Independent Associates
Betty has a passion for educating people in Plant based nutrition. The Healing benefits of Enzymes and our very unique Whole Flower CBD Fluid (not oil) has the community curious!
As a Wealth Specialist and Insurance Provider, Betty has tools to help educate, repair, manage and grow your money.
Our motto is to ''Change the World one household at a time' Let her help Change yours!
Blackjack Pizza and Salads Loveland
Becky Pelle's past includes ventures in franchised business as well as independent ownership. Becky and her husband Ed became the current owners of Blackjack Pizza & Salads in March 2000. Becky has been practicing the arts of bookkeeping, advertising and personnel management since 1984 when her first business, a ServiceMaster Franchise, was purchased.
Becky has served as a past Ambassador President with the Longmont Chamber of Commerce and is currently an Ambassador with the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. She firmly believes in the Mission Statement of the Chamber and uses this venu as one way to support her community.
Loveland Lyons Club
Rick has been a member of Loveland Lyons Club for about 2.5 years. Lyons primary purpose is to support the community through fundraising. Rick is one of the engineers for the Buckhorn Express train in North Lake Park. He has been a resident of Loveland for 42 years where he raise 3 children and now has 9 grandchildren. He also was an entrepreneur who ran his own business for 10 years. Born in Denver and raised in Littleton before moving to Loveland, Rick has a love for Colorado.
I Love meeting people and being an ambassador for the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. It has provided me numerous opportunities to share the mission of the Lyons club. Additionally, it has allowed me access to a variety of nonprofit organization where I now volunteer. Volunteering is my life purpose and there is no better place to call home than Loveland! I appreciate all of the unique relationships I have developed in just the past couple of years.