Ambassador of the Year: Bridging Business and Community

Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors play a vital role in bridging the gap between business and community.

For more than 30 years, these volunteers have served as our Chamber’s welcoming arm – fostering close relationships with member businesses while assisting in grand openings, ribbon cutting ceremonies and other significant events.

Simeon Baskerville

Our Chattanooga Chamber takes time to recognize one Ambassador of the Year who exemplifies the highest degree of professionalism, knowledge and integrity.

In recognition of his commitment to championing member businesses, emphasizing the value of Chamber membership and encouraging participation in many activities and events, our Chattanooga Chamber names Simeon Baskerville, founder of Bushings Unlimited, as Ambassador of the Year.

An avid entrepreneur, Baskerville leveraged more than 30 years of manufacturing experience to establish Bushings Unlimited in 2019 – serving his community by providing high-quality bushings for industrial and commercial use. 

He began his ambassador journey shortly after joining our Chattanooga Chamber that same year.

“I looked into the ambassador program and saw another avenue to meet other business owners and serve as an extension of the Chattanooga Chamber,” Baskerville says. “Once I got used to being an ambassador and saw the opportunities it afforded me and my business, I was hooked.”

As a Chattanooga Chamber Ambassador, Baskerville assists in delivering membership packets, welcoming new member businesses and serving as a representative of the Chamber around his Ooltewah community.

He describes his Chamber experience as contributing to both his personal and professional growth.

“It has helped me become more confident in dealing with business owners and showcasing value. I knew that if I didn’t join the Chamber, I would miss a lot of opportunities. For me, this experience has been very beneficial and I encourage anyone who is new – or may be inactive – to join the Chamber’s ambassador program. It will change your life and help your business,” Baskerville says.

Looking toward the future, Baskerville plans to stay active within the ambassador program, serving as a guide for new ambassadors and encouraging them to grow. He sees this recognition as a time to reflect on his accomplishments and find new ways to help better serve his community.

“It’s truly humbling to be recognized by your peers. I appreciate all the ambassadors and encourage new members to get active in the program. We are here to help you along the way,” he says.

Chattanooga Chamber will celebrate these and other accomplishments during our virtual Annual Meeting, September 20 at 9 a.m.

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