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Ambassador Groups

Colonels Club | Envoys | Young Professional Network

LEADS Groups

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Business Team

Kearney Hospitality Group | Business Council | Sport and Recreation Committee | Transportation Task Force |

Education & Leadership Team

Education and Leadership CommitteeLegislative Committee | Senior Coalition |  

Agriculture Team

Agriculture Committee           


Ambassador Groups

Colonels Club

Chair: Steve Linden, Coldwell Banker Town & Country Realty

Vice Chair: Randy Tonniges, Tonniges & Associates, P.C.

Meeting Schedule: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.

The Colonels Club is a men’s group whose purpose is to serve as a public relations arm of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Colonels Club does this is by supporting the “Doing Business” award, attending and promoting ribbon cuttings, grand openings, Business After Hours, Gateway Farm Expo, the KACC Annual Meeting and the Kearney Golf Classic and by working on membership recruitment and retention.

Colonels are limited to one Colonel per business and 50 members. This group does have a small annual fee. To inquire about joining the Colonels, contact Shanna Schulte at sschulte@kearneycoc.org

Envoys

Chair: Michaela Lewis, Baldwin Filters

Vice Chair: Cindy Pickel, Good Samaritan Foundation

Meeting Schedule: 1st Tuesday of each month, rotating time.

Envoys is a women’s group whose purpose is to serve as a public relations arm of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce.

Envoys does this is by hosting a membership mixer, co-sponsoring the Tri-City Business After Hours attending and promoting ribbon cuttings, grand openings, Business After Hours, Gateway Farm Expo, the KACC Annual Meeting, Friend and Youth Friend of Kearney and the Buffalo County Fair, and by working on membership recruitment and retention.

Envoys are limited to one Envoy per business, but not limited on maximum members. This group does have a small annual fee. To inquire about joining the Envoy group, contact Shanna Schulte at sschulte@kearneycoc.org.

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Young Professional Network

Chair: Ashley Lytle

Vice Chair: Josh Hanshaw

Meeting Schedule: Varies

The Young Professional Network does this by providing networking opportunities, professional and personal development seminars and activities, and community service opportunities to benefit the Kearney Area.

This group is limited to younger professionals in the area. There is a small annual fee for this group.

For more information contact Kelly Gentrup at kgentrup@kearneycoc.org 

Membership Application

YPN Website


LEADS Group

The LEADS Groups purpose is to create a close-nit networking group of professionals in the area with the purpose of creating increased business and revenue.

The group is mainly for professionals that rely on referrals (or leads). There is only one individual from any particular industry in each group so there is no overlapping.

The group meets bi-weekly and gets to know each other and each other’s services very well with the intention being that any given individual in the group would feel comfortably referring a client, friend or family member to any other given individual in the group. There can be as many LEADS Groups as needed at the Kearney Chamber. We currently have two. To inquire about joining a LEADS Group, contact Elizabeth Roetman at eroetman@kearneycoc.org.

LEADS Group 

Chair: Marty Madden, US Bank
Vice Chair: Krista Cullen, McMeen Physical Therapy

Meeting Schedule: 2nd & 4th Thursday

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Business Team

Kearney Hospitality Group

Chair:  Denise Christensen - Merryman Performing Arts Center

Vice Chair:  Kelly Krier - Kearney Accommodations

Meeting Schedule: 2nd Thursday of each month at Noon

The Kearney Hospitality Group’s purpose is to increase the number of visitors to Kearney by marketing retail and tourism opportunities for conventions, festivals and special events.

The Kearney Hospitality Group does this by co-sponsoring the Crane Host Program, assisting other Chamber Committees with facilitating marketing communication of the Kearney area and providing input to the Kearney Visitor’s Bureau.

This committee is open to all Kearney Chamber Members. To inquire about joining this group, contact Shanna Schulte at sschulte@kearneycoc.org, Patti Candy at pcandy@visitkearney.org or join us for one of our meetings. 

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Business Council

Chair: Jon Ruyle - Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

Vice Chair:  Racy Bauer - Good Samaritan Society - St. Luke's

Meeting Schedule: 3rd Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.

The Business Council's purpose is to advance opportunities for small business, promote diversity, and educate members about current trends and technologies.This group also leads the Junior Achievement program.

This committee is open to all Kearney Chamber Members.  For more information, contact Shanna Schulte at sschulte@kearneycoc.org or join us for one of our meetings.

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Sport and Recreation Committee

Char: Rich Brodersen, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Vice Chair: Tim Higgins, Runza Restaurants

Meeting Schedule: 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.

The Sport and Recreation Committee’s purpose is to contribute to the economic well-being of the area by promoting Kearney as a greater Nebraska Sports Center emphasizing athletic events, recreational facilities and attractions. The Sport and Recreation Committee does this by developing proposals that bring additional athletic events to Kearney, helping with events the Kearney Visitors Bureau brings to the Kearney Area, assisting with athletic organizations and hosting the kick-off luncheon for Kearney High, Kearney Catholic and UNK students.

This committee is open to all Kearney Chamber Members. 

To inquire about joining this group, contact Shanna Schulte at sschulte@kearneycoc.org, or join us for one of our meetings.

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Transportation Task Force

Chair: Tom Henning, Cash-WA Distributing

Meeting Schedule: As Needed

The Transportation Task Force’s purpose is to make the Kearney Chamber aware of any issues with transportation in the area.
This committee is open to all Kearney Chamber Members. To inquire about joining this group, contact Marion McDermott at mmcdermott@kearneycoc.org

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Education & Leadership Team

Education and Leadership Committee

Chair:  Racy Bauer - Good Samaritan Society - St. Luke's 

Vice Chair:  Elaine Anderson - Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation

Meeting Schedule: 4th Wednesday of each month at 8:15 a.m.

The Education and Leadership Committee will work to connect students with business and educational opportunities to equip and develop future leaders.

This committee is open to all Kearney Chamber Members. For more information, contact Shanna Schulte at sschulte@kearneycoc.org or join us for one of our meetings.

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Legislative Committee

Chair: Byron Hansen, Platte Valley State Bank

Vice Chair: Stan Clouse, Nebraska Public Power District

Meeting Schedule: As Needed

The purpose of the Legislative Committee is to monitor and initiate appropriate action on legislative matter which may impact the Kearney Area.
The Legislative Committee does this by keeping chamber members aware of local, state and national political issues.

This committee is open to all Kearney Chamber Members. To inquire about joining this group, contact Marion McDermott at  mmcdermott@kearneycoc.org

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Senior Coalition

Chair: Jackie Purdy

Meeting Schedule: 4th Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.

The purpose of the Senior Coalition is to offer monthly community education to the retired community.

This committee is open to all retired (or age of retirement) Kearney Chamber Members. To inquire about joining this group, contact Shanna Schulte at sschulte@kearneycoc.org, or join us for one of our meetings.

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Agriculture Team

Agriculture Committee

Chair:  Cari Haag, Farm Credit Services of America

Vice Chair:  Jeff Kreycik, State Bank of Riverdale

Meeting Schedule: Quarterly

The Agriculture Committee’s purpose is to provide and support programs which promote agriculture and encourage urban/rural cooperation.

Some of the programs the Agriculture Committee is currently tied to are the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic, Gateway Farm Expo, Buffalo County 4-H, Nebraska Livestock Judging Classic as well as educational meetings.

This committee is open to all Kearney Area Chamber Members. To inquire about joining this group, contact Shanna Schulte at sschulte@kearneycoc.org or join us for one of our meetings.

Other Partners in our Agriculture Team include Gateway Farm Expo, Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic and 4-H Auction Committee.

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