Chamber Ambassadors

Chamber Ambassadors are a select group of volunteers who assist the chamber in the mission of promoting the economic prosperity of our region.  If you have never attended a chamber event, one of our Ambassadors would love to invite you as a guest. Feel free to contact any member of the Ambassador team regarding chamber events, programs, or services. 

Adam Bradshaw, Production Manager
The Finishing Touch
Ph: 620.308.6557

Adam Bradshaw has lived in Pittsburg all of his life.  He graduated from Pittsburg High School and then went on to graduate from Pittsburg State University in 2010 with a degree in Science in the electrical field.  Now he is the Production/Building Manager at The Finishing Touch.  He recently oversaw the expansion project and relocation of The Finishing Touch wholesale division to 808 E. Jefferson in Pittsburg.  He spends his free time with his family and volunteering for organizations including Ducks Unlimited and CASI Chili International.  He and his lovely wife, Beth, have two daughters; Marlee and Becca.

Beth Bradshaw, General Manager

The Finishing Touch
Ph: 620.308.6557

Beth is a Pittsburg native and has been a strong community advocate and supporter her entire life. As general manager, Bradshaw has helped her family business, The Finishing Touch, grow into one of the area’s most successful small businesses. One of Bradshaw’s most notable volunteer projects is the NICU Helping Hands Angel Gown program, which provides comfort for bereaved families through the gift of beautiful custom made gowns that are repurposed from used wedding dresses. Bradshaw serves as a facilitator for the youth program at First United Methodist Church, volunteers with George Nettels’ PTO, Pittsburg Area Young Professionals, Pittsburg Renaissance FCE, and has been a lifelong member of Ducks Unlimited. In 2012, she helped start the Pittsburg Parks & Recreation Dance Program, for which she serves as director. Bradshaw and her husband, Adam, have two daughters; Marlee and Becca.

 

Shannon Brutchin, County Manager
Security 1st Title
Ph: 620.231.7755

Shannon Brutchin is the County Manager for Security 1st Title in Pittsburg. She has been in the title industry for 11 years and enjoys researching, closings, and working with customers. In addition to being a Chamber Ambassador, Shannon is also a member of the Pittsburg Rotary Club and the Pittsburg Area Young Professionals. She has been married for 15 years and has three wonderful children: Trenton age 14, Samantha age 11 and Hunter age 5.


Suzy Collins, Owner           
Custom Awards, Inc.
Ph: 620.231.4511

Suzy Collins is owner of Custom Awards, LLC, a local business that provides trophies, plaques, medals, crystal and acrylic awards, signage, engraving, gifts and many other options. Suzy is a graduate of Pittsburg State University, where she received a BS in commercial graphics and a minor in marketing. After graduation, Suzy worked at DEPCO, LLC as a graphic designer, photographer and technical writer. Eight years later Suzy and her husband, Cameron, had twin boys, Brenden and Colten, and she chose to become a stay at home mom. When the boys started kindergarten she started working for Jim and Ellen Berger at Custom Awards Plus. Two years later she was given the opportunity to purchase Custom Awards Plus. Today, Suzy’s purpose and passion lies in the community and offering her talents and service to her customers.


Pam Henderson, District Representative            
United States Senator Jerry Moran
Ph: 620.232.2286

Born and raised near Girard, Pam Henderson is a life-long resident of Crawford County. She moved to Pittsburg to attend Pittsburg State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration. Pam is a district representative for U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) where she helps constituents with issues related to various federal agencies and regularly visits communities, businesses and organizations throughout southeast Kansas. Previously she was employed with Pittsburg State University, the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Pitt-Plastics and served as a Pittsburg City Commissioner as well as Mayor. She has served on numerous boards and been involved in many organizations including Pittsburg Area Young Professionals, United Way, SEK Inc. and Noon Rotary


Dr. Mark Johnson, University Professor            
PSU - College of Technology
Ph: 620.235.4628

A University Professor at Pittsburg State University's College of Technology Department of Technology and Workforce Learning, Dr. Johnson teaches classes in Human Resource Development and Industrial Management and is a coordinator of PSU's newly established Minor in Innovation Engineering. Known as Pittsburg State University’s “Memory Guy”, he learns and remembers the names of every student in his classes the very first night of class. Dr. Johnson is a frequent presenter at state, national, and international conferences. He has been named Outstanding Teaching Faculty at PSU three times and was named the National Outstanding Career and Technical Educator in 2000. An active member of Gorilla Toastmasters, Dr. Johnson was most recently awarded the Toastmasters International organization's highest honor as Distinguished Toastmaster August 2014. Dr. Johnson has been a champion for the Chamber's Leadership programs for more than a decade, helping create the Crawford County Youth Leadership Program and the Leadership High Program that have reached the lives of more than 8,000 students since 2003. He was recognized as the Chamber Volunteer of the Year in 2012. He resides in Pittsburg with his wife Jacki.


Brian Lorimer, Loan Officer
Community National Bank and Trust - Pittsburg
Ph: 620.235.1288

Brian Lorimer has 12 years finance experience with time at Abbey Title Company, Arvest Bank and now Community National Bank. He enjoys working hand in hand with borrowers to achieve their financial needs. Brian has been married to his beautiful wife for 12 years and has three amazing children. Miranda age 18, Cheyenna age 16 and Chandler age 4. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family; playing, officiating and coaching volleyball; or remodeling their loft home in downtown Galena, KS.


Laura Samford, Owner and Massage Therapist
Laura's Fitness & Beauty
Ph: 620.308.6444

 In 2012, after finishing Massage Therapy School in Napa, California, Laura purchased Girlfriends Fitness Center, a women’s only gym. This was the perfect place to including her massage therapy practice, naming it "A Touch of Napa Massage and Wellness", welcoming both men and women. In 2013 Laura moved the business to 428 W 4th expanding from 1300 square feet to 4000. The expansion allowed her to incorporate a full service salon, tanning, spray tanning, a counselor, esthetician, body contouring and a variety of other services. Laura was raised in Humboldt, KS and graduated from Allen County Community College, to continue her education at PSU earning a degree in industrial psychology. Laura later graduated from Labette County Community College with and an associate’s degree in early childhood education. Laura recently celebrated 25 years of marriage to Richard. They have three boys and are active in boy scouts.


Wade Schossow, Commercial Loan Officer
Commerce Bank
Ph: 620.235.6318

After graduating from Pittsburg State University in 2006, Wade joined Commerce Bank as a Commercial Loan Officer in January of 2007. His responsibilities are primarily relationship management and business development for the wide range of commercial services provided by Commerce Bank, including trust, brokerage and mortgage services. Wade is active in several community organizations. He is a Past President of Pittsburg Area Young Professionals, member and Past President of the Pittsburg Sunrise Rotary, and serves as the President of the Mt Carmel Hospital Foundation board of directors. He also volunteers his time with the United Way, YouthFriends, various projects through Pittsburg Area Young Professionals, and serves as a volunteer coach for JL Hutch Little League Baseball league. In 2014, Wade married Lindsay Schossow and they welcomed their first child, Cruz, in 2015


Lori Ann Spachek, State Farm Agent
State Farm Insurance/Lori Ann Spachek
Ph: 620.231.2027

Lori Ann Spachek and I’ve been a local State Farm Agent since 2005.  Being a Chamber Ambassador gives me an awesome excuse to leave the office and get out and network with other business owners who share a common interest in serving their community, listening for new ideas, and having their voices heard, all while eating pastries!  My team and I take pride in having over 45 years of combined Insurance and Financial Services expertise, including Life Insurance, Business Needs, Retirement Planning, and Legacy Giving. Our mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams. At the Lori Ann Spachek Agency, we’re making a difference in Pittsburg, one client at a time!


Amanda Sukraw, Vice President
Community National Bank and Trust - Frontenac
Ph: 620.232.6900

Amanda is the Vice President of Community National Bank & Trust in Frontenac. She specializes in Residential Real Estate loans and has been in banking for 7-years. A native of the Pittsburg area, Amanda graduated Cum Laude from Pittsburg State University with a BBA in Management and Marketing. She is active in the community in various organizations including Pittsburg Area Young Professionals, Frontenac Rotary, the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, and the YMCA. Amanda is married to Jamey Sukraw and they have 2 daughters, Maleia and Brynn, and a son, Syler.


Marsha Wallace, Business & Community Development Manager
Empire District Electric Company
Ph: 417.850.7926

Following completion of her BBA and MBA at PSU, Marsha began working at Empire District Electric in Joplin. In 1995, she became the Manager of Economic Development and graduated from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma in 1998. Marsha recently retired and is now a full-time volunteer. She is active in various professional and civic organizations including as the Chair of the SW Missouri Workforce Investment Board, Secretary and Committee Chair of the Joplin Regional Partnership, and Treasurer of Crawford County Republican Women. She also serves on the boards of the SEK Prosperity Foundation, Neosho Area Business and Industry Foundation, Community Support Services of SW Missouri, and Columbus Economic Development Corporation and is active in Joplin Rotary, MO Economic Development Council, and First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Pittsburg where she sings in the choir and serves on the worship committee.


Jeff Wilbert, General Manager of Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center
City of Pittsburg
Ph: 620.230.5536

I am a lifetime resident of Pittsburg, having graduated from St. Mary’s Colgan elementary & high school in 1971 and Pittsburg State University in 1975. I began my 30 year banking career with First State Bank & Trust Company in 1976. I began as a proof operator, advancing through several positons, ending my career with M. & I. Bank (formerly First State Bank & Trust) in 2006 as Branch Manager. I was hired by the City of Pittsburg on October 1st 2007 as General Manager of Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center. In May of 2013, I accepted the newly formed positon of Downtown District Coordinator. In May of 2016, I moved back into my previous position as General Manager of Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center and continue to assist the Downtown District. Throughout my working career, I have been very fortunate to have had employers who recognize the value of community involvement. Because of them, I have had the opportunity to serve on the boards of Big Brothers & Big Sisters, YMCA, Angels Among Us, Crestwood Country Club, Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburg Rotary Club, Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, J. L. Hutchinson League and The United Way. I truly believe in the following quote, “We make a living by what we get: We make a life by what we give.” Pittsburg has always been a great community to call home. I look forward to the opportunity to serve our community as an Ambassador for the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce.


Dr. Jackie Youtsos, Owner
ReNu Medical & Spa
Ph: 620.308.3158

Jackie is originally from Wausau, WI and was actively involved in the community, sports and city government while growing up. She received her education and training at the University of Minnesota and University of Chicago. Upon graduation in Chicago she moved to New Mexico to practice Dermatology, which is where she met her husband, Eric Bradshaw, who is a native of Pittsburg. In October 2014, her now husband purposed to her during the PSU Homecoming Parade, which made Pittsburg a special place to both of them. In early 2016, they moved back to the area to be closer to family. Jackie opened her own practice, ReNu Medical & Spa, and has been working hard to expand and grow the business. Eric and Jackie look forward to a new little girl addition in the family this December and making Pittsburg home!

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