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.
My husband and I are both proud small business owners – he is the talent behind the video production company Creative124. We love living in Pittsburg with our two yorki-poos Scout and Duke. My previous endeavors have been opening a local coffee shop, consulting small businesses, and traveling the country providing leadership development to college women. I love inspiring confidence in women which was a major reason I wanted to own a boutique! I only have one special talent and that is being able to rap the entirety of “Ice, Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice.
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Wood-Dulohery Insurance, Inc.
Security 1st Title
Shannon Brutchin is the County Manager for Security 1st Title in Pittsburg and has served in the title industry for over 13 years. While she enjoys the researching and the closings of properties, Shannon also values working with her clients to make sure she can bring them the best experience possible. In addition to being a Chamber Ambassador, Shannon also serves on the Chamber Board, is a member of the Pittsburg Noon Rotary Club, serves on the R.V. Haderlein School Site Council and she volunteers throughout the community. She has been married for 18 years and has three wonderful children that keep her busy and very involved in the community and the schools.
Custom Awards, LLC
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.
Aside from Suzy’s business she enjoys volunteering for several organizations, nonprofits and any opportunity that she can help to make a difference. For over seven years she has been a lector, Eucharistic minister and monthly rosary leader for the Frontenac Sacred Heart Catholic Church. In addition, she has also taught 3rd grade religion as a Parish School of Religion Catechist for over five. She is the secretary for the Frontenac Homecoming and a member of the Crawford County Republican Women’s group. Suzy is also involved with Cub Scout Pack #287 as the treasurer and Charter representative.
VP of SBA Lending
Community National Bank & Trust – Pittsburg
Jitka has work for Community National Bank & Trust for 2.5 years and has been an active Chamber Ambassador for 1.5 years. Being an Ambassador is very rewarding and Jitka like to welcome new people and businesses to town. Jitka grew up in Czech Republic and moved to Pittsburg in 2005. She graduated with her Master Degree with Pittsburg State University and began working for PSU at its Certified Development Company helping small businesses obtain federal financing. She has been married for 10 year and has 2 children, Sophie and Zachary. They keep her very busy with their activities at school and outside of school. Besides being a Chamber Ambassador Jitka is also an active member of the Pittsburg Kiwanis Club and loves to volunteer in in the community.
Dr. Mark Johnson
PSU – College of Technology
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. In addition to his duties as a professor, Dr. Johnson serves as a training consultant with the Theatrical, Stage and Motion Picture Employees, as well as the Carpenters, The Painters and Allied Trades, The Plumbers and Pipefitters, and The Utility Workers all across the U.S. and Canada. He resides in Pittsburg with his wife Jacki.
Community National Bank and Trust – Pittsburg
Brian Lorimer has 15 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 goals and make their lives better. Brian is a Missouri Southern grad with a BSBA in Economics and Finance. He earned his MBA from William Woods University. Brian loves giving back to his community having chaired the United Way Campaign, Past president of the Pittsburg Sunrise Rotary, a board member for the Children’s Advocacy Center as well as an Ambassador for the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce. He has been honored to receive the award of Volunteer of the year for both United Way and Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce. Brian has been married to his beautiful wife Jamie for over 15 years and has four amazing children. 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.
Commercial Loan Officer
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, treasury services, and mortgage. Wade is active in several community organizations having served as President for the Mt Carmel Foundation Board, Pittsburg Area Young Professionals, and the Pittsburg Sunrise Rotary Club. He is also served as an ex-officio member of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and currently serves as a Chamber Ambassador. When he’s not at work or volunteering in the community, Wade enjoys spending time with his wife Lindsay and their two boys Cruz and Rhett.
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Lori Ann Spachek
State Farm Agent
State Farm Insurance/Lori Ann Spachek
I’m 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!
Personal Lines & Small Commercial Producer
Ryan Insurance, LLC
Born and raised in Pittsburg Kansas, Katie earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in the area of Family and Consumers Sciences as well as her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Pittsburg State University. OAGAAG, she went on to teach full time as an instructor in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at PSU. A move to Kansas City, several career changes, and 4 kids later, Katie found herself back in Pittsburg where she is currently employed as a Producer for Ryan Insurance; specializing in personal lines and small commercial insurance. Katie attributes her shift in employment to her passion for Consumerism, and although she’s dedicated to providing service to businesses that drive the local economy, she has always identified professionally with the simple goal of building relationships to serve people in the community hands on – one on one.
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Customer Solutions Manager
KCP&L | Westar Energy, both Evergy companies
As a regional Customer Solutions Manager, Kari works as a trusted energy advisor and economic development liaison across more than 20 counties in Southeast Kansas and Southwest Missouri. She grew up south of Girard, just a mile from where she and husband, Matt, live and farm today. Kari attended Kansas State University and earned a B.S. Degree in Agricultural Communications. Her experience in Marketing and Communications led her to positions at Fort Scott Community College, the City of Parsons as PIO/Community Development Director, and currently to KCP&L | Westar Energy, both Evergy companies. In 2019, she was named a Pittsburg Chamber Woman of Distinction, and has received multiple awards for her accomplishments. She was named one of Joplin Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and has earned two Kansas Department of Commerce Main Street Awards for program development and marketing. She has a passion for improving the region and is an active member of the Project 17 – Together We Succeed Board of Directors, was elected to the K-State Research & Extension Wildcat District Board working throughout Crawford, Labette, Wilson and Montgomery counties, and is a member of the Kansas Economic Development Alliance. She enjoys working with students through the Crawford County Youth Leadership Program among other volunteer activities.