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.
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.
Next Generation Insurance Family
Zac grew up in Pittsburg, KS where he graduated from St. Mary’s-Colgan High School with honors before pursuing a collegiate football career that took him to Oklahoma State University as well as Fort Scott Community College before earning the starting QB position at Pittsburg State University in 2010; PSU won the National Title in Zac’s senior season.
Upon graduating from PSU, Zac enjoyed a start to his professional career as a medical sales consultant in the Lawrence and Kansas City areas before settling into the insurance industry. He did so by joining a family-held independent agency in Pittsburg; a chance to be back in his hometown was the ultimate goal. After spending more than three years in the industry, Zac teamed up with Brannon Green- also an industry veteran- to open Next Generation Insurance Family. NGIF is an independent agency focused on transparency, sustainability and efficiency through technology while boasting a local presence.
If you don’t see Zac in the office after hours, then you will find him and his wife, Nicole, making a mess with their dog, Huck.
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.
Director of Resource Development for SEK
United Way of Southwest Missouri & Southeast Kansas
Julie returned to the Crawford County area a few years ago, after living in the Wichita Metro area for 16 years. Julie studied Political Science through the University of Maryland and also served on many state and national committees such as the League of Kansas Municipalities, a National League of Cities Small Cities Council Representative and she also served as a Governing Body Member for 4 years at the City of Andover, KS. Returning to Southeast Kansas has been so rewarding both personally and professionally. Her current position is the Director of Resource Development for SEK at the United Way of SWMO & SEK. Julie currently is involved in Pittsburg Noon Rotary, Paint the Town Red Committee, Crawford County Youth Leadership, a member of P.E.O Chapter CJ, a mentor for the Miss Kansas Organization, and was also named a 2018 Women of Distinction and the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year. She also volunteers her time to many other organizations throughout the community.
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.
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!
Commercial & Industrial Business Manager
As a regional business manager, Kari works as an energy advisor across 14 counties in Southeast Kansas. She grew up south of Girard, just a mile from where she and husband, Matt, 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 Westar Energy. 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, and is a member of the Kansas Economic Development Alliance. She also works with students through the Crawford County Youth Leadership Program among other volunteer activities.