AREA Ambassadors are goodwill representatives of the organization, aligned with its mission. They champion AREA’s cause of growing the economy of the greater Albuquerque region.  Ambassadors are educated in economic development initiatives, strategies and priorities through workshops and forums. Through these programs, Ambassadors are able to speak firsthand of the work of AREA and can promote the greater Albuquerque area through an economic lens.

What is the role of an Ambassador?

Ambassadors assist the organization in:

  • As hosts in welcome tours, receptions, and events with clients
  • As advocates during press conferences
  • As participants and tour guides for AREA events and training programs

Who can be an Ambassador?

Any company actively contributing to AREA’s mission may have representation on the Ambassador Committee. Participants who attend a minimum of three designated events will become certified Ambassadors. Examples of designated events include:

  • Quarterly Investors Luncheons 
  • ‘Building a Regional Economy’ training programs
  • AREA Webinar Programs 
  • AREA Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner 

Ambassadors with five or more years of continuous service achieve Emeritus status and no longer must meet minimum attendance at AREA events.  Emeritus Ambassadors will be recognized at the Annual Dinner in conjunction with the 505 Awards.

Jessica Bohan McElroy, New York Life Insurance Co.

Julia Miera, Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union

Melina Hamm, Hub International

Natalie Bohlman, Hub International

Charlene Rimbert, Unite Private Networks

Dezaree Vega Garcia, Sunny 505

Pixie Nunez, Albuquerque Reprographics

Missed an Ambassador program and want to get caught up on what you missed? Check out our past program content here:

January 25, 2024 Ambassador Program Kickoff Presentation

“As a long time member of the AREA Ambassador program, I’m proud to advocate alongside passionate community members who work every day to promote the things that make the Albuquerque area an incredible place to live and do business.”

Dezaree Vega-Garcia

Chief Executive Officer, Sunny 505

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