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        Meet the Chamber Team

        OVER THE PAST YEAR, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) has continued to grow and has added several new employees to the organization.
        For that reason, we wanted to showcase all the new staff members, a bit of their personalities and why they’re so excited to help Chamber members connect,
        grow and thrive daily.

                           TIM DAMAN                Arnie has a master’s degree in management                       relations,   marketing
                           President and CEO         from Aquinas College and a bachelor’s degree in                and     communications
                                                     accounting  from  Ferris State  University. Keyes              func-tions   for   the
                           As the president & CEO    and his wife, Rose reside in Holt. They have two               Chamber.   Additionally,
                           of  the Lansing Regional   grown children who are graduates of Michigan                  Japinga  manages   and
                           Chamber,  Tim leads the   State University.                                              provides  guidance  to
                           Chamber  team  in  all                                                                   the Lansing Regional
                           facets of the organization.   Interesting fact: Arnie has climbed the pyramid            Chamber-Political Action
                           Daman     joined   the    at Chichen Itza, while on vacation with his wife               Committee       (LRC-
                           Chamber in 2005 as        at Cancun.                                                     PAC). He specializes in
        vice president of economic development and                                               economic development, regulatory reform, health
        was promoted to vice president operations and   Favorite part of working at the Chamber: “The   care policy, insurance,  appropriations,  PAC
        strategic initiatives in 2007 before being name   energy and enthusiasm of this young team is a   development, coalition building and grassroots
        president & CEO in 2009.  Tim has 30 years   joy to work with daily. Having 45 years of varying   advocacy.
        of business leadership experience including 10   business cultures and experiences, I enjoy them
        years in private sector sales and marketing roles   keeping our workplace fresh, fun and innovative!”  Japinga graduated from Michigan State
        and close to 20 years in economic development.                                           University with a bachelor’s degree in political
                                                                        MANDY SCHMITZ            science pre-law and resides in Lansing with his
        A lifelong Lansing resident, Tim is a graduate                 Manager, Accounting and   wife Katherine and their two dogs, Charlie and
        of Michigan State University, where he earned                  Membership Data           George.
        a Bachelor of Arts in communications arts and
        sciences. He is married to his wife Lisa and has               Mandy is the accounting   Interesting fact:  In middle  school, Steve
        two children Jason and Abby.                                    and membership data      attended  Concordia  Language  Villages  in
                                                                        manager  at  the  LRCC.   northern Minnesota and studied the French
        Interesting fact:  As a 6th grade student at                   She is responsible for    language.
        Barnes  Avenue  Elementary  School  in  Lansing,                daily accounting tasks,
        Tim was one of six students who were injured                    database   management    Favorite part of working at Chamber: “It’s pretty
        when a tractor trailer hauling a backhoe knocked   and compiling analytical reports.     special when you come to work everyday and get
        down the skywalk spanning Logan Street (MLK                                              to play a small part in making our community
        Blvd.).  The accident occurred during the lane   Mandy graduated from Michigan State University   better. It’s a truly awesome! I also love connecting
        widening construction project.               with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and   with so many people and building valuable
                                                     currently resides in Charlotte with her husband   relationships along the way.”
        Favorite part of working at the Chamber:     Mark and their two cats, Renji and Nova.
        “Working with an amazing team of professionals                                                              ASHLEY SANDBORN
        at the Chamber along with developing         Interesting fact: Mandy was an insanely healthy                Director, Marketing and
        relationships and interaction with our members,   child and had perfect attendance all the way              Communications
        business and community leaders.”             through elementary school!
                                                                                                                    Ashley Sandborn is the
        FINANCE DEPARTMENT                           Favorite  part  of  working  at  the  Chamber:  “I             director of marketing and
                                                     love being a part of a fantastic team that helps               communications for the
                           ARNIE KEYES               the Chamber be the hub of the Greater Lansing                  Chamber. Sandborn is
                           Chief Operating Officer   business community.  We get to join in and                     responsible for overseeing
                                                     celebrate the successes and work together with                 the   overall  strategy,
                           Arnie Keyes is the chief   businesses and community leaders to face the   management  and  execution  of  the  Chamber’s
                           operating officer at the   challenges, both big and small, continually   communication efforts. Ashley is a storyteller
                           LRCC,     joining  the    working towards creating a more vibrant region.”  at heart. She believes everyone has a story that
                           organization in June 2012.                                            is worth sharing and stories allow communities
                           He manages monthly and    PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT                   and business professionals to share their sense
                           annual financial reporting,                                           of purpose and find common ground. Ashley
                           annual audit, budgetary   STEVEN D. JAPINGA                           is an energetic and creative communications
        yearly process, cash flow administration and   Vice President, Public Affairs            professional with experience in diverse industries,
        interim financial reporting to the board of                                              ranging from health care  to environmental
        directors, as well as the daily payroll, payables,   Steven D. Japinga is the vice president of public   consulting.
        receivables and membership data base.        affairs for the LRCC. Japinga is responsible
                                                     for  overseeing the public policy, government   Born and raised in Sioux Falls, S.D., Ashley

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