Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Program
The Ambassadors are a prestigious group of Chamber members who want to volunteer their time to be a more active member within the Chamber as well as within the Ruston-Lincoln business community.
Being an Ambassador offers you a unique opportunity. Ambassadors work with the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce staff and Board of Directors to increase membership, improve member retention, strengthen awareness of Chamber benefits, volunteer their time to assist with various Chamber events, as well as being a part of the decision making of our business community.
Pictured right: Ambassador Program Manager, Linda Graham and Sonja Burris 2016 Ambassador of the Year. Sonja also received the award for 2017.
Originally from Kansas, Sonja worked 15 years as an engineer for large manufacturers in several states. For the next 12 years she put an MBA to use in the retail industry, owning/operating a hobby shop in South Carolina. Sonja enjoys the arts, especially music, and staying fit. She and her husband Mark have been married for 26 years.
During each of the four years that she’s lived in Ruston, Sonja has become more impressed with this gem of a town. Leadership, diversity, education & lifestyle are just a few reasons that she and Mark chose to retire here. Weather and the beauty of nature helped, too.
Sonja became involved in community activities while searching for an area business to purchase. As a Chamber Ambassador, she visits member businesses to see if there is anything they need from the Chamber. Sonja served as a mentor for the Young Entrepreneur Academy for two years. She has attended practically every ribbon cutting and business after hours since she became an ambassador. And the search for a small business continues...
Meet our Ambassadors
Best Western PLUS
BVM - Ruston Living
Liberty National Ins. Everett Agencies
First National Bank
Country Inn & Suites
Anti Pest & Veitch
Courtyard by Marriott
Rev. Billy Harris
St. Mary's Baptist Church
2014 Ambassador of the Year
Anthony Nana Tchakounte
Ruston Cleaning Services
Jamie Brown Corley
1st Franklin Financial
Ambassador Program Mgr.