Meet Our Members!

You inspire us.

No question about it! What inspires you?
Here’s what some of our most engaged members have to say about their work, and about HRCC:

David Keller, Keller National

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What do you love best about what you do?
Different every day, get to meet new people, learn new businesses, love the mobility  — not stuck at a desk!  I can’t sit still!

What do you like best about being a member of HRCC?
Meeting the new people.  I’ve met so many great business contacts that have turned into friendships.
My service on the board  is way to give back to an organization that has given so much to me!  When I first started, I didn’t have a lot of resources, and HRCC really helped me get my business going.

Words of advice for other business people?
Don’t go to chamber events to try and sell.  Go to meet people and develop relationships and it will pay you in so many ways in the long run.

Photo: David receives the 2015 NOACC Bright Star award for service to HRCC


Lenny Carlsen, TPI Efficiency Consulting

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What do you love best about what you do?
I love working with locally-grown businesses to help them be more efficient. When our clients can lower their energy usage and save a ton of money, they can focus more on growing their business. And as my clients grow, my company grows. I’m a huge Cleveland guy too – I love helping small businesses grow to make us an even better city.

HRCC is much more advanced than other chambers at attracting member engagement. The Business Expo is a prime example. HRCC is so well put together – a very people-generated organization, with great energy. Sometimes we are sought out for business JUST because we’re HRCC members.

Words to live by:
Give it all you can.

Photo: Lenny, middle, with Jane Carroll and TPI colleague AJ Faggionato, enjoying an HRCC All-Networking Breakfast


Ashley Gay, Covelli Enterprises / Panera Bread

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Getting to meet so many phenomenal people and becoming involved in projects bigger than myself. Acting as liaison between 48 stores and the local communities helps me see partnership opportunities and share the wealth – to spread the good work that chambers and other organizations do.

Why do you support HRCC?
HRCC has that group of likeminded individuals promoting each others’ businesses, because they understand that without successful overall economic growth, none of us will succeed. I love the way HRCC works with their member cities to achieve these goals; the partnership is vibrant and forward-thinking.

Words to live by:
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
~ Buddha

I try to keep that in mind in all aspects of my work. Having a happy attitude makes everything work better.

Photo credit: Joe Pollack, Pollack Studio

Nathan Wright, Mar-Lou Shoes

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What do you love best about what you do?
I love the figuring out my customers’ needs, and giving them such great choices. We’re an old fashioned business. We take the time to bring quality to the customer.

Why are you involved with HRCC?
I love having the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. My involvement also helps me practice interacting with others, and builds my confidence.

Words to live by:
Be yourself. Don’t put on airs, just be true to who you are. If you do that, doors will open up for you that you never thought possible.

Photo: Nathan, second from left, with members of HRCC’s Business Expo planning team.