Ambassador Enterprises is staffed with professionals who share a desire to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The AE team strives to serve others and to be faithful stewards of their personal and organizational resources.
Our people are our most valued assets. We invest in their continuing development as committed learners. Our culture emphasizes character, chemistry, and competency. We attract skilled professionals (competency) who demonstrate integrity and trust (character) and have a desire to serve others (chemistry) in a team environment.
Daryle is a lifelong entrepreneur who along with four partners founded Ambassador Steel Corporation in 1974. The founders had a common goal of business success while living out their faith without compromise in the marketplace. When the company sold in 2008, it was the largest independent distributor and fabricator of rebar in the United States with annual revenues surpassing $500 million and a reputation of faith, integrity, and excellence.
Daryle was raised in a pastor’s home in northern Indiana. He received a diploma in Sacred Music from Moody Bible Institute where he met his wife Brenda. He continued his education at Bethel College, Mishawaka, Ind., earning a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Musical Performance.
Daryle has served on the boards of Cedarville University and Lakewood Park Baptist Church, as well as on the DeKalb County Council. He also served on the alumni board of his alma mater, Moody Bible Institute, and is currently a member of the DeKalb County YMCA board. Daryle and Brenda have five children and eight grandchildren with a ninth on the way.
As President, Arlan Friesen leads the day-to-day operations of Ambassador Enterprises. Previously he was Chief Executive Administrator, assisting Daryle in his role as CEO and President.
Arlan joined Ambassador Steel in 2004 and led the Distribution and Highway business units. His prior years of corporate experience with Lincoln Financial Group and Mutual Security Life included positions as Vice President of Employer-Sponsored Annuity Operations, Chief Information Officer, and leadership roles in Information Technology Planning and Architecture, Information Security, and Information Systems Development.
Arlan graduated summa cum laude from Taylor University with a B.S. in Mathematics Systems. He obtained his MBA from Indiana University, Fort Wayne. Arlan is a member of the Life Management Institute and has been a Registered Representative and Principal with the National Association of Securities Dealers. Arlan is the board manager for Correct Craft, a member of the Wagner-Meinert board, and past board chair of Blackhawk Christian School.
He and his wife Linda have been married 30 years and have four adult children. They are active members of Blackhawk Ministries, where Arlan serves as the chair of the elder board. Together they enjoy exercising, indoor and outdoor activities, reading, and being with family and friends.
Garrett (Gary) Cooper is Chief Strategist for Ambassador Enterprises and is a member of Ambassador’s CEO Council. Prior to Ambassador, Gary served as a faculty member in Taylor University’s business program and directed its Institute for Organizational Effectiveness, a program designed to increase the capacity of leaders in the nonprofit sector.
Gary earned his MBA from Arizona State University and his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, graduating magna cum laude. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and led a team responsible for the investment and risk management of portfolios exceeding $40 billion for the Lincoln Financial Group.
Gary currently serves as chairman of the board for the Cell Therapy Foundation, investment committee chair for the board of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, a member of the executive and finance committees for the board of Junior Achievement (northeast Indiana), and a member of the board of HealthQuest Alliance, an Ambassador affiliate company.
He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 38 years; they have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Tim Klage serves as Chief Financial Officer of Ambassador Enterprises. Prior to this role, Tim was a member of the For Profit Optimization, Strategic Assessment and For Profit Investing teams, providing consultative, integration, due diligence, and governance services to AE’s investment portfolio companies.
A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Tim graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School. He received his B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University-Bloomington and subsequently earned his CPA designation. He has held financial management positions at Coopers & Lybrand LLP, Franklin Electric Co., Inc., and Crowe Horwath LLP.
Tim serves on the Investment Committee of the Concordia Educational Foundation board of directors and is treasurer of the board of Lutheran South Association. He has also served as an elder at Peace Lutheran Church, where he and his family continue to attend.
Tim and his wife, Heather, have been married 23 years and have four sons aged 21, 18, 17, and 13. Tim enjoys working in the yard, traveling with his wife, biking, shooting hoops, and listening to music with his kids.
Matt provides leadership to Ambassador’s For Profit Investing team. Previously, he served with Gary Cooper, overseeing Ambassador’s operations. Matt started his career in the petroleum industry, building a wholesale distribution and retail-services company serving Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Before selling in 2007, the company had expanded 15-fold; more importantly, the company had developed a reputation of reflecting Jesus well to its clientele.
Matt received his MBA from Taylor University in 2009 and graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University in 1995 with two BS degrees in Business. He is certified in the Myers-Briggs, DISC, Prepare-Enrich, MinistryStyles/WorkStyles, and Behavioral Insights assessment tools and as a public speaking trainer and coach. Matt serves on the Board of RES PolyFlow and Crossover Communications Foundation.
Matt and Tiffani celebrate their 18th anniversary in 2014. They are enjoying their three children growing into their uniquely normal, God-given identities! Matt enjoys doing “pulpit-supply” at Dayspring Community Church, where he and Tiffani have served over 30 years, providing leadership to Dayspring’s Marriage Ministry (marriage prep, coaching, retreats). Matt has also served on the Dayspring Elder Board and served as a Youth Pastor at Dayspring and Youth for Christ (YFC).
Matt enjoys reading, road-biking, running, weight-lifting, and target shooting.
Brad Miller leads the For Profit Optimizing team responsible for optimizing the financial, cultural, and eternal returns of Ambassador’s current portfolio of companies. Our investing mindset prioritizes effective relationships that support operational and financial performance. This investing and performance mindset creates long-term positive impact on people, organizations and communities.
During his 25 years with the Dow Chemical Company, Brad held a succession of progressive commercial and business leadership roles in both the Chemicals and Plastics Divisions, including an assignment in Corporate Strategic Development, where he helped focus Dow’s corporate Merger & Acquisition efforts. Before joining Dow, Brad was the Sales & Marketing Director for Moody Press (a unit of Moody Bible Institute) and was an Instructor in the Business & Economics Department at Huntington University.
Brad received a BA from Michigan State University, his MBA from Indiana University, and additional Executive Education from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Brad and his wife, Georgia, have been married for more than 30 years. They have two grown daughters: Megan, married and living in Chicago, and Julia, living in Boston.
Randy Carman serves as the leader of Non Profit Optimizing for Ambassador Enterprises. This team works with organizations to increase effectiveness through intensive assessments and focused leadership consulting.
Randy began his business career working with a team to build and lead a manufacturer of sports trading cards and memorabilia. Prior to Ambassador, he served education as a school superintendent in Indiana, and a faculty member and vice-president of Davis College in Binghamton, N.Y. Additionally, he worked with the Binghamton City School District, leading a 21st Century Community learning center serving at-risk students.
Randy earned a Doctorate and Masters in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University, a Masters in counseling from Marywood University, and a B.S. in secondary education from Baptist Bible College. Academic honors include winning the Hagerty Medal for outstanding scholarship at Marywood.
Randy currently serves as vice-chair on the national board of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, and on the Fort Wayne Youth for Christ Urban Task Force, with past service on church, college, and school boards.
Randy and his wife, Becki, attend Grabill Missionary Church and have a daughter and a son in college, and a dog named Rebound.
Janie Waldron provides leadership to Ambassador’s People and Relationships team. Her role is to establish strong levels of collaboration and engagement with stakeholders in Human Resources & Hospitality, Information Technology, Marketing, Training and Ambassador Press. Prior to coming to Ambassador, Janie led a team responsible for all Kohl’s Department Stores in central and northern Indiana – generating revenues in excess of $220 million annually.
Janie earned her Bachelor of Science in Textiles, Apparel and Business Management from Indiana State University. She is a certified mentor and serves as the Board Chair for Mentoring Women’s Network in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Passionate about giving back to her community through mentorship and development, Janie is also a volunteer board member for Goodwill Industries of Northeast, Indiana.
Janie and her husband, Josh, have been married for almost 10 years. Their four children include Isabelle, age eight, and Nolan, Nathan, and Chloe, their four-year-old triplets. Janie enjoys interior decorating, reading, and summer camping with family.
Hollie Best joined Ambassador Enterprises in July 2014. She utilizes her organizational and people skills as the Office Assistant for the Real Estate Group. Hollie’s background
in retail and customer service was valuable in her former role as the Administrative Assistant at a church in Michigan.
Hollie obtained an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Rochester College and has volunteered with Kids Hope USA, a mentoring program for underprivileged children. Her heart for ministry and passion for helping people in any way possible led her to serve on a mission trip to Costa Rica in 2013.
Hollie and her husband, Nathan, were married in 2003 and have two children, ages seven and four, who make their life very full! They moved from Michigan in 2014 and enjoy visiting family and friends there whenever possible. In her free time, Hollie enjoys crafts, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends.
Nathan Best joined the Ambassador team in July of 2014 as the onsite manager for the Doden estate and retreat center. For the past four years Nathan has worked in the road construction industry in Michigan. Prior to that, he was the foreman of a successful landscape company for ten years.
Nathan received an Associate’s degree from Rochester College in Liberal Arts in 2002. While at college, he played for the school’s soccer team. He also played on a coed soccer team, which is where he met his wife, Hollie.
In 2003, Nathan and Hollie were married. They now live in Auburn, IN with their two children, Landon and Abigail. They attend Lakewood Park Baptist Church and look forward to becoming more involved there and in their community. Nathan enjoys working on cars, fishing, and anything having to do with the outdoors. He particularly enjoys watching University of Michigan football. Go Blue!
Hannah joined Ambassador Enterprises in February 2013. Working on the Treasury and Finance Team she devotes her time to accounts payable, administrative tasks, and project support.
In 2012, Hannah graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cornerstone University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. During her time at Cornerstone, she worked for the university as a housekeeping crew leader and served as a volunteer at Metro Health Hospital. She completed her internship at NorthPointe Christian High School working as a lab assistant for the science department and tutoring students after school.
Hannah attends church at Pine Hills Church. In her free time, Hannah enjoys exploring new areas of Indiana, spending time with friends, and traveling home to Michigan to visit her family.
After several years of leading Ambassador’s For Profit team, Curt Brown opened Ambassador’s Tampa Bay, Florida office in June 2014.
Curt spent 30 years in the banking industry and served in a variety of positions with Indiana National Bank (INB), The National Bank of Detroit (NBD), and First Chicago NBD as well as President of Tower Bank in Fort Wayne, IN.
A graduate of Taylor University and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Curt is a certified facilitator of Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
Curt has served on a variety of boards in Northeast Indiana, including Chair of Anthony Wayne Services, Executive Board and Finance Committee of Junior Achievement of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne Trails Finance and Development Committees, Advisory Board of Taylor University Fort Wayne, and Workforce Development for the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce. Curt has also been actively involved in the National Christian Foundation of Northeast Indiana.
Curt and his wife, Sue, have been married for over 37 years. They have grown triplets, two sons and a daughter. Curt and Sue enjoy riding bikes and many other outdoor activities. They also enjoy reading and traveling, usually to see their sons, who live in Washington, DC, and Birmingham, AL. Their daughter resides nearby in Tampa.
Brad Crawford is Director of Operations for Ambassador Supply, one of Ambassador Enterprises’ operating companies. Brad leads the day-to-day activities within Ambassador Supply’s four operating entities. Prior to Ambassador, Brad was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for banc-serv PARTNERS, a nationally recognized financial services firm that provided support and regulatory compliance to community banks and credit unions. Prior to banc-serv PARTNERS, Brad owned and operated RFT Automation and Rodgers Finishing, a robotic systems integrator based in Lebanon, IN.
Brad graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Business Administration. Brad performed as Director of Youth Basketball for White River Sports, Noblesville, IN, an outreach ministry of White River Christian Church, that served 450 children weekly. Brad enjoys spending time with his bride of 15 years, Malissa and their children, Rylan. Emery and Finnley. Brad enjoys coaching, running, basketball, golf and skiing.
Greg recently joined Ambassador Enterprises as a Project Manager. Prior to joining Ambassador, he served for twenty-two years in pastoral ministry with churches in Indiana and Michigan. Before serving in ministry, Greg worked in the energy industry for twelve years focusing on oil and gas exploration and land management.
Greg attended San Diego Christian College and the University of Evansville, where he served on the adjunct faculty as an instructor in the Minerals Land Management degree program. He also attended the Institute for Christian Ministries in Evansville, IN, and was licensed for pastoral ministry in 1991. Greg has attended numerous ministry conferences focusing primarily on leadership, family life, discipleship, and community outreach. He has also received training through Peacemaker Ministries and completed course study in Perspectives on the World Christian Movement offered by the US Center for World Mission.
Greg enjoys Civil War and WWII history as well as high school and collegiate sports. He coached basketball at various age levels for fifteen seasons and previously served on the Fort Wayne Youth Soccer Advisory Board. Greg has also been active in Men’s Fraternity, NeighborLink Fort Wayne, and Kiwanis International.
Greg and Lee Ann have been married since 1974 and have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Trevor is part of the For Profit Optimization team working as a Financial/Business Analyst. He joined Ambassador Enterprises after graduating Cum Laude from Trine University in the spring of 2013 with a major in Finance and a minor in Economics. While attending Trine University, Trevor was a member of the tennis team, Delta Mu Delta, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
In his free time, Trevor enjoys tennis, hockey, and kayaking. He also enjoys volunteering at Turnstone, a rehabilitation Non Profit organization in Fort Wayne that services the unique needs of people with physical disabilities. At Turnstone, Trevor helps with the tennis and sled-hockey program by teaching the fundamentals as well as assisting in any area they need.
In the future, Trevor hopes to earn his Masters in the area of finance or receive his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification.
Christophe Dessaigne is a member of Ambassador’s For Profit Investing and Optimizing teams. He joined the company in 2014 and moved to Fort Wayne after living and working in London, England for the past nine years. Christophe’s previous business experience has spanned several sectors, from education to event planning and entrepreneurship to international network development. In each of his previous posts, Christophe was responsible for providing strategic oversight and direction.
Christophe received his master’s degree in Management from SKEMA (Sophia Antipolis, France), which included an MBA program in IESA (Caracas, Venezuela) and a BA in Business Administration from Humber College (Toronto, Canada). He holds a Leadership and Management certificate from International Apostolic Bible College (Kolding, Denmark). He currently serves on the boards of Vennli and HealthQuest Alliance.
Christophe has been married to his wife, Melissa, for nearly seven years, and together they have a five-, three-, and two-year-old to keep them busy! They both served as part of the leadership team of Equippers Church in London and look forward to getting involved in a local church in Fort Wayne. Christophe enjoys traveling, snowboarding, mountain climbing and cooking…and when time allows, he fully supports Arsenal Football Club.
Jan is currently serving in the Non Profit Investing and Optimizing area helping coordinate team projects with the Non Profit Optimizing leader.
She brings management and sales experience from a variety of fronts: Branch Manager and CRA Officer of STAR Financial; Sales Manager of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; and Director of Recruiting for New York Life Insurance Company.
Jan is a recent magna cum laude graduate obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Indiana Wesleyan University.
She is co-founder and Director of Tehillah Spirit & Truth Ministries, Inc. a 501(c)3 which offers music and worship, and Biblical teaching events to the Fort Wayne community and beyond.
Jan is married to her high-school sweetheart, Gil, and they have one son who lives in the Chicago area.
Layna Diehl joined Ambassador Enterprises in July of 2013. She serves on the Treasury and Finance team as the controller. Prior to coming to Ambassador, Layna worked in the Corporate Tax Department at Lincoln Financial Group for ten years, most recently as a tax manager.
Layna graduated summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University with a BS in Business Administration. She also obtained a Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Layna is married to Adam, the worship arts and community life pastor at their church, New Hope Christian Center. Layna has served in children’s ministry and on the worship team and participates in the church choir.
They recently bought a house, which Layna enjoys transforming into their home. In her free time, Layna searches Pinterest for home decorating ideas and is always delighted when projects turn out as expected. She also enjoys walking, flower gardening, and spending time with friends and family.
Mike is a member of Ambassador’s For Profit Optimizing team as well as assists the Treasury and Finance team. Prior to joining Ambassador, Mike was a CPA and partner for 34 years with the national CPA & advisory firm BKD, LLP where he provided financial and consulting services to closely-held businesses and the families that owned them. He obtained his B.S. in Business Administration in 1976 from Indiana University in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Mike serves on the boards of Anthony Wayne Council of Boy Scouts, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne Downtown Development Trust and the Indiana Business Law Survey Commission. He and his wife Barb have been married for 43 years and have three children and five grandchildren.
Gary Friesen leads Ambassador’s Educational Technology programs, leveraging computer resources such as the Khan Academy to provide learning opportunities for underprivileged children and adults both home and abroad.
Gary graduated from Taylor University in 1975 with summa cum laude honors in academics and NAIA All-America honors in basketball and track & field. He earned an M.A. in mathematics from Miami University of Ohio, and from 1977-1984 taught math and coached basketball at a public Indiana high school. In 1984 he and his wife, Janet, moved to the Philippines, where they served for 12 years at a mission school. The family returned to the U.S. in 1996, and the following year Gary accepted a position at Taylor University, where he served as director of academic technology until 2014.
Gary has extensive overseas experience. He grew up as a missionary kid in Japan. In his younger years Gary played basketball on numerous Sports Ambassador ministry teams in Africa and Asia, led several youth ministry teams to Honduras, and most recently traveled to Liberia as part of a Taylor University educational initiative.
In recent years, music has become one of Gary’s great loves. He plays the violin/fiddle and mandolin.
Ross Gamby serves on Ambassador’s Non Profit Optimizing team. Prior to arriving at Ambassador, Ross was in the manufacturing industry in a quality control role. Previously, he worked for a national trucking firm in various operational roles and then transitioned into project management and oversaw the ISO-9001 implementation while leading various audit functions.
Ross received his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in 1987. He is certified as a lead auditor for ISO certification, Project Management, QMS Internal Auditor, and Lean Leadership.
Ross and Sandy celebrated their 27th anniversary in 2014. They are enjoying their three grown children, Katie, Kurt, and Kiersten, along with their new daughter-in-law, Cindy. Ross and Sandy have enjoyed serving at their church in Akron, OH in various ministries over the last 16 years. God has blessed them with the ability to engage in numerous community outreaches involving the local baseball/softball organization, soccer club, high-school swim team, boosters club and guest relations at their church.
Ross enjoys running/hiking, baseball, road biking, golfing and the great outdoors. He also enjoys movies and values the time spent with his family.
Steve Gardner leads Ambassador Press, the research and communication arm of Ambassador Enterprises. As an author and curriculum writer, he previously worked for Crown Financial Ministries, where he developed the curriculum for international expansion. Steve began writing curricula in 1996 as a Vice President with Emerging Young Leaders. He has co-written or edited twenty published books and dozens of study curricula based on books and movies.
After graduating from Wheaton College in 1971 with a BA in Anthropology, Steve and his wife, Maria, traveled five continents as full-time concert and recording artists until 1996. They recorded 16 albums of largely original music while performing more than 4,000 concerts and 1,000 TV appearances. They hosted “Words of Hope,” a weekly TV show and “Marriage Matters,” a monthly radio program. Steve also hosted “Three Men and a Book,” a monthly live radio program.
Steve has served on the board of ALIVE Ministries and is currently Secretary of the board for the Center for Family Conversations.
A Certified Professional Coach, instrument-rated pilot, and USTA tennis player – currently ranked in the top million – he is also active in racquetball, squash, pickleball, scuba, and downhill skiing.
Last – and most important – Steve and Maria have been married for 46 years and have one daughter and three grandchildren.
Tiffany Gardner joined Ambassador Enterprises in October of 2014 and serves as a Community Investing Specialist on the Non Profit Investing team. Her role includes providing operational support to the Community Investing Manager; processing and keeping record of grants; coordinating events and volunteers; and representing AE through community event attendance and individual meetings with leaders of local organizations.
Tiffany graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornerstone University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art of Ministry and Bible, minoring in Intercultural Studies. As a student, she worked in the Admissions Office, planning visit days for prospective students; studied abroad in Germany for three weeks; and completed three internships: working with the homeless community, Child Evangelism Fellowship, and a children’s ministry within a large church.
Tiffany enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures. Germany is very special to her, having lived there for three years with her family as missionaries to the American Military. Her passion is spending time with people and serving others, specifically children, through ministry. Friends and family are very important to Tiffany and she loves spending time with them. She also enjoys reading, music, learning about comics, and watching classic black and white movies.
Paul is the team leader of the Non Profit Assessment team. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Correct Craft, Inc., an Ambassador Enterprises affiliate company. Additionally, he serves on the board of Rise, Inc., an agency serving adults with mental and physical disabilities. Paul has 34 years of manufacturing operations and financial leadership experience. As an executive with Cooper-Standard Automotive, Inc., he served in concurrent roles as President of Cooper’s NVH Control Systems Division and VP of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, where he managed business and manufacturing operations in four countries.
Paul graduated from Tri-State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He and Sharon have five children and one grandchild.
Fayth Haines joined Ambassador Enterprises in 2014 and provides leadership to training and development within the People and Relationships team. She helps provide support to the organization for sustaining strong, motivated performance through her role of planning, implementing, and monitoring our internal training programs.
Prior to Ambassador, Fayth spent 14 years as an office manager for a manufacturer’s representative in the hardware industry. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in Organizational Leadership.
Fayth has been married for 20 years to Jeff, a detective with the City of Fort Wayne Police Department, and has two children, Will and Madi.
Before kids, Fayth and Jeff lived in Denver, CO, which aligned with her interests in health and wellness and heightened her love for being outdoors. She loves running, biking, kayaking, and simply observing God’s incredible creation! If she’s not sitting in the stands cheering for her kids, you’ll find her serving in student ministries at County Line Church of God.
Dustin joined Ambassador Enterprises in September of 2013 as a
two-year intern. A member of the For Profit Optimization team, he improves organizational
health through risk assessment and performance enhancement. Previously, Dustin completed
an actuarial internship at Mercer during the summer of 2011, working with the
Post-Retirement Medical Benefits Valuation team.
Dustin graduated from Ball State University in May of 2013 with
a major in Actuarial Science. While at Ball State, he was a member of CRU (Campus
Crusade) and Gamma Iota Sigma. A mission trip to South Korea and Cambodia
contributed to his education and global awareness.
Dustin enjoys reading, biking, running, and ultimate Frisbee. Committed
to personal and professional growth, he looks forward to further internalizing
Ambassador’s culture of Character, Chemistry, and Competency.
Jerod Hevel joined Ambassador Enterprises in November of 2014 as part of the Non Profit Assessment team. Prior to joining Ambassador, Jerod was a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual.
Jerod graduated Magna Cum Laude from Huntington University with a BS in Elementary Education and Middle School Social Studies in the spring of 2013. He was a member of Kappa Delta Pi and the Huntington University Community House. Outside of school, the Experience, a discipleship training program with Forge: Kingdom Building Ministries, contributed to his education and kingdom mindset.
Jerod and his wife, Kara, are in leadership for Pursuit Fort Wayne (a young adults group) and active supporters of Forge.
In his free time, Jerod enjoys spending time with his family as well as watching and playing soccer. Jerod and Kara attend Blackhawk Ministries and have one son, Brekken. In the future, Jerod anticipates earning his Master’s in Business and continuing to be a lifelong learner.
Mindy is on the Non Profit Assessing team for Ambassador Enterprises. The team examines nonprofit organizations to determine their strengths and vulnerabilities in order to advise on strategies for improvement going forward. Before coming to Ambassador, Mindy spent ten years with the City of Fort Wayne, serving five years as a finance specialist and five years as an internal auditor.
Mindy earned her Bachelor of Science in accounting from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has been involved with United Way’s “Day of Caring” for the past twelve years. The day is spent helping people or nonprofit organizations who are unable to maintain their homes or facilities. This includes cleaning, painting, and landscaping.
Mindy has two grown children and a 4 four-year-old daughter with her husband, Paul. She enjoys reading, taking walks, going to the lake, and spending time with her family and friends.
Peter Jacobs serves on the People and Relationships team in the Information Technology department as a software developer working primarily on internal web applications.
An avid learner, Peter spends a great deal of time studying his craft, in pursuit of which he earned two professional certifications (Sun Certified Java Programmer and CompTIA Linux+) before graduating from high school in 2011. Peter spent two years studying computer science at Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne before joining Ambassador in 2013. He plans to return to IPFW to complete his CS degree in the near future.
An unabashed fan of life’s many delightful oddities, Peter appreciates anything complicated, often more interested in determining the how and why of a tool than in actually making use of it. He also enjoys reading (and very occasionally writing) science fiction, movies worth thinking about, and engaging in the Sisyphean task of elevating the cultural discussion of gaming as an art form.
Phil joined Ambassador Enterprises in June of 2013 and is currently serving with the Non Profit Investing team. Before joining Ambassador, Phil served with the Parkview Family YMCA as Director of Member Services and later as Director of Member Engagement. For nine years, Phil ministered as a Campus Life Director to middle school students through Fort Wayne Area Youth for Christ. During his time at Youth for Christ, he also served as Director of Communications and Events.
Phil graduated from Taylor University with a B. A. in Business Administration in 2000. He received his MBA from Taylor University in 2008.
Phil enjoys a variety of activities, including running, golf, basketball, racquetball, and making up new games with his kids. Phil and his wife, Kara, celebrated ten years of marriage in 2014. They attend Grace Gathering Church and have two young children, Selah and Noah.
Heather joined Ambassador Enterprises in January 2014. She is a member of the Hospitality team. She devotes her time to administrative tasks, hospitality and guest services, and project support.
Heather attended Indiana University and earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree. She has worked at the Indiana Division of Family and Children Services, taught many years of preschool, and been a group home manager at Anthony Wayne Services.
Heather is a member of Peace Lutheran Church, where she is serves on the Family and Youth Board. She also helps operate the Market Day Program for Lutheran South Unity School. Heather has been married to her husband, Tim, for 23 years and have four sons; Jack, Sam, Luke, and Andy.
Heather enjoys family travel, sporting events, IU basketball, and family game nights. She also enjoys reading, shopping, and the occasional Zumba class.
Bethany Klein joined Ambassador Enterprises in February 2015. Working on the People and Relationships team, she devotes her time to project administration, administrative tasks, hospitality and guest services, and project support.
Bethany graduated from Grace College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and General Business. While at Grace, she served as the Student Affairs Student Secretary, basketball manager, and held various student leadership positions. Following graduation, she continued her involvement at Grace College as an Admissions Counselor for two years.
In her free time, Bethany enjoys a variety of activities including running, camping, hiking, concerts, sporting events, and traveling. She also enjoys giving purpose to old items by trying her hand at DIY projects. Her great passion for people prioritizes significant time making memories with friends and family. She especially loves playing the role of aunt to her five nieces and nephews.
Tina joined Ambassador’s real estate group in March 2013. She has extensive institutional real estate experience, including 23 years at Lincoln Financial Group. She also spent several years at private equity firms, including Holladay Properties in South Bend, IN.
Tina is a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Accounting. She is a CPA and holds several real estate industry designations including CPM and CCIM. She is also a licensed real estate broker and Level II Certified Assessor-Appraiser in the state of Indiana.
Tina and her husband, Kevin, have been married for 30 years and still attend St. Gaspar Church, where they were married. Their daughter, Ashley, is a recent graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Residential Property Management. They live on Sylvan Lake and enjoy water sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Carleen Lesser leads the HR, Hospitality, and Admin Team at Ambassador Enterprises. Prior to Ambassador, she worked for an event coordinator, assisted in administration at Master Petroleum, and served at a startup Italian Restaurant.
Carleen grew up on Terry Lake in Hamilton, IN and graduated in 2010 from Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne with a B.S. in Business Management. She serves on the REAL Marriage leadership team in Auburn, IN, an organization focused on the effectiveness and growth of marriages through marriage preparation, coaching, and classes.
Shortly after graduation, Carleen and her husband, Zach, started traveling. Since their wedding four years ago, they have visited multiple countries including 13 Caribbean Islands, Poland, France, Belgium, England, Scotland and Ireland. Carleen’s interests have led to piano performance, coaching a junior high volleyball team, reading, biking and fishing.
Jason Linstromberg joined Ambassador Enterprises in 2014 to lead the Information Technology team. Prior to this he spent eleven years at Ambassador Steel installing computer equipment around the country – beginning while he was still in college and too young to rent a car.
Jason was born and raised in Auburn, IN with three other siblings. He attended Indiana-Purdue of Fort Wayne, where he studied Organizational Leadership and Supervision with a Computer Networking minor.
In addition to working with computers, Jason enjoys construction and mechanics. He flipped a house every year he was in college, and he usually spends one night a week at the shop restoring classic air-cooled Porsches. He also enjoys bicycling, sailing, and time at the lake.
Jason loves to spend time with his wife Megan and their three nieces and two nephews.
Arian joined Ambassador Enterprises in December of 2013 as a part of the Ambassador Supply team. His role as an analyst is to serve the Finance/Accounting, IT, and HR department for Ambassador Supply’s business units. Prior to joining Ambassador, Arian worked at Lincoln Financial Group for two years, most recently as a financial analyst.
Arian was born and raised in Prishtina, Kosovo. In 2006, he decided to pursue his dream of getting an education and playing college basketball in the United States of America. Arian received his M.B.A. with emphasis in finance and management from Delta State University in 2011 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Delta State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Arian also attended Gulf Coast Community college where he earned his Associate of Arts degree.
Arian’s family lives in Prishtina. He has three nephews, Edri, Eros, and Jani, whom he misses dearly. Arian enjoys playing basketball, watching sports, reading, and socializing with friends.
Wendy Mast joined Ambassador Enterprises in January 2015. She serves on the Treasury and Finance team as the Senior Accountant. Prior to Ambassador, Wendy worked as a Senior Accountant in the manufacturing sector.
Wendy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne. She enjoys serving in the community as well as in her church.
Wendy has been married for 18 years to Chad, an engineer, and has two boys, Derek and Blake. They enjoy taking family vacations that usually include a MLB game. Wendy and her sons also enjoy participating in area 5k runs. When she isn’t cheering on her boys in their sports, she enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and just relaxing.
Kevin Neebes joined Ambassador Enterprises in August of 2011 and currently works on the For Profit Optimizing team. Kevin leads our strategic execution planning efforts, helping our affiliate organizations create roadmaps for getting from “here” to “there.”
Kevin’s prior work experience includes teaching, coaching, and pastoring in the Cleveland, OH area. He holds a Master of Biblical Studies degree from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Master of Education, Administration degree from John Carroll University. Kevin joined Ambassador after completing his MBA from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University.
Kevin serves on the board of Northeast Christian Church in Fort Wayne, and the board of New Hope Uganda Ministries, an organization that strives to bring the fatherhood of God to the fatherless.
Kevin resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his wife, Ellen, and their three kids, Lindley, Mallory and James.
Dan Rickert joined Ambassador’s Real Estate Group as a construction specialist in 2012. He is responsible for the oversight of construction related issues during all phases of the real estate investment process. In addition to his role as the facilities manager for Parkwood Office Plaza in Fort Wayne and for Ambassador Holdings facilities in nine Midwest locations, Dan has been involved in construction and facility management projects for most of Ambassador’s business units.
Prior to joining Ambassador, Dan was a Real Estate Engineer for more than 15 years with Lincoln Financial Group, providing construction related support to the Commercial Equity and Commercial Loan departments. Dan has held various supervision and management positions in the Fort Wayne construction community since graduating from Purdue with a BS in Building Construction.
Dan has volunteered his time with the local Habitat for Humanity Affiliate for over 20 years. He served as a board member for 7 years and as president of the board from 2008 through 2010.
Dan and his wife, Judy, worship at Saint Joseph United Methodist Church, where they have been members for over 25 years. Both Dan and Judy have been very active in the church, serving as Bible study and Sunday school leaders as well as serving on various committees. Dan has also participated in local, regional, and international mission projects through the church. He and Judy have been married for 42 years and have three daughters and three grandchildren.
Larry Rottmeyer serves as a marketing support resource for the Ambassador Enterprises team. Prior to joining Ambassador Enterprises, Larry most recently served as Professor of Marketing and MBA Chair at Taylor University in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, IN. Larry brings over 30 years of experience in marketing, business development, innovation, and higher education expertise to his current roles at Ambassador Enterprises.
Larry graduated from Taylor University with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1978. He completed his MBA from Ball State University in 1980 and his Ph.D. in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1990. Larry previously served at Anderson University (IN), Ball State University, the University of Arkansas, and at Dallas Baptist University (TX), where he was Dean of the College of Business and Graduate School of Business.
Larry has been active in the development and facilitation of seminars and workshops in innovative education, business creativity, market opportunities, emerging business trends, and best practices in Non Profit and business organizations. Recent development work and coaching efforts have focused on enhancing organization and leader performance in ideation, creativity, branding, and innovation. Larry has been involved in hundreds of research studies over his career, including several studies of Non Profit organization effectiveness based on the work of the Kaufmann Foundation attributes.
Larry enjoys biking, golf, Colts football, and travel, particularly to Europe, where he has led fifteen study tours since 1998. Larry and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 36 years and have two grown children, David and Lindsay.
Karissa joined Ambassador Enterprises in 2012 and serves as a Community Investing Manager on the Non Profit Investing team. Her role includes overseeing local partnerships, developing and promoting employee service programs, and working with affiliate companies to develop their own programs for community investing.
Karissa graduated from Cornerstone University with a degree in Business Administration, minoring in Linguistics. As a student, she served as a mentor and resident assistant and worked as Assistant to Alumni Relations. In addition to her three years at Cornerstone, she spent a year studying in Argentina and another, in Chicago.
At Ambassador, Karissa has the opportunity to interact with many local nonprofits and appreciates getting to know Fort Wayne better through a wide variety of perspectives. She also enjoys travel (both nationally and internationally) with the goal of making it to every continent and then to every country. In addition to her love of music, reading, and learning other languages, she has a growing interest in Community Development, Internal Culture, and International Relations.
Karissa is a member of Pathway Community Church.
Lynne Smith joined Ambassador Enterprises in March of 2015 as Project Administrator/Community Relations Director of the Non Profit Optimizing team. She builds relationships and works closely with all Ambassador Enterprises partners at the Auburn facility to ensure excellence, relevance, and optimization in the programs offered.
In May 2011, Lynne graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management. During her time at Ball State, she joined Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Catholic Student Union Council, holding various leadership roles within these groups. After graduation, Lynne worked in retail and customer service as an assistant manager.
Lynne and her husband, Nicholas, were married in 2012 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Auburn. They purchased their first house in 2013 and have continually updated it, making it their home. Lynne enjoys many activities but most of all spending time with family and friends.
Chris is a member of the Non Profit Assessing team, engaging nonprofit organizations with the goal of partnering together to achieve maximum long-term impact. He joined Ambassador Enterprises in May 2012 after serving the team as a technology consultant for nearly a year. Chris graduated from Indiana Tech with a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in Management.
Chris is passionate about investing in people and helping them discover truths about themselves. He finds fulfillment in facilitating conversations, even if they’re difficult, in order to find the better way.
Chris resides in Fort Wayne with his wife, Kara. They enjoy cycling, kayaking, camping, and fishing together. A great day for Chris is one immersed in nature watching wildlife and reflecting on creation. Both of them share a passion for traveling and experiencing other cultures.
Travis Stauffer is a member of the Information Technology team. As an IT specialist, he devotes significant time to system administration. His role also includes the helpdesk, which troubleshoots and solves a wide variety of Ambassador team-member tech issues.
Prior to Ambassador, Travis worked in an information technology management role. He is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Business Information Systems.
Travis married his wife, Sonia, in 2009. They are blessed with a son, Ross. In addition to playing with computers in his free time, Travis enjoys spending time with his family, playing soccer, and rooting for the Colts.
Travis describes his purpose as using his passion for technology to help Ambassador team members improve their efficiency and achieve their goals.
Doug’s role as part of Ambassador’s For Profit Optimizing team is to advance Ambassador’s Strategic Integration Teams, which work alongside each affiliate to maximize its organizational health and increase its economic, cultural, and eternal returns. Doug also focuses on the strategic classification of Ambassador’s investments to evaluate their competitive advantage and market attractiveness for the purpose of efficiently allocating resources.
Doug was raised in the Akron, Ohio area and is a graduate of Taylor University in Upland, IN with an Accounting / Computer Business Systems degree. His twenty-seven years of industry experience have been in accounting, financial analysis, banking (private banking and commercial lending), investments, and financial advising with Magnavox, The Medical Protective Company, Tower Bank, and PNC Bank.
Doug and Jodi have been married for twenty-eight years and have three beautiful daughters: Kelsi (21) is pursuing an architectural degree at Ball State; Abbi (18) is pursuing a degree in social work at Anderson University; and Hayli (15) is a sophomore at Homestead High School.
Doug and his family attend The Chapel. His hobbies include golf, Ohio State Football, and spending time together as a family.
Tom Stone serves Ambassador Enterprises as a strategist and builder of high-performance businesses. His career in a variety of industries, including material sciences, aerospace, and global automotive, enabled him to develop extensive leadership and management expertise in turnaround and growth situations.
Tom has held a series of global C-suite assignments with large Tier 1 suppliers, culminating in leading Dana Corporation, as President, through a successful Chapter 11 bankruptcy campaign. Tom now focuses on Venture Capital investing, where he offers his knowledge and experience to mentor leaders in successful company development. It’s his way to contribute back some of the coaching and mentoring benefit he has received throughout his career.
Tom holds an MBA from Indiana University and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program. His Bachelor of Science in Science was obtained at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. He currently serves on the boards of eight companies ranging in size from Venture Capital startups to billion dollar corporations. Additionally, Tom serves as a Director at Notre Dame’s Innovation Park and as a Board Member for the Northeastern Indiana Regional Partnership.
Tom and his wife, Kris, are the proud parents of two sons.
Marissa joined Ambassador Enterprises in November 2013.
as an intern with the People and Relationships team, she spends most of
her time organizing and working on a variety of projects and assignments that
never cease to teach her something new, such as planning retreats.
Currently a university student, Marissa is completing her
Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with plans to pursue a Master’s degree upon
Prior to her enrollment in the Spanish Degree Program, Marissa
completed her certified Dental Assistant schooling at IPFW, where
she earned the Clinical Excellency Award. This award is presented to one
student per graduating class and is based upon recommendations from the
multiple doctors the student worked with during their clinical training.
When not studying for
exams, Marissa is generally spending time with family and friends and enjoying her newly married life.
Adrienne Wampole serves as a member of the For Profit Optimizing team. Assessing the organizational health of Ambassador’s portfolio companies is a necessary first step in enhancing their effectiveness and maximizing return on investment.
Adrienne ‘s previous work experience includes a dual role with Geneva Global, Inc. that involved organizational strategy as well as research and analysis of humanitarian aid projects. Later, as an independent consultant, she conducted research and analysis that assisted many organizations in making philanthropic investment decisions.
Adrienne earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Accounting Systems from Taylor University and a Master’s Degree in International Economic Development from Eastern University.
Adrienne and her husband, Neil, have been married for seven years and are active members of Blackhawk Ministries in Fort Wayne. They enjoy a variety of family activities – most of which include distinct sights, sounds, and smells, though they lack recognized names due to the ages of their three preschool children.
Keith Wells is a Project Manager for the Non Profit Optimizing team at Ambassador Enterprises. As an experienced management and marketing professional, Keith has spent over 25 years in the manufacturing industry and over 10 years in service-based industries. His positions have included those of General Manager, COO, and Vice President of Sales & Marketing.
Keith graduated from San Francisco State University School of Business in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business and marketing. Originally from California, Keith moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1995.
Keith is married to his wife, Laurie, and between them they have ten children and one grandchild. Keith and his wife attend Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, IN.
Randy Bell assists the Non Profit Optimizing team with special projects relating to education. As an Ambassador contractor – beginning with his retirement from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) in 2012 – he brings significant knowledge and experience to the team.
Randy served ABHE for nearly 39 years and continues to work with the ABHE Commission, visiting as many as 15 institutions in a given year.
Randy graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1964 and completed Moody’s advanced certificate in Missionary Technology in 1965. In 1969, he graduated with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Ft. Wayne Campus of Purdue University. During nearly four years of active service in the Navy, he earned an MBA degree from California Lutheran University. He subsequently earned a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas in 1986.
Recent honors include the Distinguished Service Award by the alumni association of Moody Bible Institute in 2011 and the Biblical Higher Education Award by ABHE in 2012.
Randy chaired the board of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education during the 90s and served as a member of the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation’s Committee on Recognition of accrediting bodies for four years. In March of 2014, he concluded nine years of service on the board of the National Association of Evangelicals.
Randy and his wife, Carol, will celebrate 45 years of marriage in October of 2014. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
Paula Hughes came to Ambassador Enterprises in March 2015 as the Senior Operations Manager for Non Profit Investing. Previously, she was a Vice President with True North Strategic Advisors – specializing in corporate finance and non-profit consulting – and the Vice President of Marketing for Transmission and Fluid Equipment.
Paula was elected to the Allen County Council for eight years and served as its president in 2006 and 2010, where she had oversight of a $170 million annual operating budget. She ran for Mayor of Fort Wayne in 2011, narrowly losing to the incumbent. Paula has also served as the first full-time President of the Downtown Improvement District of Fort Wayne and as the President of the Chamber of Commerce in Decatur, Indiana. She maintains a current commercial real estate broker’s license in Indiana, with an emphasis on corporate and investment transactions.
Paula serves on the Board of Directors for Transmission and Fluid Equipment and is Vice Chair of the State Board of Trustees for Ivy Tech, Indiana’s community college. In addition to these positions, Paula’s commitment to the community is reflected in the many volunteer leadership posts she has held in a wide range of organizations: the Chair of the Anthony Wayne Services Board, immediate past President of the Drug and Alcohol Consortium Board, the Finance Committee for the Embassy, and the Chair of the coffee ministry for her church, St. Joseph United Methodist. She has served on the boards of over 20 local and regional nonprofit organizations and has focused her volunteer activities in three areas: economic development, social service, and arts organizations.
Paula resides in Fort Wayne with her husband, Chris, and their eleven-year-old son, Beale. Favorite activities include biking around Fort Wayne with her son and exploring new places in her travels.