Career Advice from the Manager of Membership and Customer Services at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Earlier this week we had the opportunity to interview a current employee of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Nick Luchtefeld is Manager of Membership and Customer Services for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Nick has been with the chamber since 2012. We asked him about his previous internship experiences and how it helped him prepare for his career. He provided us with career advice as well as what to look for in an internship to gain the most experience and exposure.
Indiana INTERNnet: How many internships did you have?
Nick Luchtefeld: One of the requirements for Butler Business majors is that you must complete two internships. I was able to land two internships before starting my career search. My first internship was with Wolverine Worldwide who is a shoe manufacture and I worked in work boot department. At Wolverine I worked with a mix of marketing …
Earlier this week we had the opportunity to interview a current employee of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Michelle Kavanaugh is the Director of Human Resources for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. She has been with the company since 2011. We asked her about her career experience and what HR departments look for when selecting candidates. She provided us with tips about resumes, interviewing, and what to do (and not do) when applying for jobs!
Indiana INTERNnet: What is the screening process like when people apply for positions?
Michelle Kavanaugh: First I have to sort applicants out and see if they meet the minimum qualifications. This helps me find out which applicants are worth talking to based on their background. After that I sort them by skill sets and whether they fit the position. Once they are categorized into yes’s and no’s then I phone …
Earlier this week we had the opportunity to interview a current employee of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Matt Ottinger is a Manager of Membership Development for the Chamber. He’s been with the organization since 2007. We asked him about his career experience and what’s important in the early stages of professional development.
Indiana INTERNnet: What is your current position and what do you do?
Matt Ottinger: I’m currently the Manager of Membership Development and I’m in charge of finding new members that we can offer our service to. I find and research potential companies to contact through various methods such as events and conferences, Chamber programs and news. I have been with the Chamber since 2007 and started out in communications and publications.
IIN: When did you decide to start searching for …
Kenyari Keith transitioned from graduate assistant to project coordinator for the business education and events department and the Wellness Council of Indiana at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of IUPUI, receiving her master of science in event tourism in December 2017 and bachelor of arts in journalism with a concentration in public relations in May 2016.
Indiana INTERNnet: How did your graduate assistant experience prepare you for your current role?
Kenyari Keith: As a graduate assistant (GA), I developed several skills that I now use in my full-time role. As a GA, I assisted with the planning and execution of both on-site and off-site conferences and special events. I assisted our business education and events team in several areas such as speaker coordination, marketing, contracting and budgeting. I worked as the lead planner for Best Places to Work 2017 and the 2017 Environmental Conference. …
With the growth of local pride and demand for “homegrown” products, there are many opportunities to experience true Hoosier culture. Whether it’s restaurants, attractions, shops or anything in between, we’ll showcase some of our favorite gems that make Indiana a great place to live and work.
The past few summers, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce has treated their employees to a daytime baseball game at Victory Field. It is a great way to step away from the computer and connect with co-workers. The sunny weather, hot dogs and peanuts only add to the fun!
If you haven’t attended an Indianapolis Indians game, I highly recommend doing so. There are plenty of great seats to choose from, you can even have a picnic in the lawn seating. The non-sports fanatics will enjoy lively entertainment throughout the game: awkward kiss cam moments, bad dance moves and silly games for …