The Baltimore Chapter of the American Marketing Association is an entirely volunteer-run organization. Each month, the Chapter selects a Volunteer of the Month in order to recognize the extraordinary effort of these hard-working and dedicated individuals. The Volunteers of the Month are nominated and voted on by the Chapter’s Executive Board.
Matt Riggs of the Membership Committee has been named Volunteer of the Month for June 2018. Matt works in the provider information and credentialing department of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, conducting provider outreach to educate practitioners and support staff on paperless communications with the company. He also has prior professional experience with memberships as the membership director at the Hunt Valley Golf Club for two years, so the Membership Committee was a natural fit. “I love bringing people into the fold, facilitating connections and promoting participation,” he says.
As a member of the Membership Committee, Riggs works with other volunteers to greet event attendees and make new and prospective members aware of the benefits of membership. “There are benefits to belonging that even longtime members may not be aware of. The AMA has about four metric tons of educational material, advice, templates and more available for free for members online,” he notes enthusiastically.
“Matt has been instrumental in helping the Membership Committee grow our Baltimore chapter,” affirms Seth Geller, vice president of membership. “He has been a key contributor as an Event Ambassador, welcoming attendees at events and providing information on how to get the most out of each individual’s AMA membership. Recently, Matt has also developed a messaging script that our committee will be using for outreach to drive further engagement from members and non-members alike.”
Riggs is enjoying his volunteer experience and encourages others to find their niche on one of the many chapter committees: “I really feel welcome and appreciated in AMA Baltimore. For me, volunteering is the biggest benefit to membership. I like playing a meaningful role in the group – I do feel appreciated. Baltimore is a small enough market that our participation makes an impact.”
To learn more about volunteering with AMA Baltimore, please visit our volunteer page.