Ambassador of the Month
President, Lorie Eber Wellness Coaching
Chair, Greater Irvine Chamber Ambassador Committee
Lorie Eber has a healthy outlook on life and business. In fact, she built a business around her healthy outlook on life. Owner and principal of Lorie Eber Wellness Coaching, she is a wellness coach, a holistic nutritionist offering healthy diet plans, and a personal trainer.
To help her business be as fit as she is, Eber turned to the Greater Irvine Chamber. Being a Chamber member has helped Eber grow her client base and connect with diverse business professionals.
“I know I need to connect with people in person, which is why the Chamber is so important to me,” Eber said. “Growing a business requires a fair amount of personal contact.”
Since joining the Greater Irvine Chamber in 2014, Eber quickly realized the value of being an engaged member. In 2015, she became an Ambassador for the Chamber, serving as a team leader for two years before becoming Chair for the 2017-18 term. She also joined a Leads Group and has served as its chair since 2016, following her role as vice chair from 2015 to 2016.
“Working with people in a committee is a great way to make the most out of an organization that offers so many networking opportunities,” Eber noted. “Belonging to groups in the Greater Irvine Chamber allows me to make deep connections that have yielded many referrals. Because they know me personally, my fellow Chamber members are confident in me, and many have given me glowing reviews on Yelp.”
For Eber, what sets the Greater Irvine Chamber apart from other business associations that offer networking is it’s high-level of professionalism.
“I’m a business-oriented person. I like the fact that the Greater Irvine Chamber is extremely professional. At the core of its focus is the business community in Irvine and Orange County,” Eber said. “I like the professional atmosphere and that everyone is respectful of people’s time.”
Eber is sensitive to the issue of time. She understands that with today’s busy lifestyle, people have a difficult time making healthy eating and exercise a regular habit. With her common-sense, reality-based approach to nutrition and fitness, she designs holistic, easy-to-follow plans that are easy and enjoyable for busy people to sustain. Her personal and professional journeys have also provided her a good deal of empathy, which helps her to relate to her clients.
After a 23-year career as corporate litigation attorney, she assessed the lifestyle that came along with that and decided it was time to shift gears and help people through different channels.
Working her way through a variety of vocations, such as providing help to senior citizens, working in the field of elder care for six years, serving on the council for Aging Orange County, as a training ombudswoman, and as an adjunct instructor of gerontology at Leisure World through Coastline Community College, Eber was drawn to public speaking and began to focus more on health topics. She became a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, which led to becoming a Mayo Clinic certified wellness coach.
As a wellness coach, Eber found that she can help people learn to make lifestyle choices that improve their lives dramatically. Equally so, Eber has been a healthy asset to the Greater Irvine Chamber.
Congratulations, Lorie Eber!
Owner, Caliber Signs
For Mary Neil, owner of Caliber Signs, the writing was on the wall when it came to setting up shop in Irvine, as well as what to do to help her business thrive: Join the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce.
“The Chamber brings an added level of credibility to my businesses,” she said.
Caliber Signs, established in 2009, specializes in commercial signage and large-format printing, including vehicle- and wall-wrap products. Licensed by the Contractors California State License Board, Caliber Signs is authorized to produce and install exterior signage, which requires special permitting.
To help her business grow, Neil sought to be an active Chamber member.
She joined the first-ever Leads Group in 2010 and soon after became an Ambassador, chairing the committee for two years and earning the title of 2014-15 Ambassador of the Year. She served on the Chamber’s Women of Influence conference committee all four years of its history and as its chair in 2016.
Additionally, attending meetings of various Chamber committees has helped Neil to “get the big picture of the Chamber’s initiatives and accomplishments.”
“As an Ambassador, attending the Economic Vitality Council meetings gives me an insightful overview of all the work the task forces under the EVC are engaged in,” Neil noted. “Being involved in the Chamber’s programs helps to keep me informed about the business landscape in the Irvine area; what other businesses are doing, new businesses activity, and the economics of the city.”
She is a regular attendee at Chamber signature and networking events, frequently hosting sponsored booths, and the Chamber’s training and personal development workshops.
“Taking the time to attend Chamber events brings value to my membership and to my business,” Neil said. “Being an active member of the Greater Irvine Chamber provides exposure to Caliber Signs in the business community and to potential customers and clients. Networking and being involved with people at this professional level allows Caliber Signs to remain top-of-mind when people need signage or know others who do.”
Through her involvement, Neil has benefitted from value of involvement as well as contributed to the Chamber and the health of the overall business community.
Congratulations, Mary Neil!