What Are GEMS?  GEMS are just what the name implies… real GEMS!  The acronym stands for GIVING EFFECTIVE MEMBER SERVICE and our GEMS team represents RMA well.

Created in April 2010, our GEMS volunteers are meeting a critical need for our organization. We want to ensure that RMA is making an impact in our community, both with our member services through the Association, and with our desire to serve the non-profit arena through our Foundation.

Being a small staff, we sometimes need help.  GEMS commit to assisting with two events for each year that they sign on.  Since starting this program, our GEMS have served us well, a true testament of their willingness to serve, support, and assist with those needs.  They are an extension of RMA and allow us to broaden our scope of help for our members.  Meet our 2013 Elite Group of Volunteers… our GEMS….

Not Pictured:  Erin Harre, Grinnin’ Booth; Kitty Gibson, WLNI; Julia Tyree, Womack Publishing; Ann Lewis, Watts Auction & Realty Appraisals, Inc.

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DAVID BRUCE, Blue Ridge Mortgage, is a Lynchburg native and committed to serving our community by helping people achieve their homeownership goals.  After graduating from Radford University in 2007, David worked in logistics and personal insurance prior to entering the mortgage Industry in 2012.  His diverse background has given him the ability to help many clients achieve homeownership that never thought it was possible.  David is an avid outdoors man that can be found kayaking or camping along the river when he is not in the office.

ALBERT “AL” BILLINGSLY was Notborn and raised in Kansas, went to the University of Memphis where he graduated in 1981 and moved to Lynchburg in 1986 with his wife, Lisa and our daughter Amy, who was two at the time. In 1988 their son was born.

Al is a former engineer, working for B&W in Lynchburg for 21-1/2 years before taking early retirement.  He is now an independent insurance agent here in Lynchburg, specializing in Life Insurance, Health Insurance, Annuities, Workplace Benefits, and Medicare Supplements and Advantage Plans. He is an authorized agent for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

CINDY BRYANT is the Underwriting Representative for Spirit FM.  Your Encouraging Spirit FM serves portions of three states, VA, WV and NC. Cindy’s passion for the station is so apparent!  She travels on a regular basis to fulfill her very important role at the station.  That’s right, it’s not just DJ’s that have important roles in radio.  Cindy feels privileged to travel around meeting with potential business Impact Partners to paint a picture of the ministry of Spirit FM, building relationships and sharing how the station can be “Good for Business.”  Of course, during her travels, she gets to have coffee or lunch with their existing partners to further deepen those relationships.  After all, Cindy says, “Spirit FM isn’t just another radio station, we are a ministry doing radio.  Radio is the outlet God has given us to share His truth and love feels she has found her calling, her place to serve others, at Spirit FM.

Cindy has been married to her husband, Mark, for 25 years, is mom to two furry babies, Roadie and Sophie, and pours love into many children through the Children’s Ministry at her church where she and her husband are the Children’s Ministry Leaders.  Cindy says she loves her life and feels blessed to wake up every day ready to serve where God would have her to serve. That’s her heart and why she is an RMA GEM.

KITTY DURHAM GIBSON, Wheeler Broadcasting / WLNI. 

ERIN HARRE, owner of the Grinnin’ Booth.  Bio to be added.

RHONDA HOLT, Mortgage Loan Office with Summit Mortgage.

KIM KEYES began her Insurance career with Nationwide in the Lynchburg Call Center March 2003.  In October 2008, she began working for Chris Owen and Associates Allstate (formerly Russ Watson Allstate) and held that position until 2015.  She is currently employed with AAA Mid-Atlantic in their insurance department.  The most rewarding thing about her current position is the ability to build strong relationships, allowing her to work as a partner with her customers in designing a policy to fit their need as well as their pocket.  Kim has “The KEYES” to your insurance needs.”

ANN LEWIS, Realtor with Watts Auction & Realty Appraisals, Inc.   

BILL MOSS works from Foster Fuels and is a distributor for XANGO.  He has been a great source of inspiration to his fellow employees, GEMS, RMA and Bedford Area Chamber.  Whether you see Bill on the job, at an EXPO, or at a Hillcats game, you will always see a smiling face!!

HEIDI REYNOLDS is the owner of Hill City Mom Media, a boutique communications agency that specializes in social media management. After years of working and gleaning valuable experience in corporate America and a local municipality, I took some time off to start my precious family.  I knew eventually I would return to work so I stayed in continuing education focusing on social media marketing. Once the littles started their full time education I returned taking on one client which turned into two, then three and so on… Hill City Mom Media has developed into a wonderful opportunity for me to serve and partner with local small businesses in my community. For many small businesses owners, making time to actively engage consistently on social media means time away from the priority revenue portion of their business. Hill City Mom Media works in line with each client’s marketing strategy and branding developing a social media plan and then it’s execution to complement their business and get them engaged with their existing customers while generating new relationships and establishing trust with their targeted audience.  Offering competitive and affordable packages, delegating the management of social media presence is the smart choice. Hill City Mom Media – Let’s get social!

BETH SCHROCK has been a Premier Designs Jewelry Stylist since December 2001.  During that time, I’ve given away $146,148 in FREE jewelry, done over 800 jewelry shows, paid off debt that I accrued in college and paid for fertility treatments with the money I earned, gone on MANY FREE trips, was able to leave my full-time teaching career of 9 years to do Premier full-time & have become a leader in my company.  My job is to help women feel good about themselves, help them update their wardrobe without spending a lot of money on new clothes, and to bless every life I come in contact with.  I currently have 27 ladies on my team that I mentor and help in their businesses.  I do trainings each month for my team, as well as work one on one.   I run my Premier Designs jewelry business so I can stay at home with my 2 daughters, ages 6 years and 19 months.

DEIRDRE SERIO  is an outstanding writer who specializes in technical documentation, website content, marketing materials, and resumes. She has worked with clients who needed material on power metering devices, cell phone test equipment, manufacturing machines, and standard operating procedures for several software products. If you’ve written something that needs a little help, she can also help with editing existing material. She’s the owner of TechScribes 2.0, and a proud member of the GEMS team.

JASON SHARPE is a Relationship Manager at Heartland Payment Systems with over 10 years of experience in the financial world.  He takes pride in serving the community by developing, building and maintaining client relationships. He helps these clients enhance profitability while keeping them protected from dangers they are unaware of using customized solutions created for the traditional business mentality. Board Member of CASA, Bedford Chamber, GEMS team member with Lynchburg RMA and Liberty University MBA graduate.  Why not choose the Sharpe guy?

JULIA TYREE, Account Representative, Womack Publishing

JENNY WOOLLETT, Audiotronics.