Our team works relentlessly to deliver value and provide the tools and resources to help businesses connect, grow and thrive. Whether it is making invaluable community and business connections, supporting economic development, delivering cost-saving membership benefits and professional development opportunities, or being a part of public policy discussions that impact our region, the Chamber strives to address the needs of every one of our more than 1,000 members.
President and CEO
Daman oversees the Chamber team including business development, advocacy, marketing and communications, and accounting and finance. Daman joined the Chamber in 2005 as Vice President of Economic Development and was promoted to Vice President Operations and Strategic Initiatives in 2007 where he was instrumental in developing the Chamber’s International Business Services division, establishing the region’s Foreign Trade Zone and creating the Chamber’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).
Prior to joining the Chamber, Daman spent six years with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) where he was involved with the state’s economic development and marketing efforts in promoting Michigan as high tech business location.
Daman is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned a B.A. in Communications Arts and Sciences. He resides with his wife and two children in Holt, Michigan.
Chief Operating Officer
Arnie Keyes is the chief operating officer at the Chamber, joining the organization in June of 2012. He manages monthly and annual financial reporting, annual audit, annual budgetary process, cash flow administration, and interim financial reporting to the Board of Directors as well as the daily payroll, payables, receivables and membership data base.
Keyes brings more than 35 years of business experience to the Chamber including administrative positions with LA-Z-BOY furniture licensees, Damon’s Grill franchisee and two divisions of Lansing’s own MAXCO Group. For 10 years, Keyes owned and operated Kids Quarters Furniture, with stores in Okemos and South Bend.
Keyes has a master’s degree in Management from Aquinas College and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Ferris State University.
Keyes and his wife, Rose reside in Holt, Michigan. They have two grown children and both are graduates of Michigan State University.
Vice President, Member Engagement
Michelle Rahl is the vice president of member engagement for the Chamber. In this role, she oversees a motivated and engaged member services team which is responsible for the on-boarding of new members and the retention of existing members. This is completed through a variety of avenues and requires a very proactive approach to customer service and engagement. Rahl had previously served as the Director of Marketing and Events and Manager of Events and Programming.
Rahl attended Ferris State University and graduated with honors with her B.A in Business and a Certificate in Public Relations. She came to Lansing by way of an internship with Marketing Resource Group (MRG), a full-service public relations and communications firm. After a successful internship, she began a two-and-a-half-year career as an Account Executive at MRG. Rahl began at the Chamber in September of 2011.
Rahl resides in Grand Ledge, Michigan with her husband Ryan, daughter Ryleigh Elizabeth and their cat, Diva.
Steven D. Japinga
Vice President, Public Affairs
Steven D. Japinga is the vice president of public affairs for the Chamber. Japinga is responsible for overseeing the public policy, government relations, marketing and communications functions for the Chamber. Additionally, Japinga manages and provides guidance to the Lansing Regional Chamber-Political Action Committee (LRC-PAC). He specializes in economic development, regulatory reform, health care policy, insurance, appropriations, PAC development, coalition building, and grassroots advocacy.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Japinga worked as Chief of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs for State and Federal Government Relations for the Michigan State Medical Society representing more than 15,000 Michigan physicians. Before working on behalf of MSMS, Japinga was the Managing Director for Capitol Strategies Group, a multi-client government relations firm based in downtown Lansing representing several trade associations and companies, including MSMS, Johnson & Johnson, Michigan State University and the Michigan Association of Independent Agents.
Japinga graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science pre-law and resides in Lansing with his wife Katherine and their two dogs Charlie and George.
Director, Marketing and Communications
Ashley Sandborn is the director of marketing and communications for the Chamber. Sandborn is responsible for overseeing the overall strategy, management and execution of the Chamber’s communication efforts.
Sandborn is a storyteller at heart. She believes everyone has a story that is worth sharing, and stories allow communities and business professionals to share their sense of purpose and find common ground.
Sandborn is an energetic and creative communications professional with experience in diverse industries, ranging from health care to environmental consulting. Prior to joining the Chamber, she served as the communications specialist for the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center. In her role, she was responsible for the organization’s internal and external communications.
Born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Ashley graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in contemporary media and journalism, and a dual emphasis in public relations and advertising. Ashley resides in Okemos with her daughter, Lauren.
Manager, Digital Communications
John Pompei is the digital media manager at the Chamber. In his role John is responsible for creating and overseeing content across all Chamber brand channels. John brings to the Chamber years of consulting experience in marketing and media production, working with clients ranging from small business and nonprofits to mainstream recording artists.
John is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan with a bachelor's degree in film.
John is an avid fly fisherman and outdoors-man, mural painter and somnambulist.
Manager, Business Development
Christine joined the Lansing Chamber in 2015 as the Manager of Business Development. She is responsible for creating new business and helping members connect, grow, and thrive throughout the Greater Lansing community. Christine specializes in problem solving, management, sales, being a resource, networking, and overseeing the LRCC Ambassadors.
Prior to the Chamber, Christine was the Manager of Tullymore & St Ives Golf Resorts and dabbled in Risk Management through Life Underwriting for Auto-Owners Insurance. Christine graduated from Northwood University with a Bachelor’s in Business Management. Christine is the Vice President of DLI, President of the SLBA, and the Executive Secretary for LCC Foundation. Christine was chosen for Michigan Athena’s #LeadLikeAWoman series and was selected as a Ten Over the Next Ten recipient.
In 2017, Christine started a successful clothing boutique called Zark’s LulaRoe, helping women feel empowered through fashion. Just recently her family began a new business called Dry County Harvest farming hemp for CBD oil. In her free time Christine enjoys traveling, real estate, family, and exploring Michigan’s beautiful outdoors with her husband Andy.
Manager, Member Engagement
In his role, Rials will focus on new business development and member engagement as part of the membership and business value team – a key role that supports our members and ensures a positive, successful relationship with the Chamber. Rials will work closely with members to maximize engagement opportunities and provide insights on strategies to maximize their connectivity and engagement in the Lansing region.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Rials was a recruiter for Robert Half, account manager for Enterprise Truck Rental and the general bar manager for an entrepreneurial co-working space in Auckland, New Zealand. He has a strong background in building trust, loyalty and long-lasting relationships with clients.
Manager, Member Engagement
In her role, Marcy will focus on new business development and member engagement as part of the membership and business value team – a key role that supports Chamber members and ensures a positive, successful relationship with the organization. Marcy will work closely with members to maximize engagement opportunities and provide insights on strategies to maximize their connectivity and engagement in the Lansing region.
Marcy is an experienced media and sales professional with more than 29 years of delivering results for clients. She is a driven professional with a strong background in building trust, loyalty and long-lasting relationships with clients.
Manager, Accounting and Membership Data
Mandy is the accounting and membership data manager at the Chamber. She is responsible for daily accounting tasks, database management and compiling analytical reports.
Mandy graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and resides in Charlotte with her husband Mark and their two cats Renji and Nova.