We are extremely pleased to announce Barton Jackson as nglccNY’s September Ambassador of the Month. Barton serves as Vice President, Relationship Manager at TD Bank. He represents the Regional Commercial Bank, supporting small business owners and loves his career at the intersection of finance and community service. He will celebrate his eighth year at TD Bank in October. “I am a relationship manager for small business owners at TD Bank with 12 years of experience in the industry. I love what I do. It is not about making a sale or finalizing a transaction. It is about having a real relationship with a client, offering guidance and support. I love learning about the person behind the enterprise just as much as I care about how a bank can positively impact the day-to-day operations and financial milestones of a business. I am inspired daily by entrepreneurs and community leaders, especially during COVID-19.”
Barton became an ambassador “to form connections and leverage experience, resources, and introductions back into the community.” He was persuaded to join by his fellow ambassador, Vincent Moy. “Vincent sidled up to me at the Bronx Botanical Garden Orchid Show and said: 'You know, you should really consider volunteering as an ambassador.’ I immediately met with Phyllis Mehalakes and have loved every minute of it.”
“nglccNY is a place where we gather to reinvest in our community and foster a healthy and diverse business landscape,” Barton said. “Over the past five years, I've met new clients, volunteer community partners, colleagues and friends. If you are well-versed in professional networking or brand new to chambers of commerce, ambassadors can connect you to resources, programming, and people. You may even uncover strategic partnerships with your ambassador or a vendor/client relationship.”
Phyllis Mehalakes, Chair of The Ambassadors Committee says Barton is a huge asset to the Ambassador Program.
“Barton is yet another one of our senior Ambassador who contributes mightily to our community and nglccNY,” she said. “He is an absolute delight to work with, and is nothing but responsive and professional. Our membership appreciates his broad network and proactive and creative approach as he works to connect them with the right people, organizations, and opportunities.”
Beyond banking, Barton is a volunteer ambassador and site visitor of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, co-leads Metro NY Forever Proud (TD's internal volunteer LGBTQ2+ workforce), sits on a Consumer Protection and Empowerment Focus Group for the New York State Office of the State Comptroller, and regularly teaches both consumer and small business financial seminars with various nonprofits and community organizations. He was recognized in 2019 as one of Business Equality Networks' 40 LGBT Leaders Under 40, a 2019 TD Quarterly WOW! Star, and a 2020 Gay City News Impact Awards honoree for his work in community development.
“As a nglccNY volunteer, Barton is often a step ahead in anticipating the needs of our committee and his fellow Ambassadors. As such the nglccNY Ambassador committee is most appreciative of Barton’s contributions to us, our membership, and our community. His recognition and awards are well deserved. We are lucky to have him on our team,” Phyllis said.