Name: Kristin Beltzer
College and Degree: Michigan State University, Degree in Public Relations and a Masters from Western Michigan University in Public Administration
Current Employer: Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
Current Position: Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs
Although it’s not the sportscasting career of her childhood dreams, Kristin Beltzer has found a career that impacts both the community and her life in a positive way.
As a big sports fan, Beltzer once saw herself growing up to be sports broadcaster, sharing news on all things sports (except maybe pro basketball). Although she never stopped loving sports, her career took a different path when she started volunteering in the House of Representatives press office. From there Beltzer’s political career snowballed as one position lead to another and another and another.
“The first job I had was volunteering in the House of Representatives Press office. They weren’t hiring so I offered to volunteer which turned into a part time job, which then lead to another part time job for the office of Susan Grimes Munsell. And from there I got another part time job right next door and that’s just how it went, one job lead to another,” said Beltzer.
Beltzer worked in the political arena following in the footsteps of her mother, but it was never what she intended to do.
“My mom worked for a legislative office in Florida so I think that played a part in it. I always liked politics. I think I just kind of stumbled into it. You start to meet people and grasp what the political world is all about and it can be very exciting, but that’s not what I intended to do,” Beltzer said.
Her mom, however, was not the only influence in her professional life, Beltzer says it was her dad who gave her the confidence to pursue what she was passionate about.
“He instilled confidence in me and taught me to be solid on my feet. He taught me not to overreact. I knew I could go out and be successful in a man’s world because in the back of my mind I knew he gave me insight in terms of working with people and how to handle certain situations,” said Beltzer.
It was that confidence that Beltzer took with her when she met with the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. A friend of Beltzer’s tipped her off to the position at the chamber assuring her she had everything they were looking for. It turned out Beltzer’s political experience came in handy when interviewing for her current job, but it was her natural way with people that made her the perfect fit for the position.
“You can’t teach people to be people, people,” Beltzer said with a smile.
And a people person she is, as the Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Beltzer interacts with individuals from all over the state, country and world. Her average day is anything but average requiring Beltzer to be, as she says, a G.O.A.T.
“Here’s the thing, we all have to be mutitaskers, and you have to be a G.O.A.T., a guru of all things. Your day never goes the way you play it out in your mind while you’re driving into work, you have to be flexible,” Beltzer said.
Being a good multitasker is what helps Beltzer work to give the City of Lansing’s businesses and community as many advantages as possible.
“The chamber has 1,100 members and we work to put on dozens of events each year for our members covering everything from networking to business education to help them expand their business. It’s part of member advocacy, which is the part I handle. I help provide our staff with direction to give our members as many opportunities as possible,” said Beltzer. “ I think it is important that we are aggressive and assertive about economic development, we need to get everyone on the same page to get greater Lansing moving forward and that is what I strive for.”
Beltzer also strives to find balance between her demanding position and her family.
“I always made a point to say when I leave here I am going home to my number one job and any other mom who does this would feel the same way,” Beltzer said. “It’s important not to put too much pressure on yourself. You can raise great balanced kids and work full time. It is important for them to see you working and for them to understand that you are happy and contributing. If you put a lot of pressure on yourself in the back of your mind you are always going to know something is suffering, but the best you can do is be in one place at one time and give 100 percent to that.”
Beltzer is dedicated to giving 100 percent to her job, in fact, it is that dedication that she feels is the key to success.
“Getting up every day and going to work and doing the best you can. Knowing that at the of of the day you have given it 100 percent, that is success to me,” Beltzer said.
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