Committees of the Young Professionals Group

Arts & Culture Committee
Creates meaningful events and opportunities for YPG members to connect and experience the diverse arts and cultural community in Sarasota. 

To join this committee, please reach out to our Arts & Culture Chair Sam Lowry, at

Communications Committee

Communicates, promotes and creates awareness for the YPG by providing operational support for the various YPG committees. We work on utilizing our existing resources to better communicate with our members and the community. This includes the website, social media and all printed materials. Streamlining these resources allows us to track participation at YPG events and target interests, which will better serve our members.

This is also the forum for reviewing, evaluating, and recommending strategies, plans, and technologies for the YPG. We identify strategic directions, capabilities, and objectives for YPG, including learning and teaching technologies, identify opportunities where technology can help achieve our communication goals and recommend priorities, ensure a coordinated implementation of YPG projects and initiatives, and oversee and manage the website and other like technologies.

To join this committee, please reach out to our Communications &Technology Chair
Raymmar Tirado, at

Events Committee

Plans, coordinates and executes cultural and social events, where YPG members and future members enjoy great settings to celebrate our achievements and enjoy each other’s company. The goal is to hold events that appeal to our members and connect local businesses, cultural institutions and organizations with our membership.

To join this committee, please reach out to our Events Chair
Shantel Norman, at

Governmental Issues Committee

Strives to educate and inform local young professionals as to significant public policy issues and concerns that directly impact their personal, social and professional lives. We advocate for positions that benefit young professionals and provide a public forum to further communication between its members and all areas within local, state and federal government.

To join this committee, please reach out to our Government Issues Chair
Rob Young, at

Leadership Committee

Manages the Leadership Circle in which the YPG honors members’ active and excellent involvement with the YPG and the Sarasota Community. We also partner with local foundations to connect young professionals with non-profit boards and committees who desire their expertise, network and guidance. We also provide leadership training programming through partnerships with local colleges/universities and other professional leadership trainers.

To join this committee, please reach out to our Leadership Chair
Sean Duade, at

Membership Committee

Promotes YPG in the Sarasota community. We identify and recruit young professionals in the area to join our organization, promote the benefits of the YPG to interested individuals and groups. We also help engage new members in the organization and we introduce individuals to other members within the organization.

To join this committee, please reach out to our Membership Chair
Travis Rossnagle, at

Partnership Committee

Develops relationships with businesses in the Sarasota Community through sponsorship of the YPG. We assist the communications, events and membership of the YPG by identifying and executing business partnerships that are mutually beneficial.

To join this committee, please reach out to our Partnership Chair
David Ford-Coates, at

Scholarship Committee
Supports continued education and life long learning by raising funds and awarding scholarships to local high school students and young professionals.

To join this committee, please reach out to our Scholarship Chair
Andrea Knies, at

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee
Supports education and professional networking for young professionals seeking to start small businesses here in Sarasota.

To join this committee, please reach out to our Small Business Chair
Avarie Hannah, at

Volunteer Committee

Identifies focus charities that YPG will partner with for the monthly volunteer opportunity. We inspire members to make a difference by volunteering and forging meaningful relationships with their peers. We’re connecting members to organizations where they can hone their skills and share their energy with our large non-profit community, and recognizing them when they do.

To join this committee, please reach out to our Volunteer Chair
Amber Thornhill, at

YPGU Committee
Creates meaningful events and opportunities for local college students seeking to bridge the transition between college and career.

To join this committee, please reach out to our College Representative
Amelia March, at

YPG on Facebook

Stay connected with Sarasota Area Young Professionals via our Facebook page. Come check out photos from past events, gets information about future events and share stories about your SRQ experience as a young professional! 


Come join us on the first Thursday of each month for our After Hours events! These are the biggest networking events for Young Professionals in the Sarasota area, so grab your business cards and elevator speeches and we'll see you there! MORE EVENTS 

YPG Sponsorship 

As a program of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the YPG must rely on sponsorship of Chamber Member businesses in order to help fund our professional development, networking programs and initiatives. Annual Sponsorship is a great way to support and reach the young professionals in the the community while gaining exposure for your business or organizations.