Introducing our newest Member Spotlight:

Robert Young
Attorney at Icard Merrill


Where's your hometown and what brought you to Sarasota?
I grew up in a tiny town in Connecticut called Moodus; in the last census, it had a little more than 1,400 people. I left after high school and went to the University of Miami for college. While I was there, I dated a Sarasota native and visited the area many times. I now have friends and family all over Florida, and I believe Sarasota is the best place in Florida for me.

What is your favorite thing about Sarasota?
The cultural diversity, in that Sarasota has so much to offer in arts & culture that most places the same size cannot match. By "arts & culture," I mean a wide range of places and activities from the opera house to Yoder's to the beach; these are just some examples of the varied culture that makes Sarasota so unique.

Tell us a little bit about yourself (Hobbies, interests, work)
I have a wide array of interests, which is perhaps why I enjoy Sarasota's wide-ranging culture so much. I like watching movies and shows, reading books, and taking care of my cat. I enjoy playing and watching sports of all kinds, from football to hockey to NASCAR. I have a great interest in music, both listening and playing. I also have a hobby of people-watching, which works well with my profession as a family law attorney. Everyone has a story, and the way a person tells their story shows so much about their worldview that I could never find out by simply observing.

Why did you feel that YPG would be a good fit for you and what is your favorite aspect so far?
YPG is a platform that can achieve many different goals. From what I have seen, it is a good fit for practically anyone who has a vision of what Sarasota can be in the future rather than what it is right now. My favorite aspect is the level of support one can get from the group as long as you are willing to put in the work to achieve your goal; for example, when I asked if there was a YPG athletic event, Jon Pierce's response was, "Let's put one together." And we did, planning and executing a flag football game last Christmas.

Any word of advice for other young professionals moving to the area?
The smallest demographic in Sarasota is the 20-40 age group, and oftentimes we hurt our ability to participate in community events because we are so busy doing other things, particularly working and raising families. My advice is to remember that to be younger is to be noticed in this area. Find a community group you believe is worthwhile and when you work to improve it, you will stand out to others and enrich our community as a whole at the same time.


May Member Spotlight: Ramona Moore

Client Service Specialist at
SunTrust Bank



1. Where's your hometown and what brought you to Sarasota?

I am a native of Sarasota. I moved away for college and received a greater appreciation for my hometown while away. The quote, “You never know how much you’ll miss something until it is gone” became a reality for me when I moved away. Shortly after graduating I made a decision to move back, which has been one of the best decisions I ever made!

2. What is your favorite thing about Sarasota?

I love the small town feeling I get. I love the small town family owned restaurants. I love the fact that nothing in town is more than 20 minutes away. More than anything, I love that I live just minutes away from the nation’s #1 beach!

3. Tell us a little bit about yourself... (Hobbies, interests, work)

I absolutely love dancing. It doesn’t matter where, it can be in a night club, at a dance studio,  or in my bedroom at home while cleaning. I also teach private dance classes when I am not working at my primary job.

4. Why did you feel that YPG would be a good fit for you and what is your favorite aspect so far?

When I attended my first Icebreaker as a non-member I received the warmest welcome from every single person. What I loved the most that day and what made me join YPG was the amount of motivation that I received from every individual I spoke with to pursue my personal goals as a young professional. As a native of Sarasota, it was refreshing to see young, like-minded individuals wanting to succeed just as I do. I thought it was important that I join YPG so that I could contribute my knowledge and perspective of Sarasota being that I have lived here practically all my life.

5. Any word of advice for other young professionals moving to the area?

Don’t be afraid to get involved. “F.E.A.R is only false evidence appearing real.” If you get over your fears you will discover a new world of possibilities. The more you get involved within the community the more you’ll discover, and the more you discover the more people you meet and the more people you meet, the more you’ll feel at home.




April Member Spotlight: Constanza "Connie" Lanata
Senior Deputy Clerk at Charlotte County Clerk of the Circuit Court


1. Where's your hometown and what brought you to Sarasota?

I am originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and I came to the States on a work visa back in 2007. Since then I had an opportunity to become a permanent resident and lately, a proud U.S. citizen. I started my journey on the east coast of Florida. However, five years ago life brought me to Charlotte County where I currently reside. Very often I would travel to Sarasota to enjoy Siesta Key, the different restaurants, and activities that the town had to offer. I always had so much fun and met very nice people which made me start planning to move to Sarasota. I want to make this beautiful and exciting town my own home.

2. What is your favorite thing about Sarasota?

I love Sarasota because it is a medium size town that has a lot to offer. I love to participate in cultural events, and I love to try different types of cuisine. Sarasota has both, and many choices to choose from. As an example, I recently had an opportunity to experience my first Opera, and I was ecstatic about the performance and quality of the show I went to see at the Sarasota Opera house.

3. Tell us a little bit about yourself? (Hobbies, interests, work)

I love to travel. I enjoy meeting new people, seeing beautiful places, and trying different food. I currently work with the county government in Charlotte County, but I am looking for new job opportunities in Sarasota County. I am also graduating this coming May with an A.S. in Computer Science from State College of Florida, and my mom is coming from Argentina to celebrate. We have a trip planned to go to New York while she is in the States. I am so excited because it will be her first time!

4. Why did you feel that YPG would be a good fit for you and what is your favorite aspect so far?

I heard about Young Professionals through a friend. I thought it would be a perfect fit to meet like-minded professionals in the city I love. So far, I had meet a lot of wonderful people that were very welcoming and friendly to me. I also had the opportunity to participate in various volunteer events which were an excellent way to give back to the Sarasota community. I like that YPG also offers ways to be actively involved in the community and voice what we would like to see for the improvement of the town.

5. Any word of advice for other young professionals moving to the area?

Sarasota is an up and coming town that has a lot of fun things to do. Siesta Key is one of the top ten beaches in the world! Companies are also moving to the area and creating a bigger pool of jobs. If you are moving to the area, be sure to check out our YPG events. You will not be disappointed. There are always friendly and approachable people that will welcome you to their town and help you feel at home.




March 2015 Member Spotlight: Mackenzie Nilsen
Marketing Assistant at Florida Studio Theatre

















1. Where's your hometown and what brought you to Sarasota?
I am originally from Hampshire, Illinois (about an hour west of Chicago) and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in December of 2013 with a BFA in Theatre Management/Promotions as well as a minor in Dance. I moved to Sarasota in June of 2014 to start my job at Florida Studio Theatre as their Marketing Assistant.

2. What is your favorite thing about Sarasota?
I absolutely love Sarasota! The weather and beaches are definitely a change from living in the Midwest, but I love being able to spend time outdoors. I also love how huge the arts scene is down here. There is always something new to do and the people within the arts scene are so welcoming.

3. Tell us a little bit about yourself? (Hobbies, interests, work)

The arts have always been my passion. I have been dancing for 20 years and am trained in multiple styles (contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, modern, Irish Step and Hardshoe, etc.). I also have been in theatre and music productions my entire life both as a performer and backstage. I enjoy live music and absolutely love going to concerts and music festivals. Outside of the arts, I am an avid Chicago Cubs fan and love exploring my surroundings.

4. Why did you feel that YPG would be a good fit for you and what is your favorite aspect so far?
When I was introduced to YPG, I had just moved down to Florida from up North. I thought it would be a great way for me to get to know new people and to broaden my leadership/teamwork skills. I enjoy the after hours, volunteer, and ice breaker opportunities. I have made so many new connections within the community through these events and it has really helped during my transition.


5. Any word of advice for other young professionals moving to the area?

Not to sound cheesy, but join YPG! Get involved with as much as you can and open up to people. Try out new places with new people; be adventurous and explore! Moving 1200 miles away was an exciting feeling, but was also a very scary feeling. I only knew one person before moving down here and wanted every opportunity to meet more people.

 




February 2015 Member Spotlight: Samantha Lax
UBS Financial Services Inc.

















1. Where's your hometown and what brought you to Sarasota?
Born and raised in beautiful Sarasota.

2. What is your favorite thing about Sarasota?
There is always something to do here. Sarasota is where urban amenities meet small-town living!

3. Tell us a little bit about yourself. (Hobbies, interests, work).
I enjoy doing yoga, anywhere, anytime. I find that yoga is a great compliment to my hectic work schedule at UBS. However, recently the majority of my time outside of work has been spent with my charity, Lauren's One Wish.

4. Why did you feel that YPG would be a good fit for you and what is your favorite aspect so far?

I thought YPG would be a good fit because I was interested in meeting like-minded young professionals. My favorite aspect so far is the work we are doing in the Governmental Issues Committee, we are trying to make a substantial difference with the local high schoolers. And now for a shameless plug, anyone who is interested in helping should reach out to me or attend our next meeting.

5. Any word of advice for other young professionals moving to the area?

Take advantage of this town! Sarasota has so much to offer if you're willing to step outside of your comfort zone and explore new things.


 



January 2015 Member Spotlight: Shantel Norman
Executive Assistant 
at Visit Sarasota and Musician/Vocalist 



1. Where's your hometown and what brought you to Sarasota?
Lexington, North Carolina (Home of the best BBQ) is my hometown. My parents move to Florida about 10 years ago and I would come to visit Sarasota at least twice a year. Finally in 2009, that is when I realized this is where I want to be. I love warm weather, beaches, and something very dear to my heart is the Cultural Arts & Music. 

2. What is your favorite thing about Sarasota? 
The most favorite thing that I love about Sarasota is the diversity of Cultural Arts & Music. There are plenty of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Entertainment Arts, Festivals, Architecture, and Attractions. With me being a musician I have learned that I fit in the area very well. 
  
3. Tell us a little bit about yourself? (Hobbies, interests, work)
I just completed my one-year anniversary as Executive Assistant at VISIT SARASOTA COUNTY formerly known as Sarasota Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. I enjoy working for a great president, Virginia Haley and the VSC Staff. 

I am a well-known musician/vocalist in the Southwest Florida Area. You may have seen me perform with one of her three bands: the Shantel Norman Band, Democracy Reggae Band, and Reverend Barry & Funktastic Soul, featuring the Hellacious Horns.  Not just an accomplished local musician, I have also had the opportunity to gain national attention with a second place finish on the ABC network show, Karaoke Battle USA as well as a second place finish at the legendary Apollo Theatre Amateur Night. I do continue to sing on a professional level across the country and I am hoping to come to an area near you. (winking my eye)

4. Why did you feel that YPG would be a good fit for you and what is your favorite aspect so far?
I have a lot of connections in the Arts & Cultural world but I wanted to get to know some other Executive Assistants in the area on a professional level. A lot of people know Shantel Norman as a musician, I want people to get to know me professionally also. The YPG has been great so far with helping me meet and connect with others on the same level as I am. 

5. Any word of advice for other young professionals moving to the area? 
Any young professional coming to the area should get involved in the community events and anything that will contribute to the growth of Sarasota. We need you and we need your ideas. This is a great city to be a part of and we want you to be a part of it.

                                                                                                                                          

December 2014 Member Spotlight: Mark Messenger
Public Accountant at Kerkering Barberio 



1. Where's your hometown and what brought you to Sarasota?
Sarasota is my hometown.  I am third generation on my father’s side and second generation on my mom’s. I spent five years in Birmingham, Alabama where I received my degree in Accounting, first year of experience in the industry, and appreciation of SEC football.  Location was the top reason that brought back.  My wife, Ashley, and I feel that we live in paradise.


2. What is your favorite thing about Sarasota? 
When I think of Sarasota, I think of a community that takes great pride in investing and giving back to it’s community.  There are numerous avenues in which Sarasota attracts residents, business owners and tourists.  This aspect alone is exciting for any young professional looking for a place to have a career.  However, answering this question would have to be the equivalent of giving an acceptance speech at the Grammy’s: 
 
“There are too many things to mention and if I have left something out please forgive me.”  
  
3. Tell us a little bit about yourself? (Hobbies, interests, work)
When I am not working (Kerkering Barberio & Co., public accounting firm) I try to spend as much time with Ashley, and our two fur-babies – Stella Gray & Harry Winston. I enjoy giving back to the community through work with local non-profits.  YPG is a great source to find volunteer opportunities.  Most recently I plan on volunteering with Junior Achievement of Sarasota/Manatee.  If you would like to help empower young people to own their economic success please visit www.JuniorAchievement.org


4. Why did you feel that YPG would be a good fit for you and what is your favorite aspect so far?
YPG partners with local businesses to provide a platform of networking opportunities to it’s members and future members.  I enjoy building relationships and being inspired by other young professionals here in Sarasota.  

5. Any word of advice for other young professionals moving to the area? 
This is a vibrant city, that seems to be setting a standard for many other cities.  If young professionals get involved they will experience first-hand the fulfillment of contributing to the growth and success of this beautify city – Sarasota.  YPG is a great place to start.

                                                                                                                                          


October 2014 Member Spotlight: Christopher Spano
Group Sales Manager at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 



1. Where's your hometown and what brought you to Sarasota?
I was born and raised in Chicopee, MA which is next door to Springfield (home of the Basketball Hall of Fame).  I moved to Southwest Florida to help the Buccaneers start the NFL’s first regional ticket sales office and so fans in this region would have a place to go for everything Buccaneers.  

2. What is your favorite thing about Sarasota? 
My favorite thing about Sarasota is the warm welcome that we’ve received since opening the office in early June.  From community events, speaking engagements, our ribbon cutting and fans stopping into our office, I couldn’t be more appreciative of everyone’s generosity.  
  
3. Tell us a little bit about yourself? (Hobbies, interests, work)
Professionally, I’ve had the privilege of working for the Orlando Magic, Boston Bruins and San Diego Padres before joining the Buccaneers.  It’s been quite an experience to have worked and lived in various places both east and west coast.  Personally, I recently got engaged and will be marrying my fiancé, Marisa, in June of 2015.  We both love the beach, going running and bike riding and checking out as many new restaurants in Sarasota as possible.  

4. Why did you feel that YPG would be a good fit for you and what is your favorite aspect so far?
When I first took the job with the Buccaneers I had no real familiarity with Southwest Florida so I wanted to join as many organizations and meet as many new people as possible to help me and my team settle in.  The members of the YPG share the same goals as I have so joining made a lot of sense and it’s helped me to network myself into this community.  

5. Any word of advice for other young professionals moving to the area? 
For any young professionals moving to the area, I would highly recommend getting yourself to as many local events as possible and meeting as many new people in this area as you can.  Once you’ve done that you’ll start to see how you can help fellow young professionals out and how they can help you to achieve mutual goals.  


                                                                                                                                          

August, 2014 Member Spotlight: Emmanuel "Eman" Avraham 
Entertainer/Entrepreneur at Next Level Nation 



1. Where's your hometown and what brought you to Sarasota?
Emmanuel “E-MAN” Avraham was born in Trenton, New Jersey and is one of nine children. He was raised Jewish and attended Hebrew day school through the ninth grade. At the age of 15, his love for basketball took him to IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida where he got the opportunity to train with pro-athletes and young people from all around the world. After high school he entered the State College of Florida where he played on the basketball team for one year. While juggling basketball, school and a part-time job, E-MAN began to tap into his true passion... ENRICHING PEOPLE!  

2. What is your favorite thing about Sarasota? 
Favorite "thing" about Sarasota is a tough question to answer, there are so many elements that are special.  From the arts culture, to the growing diversity, the opportunities, the people and of course the beach!  Sarasota is still an untapped market in many senses, including music and entertainment which is my passion and I have been able to take my gifts and talents across the world from the work I have done right here in Sarasota.
  
3. Tell us a little bit about yourself? (Hobbies, interests, work)
I love to inspire, plain and simple.  While pursuing my dreams, I believe it's that important to spark that same energy in others so they can believe they can as well, it's the common thread.  I'm an Actor, Recording Artist, Host and Inspirational Speaker.  All of which is housed with my company, Next Level Nation (XLVL). We have produced and collaborated with numerous events, concerts, and community events in the Sarasota area and abroad and I am grateful for the success we have received so far!  In my downtime I love to jet ski, play basketball, read and watch documentaries on different historical figures.  I'm 25 years of age and I am the big brother to 6 younger siblings and the father to one amazing 2 year old young man. Being a positive role model to them is very important.  I come from an entrepreneurial background, recently resigning as Business Banking Specialist with Wells Fargo for the entire Manatee County to focus completely on my brand. The tools I was able to learn there is now helping me build by business even more effectively.

4. Why did you feel that YPG would be a good fit for you and what is your favorite aspect so far?
YPG is a great fit for me and anyone wanting to network or socialize with those who want to have some type of influence in the Sarasota area. I've built great friendships and lots of opportunities have come from being a part of the crew. I love how YPG is always striving to diversify and improve at the core. It's just that important.  I believe there is no excuse when deciding to join, it's almost like part of your residency in Sarasota or should be.  Great people, great events and great opportunities for you to grow in the community.

5. Any word of advice for other young professionals moving to the area? 
Keep It Real! I believe this is the best way to be. Especially when coming into a different environment and meeting new people. Everyone has a gift and a purpose. Just be you! 

                                                                                                                                          


June 2014 Member Spotlight: Arturo Santos Jr. 
Executive Director at GUTI "The Premier Beauty & Wellness Academy"
YPG Government Issues Chair 



1. Where's your hometown and what brought you to Sarasota?

My native home town is New Orleans.  It's a great place, with food, fun, and extremely friendly people.  I came to Florida to help my mom run her business.  It's a private vocational school called GUTI The Premier Beauty & Wellness Academy.  The work of helping her business was big draw to relocate, but also being closer to her was an added incentive.  She's my best friend.

2. What is your favorite thing about Sarasota?   

Apart from the gorgeous beaches, the weather, the elegance, and events, my favorite thing is the possibilities.  Coming from a larger city, I'm grateful that in a city like Sarasota the sky is the limit of what you can accomplish.  Getting involved, specifically becoming a leader has much less barriers to entry than in larger communities.  It's such a refreshing opportunity that all young professionals should be excited to take advantage of.  I would encourage everyone to find something you're passionate about and lead.

3. Tell us a little bit about yourself? (Hobbies, interests, work)

When I'm not helping my mom grow her schools, I enjoy going out to eat, watching movies, enjoying sports live, traveling to different countries, and being active like working out, rock wall climbing, boating, and more.  My MOST CURRENT interest has been writing.  As of June, 2014 I will have published my very own book, All Out For Love.  A true story of never quitting on love, it promises to be something anyone can enjoy.

4. Why did you feel that YPG would be a good fit for you and what is your favorite aspect so far?

YPG has been an excellent fit for me because of the incredible opportunity to serve.  I've also been humbled by the wealth of talented and intelligent and dedicated young men and women right here near me.  The members I serve with on the board as well as the entire YPG membership are quite easily some of the most amazing people I've met in my life.  I've made some great friendships, received terrific colleagues/partners for business, and have truly given back to my community.  It's been a pleasure.

5. Any word of advice for other young professionals moving to the area? 

GET INVOLVED.  To anyone looking to give back, find a job, meet friends, have fun, work hard, or to simply make something more of yourself, just "show up".  Make the effort to show up and you will be rewarded.  For anyone looking to "show-up", find me June 7th at Louie's Modern from 8pm - 10pm and I would gladly tell you other ways to get involved.  You could also come spend time with me at a government issues committee meeting or simply contact me and say hello, I'll help you figure out the rest.

Arturo Santos Jr. 


                                                                                                                                          

April  2014 Member Spotlight: Eddie Kirsch 
Content Coordinator at Visit Sarasota County 

 

1. Where's your hometown and what brought you to Sarasota?

A job brought me to Sarasota! In 2011 I graduated from the University of Missouri and got my first job out of college at the Observer Media Group. Iowa City, Iowa is my hometown.

2. What is your favorite thing about Sarasota?   

My favorite thing about Sarasota has been the opportunity to reinvent myself. I can’t really speak in comparison to other cities, but I do know that I have gotten the chance to discover my interests on both a professional and personal level, which has been invaluable to my growth and development as a person.

3. Tell us a little bit about yourself? (Hobbies, interests, work)

I work as the Content Coordinator for Visit Sarasota County. In that position I get to write, photograph, film and create graphics for the tourism bureau to fulfill their content needs. I also play a role in facilitating essentially anything content-related, including social media campaigns and contests. Our newest of which (shameless plug) is #mysarasota!

Outside of work I do much of the same things — creating videos, photography, writing so I guess I’ve really found what I love to do.  I also play soccer and try to maintain an active-lifestyle.

4. Why did you feel that YPG would be a good fit for you and what is your favorite aspect so far?

I thought YPG would be a good fit for me because I sought to connect with people my own age and level of professional development. I like to believe that you can never know never know who you might meet and how big a role they might have in your life, so it’s always good to try new things! My favorite aspect so far has just been the social hours and gatherings.

5. Any word of advice for other young professionals moving to the area? 

I feel super cheesy saying this, but I do actually think it’s incredibly important, which you will come to understand more and more as you settle into Sarasota:

Start thinking how you want people to think about you — and stand by the standards you set for yourself. I always try to be friendly, sincere, and responsive, even when I feel I am treated disrespectfully — you never know who your next boss might be, and you can’t understand someone’s motives until you’ve spent a some time with them. Be proactive about trying new experiences just for the sake of meeting new people.


                                                                                                                                          

April 2014 Member Spotlight: Caitlin Moore 
Public Relations Coordinator at  Willis Smith Construction 



1. Where's your hometown and what brought you to Sarasota? 
Sarasota, Fl – yes I’m a native. 

2. What is your favorite thing about Sarasota? 
For a small town, it’s surprisingly cultural. I like it’s blend of laid-back and classy. 

3. Tell us a little bit about yourself? (Hobbies, interests, work)
I like to be outdoors mostly. Kayaking is my absolute favorite. I like nature trails and being on, in or near the water (preferably at all times). I’m also a gym rat & maybe a little bit of a health freak. You can’t tear me away from chocolate though, no one has that power! Red wine too. 

4. Why did you feel that YPG would be a good fit for you and what is your favorite aspect so far?
I felt that YPG would be a great fit for me after I met a few people in the group. I finally found young individuals facing similar challenges and triumphs in their daily lives. It’s great to have that backbone of support, even for the small stuff.

5. Any word of advice for other young professionals moving to the area? 
Get involved in an active group like YPG. Don’t just show up, make it a point to make yourself available and showcase your talents. Another piece of advice? Befriend a local and their close friends. You’ll be fine! 


                                                                                                                                          

February 2014 Member Spotlight: Jaclyn Palau 



1. Where's your hometown and what brought you to Sarasota? 
I was originally born in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

2. What is your favorite thing about Sarasota? 
My absolute favorite thing about Sarasota and Florida are the birds, both native and migrant. I remember the first week I was here I was trying to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond, and got lost! On the road in the strip mall were 3 huge birds; cranes I'd assume. I probably stared at them for 15 minutes. I still love going to Siesta Key or Ringling Bridge to check out the pelicans. My second less dorky favorite thing about Sarasota is the Farmers Market on Saturdays. It's organized and larger than the ones I went to in Manhattan and Brooklyn. I would love to implement some sort of compost service where you can drop off your compost for farms.      

3. Tell us a little bit about yourself? (Hobbies, interests, work)
I'm very eager to work and grow in the community. I think that is what ties you to a city – relationships, both professional and personal. My fiancé and I moved for his career so it was challenging finding work. I recently started working at Ameriprise Financial - Hillerich, Grogan and Associates in Sarasota. My commute is awesome – I live only a mile from work, and they are dog friendly, so my little guy dexter can join me at the office. 
I have a wide array of hobbies: Climbing, hiking, fishing and quilting! Quilting is a new one. My church, St. Armand's Key Lutheran Church, has a group of ladies that sew quilts for the needy in disaster areas. I had never sewn before and when I moved, I thought it would be a good way to learn a new skill and give back at the same time. Although Florida may not offer many vertical adventure opportunities, it sure makes up with all the other activities available. Cycling, running, swimming and a host of other beach sports have caught my eye.

4. Why did you feel that YPG would be a good fit for you and what is your favorite aspect so far?
It's funny, I learned about YPG because of Chris Laney. I am a big fan of social media, particularly Instagram and Twitter. I had been tweeting with the Sarasota PD and they replied to me in a tweet and coincidentally Chris saw it and reached out to me. He introduced me via email to a bunch of YPGers and the rest is history. I think that impressed me the most - someone reaching out and caring about making someone feel welcome in a new city. 
My favorite aspect of YPG is hearing how people my age want to make a difference. They are involved and active within the community. There is a wide array of diversity in YPG, and coming from NYC I really do appreciate that. 

5. Any word of advice for other young professionals moving to the area? 
Yes!!!! Get out and get active in what you enjoy. There’s no better way to get to know people like yourself than to pursue your interests. Before joining YPG, my fiancé and I went to an Icebreaker and were able to engage with other perspective members. We found we had a lot in common and I think that made us realize it would really be a great fit. Current members I had met with were very welcoming, but there were new members coming on board that were also in similar situations, where they were new to Florida  and looking to network or make new friends.




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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.