Meet Fayette County’s newest generation of go-getters: the Young Professionals of Fayette County (YP Fayette). Comprised of 250 of Fayette County’s most motivated, energetic young professionals under 40, YP Fayette connects young professionals in the community and provides them the opportunity to network and cultivate relationships on both a professional and personal level, to participate in social activities, and to give back to the community through philanthropic projects. Since the launch of YP Fayette in Spring 2009, the organization has successfully held a variety of events to encourage business development and community involvement.
The members of this dynamic group include local bankers, marketers, entrepreneurs, sales people, architects, and event planners, just to name a few. Although YP Fayette represents a diverse portfolio of industries in Fayette County, one major commonality threads them together: they are all young professionals who are certain to become the community’s future leaders.
Originally conceived by Kristen Rosati and Michael Pope of BB&T, the organization now operates under the control of thirteen vital Steering Committee members, who retain roles such as President, Secretary, Business Networking Chairs, Social Activities Chairs, Philanthropy Chairs, Sponsorship Chair, Publications Chairs, Marketing Chairs, and Membership Chair. The Steering Committee members come from a variety of business backgrounds including BB&T, The Wyndham Hotel, Flying Change Equine Therapy, Plan Ahead Events, TCIS Insurance, Tricor Braun Packaging Company, The Citizen, and more.
“Retaining the diversity of our Steering Committee has contributed greatly to our success,” states Kristen Rosati, President of YP Fayette. “Each committee member brings to the group their unique talents and individual business experiences to create an organic leadership team.”
One of the three main purposes of YP Fayette is networking. For most local businesses, word-of-mouth recommendations and referrals are essential, and making lasting connections with other business people can help boost their bottom line significantly. YP Fayette hosts a variety of networking events, including a unique program new to 2010, called “Meet. Greet. Tweet.” At “Meet, Greet, Tweet,” each young professional has the opportunity to create a 140-character “Tweet” about their business and then exchange it with other professionals during the speed-networking event.
Recognizing that building friendships between members is as valuable as growing business relationships, YP Fayette’s Social Committee is responsible for organizing social outings and events for its members, including attending Atlanta Braves games, hosting annual festivals, and even organizing a competitive softball team called the “Young Guns.”
“Members of YP Fayette have much to look forward to in 2010,” says Sarah Smith, the Social Committee’s Co-Chair. “Upcoming events include an Atlanta Steeplechase outing, participation in the Peachtree City Dragon Boat race, and the addition of a second softball team.”
Jenny Cline, the Social Committee Co-Chair, agrees. “Whether we’re cheering on the Atlanta Braves or our own sports team here in Fayette County, we always have a great time supporting each other.”
In addition to business networking and social activities, the members of YP Fayette understand the importance of giving back to the community and express this by partnering with various local non-profit organizations for a variety of give-back initiatives. With an emphasis on guiding the young adolescents in the community, the group organizes various events throughout the year, including gathering donated items for the Youth Protection Home’s clothing collection, providing Christmas presents for teens at their residential group home, and sponsoring a day of Equine Assisted Learning and teambuilding at Flying Change Equine Therapy.
“YP Fayette strives to be recognized as an organization of committed professionals who give back to their community and are socially responsible,” explains Kristin Hauch, Philanthropy Chair for YP Fayette. “As we continue to show our support through 2010, we look forward to partnering with more local charitable organizations and forming new projects to help more teens in need.”
Through sponsorship of YP Fayette, corporations have the opportunity to invest in the future of Fayette County, as well as gain valuable exposure among a very segmented demographic. YP Fayette offers a variety of programs, ranging from monetary commitments of $100 to $1,000, as well as event sponsorships.
“Sponsorship and support from the local business community play a major role in the success of our group,” states Kimberly Moon, Sponsorship Chair for YP Fayette. “Contributors such as the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, BB&T, the Fayette County Development Authority, and Rinnai have all helped make our vision for the Young Professionals of Fayette County become a reality.”
With a successful launch year now behind them, the leaders of YP Fayette have high hopes for what the future will bring.
“We have great aspirations for the expansion of our group in 2010,” comments Rosati. “One of the most significant alterations in our vision for the future is our decision to come together with the Fayette Chamber of Commerce. Working together, both organizations can bring even greater value to their members and to the Fayette County business community as a whole.”
Through a closer relationship with the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, YP Fayette plans to bring to its members the opportunity to expand their perspectives on career growth and community leadership, and to allow young professionals in the community the chance to generate new relationships with the Fayette Chamber of Commerce’s diverse group of established professionals.
“We feel that through this partnership, opportunity exists to bring even more benefits to our members, specifically through integrated networking events, mentoring programs, and the opening of new leadership positions,” states Michelle Blose, Membership Chair for YP Fayette.
For more information regarding YP Fayette membership, sponsorship opportunities, and upcoming events, please visit www.YPFayette.com.