Pensacola Young Professionals
|Pensacola Young Professionals|
|Mission||To develop the Pensacola Bay Area as a thriving and dynamic place to live, work and play by making our fellow young professionals and the community as a whole aware of issues shaping the area through proactive civic, social and professional involvement.|
|Established||April 25, 2006|
|Location||Pensacola Chamber of Commerce|
117 West Garden Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
|Board officers||James Hosman, chairman|
Ashley Hodge, vice-chair
ShaLonda Palmer, secretary
Catherine R. Thornton, treasurer
Pensacola Young Professionals, Inc. (PYP) is a non-profit organization of Pensacolians in their 20s and 30s organized in 2006 to provide "networking, education and support services for young professionals" and "to showcase the Pensacola Bay Area as a cool place to live, work and play."
- 1 History
- 2 Issues and projects
- 3 Board of directors and officers, 2007-08
- 4 References
In November 2005, Independent News publisher Rick Outzen and Chamber of Commerce president Evon Emerson met with a group of about 20 young professionals to discuss the future of Pensacola. They discussed "being proactive on community issues, networking through social events and enhancing their leadership and professional skills," and how to succeed where defunct predecessor groups like Progress 20/20 and the Culture Club had "fizzled out."
In March 2006 the group elected its initial board of directors, including chairman John Hosman and co-chair Chad McDaniel, and publicly endorsed the Community Maritime Park project. It was officially incorporated on April 25.
Issues and projects
Team chair: Brock Dickens
Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce building.
Team chair: Leslie Cagle
Meets the last Tuesday of each month at 5:45 p.m. at Avalex Technologies.
Team chair: Miller Caldwell III
Quality of Life
Team chair: Marina Paul
Meets the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the United Way of Escambia County.
Team chair: Marie Thompson
Meets the first Wednesday of each month at noon at the Fish House.
In early 2007, PYP launched its Internship Pensacola program, a partnership with the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and the University of West Florida. The groups found paid, 12-week internships with local employers that would provide real-world experience and six to nine credit hours.
PYP partnered with the Studer Group in 2008 to create the Pensacola Professional Development Institute (PPDI), a self-sustaining leadership training program designed "to help companies improve employee retention and selection, productivity, and satisfaction."
The 2008/09 schedule includes four conference dates. Quint Studer will be one of the speakers. The cost to attend PPDI is $400 for PYP members and $500 for non-members.
PYP hosts occasional town-hall-style political forums where its members and the public can ask questions of elected leaders and political candidates. The first such event took place on July 24, 2006 at Pensacola Junior College, where 18 state and local candidates spoke to about 100 people.
"Forward Focus" is the name of PYP's bi-monthly general membership meeting.
Board of directors and officers, 2007-08
- Chair: James Hosman
- Vice Chair: Ashley Hodge
- Secretary: ShaLonda Palmer
- Treasurer: Catherine R. Thornton
- Fundraising: David Sansing
- Marketing: Natasha Roberts-Sluder
- Legal Counsel: Ryan Hatler
- Immediate Past Chair: Jason Crawford
- At-Large: Jay Overman
- Professional Development: Kristine Karsten CIC