In business and under 40? The Arlington Chamber Young Professionals could be for you.
Formed early last year, the group is open to any member in good standing of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce between the ages of 18 and 40. There is no additional fee to join.
Heading up the group is Chairman Kevin Krajewski, 33, owner of Transparent Electricity Quotes Llc. Krajewski said the purpose of the group is to encourage young professionals to bond together and grow professionally with an eye toward keeping the Arlington business community prosperous.
“We are just getting off the ground and are very open to suggestions and input concerning the future of the group,” said Krajewski. “We have access to a lot of mentors in the chamber and also can learn a good deal from our peers.”
The organization plans to have interesting events featuring panels or speakers once each quarter and in between will connect at Chamber After Hours events.
Vice Chairman Valerie Landry, general manager of The Sanford House Inn & Spa, said she views membership as a creative and professional way to meet other young professionals in the area.
“Our focus is on education, and I think it’s really important to further the development of young professionals as they progress through their careers,” she said. “Everyone has different backgrounds and experiences, so it’s fun to share and learn from one another.”
A luncheon and meeting on March 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Admiral Hotel is open to anyone in the community as a chance to learn more about the group. A panel discussion will cover topics ranging from advice for young professionals to business regrets and how to further professional development.
Panelists are Winston Borland, president and CEO of Medical Center of Arlington; Shirley Cox, senior vice president of Frost Bank; and Judy McDonald, executive director of Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County.
Landry and Krajewski say the group aims to bridge the gap between the new generation entering the business world and experienced community leaders. Providing information for those just starting out in a career, changing careers or developing within their career is a priority. Making contacts and professional growth will be foremost on the group’s agenda.
“Top Arlington leaders within the chamber and the community also benefit from [the group] in that they have a chance to cultivate this new generation and have a pool of trained and talented candidates to choose from when determining the future of their companies,” said Landry. “Through the education and training opportunities ACYP provides, a bright future is sustainable and easily achievable.”
Registration for the March 12 event is $25 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. Details about the group are available at www.arlingtontx.com/site/acyp or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arlingtoncyp.
“We welcome all young professionals to come be a part our group,” said Krajewski, offering an invitation. “We are excited about this new venture. Come join us to grow in your professional career. It’s a great place to meet other business people your age.”