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My Council: YP

     Two and a half years ago I joined Fidelity National Title as an Escrow Officer. I was then promoted in March 2012 to Account Manager. I knew I needed to get involved and learn more about Elkhart, since I grew up in St. Joe County. My very first thought was to get involved with The Chamber.
     I attended a Young Professionals lunch and instantly wanted to get more involved. The following month I attended the council meeting and was soon part of the executive council. I am now the Co-Chair of the YP’s along with Stacey Anderson of CAPS.  
     YP’s motto is Develop, Network, Serve and we do just that. 
     YP has helped me develop many relationships not only professionally but personally as well. I am happy to say that many of my “clients” have now become my friends. I have built many of these relationships by attending our many networking events.  
     Our luncheons focus on topics that are important to YPs. While YP’s age is defined as 21-45, anyone of any age is welcome to attend our events. We have covered topics from “Buying and Selling Your First Home” to “Managing Personal Finance.” We have also held talks on “Parenting for Professionals” and “Inspire Elkhart.” This year we branched out of our usual luncheon style and had a series called “Explore Elkhart.” We took tours of Wellfield Botanic Garden, Ruthmere Museum and ETHOS Science Center. Elkhart has so many great places and things to offer we felt it was our duty to share these (sometimes hidden) treasures with our peers. 
     This past year the YP’s took on a new project called “Cheers for Charity.” It is an after hours casual networking event with a conscience. Each event is held at different Chamber Member restaurant and we host a Not-for-Profit Chamber Member. We ask attendees to donate $10 at the door to the nonprofit. Many times the Chamber Member Restaurants have even done a give back of sorts. This entity has brought a new crowd out for our events.  It’s a great way to network and serve the Greater Elkhart Community.   
     YP offers a deeper sense of community, is diverse in many ways, and brings a greater quality of life to Elkhart County. 
     I develop personal and professional relationships and network with my colleagues and peers of many different professional backgrounds. Together we serve this great Elkhart community. 
     After all, we are the City with a Heart!

Some of Elhart’s Young Professionals: Brian Boehler, Meghann Sullivan, Stacey Anderson and Steph Patka.

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