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  • 01 Oct 2019 8:45 AM | Chelsea Blaich (Administrator)

    Young Professionals of Walton County to Host “Bling and Brews” Event at New Local Taproom

    WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (October 1, 2019) – The Young Professionals of Walton County (YPWC) will be hosting a “Bling and Brews” event on Tuesday, October 10, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at Beach & Brew on 30A, South Walton’s newest taproom showcasing local and regional breweries, located at 10343 East County Hwy. 30A, Unit #110 in Seacrest Beach. 

    Sponsored by McCaskill and Company, the first 50 people to attend will receive an exclusive goody bag from the area’s finest jeweler. Throughout the event, guests will enjoy light bites provided by JC’s Gourmet and one complimentary craft beer from the taproom. 

    During this event the Young Professionals of Walton County will be drawing the winners of their membership drive. Three randomly selected individuals who have completed their YPWC membership paperwork by the event on Thursday, October 10, 2019, will win one of the prize packages. Each package consists of donations from area businesses and community members, including Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer, Cory Fosdyck, Cuvee Kitchen + Wine Bar, Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament, Epic Photo Co., Grayton Beer Brewpub, Grayton Beer Company, Harvest Wine & Food Festival, Marlin Grill, Restaurant Paradis, Slick Lips Seafood House & Oyster Bar, Spa98, The Market Shops 5thAnnual Bloody Mary Festival and The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Beer Festival. For more information on membership tiers and how you can join to be entered to win, please visit http://bit.ly/YPWCmembership.

    Additional event sponsors include Clutch Media Works, Eloquent Signs, and Epic Photo Co. This event is $5 for YPWC members and $10 for prospective members. To accommodate all guests, YPWC asks those interested in attending to register online at http://ypwaltoncounty.com/Events.

  • 22 Aug 2019 3:09 PM | Chelsea Blaich (Administrator)

    WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (August 22, 2019) The Young Professionals of Walton County (YPWC) will be partnering with the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce to host the North Business After Hours event on Thursday, September 12, from 5-7 p.m., at Westonwood Ranch located at 4390 Hwy. 20 W., in Freeport. 


    Sponsored by A Superior Air Conditioning, YPWC invites the community to Westonwood Ranch to explore their new facilities and network with other young professionals and chamber members. YPWC will be serving refreshments and accepting new member applications throughout the evening.

    Throughout the summer and early fall, the Young Professionals of Walton County are hosting a membership drive. Three randomly selected individuals who have completed their YPWC membership paperwork by Thursday, October 10, 2019, will win one of the prize packages. Each package consists of donations from area businesses and community members, including Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer, Cory Fosdyck, Cuvee Kitchen + Wine Bar, Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament, Epic Photo Co., Grayton Beer Brewpub, Grayton Beer Company, Harvest Wine & Food Festival, Marlin Grill, Restaurant Paradis, Slick Lips Seafood House & Oyster Bar, Spa98, The Market Shops 5thAnnual Bloody Mary Festival and The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Beer Festival. 

    The winners will be drawn at the YPWC After Hours Social Event on October 10. YPWC offers a number of membership levels ranging from corporate to individual. For more information on membership tiers and how you can join to be entered to win, please visit http://bit.ly/YPWCmembership.

    Th North Business After Hours event is free for YPWC members and Chamber members, and $10 for prospective members. To accommodate all guests, YPWC asks those interested in attending to RSVP online at http://ypwaltoncounty.com/Events.

  • 31 Jul 2019 3:07 PM | Chelsea Blaich (Administrator)

    WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (July 31, 2019) The Young Professionals of Walton County (YPWC) will host a panel discussion titled, “Jack and Jane of All Trades,” on Thursday, August 8, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at The Hyatt Place Sandestin located in Grand Boulevard. 


    Sponsored by Matthews & Jones, LLP., young professionals and prospective members will have the opportunity to hear from various local professionals who are experts in their area of service during a lively panel discussion. Panelists include Todd Bierbaum, Bierbaum IT; Katelyn Bryant, Spa98; Kali David, Plate to Plate; Wilson McGinness, Gulf Coast Home Services; and Simon Smith, Auto Mechanic. They will discuss a range of topics including skin care, automotive, technology, culinary, hosting, and home improvement.

    Additional event sponsors include Clutch Media Works, Eloquent Signs, and Epic Photo Co. This event is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. To accommodate all guests, YPWC asks those interested in attending to RSVP online at http://ypwaltoncounty.com/Events.

    Along with monthly events, the Young Professionals of Walton County are also hosting a membership drive. Three randomly selected individuals who have completed their YPWC membership paperwork by Thursday, October 10, 2019, will be entered to win one of the prize packages. Each package consists of donations from area business, including Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer, Cory Fosdyck, Cuvee Kitchen + Wine Bar, Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament, Epic Photo Co., Grayton Beer Brewpub, Grayton Beer Company, Harvest Wine & Food Festival, Marlin Grill, Restaurant Paradis, Slick Lips Seafood House & Oyster Bar, Spa98, The Market Shops Annual Bloody Festival and The Village of Baytowne Beer Festival. 

    The winners will be drawn at the YPWC After Hours Social Event on October 10. YPWC offers a number of membership levels ranging from corporate to individual. For more information on membership tiers and how you can join to be entered to win, please visit http://bit.ly/YPWCmembership.

  • 18 Jun 2019 3:06 PM | Chelsea Blaich (Administrator)

    WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (June 18, 2019) The Young Professionals of Walton County (YPWC) will host a July networking event titled “Mingling and Margs” on Thursday, July 11 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at La Cocina located at 10343 E. County Hwy. 30A in Seacrest Beach. 


    Sponsored by Progress Bank, YPWC members and non-members are invited to mix and mingle with one another while sipping on hand-crafted margaritas. Each attendee will receive one complimentary margarita as well as free chips and salsa. There will be special networking opportunities as well as giveaways throughout the evening. This event is free to attend and open to the public. 

    Additional event sponsors include Eloquent Signs, Clutch Media Works, and Epic Photo Co. This event is free to attend. To accommodate all guests, YPWC asks those interested in attending to RSVP online at http://ypwaltoncounty.com/Events.

    The Young Professionals of Walton County is accepting applications for members throughout the year. The organization aims to connect, socialize and network with young professionals in the Walton County area. Whether new to the area or a long-time local, YPWC wants to help all young professionals grow their career while also having a little fun along the way. To sign up for YPWC or learn more about membership, visit http://ypwaltoncounty.com/Membership.

  • 22 May 2019 3:03 PM | Chelsea Blaich (Administrator)

    WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (May 22, 2019) The Young Professionals of Walton County (YPWC) will host a “Bow Wow Seafood Boil” on Thursday, June 13, from 5:30- 7 p.m. located at the new Dog Harmony Headquarters in Santa Rosa Beach. 


    Sponsored by Whole Life Fitness, YPWC members and non-members are invited to enjoy a bountiful seafood boil provided by Grayton Beer Brewpub along with beers provided by Grayton Beer Company. Guests will be entertained by the musical stylings of Rob Romans. The cost to attend the boil is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.  

    A portion of the proceeds will directly benefit Dog Harmony, a non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to reducing the shelter dog population through ongoing humane education, force-free training, and low-cost spay/neuter and microchipping services. Founded by professional dog trainer Nancy Bown, CPDT-KA, Dog Harmony works to build positive relationships between canines and humans, preventing dogs from becoming homeless in the first place.

    Additional event sponsors include Eloquent Signs, Clutch Media Works, and Epic Photo Co. This event is free to attend. To accommodate all guests, YPWC asks those interested in attending to RSVP online at http://ypwaltoncounty.com/Events.

  • 23 Apr 2019 3:01 PM | Chelsea Blaich (Administrator)

    WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (April 23, 2019) The Young Professionals of Walton County (YPWC) will host their first “Rise & Grind” of 2019 on Thursday, May 9. Sponsored by Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, Rise & Grind will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the gazebo courtyard outside of Clean Juice located in The Market Shops.


    Young professionals will have the opportunity to network and participate in a round-robin style talk with Reynolds Henderson of Main Street DeFuniak Springs, County Commissioner Tony Anderson, and the South Walton Community Chaplain Emily Proctor. Each will discuss the various community and commerce practices in Walton County. Event goers will also enjoy coffee and cold-pressed juice samples provided by Clean Juice. 

    Additional event sponsors include Eloquent Signs, Clutch Media Works, and Epic Photo Co. This event is free to attend. To accommodate all guests, YPWC asks those interested in attending to RSVP online at http://ypwaltoncounty.com/Events.

  • 04 Mar 2019 3:05 PM | Chelsea Blaich (Administrator)

    WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (March 4, 2019)  The Young Professionals of Walton County (YPWC) will host their March event at Idyll Hounds Brewing Company titled “Puppies & Pints: A Saint Paw-Trick’s Day Social” on Thursday, March 14 from 5:00 – 7:00pm. 


    Event goers will enjoy live music by DJ Dad, food for purchase from the Back Beach Barbecue food truck, and receive one free beer from Idyll Hounds with an item donation to Lucky Puppy Rescue. Needs include: Purine ONE puppy kibble, pee pads, liquid washing detergent, baby meat food found in glass jars, evaporated milk, liquid goat’s milk, baby cereal, and monetary donations.

    Lucky Puppy Rescue was founded in 2008 in an effort to change the luck of rescue dogs forever. The organization is located on a 125-acre farm and through proper veterinary care, including spaying and neutering, they are able to tend to the physical health of every dog that comes to them.  Additionally, the organization fosters a healthy emotional environment for the dogs, providing a pack family that will socialize them and improves their overall behavior. 

    This event is free and open to the public to attend, but donations are highly encouraged. To stay in the know with all that is happening, be sure to follow Young Professionals of Walton County on Facebook and Instagram or visit their website http://ypwaltoncounty.com.

  • 07 Feb 2019 2:59 PM | Chelsea Blaich (Administrator)

    WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (February 7, 2019)  The Young Professionals of Walton County (YPWC) will host their inaugural professional development luncheon featuring "For the Love of Money," Financial Planning with Simona from Krueger Fosdyck & Associates: Merrill Lynch, which will take place on Thursday, February 14. 


    The Young Professionals of Walton County invites the community to join them at the new Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. for this professional development luncheon. Simona will discuss the basic concepts of financial planning, the time value of money and investments, use of credit, and getting a head start on retirement planning.

    Simona Ondrejkova, originally from the Czech Republic, has been a Financial Advisor at Krueger Fosdyck & Associates: Merrill Lynch since 2012. Her overall goal is to assist clients in every aspect of their financial lives by working with them to formulate an approachable financial plan that is customized to their unique needs and objectives. Simona utilizes the vast resources and research capabilities of Merrill Lynch and Bank of America to bring clarity to investment opportunities and ever-changing market conditions that can impact portfolio returns. After moving to the United States in her early teen years, Simona graduated with an MBA and a B.S. in Finance and Business Administration from Florida State University. She is also actively involved with local non-profits including the Destin Woman’s Club, American Cancer Society, and Toastmasters. 

    Cost to attend is $20 for members and $25 for non-members which will include lunchTo stay in the know with all that is happening, be sure to follow Young Professionals of Walton County on Facebook and Instagram or visit their website http://ypwaltoncounty.com.

  • 24 Jan 2019 2:57 PM | Chelsea Blaich (Administrator)

    WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (January 24, 2019) The Young Professionals of Walton County (YPWC) announced today its first experience of the New Year. This welcoming and informative social will be hosted on Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30p.m. at the Amavida Coffee Roaster in the South Walton Commerce Park. “Hit the Ground(s) Running” will be an introductory event for young professionals along Florida’s Emerald Coast looking to further engage in the professional networking realm and kick off their New Year with intensity. 


    Young Professionals of Walton County is an organization created by the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce whose mission is to bridge social, geographical, political and economic boundaries across Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, while providing a venue for ambitious individuals to network and enhance their professional development skills.

    “Hit the Ground(s) Running” is complimentaryto attend and open to all young professionals on the Emerald Coast. Guests will enjoy live music by Tanner Gray, lite-bites, local beers from Grayton Beer Company, specialty craft coffee cocktails by Amavida, as well as the chance to participate in raffle/door prize drawings.  Additional event sponsors include Clutch Media Works,Eloquent Signs, Epic Photo Co.,Land • Air • Sea Productionsand the Walton Area Chamber. 

    If your business is interested in donating a door prize, or sponsoring an upcoming event to raise awareness amongst this local group of young professionals, please email Kelly Thompsonatkellyt@cvhnkids.org.

    The 2019 Young Professionals of Walton County Board of Directors include:

    President – Chelsea Blaich, Grayton Beer Company

    Communications (E-news & Press Releases) – Bryanna Rose Muscella, Proffitt PR

    Communications (Website & Social Media) – Chelsea Fox, Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center

    Design – Jessica Plowden, Clutch Media Works 

    Historian/Photographer – Jeff Provinse, Epic Photo Co.

    Immediate Past President – Jessica Proffitt Bracken, Proffitt PR

    Membership – Karah Fridley Young, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation

    Networking Events – Kelly Thompson, Children’s Volunteer Health Network 

    Networking Events – Kevin Boyle, Poor Truman Creative 

    Programs/Professional Development – Nathan R. Cordle, Clark Partington

    Secretary – Chelsea Calhoun, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin

    Sponsorship – Brooke Wheeler, The Island Wedding Company & Whole Life Fitness, LLC

    Sponsorship – Chris Wheeler, Scenic Stays 30A & Whole Life Fitness, LLC

    Sponsorship – Leighann Elliott, The Village of Baytowne Wharf

    Time & Attendance –  Katelyn Burke, Spa 98

    Treasurer – Amanda Bierbaum, Soiree

    Trustee – Cory Fosdyck, Merill Lynch

    The 2019 Board of Directors will be inducted during the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala on Friday, February 1, 2019, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Those interested in attending should register in advance at www.waltonareachamber.com.

    For those unable to attend the January kickoff event, YPWC invites everyone to join them Thursday, February 14, 2019, for their inaugural professional development luncheon of 2019. Additional details regarding this event are forthcoming. To stay in the know with all that is happening, be sure to follow Young Professionals of Walton County on Facebook and Instagram or visit their website http://ypwaltoncounty.com.

  • 15 Jul 2016 12:21 PM | Deleted user

    Networking is a skill that many young professionals are often uncomfortable with.  How does one build a network where you can pick up the phone and accomplish a difficult task? How do you build a network with potential mentors that you can work with throughout your career?  How do you start to build a network at all?


    These are all valid questions with simple answers.  However, like anything worth having, you’ll have to work hard and be patient to cultivate a network that works for you.


    Here is the first in a series of three easy starting points:

    1. Find a hobby that speaks to a wide audience.  If you’re looking to cultivate a diverse network, spending all of your free time gaming online (for instance) is not going help foster many conversations with potential contacts who are not into gaming.  Also, those outside of your specific hobby world may not want to know anything additional about your awesome game score.

    Two approaches to finding a new hobby with the right fit:

    A)     Think about who you would like to connect with and your own interests.  If you want to meet more people who play tennis, sail, and go golfing, but you hate golf and get really bad tennis elbow, try sailing!


    B)      Find something that is universally understood (i.e. sports, the arts, etc.) that you are passionate about (or at least like). If you love to paint, that’s great! As the conversation starts to turn away from business at your next office event, ask your new connection what he/she enjoys doing outside of work, listen actively to the response, and then share that you love to paint. Most people will ask what you like to paint, how you got into this hobby, etc. The conversation goes from there.


    Regardless of the route you take, make a note in your phone of the person’s name and what you talked about.  If they offered you a card, write the conversation key points as bullet notes on the back and then add them into the notes section when you create a new contact. If you know you are going to see this person again, or need to reach out to them, but cannot remember the details, these brief notes will help you pick up where you left off.


    Does all of this mean that you have to give up your online gaming? No. It just means that you are branching out to make yourself well-rounded. You may have to try more than one hobby to find a great fit! But, by trying something new, you are also learning new skills and opening yourself up to change – which are both good things!


    Check back for tip #2 in two weeks!

    -K


    Kate Scanlan is the Coordinator for the Costa Leadership Institute and the 2016 Professional Development Chair for YP@TB. Kate enjoys supporting the community by taking an active role in the Junior League of the Emerald Coast and the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce. When not at work, Kate enjoys gardening, cooking, yoga, and playing with her dog.

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