About YPG

The Sarasota Young Professionals Group (YPG) is a networking organization of dedicated young professionals ranging in age from 21-40.

Founded in May 2003 as a program of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, YPG has one simple mission: To enrich the community by uniting and empowering Sarasota area young professionals.

Today we are more than 400 members strong, all working together to move Sarasota forward.

Meet The YPG Board of Directors

Ashley Leon

Northwestern Mutual

Rob Young

Icard Merrill

Michael Calamaras

Immediate Past-Chair

Mimi Cirbusova

YPG Coordinator
Greater Sarasota Chamber

Anna Foster

Gulf Coast Community Fdn.

Raymmar Tirado

Communications Chair
Clear Idea Labs

Brandon McAllister

Engagement Chair
Sarasota Memorial

Kelly Martella

Finance Liaison
Boar’s Head

Shantel Norman

Events Chair
Visit Sarasota County

Leroy Presley

Programming Chair
Intertape Polymer Group

Jamie Minton

Government Issues Chair
Girls, Inc.

Shannon Amber Thornhill

Volunteer Chair
Gateway Bank

Sofie Wachtmeister

Recruitment Chair
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Carl Watkins

Partnership Chair
Allegiant Private Advisors

Frequently Asked

What is the Sarasota Young Professionals Group (YPG)?

The Sarasota Young Professionals Group (also referred to as YPG) is a program of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, focused on helping young professionals grow personally, professionally, and as leaders in the community we love. Established in 2003, YPG offers unique opportunities to

What is the age limit for YPG?

Our membership is designed for individuals between 21 to 40.

What is the cost of being a YPG member?

Membership to YPG is $60/year.

Do you offer a discount for students?

Yes! To receive the student rate of membership of $30/year, you must be a current student enrolled in a postsecondary program. To request a student application, please contact YPG Coordinator, Mimi Cirbusova, at mcirbusova@sarasotachamber.com.

I applied to be a YPG member. What’s next?

Thank you for your membership! You should receive a welcome email within 1-2 business days, containing your login for the Greater Sarasota Chamber website. Save this login to get your member rates to events. If you do not receive this email, please contact YPG Coordinator, Mimi Cirbusova, at mcirbusova@sarasotachamber.com. We strongly encourage you to get involved in one of our committees.

How often do you hold events?

YPG hosts a variety of events throughout the year. This includes our monthly After Hours, quarterly new member orientations (H.Y.P.E.), and annual events, such as our YPG Summit. We recommend checking out our events page to see all upcoming events, and following us on Facebook.

I’d like to join the YPG Board. How do I apply

The YPG Board of Directors holds elections for open positions each summer. You must be a member in good standing to apply. Our Nominations Taskforce will then interview all applicants for each position, and make recommendations to the Board for approval. If you have questions please contact YPG Cooridinator, Mimi Cirbusova, at mcirbusova@sarasotachamber.com.

Who is currently on the Board of YPG?

Check out our Board member page here.

My company is a member of the Chamber. Does that make me a YPG member?

YPG Membership is separate from Chamber Membership, because YPG membership is for you as an individual, while Chamber Membership is for organizations.

My company wants to work with YPG. Who can I speak to?

Please contact YPG Coordinator, Mimi Cirbusova, at mcirbusova@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4038.

Can I advertise an event/offer through the YPG?

YPG does not provide advertising opportunities at this time. We strongly recommend checking out the wonderful advertising opportunities through membership at the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

A Very Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Chairman Sponsor

Foundation Partner

Vice President Sponsors