The Greater Houston Partnership today announced the launch of its Houston Young Professionals Endeavor (HYPE) program. HYPE’s mission is to groom the region’s next generation of business leadership by providing unique professional development programming and opportunities to engage with leaders of GHP Member businesses. Additionally, GHP will look to this group to offer perspective from the 21 to 40 demographic on the regional issues GHP addresses.
Forbes.com ranks Houston as one of the top cities in the U.S. for young professionals. As the premier business organization in the Houston region, GHP sees the launch of HYPE as an important step in continuing regional economic prosperity and advocating for the issues that shape our future. “To secure GHP’s legacy of leadership, we must tap into new energy from a broader range of community leaders,” says Patrick Oxford, chairman of GHP. HYPE will provide the region’s emerging leaders a forum to learn from heads of industry to enhance their professional networks and to be a voice at the table as GHP leads the way in moving this region forward.
The program will offer unique continuing education programs, professional development experiences and networking opportunities, the first of which will be a kick-off event in conjunction with The Houston Texans’ Draft Day Party at Reliant Stadium on Thursday, April 22nd.
There is no cost to join HYPE, and it is open to GHP Members and nonmembers. It will serve as a sub-committee of GHP’s Member Services committee which is chaired by Jamey Rootes, president, The Houston Texans. HYPE’s leadership team boasts up-and-coming talent from around the region and across industry sectors. The team is lead by chair Will McMullen, UBS Investment Bank, and includes:
· David T. Anderson, III, 20.10 Media, LLC
· Beau Bellow
· Cassye Cook, Sysco Corporation
· Wes Johnson, Noble Energy, Inc.
· Jen Lemanski, Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, PC
· Benton Love, Calpine Corporation
· Max Monzon, Raintree Resorts International
· Alyssa Rodriguez, UBS Financial
· Nate Stockard, Melaroo Web Marketing
Recognizing that future business leaders are increasingly tech-savvy, HYPE is employing several social media platforms to reach the region’s young professionals with a presence on Facebook (Houston Young Professionals Endeavor – HYPE),