Date ArticleType
1/17/2017 Chamber News
St. Pete Young Professionals Elect 2017 Executive Board Members


Contact: Morgan Brochetti
Marketing Coordinator
(727) 388-2908


JANUARY 17, 2017 | St. Petersburg, FL — The St. Pete Young Professionals announced today Sean King, Chief Administrator at Solutions Behavioral Healthcare and former St. Pete Young Professionals community service chair, as its 2017 chair.

“I’m excited and honored to return this year as chair of the organization,” said King. “My goal is to bring more young professionals’ voices to the forefront through leadership opportunities and programming that our organization will provide this year.”

King and his executive board of 16 young professionals have taken to their roles quickly. The executive board met in early January for a board retreat where they identified four major pillars to guide the organization this year. These pillars include leadership, diversity & inclusion, branding and membership.

“Our St. Pete Young Professionals have become the heartbeat of our community and we've been blessed to engage so many caring young leaders. I'm confident Sean and his leadership team will continue the youthful vibration and tremendous momentum we all feel in St. Petersburg,” says President & CEO of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Chris Steinocher.

Below is the 2017 St. Pete Young Professionals Executive Board:

Sean King, Chair
Solutions Behavioral Healthcare

Carrie Harrill-Smith, Vice Chair
Baycare Medical Group

Melanie Gunaratna, Community Service Chair

Ashley Westfall, Community Service Vice Chair

Demetrius Taylor, Diversity & Inclusion Chair
Mercury Insurance

Bobby Poth, Diversity & Inclusion Vice Chair
Westerman Zetrouer, PA and Revolution Real Estate

Mark Stroud, Economic Development Chair
Bank of the Ozarks

Lauren Ellis, Events Chair
St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce

James Forsman, Finance Chair
Morgan Stanley

John Harrison, Jr., Leadership Roundtable Chair
Brown & Brown Insurance

Virginia Bussey, Marketing Chair
The Dawson Academy

Maryann Akinboyewa, Marketing Vice Chair
The Penny Hoarder (Taylor Media)

Kate Harris, Marketing Vice Chair

Set Carpintero, Membership Chair
Seabridge Wealth Management

Jerell Puyot, Membership Vice Chair

Matt Lettelleir, Public Policy Chair
Pinellas County Republican Party

Brooks Wallington, Public Policy Vice Chair
Hughes & Wallington Wealth Management

About the St. Pete Young Professionals
Established in 2006, St. Pete Young Professionals is a young professional council within the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. St. Pete Young Professionals is for young professionals interested in business networking, social events, professional development, and community service supporting the economic development and community vitality of St. Petersburg. Learn more at

About the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce®
The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce®, originally founded in 1899, now serves over 1,200 member businesses. Finding ways to create and enhance opportunities to do business in St. Petersburg, the Chamber works to improve the local economic climate and to build a thriving business environment. The Chamber is the voice of local business in St. Petersburg, providing leadership on important business and community issues. Learn more at