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1/8/2019 Chamber News

St. Pete Young Professionals Elect 2019 Executive Board Members


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (January 08, 2019) — The St. Pete Young Professionals (SPYP), a leading young professional organization, is pleased to announce their 2019 Executive Board. Dr. Lauren Ellis, Account Executive at Tucker/Hall will serve as Chair. Ellis has previously served as Advocacy Chair and Events Chair.

"As a St. Pete native, I am excited and honored to be able to serve as chair of the organization,” said Ellis. “My goal is to create a space where anyone can feel able to make meaningful connections and become a more confident member of the business community.”

Ellis and her executive board of 14 young professionals are excited to bring unique, valuable networking, development and community opportunities to St. Petersburg. Whether through monthly happy hours, intimate conversations with community leaders or volunteer experiences, the St. Pete Young Professionals executive board works to attract and engage the next generation of leaders.

“The St. Pete Young Professionals have a special place in our community. They help celebrate the diverse and funky culture we love and work to cultivate the kind of business community they want to be part of for years to come,” said Chris Steinocher, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO.

The 2019 St. Pete Young Professionals Executive Board includes:

Lauren Ellis, Chair

Brooks Wallington, Immediate Past Chair
Hughes & Wallington Wealth Management

Christal McCamy, Administration Chair
Bank OZK

Emily Bland, Advocacy Co-Chair
The Penny Hoarder

Anthony Close, Advocacy Co-Chair
Raymond James
St. Pete Rising

Brittany Ranew, Annual Celebration Chair
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Michelle Olson, Community Service Chair
Pinellas Sheriff’s Police Athletic League

Jerell Puyot, ‘Connect’ Networking Chair
Reusable Transport Packaging

Lawrence Parker, Diversity and Inclusion Chair
Northwestern Mutual

Jess Duxstad, Events Chair
Mercer Advisors

Patricia Clynes, Finance Chair
The James Museum

Scott Foelgner, Leadership Round Table Chair
Triad Digital Media

Danny Hernandez, Membership Chair
Northwestern Mutual

Crystal Hochmuller, Marketing Chair
930 Central Flats

Brandon Dysard, Programming Chair
Valley Bank

Becca Nguyen, Technology Chair
Digitally Agency


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