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1/10/2020 Chamber News

St. Pete Young Professionals Announce 2020 Executive Board Members

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (January 9, 2020) — The St. Pete Young Professionals (SPYP), a leading young professional organization, is pleased to announce their 2020 Executive Board. Patricia Clynes, CFO at The James Museum will serve as Chair. Clynes has previously served as Finance Chair.

“It is a true honor to serve as Chair in 2020. I am genuinely passionate about the Tampa Bay region as well as supporting and bringing together young professionals. My goal is to facilitate a roadmap that will help the St. Pete Young Professionals mature as an organization and achieve sustainability without losing the youthful energy that defines us”.

Clynes and her executive board of 14 young professionals are excited about creating relevant content that will help the group to become deeper involved in the community, provide opportunities for personal growth and professional development, and encourage and equip members to become 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 2020 St. Pete Young Professionals Executive Board includes:

Patricia Clynes, Chair
The James Museum
Lauren Ellis, Immediate Past Chair
Brittany Ranew, Events Chair
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
Daniel Acevedo, Connect Networking Chair
PurePoint Financial
Katherine Barrett, Programming Chair
Lauren Highland, Leadership Series Chair
Northwestern Mutual

Danyel Soyer, Community Service Chair
Jessica Duxstad, Community Service Co-Chair
Kelsey Nolan, Community Service Co-Chair
McKinsey & Company
Lawrence Parker, Diversity and Inclusion Chair
Northwestern Mutual

 John Harrison Jr., Advocacy Chair
Brown & Brown Insurance

Benjamin Friedman, Advocacy Co-Chair
Pinellas County Economic Development
Chris Griffin, Membership Chair
City of St. Petersburg
Crystal Hochmuller, Marketing Chair
The Bainbridge Companies

Manuela Machado, Marketing Co-Chair


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