Congratulations, Young Professional of the Year, Murray Devine!

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The Sarasota Young Professionals Group, a program of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, is proud to announce Murray Devine as the Young Professional of the Year announced at the YPG Summit: Thrive hosted at USF Sarasota-Manatee on July 21.

This award, which in years’ past has been announced at The Chamber’s Annual Small Business Awards, recognizes a young professional in the Sarasota region that has demonstrated outstanding leadership personally, professionally, and in our community.

About Murray Devine:

Murray Devine is the Manager of Communications and Marketing at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, overseeing the Foundation’s communications, media relations, social media, and marketing efforts for the last three years. He also directs the branding, strategic communications, and promotional efforts for the Giving Challenge, which benefits more than 600 local non-profit organizations, as well as Season of Sharing, which provides a safety-net for families living under the threat of homelessness. Originally born and raised in South Africa, Murray has been proud to be able to call Sarasota his home for the last 14 years. Murray believes in the power of results-based, strategic communications and storytelling to build movements and drive positive social change in communities. Through his work, Murray most enjoys telling the various stories of good things happening in our region and being able to give back to the community.


The 2017 YPG Summit: “Thrive” and the Young Professional of the Year Award is presented by Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Additional Sponsors include Observer Media Group as Media Sponsor; Community Foundation of Sarasota County as Foundation Partner; Boars Head Provisions Company, Cowork SRQ, and MagnifyGood as Track Sponsors; Willis Smith Construction and TriNet as Gold Sponsors; and Allegiant Private Advisors, BB&T, and Sarasota Ford as Silver Sponsors.

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Group Spotlight: Young Professionals Group

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The heart of any organization is their volunteers. The Sarasota Young Professionals Group (YPG), a program of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, is no different. The YPG Board Members and member volunteers give their time through organizing various YPG events, building strategic partnerships within the community, and creating opportunities for YPG members to engage with one another in meaningful ways.

One initiative of the YPG Board has been to gather data on issues affecting Sarasota’s young professionals. In fall 2015, YPG’s Government Issues committee created a survey on attainable housing, and the results have spurred a community-wide conversation regarding housing needs for young professionals. Media, such as ABC 7, The Observer, and ABC Action News in Tampa have reported on the survey’s findings, and local developers have reached out to request additional data. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers in the YPG Government Issues committee, YPG is able to be a resource for this critical information by gathering, analyzing, and communicating data.

Young professionals are often known for working hard and playing hard, but we’ve witnessed how much they also care about the community. This year, YPG volunteers have given back hundreds of hours to organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Suncoast, Habitat for Humanity, the Sarasota Music Half Marathon, Girls Inc., and Easter Seals of Southwest Florida.

The Young Professionals Group Board includes: Michael Calamaras, Ashley Leon, Chris Laney, Adam Angstadt, Mimi Chenyao, Sean Duade, Kayla Escobar, David Ford-Coates, Anna Foster, Amelia March, Avarie Hannah, Adam Hughes, Andrea Knies, Sam Lowry, Kelly Martella, Shantel Norman, Travis Rossnagle, Raymmar Tirado, and Rob Young.

For more information on getting involved in the Sarasota Young Professionals Group, please contact YPG Coordinator, Mimi Cirbusova, at mfleck@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4038.

Rock for a Cause with the Sarasota Young Professionals

Get ready to ROCK…for a Cause! The Sarasota Young Professionals Group and S-One Holdings Corporation are teaming up again this year to host the 2nd Annual Rock for a Cause at Payne Park on Saturday, November 21st.

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An event for people of all ages, Rock for a Cause celebrates local music, local business and community in Downtown Sarasota. Local musicians will compete in a battle of the bands to win a $1500 prize as well as $3500 to donate to a Sarasota County school music program of their choice. Continue reading “Rock for a Cause with the Sarasota Young Professionals”