October 2015 | Layton Cox

Layton-300x270 was raised in Midland, TX. Only famous for its role in the blockbuster movie, Friday Night Lights, Midland is an oil and gas paradise for the common Texas cowboy. Layton had zero desire to be either an engineer or a cowboy, so he set out for “greener” pastures. During a series of college visits, Layton came across Tucson in January. Impressed by the co-eds, golf courses, and weather, Layton knew his “greener” pasture may be a little bit drier than he anticipated.

Layton started his academic career at the University of Arizona in 2009. During his time at UofA, Layton became greatly involved in Greek Life. He started Theta Chi fraternity with four of his friends his freshman year and was able to grow it to 120 members by the time he graduated. He also held the president position on the governing board for all Fraternity life his junior and senior year, winning Greek Man of the Year his senior year. Layton graduated from Eller with a major concentration in accounting in 2013.

After graduation, Layton took the role of Director of Retirement Plan Consulting for Pathways Financial Partners. Layton consults corporate retirement plans, like 401(k)s, for small businesses in the Southwestern United States. Layton consults on $20 Million of 401(k) assets.

Driven by the desire to help people make wiser financial decisions, Layton runs a startup called My Pathway. My Pathway is an online investment management and financial planning service to help anyone with more than $2,400 invest and plan for the future. You can read more on Layton’s startup at www.2mypathway.com

September 2015 | Cecilia Wolfson

ceciliaBorn and raised in Panama, as the only child of a Chilean mother and a Panamanian father. Her parents always told her: “We don’t know what the future can bring, but we are going to do everything we can to give you the tools you need to be prepared for anything that might come in your way”. For them, that meant making her learn as much as possible: languages, music, arts, etc.

In middle school, Cecilia had made up her mind about pursuing a career in hospitality. Not only she associated hotels with great family times, but the hotel industry was growing at a fast pace in Panama. Her career goals, made her move to Florida in 2003, to finish her Bachelor’s Degree at Florida State University.

After graduating, she was offered the opportunity to move to Atlanta to work for Starwood Hotels. She couldn’t decline the opportunity of acquiring international experience to bring back to Panama. A couple of years later, after some health issues and other lifestyle changes, she found herself without plans of going back home and very interested in health and nutrition. That made her decide to enroll again in school to obtain a nutrition degree.

While studying nutrition, she moved to Tucson in 2011. Shortly after, she started missing the people interactions from the hotel industry and went back to work in hotels. Getting side tracked from her career seemed at first like a waste of time, but it helped her reassess her career goals. At this point she also understood what her parents meant, which was teaching her how to learn anything she might need to succeed.

In 2014, she started feeling that her time in Tucson was about to expire, and she needed to decide to leave or stay. Tucson had started as one more stop on her life, but it didn’t take her long to realize that she had already fallen in love with the warmth of the people and the charm of city. Her decision to stay in Tucson drove her to find a career that would help her build roots and a better sense of community, while applying the human elements that she loved from the hotel industry. Cecilia is currently an independent insurance agent for Aflac, which is allowing her to grow as a community member.

One of the best pieces of advice she was ever given was: “always surround yourself with people that have the same goals and that are better than you”. That’s why a few months ago she joined TYP, where on each gathering, she is able to get inspired and encouraged by other young professionals who have a deep sense of community and that care about making a difference in other people’s lives.


August 2015 | Devin Simmons

devinDevin Simmons has been a member of TYP for nine years. Nearly his entire time as a member has included service on the TYP Board of Directors. He has served on the board in many capacities; as a director, committe chair, vice president, and most notably, in the role of president. Devin was president of TYP for a year and a half, in the 2012-2013 timeframe. During his near decade in service to the board, he has overseen and directly contributed to transitioning the organization from a small network to one of Tucson’s most recognizable and impactful organizations.

Devin has been a resident of Tucson for nearly two decades. He is a Tucson High School and University of Arizona graduate. He is currently attending the Eller College and working towards his MBA. He is a production manager at Raytheon Missile Systems, where he has worked in various capacities for over ten years. Additional community involvement includes being a member of the 2014 class of Greater Tucson Leadership.

Devin has always had a great love for this community and recognizes the important role that young professionals can, and do, play in shaping the destiny of the Tucson region. His actions as well as his passion are consistent with the greatest values and the mission of TYP. He and his lovely wife Shalane have also just welcomed their first child, Sedona.

Thank you Devin, for your dedicated and on-going contribution to our organization. We are honored to work with you, and appreciate the tenacity and knowledge your provide to move our organization forward. We are excited about this new chapter in your life. Many congratulations!

June 2015 Member of the Month – Isaac Figueroa


isaacIsaac Figueroa is a native Tucsonan, active in the Tucson real estate market since 2012. Isaac specializes in the leasing and sale of office and medical properties, representing landlords and tenants as well as buyers and sellers. He began his real estate career in a residential brokerage where he personally closed over $8 million in sales within his first two years. Driven, intelligent and an expert in his market, Isaac utilizes his advanced research and analytic skills to effectively create, procure and deliver optimal solutions for client needs. His passion for his craft and strength in negotiation allows him to maximize beneficial outcomes. Isaac prides himself on his work ethic and principles of honesty, integrity and mutual benefit for all parties involved in a real estate transaction. He operates under the belief that every transaction has a point where all parties can walk away satisfied, or there simply is no deal.

May 2015 Member of the Month – Melanie Maguire

melanieMelanie Maguire is currently the Information Management Operations Manager for Golder Associates, a ground engineering and environmental consulting firm, where she helps technical communities of engineers and scientists with their data management and workflows.

Melanie moved to Tucson for college.  While studying Environmental Science and competing on the University of Arizona Soil Judging Team, she found her place – a city with hiking 15 minutes in any direction, warm weather, and friendly people.  Melanie joined the Tucson office of Golder Associates as an environmental scientist.  Melanie also discovered her second home, the Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club, where she spent many hours playing sand volleyball and enjoying time with friends.

After seeing many of her friends move away, Melanie transferred to Golder Associates Sunnyvale, CA office in Silicon Valley.  She really enjoyed work there, but missed Tucson, great friends, and the Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club.  Melanie joined Golder’s Global Information Management team and moved back to Tucson.

Melanie then joined TYP to spend time with people who enjoy Tucson as much as she does while helping make it a better place.  Melanie is currently the vice-chair for TYP’s Philanthropy Committee and enjoys attending Professional Development events.  She recommends TYP if you are interested in contributing to your Tucson community, participating in great discussions, and learning more about Tucson.

April 2015 Member of the Month – Ana Garcia

Ana Garcia, serves as Business Development Director for Summit Funding,ana Residential Home Loans. Ana began her career in the Fun Park/Kids entertainment industry working in Sales and Special Events. A graduate of the University of Phoenix, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, she joined her mentor Derrick Polder, Regional Vice President of Summit Funding, in 2012 for a career in residential lending. Her favorite part of her job is FIRST TIME HOMEBUYERS. These buyers are typically the most nervous and have the most questions about the home buying process. Ana loves that her team takes pride in helping new home buyers by holding their hand throughout the entire loan process to make sure they have an exceptional experience and their perception of the lending industry is nothing but positive.

Ana is a Tucson native and is fluent in Spanish. She is proud of Tucson and likes to play an active role in its development. Ana is currently on the board of Tucson Young Professionals and is the Membership Chair.  To learn more about Ana, or if you should have any questions on how to become a member of TYP, please email Ana at ag@thepoldergroup.com.

She is my daughter and I’m very proud of her, a statement from her father.

March 2015 Member of the Month – Jennifer Wong

wongJennifer Wong was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She is a second-generation Chinese-American whose parents immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong and the first in her family to graduate college. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Music Business with a minor in Marketing and Mandarin Linguistics in 2008. She began working for Pima County, District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll as a Special Staff Assistant in 2009.

In 2011, she became Supervisor Carroll’s Chief-of-Staff. Job duties include maintaining responsive constituent services, researching and reviewing policies that impact Pima County, and assisting the Supervisorial office in the promotion of economic development by working with small and large local businesses, collaborating with public-private partnerships, and building international trade relationships. She observes regular meetings with the Small Business Commission, Tucson Mexico Trade Coalition, and the Bond Advisory Committee.

She enjoys traveling, connecting with people, thrift shopping, playing pool, trap and skeet shooting, binge watching shows on Netflix and Hulu, learning new things, and excessively using the oxford comma.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferwongaz

February 2015 Member of the Month – Alexis Chavez

alexisGrowing up in Nogales, Arizona, on the US/Mexico International Border, Alexis speaks Spanish and English fluently. She is a people person and loves learning about everyone she meets. She is a proud UA graduate and member of the Wildcat Club (Go Cats, Bear Down!). She joined Tucson Young Professionals to get involved and give back to our community. As a Realtor and member of the Bizzy Orr Real Estate Team, she works as Bizzy’s full-time assistant and Buyer’s Agent. The Bizzy Orr team is consistently ranked in the Top 2% for Sales Volume by The Tucson Association of REALTORS ® . Alexis truly enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise of the housing market while assisting people with all their real estate questions and needs. She specializes in working with first time home buyers all over Tucson and loves referrals!

Education: BA Sociology and Spanish minor, University of Arizona 2012

Past Work Experience: Case Manager and Legal Assistant

Other Interests: Exploring new/locally owned restaurants in Tucson, CrossFit, running, yoga, traveling, networking with other professionals in the community, modeling/acting for stock photography and commercials.

January 2015 Member of the Month – Aimee Dolmseth

aimee_memberofmonthAimee Dolmseth grew up in Seattle, Washington and in a small town in Montana called Sidney. She attributes the fact that she is able to mix well with a wide variety of individuals, to growing up in two very different places.

Aimee obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. While the beautiful snow covered mountains made for great scenery and snowboarding made for fun winter activity, after spending seven years in nine month long winters, Aimee decided it was time to move to a warm weather state. After researching many eligible places to move, she made Tucson her top pick. Her great job opportunity came secondary, but luckily it came quickly, allowing her to make the move to The Old Pueblo. Aimee works as the Office Manager of a local telecommunications company specializing in automated appointment reminders called Callpointe.

Now that she is settled in Tucson and is working for an excellent company, Aimee’s goal is to continue to grow both personally and professionally. In January, she will be starting her Master in Business Administration program at the Eller College of Management. She has also made some active strides to submerse herself in the Tucson Community through volunteer and networking efforts with Tucson Young Professionals. Aimee currently sits on the board for TYP and chairs our Philanthropy Committee.

These first two years in Tucson have been an awesome ride for Aimee and she can’t wait to see what experiences lie ahead here in the years to come. She is excited to continue contributing in positive ways to our great city.

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