I joined Tucson Young Professionals in July 2014

I joined Tucson Young Professionals in July of 2014. After attending a great Alliance committee happy hour at Hi-Fi, I couldn’t have been more excited to be a part of TYP. My excitement dulled over August and early September. Where were the events? The other professionals I met that opened my eyes to the exciting things happening around town? Did I just pay $150 to go to a happy hour at Hi-Fi? I wanted to be excited again and I wanted it now! A few days later I ran in to a friend, who is also a member and she asked me if I attended the recent CEO Roundtable event. Like high school all over again, I pretended I knew what she was talking about. When the coast was clear, I immediately turned to my other friend, Google, to figure out what she was talking about. That’s when it happened. I found the TYP website calendar, Meetup.com, Eventbrite. There were events and committee meetings happening right underneath my nose, but I was missing out because I didn’t make an effort.

In the weeks and months that followed I attended committee meetings, the TYP Fashion Show, CEO Roundtable, helped publish the monthly newsletter. My excitement from July returned tenfold. I was meeting new people, expanding my professional network, helping put food boxes together for local families. I even gained new clients. I couldn’t believe the opportunities I was getting for only $150. I think I recouped half my membership fee in appetizers at the CEO Roundtable!

Learn from my mistakes and get involved now. Make sure you’re getting all of the rewards and opportunities that come with being a TYP member. If you have questions on how to get involved, renew your membership, or why they let me write articles for the newsletter, you can send us an email at contactus@tucsonyoungprofessionals.com.

March 10th CEO Roundtable featuring Edmund Marquez

Please join the Tucson Young Professionals and Young Leaders Society and hear Edmund Marquez, Owner of three Allstate Agencies in Tucson, share his story of growing up in Tucson (he’s a native Tucsonan) and becoming a leader in our community.

Edmund Marquez owns three Allstate Insurance Agencies in Tucson, Arizona. He is the largest captive insurance agency in Southern Arizona, and the second largest Hispanic-owned Allstate agency in the U.S. Edmund was born and raised in Tucson AZ, attended Sabino High School, and earned a Bachelors in Communications from the University of Arizona. He currently serves on eight Boards of Directors, including the Metro YMCA, Pima Community College Foundation, and more. He is also a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC) and the Davis Monthan AFB 50. Edmund was named the Businessman of the Year in 2004 by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber, and awarded the Breath of Life Award in 2012 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Edmund was inducted into the Sabino High School Hall of Fame and the Pi Kappa Alpha Hall of Honor in 2013, and the YMCA Hall of Fame in 2014. Edmund is an avid cyclist with the Jim Click Racing Team, and is the emcee of numerous community events throughout the Tucson community.

Register on Eventbrite here!

Special Thanks to our Sponsor, Citi!

February 2015 Member of the Month – Alexis Chavez

Growing 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.

February 10th CEO Roundtable featuring Robert Campbell II

Please join the Tucson Young Professionals and Young Leaders Society and hear Robert Campbell, Partner at New York Life share his team building and leadership philosophy that has helped him get to where he is today.


Robert “Rob” Campbell joined The New York Life insurance company in 2007. He had a successful 4-year career as a financial advisor. During this time he received recognition by qualifying in 2011 as an MDRT producer. This achievement recognizes that Mr. Campbell was in the top 3% of producers in his industry world-wide. In 2011 Mr. Campbell made the decision to transition into a leadership position with his firm as a Partner. He did this in order to pursue his passion for leadership and team building. He has received numerous awards including being recognized as the Top Partner of the Pacific Zone of New York Life for the last two consecutive years, and being a three-time recipient of the prestigious Career Commitment Award. Mr. Campbell is passionate about serving his community and has served on many boards. He has received recognition as a community leader by being named to the 2012 class of Tucson’s 40 under 40, and the 2014 Tucson Up and Comers. Mr. Campbell believes in and practices what he calls growth based leadership. This is a values based leadership model which moves emphasis away from the more traditional metric and goals based systems. Instead the highest value is placed on the continuous incremental growth of the individual. He believes that by making this paradigm shift leaders are able to unlock the fullest potential of themselves and the teams they lead.

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Special Thanks to our Sponsor, Citi!

January CEO Roundtable featuring David Cohen

Please join Tucson Young Professionals and United Way Young Leaders Society members and listen to David Cohen, Vice President at BeachFleischman

David Cohen is Executive Vice President at BeachFleischman PC, the largest CPA firm in Southern Arizona. He was previously employed with the international CPA firms of Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers), Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) and Laventhol & Horwath. He has been in public accounting since 1981.

About BeachFleischman PC

Phoenix and Tucson Arizona (AZ) CPAs – BeachFleischman CPAs is based in Arizona and has offices in Phoenix and Tucson (Headquarters).  They are one of Arizona’s largest locally-owned CPA firms and a “Top 200″ largest CPA firm in the U.S. They serve over 6,000 private enterprises, not-for-profit organizations and entrepreneurs in the US and Mexico, and provide accounting, assurance, tax and advisory services. They work closely with clients to help them save taxes, preserve wealth, mitigate risk, improve accountability, enhance profitability and support growth. They also have specialized industry expertise in the healthcare, real estate, construction, manufacturing, service and non-profit sectors. They passionately believe in the power of collaboration. Working together in pursuit of your success is their purpose and privilege. They deliver the best of both worlds with BeachFleischman: A firm with the resources to deliver on a global level combined with a service and community-minded approach of a local firm.

This event takes place on January 13th at 5:30pm. For tickets or more info, please click here. 


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Tucson Young Professionals Percentage Weekend for Primavera!

Tucson Young Professionals is hitting the ground running on our New Year’s resolutions by holding an event to honor our 2015 philanthropic partnership with Primavera Foundation. We have teamed up with both Pizza Studio locations to raise funds for Primavera. Mention the “Tucson Young Professionals Percentage Weekend” at either location, and 20% of your purchase will go directly to Primavera Foundation.

The percentage weekend will be held on Saturday, January 10th and Sunday, January 11th from 11AM to 9PM. Pizza Studio locations are at 1031 N Park Ave, Tucson Arizona 85719 and 6501 E Grant Rd, Tucson Arizona 85715. We hope you can make it out to support the cause!


January 2015 Member of the Month – Aimee Dolmseth

Aimee 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.    unnamed

December 2014 Member of the Month – Stephanie Bermudez

Stephanie Renee Bermudez grew up near the border city of Nogales, Arizona, raised by a family that emphasized community and the power of people, values she continues to believe strongly in. Her childhood adventures on their 14-acre ranch instilled an endless curiosity about nature, a need to explore, and a belief that the future was wide open. Her early career took off like a shot, when at 19 years old, she got an opportunity to become a case worker for the Santa Cruz County One Stop in specializing in Workforce Development for Welfare to Work clients.

Before graduating from The University of Arizona with a double major in Anthropology and Sociology, she continued her professional journey with The Gadsden Company, followed three years later by a position with Tucson-based global industry-leading Tattoo Manufacturing International. She now serves as a board member of the Tucson Young Professionals, and has been involved for almost three years with TEDxTucson, a commitment she absolutely treasures.

Stephanie is now firmly ensconced in her role as the Community Director for Connect Coworking, and is more bullish than ever on the idea of talented individuals pooling their resources to enable results that are bigger and better than anyone ever imagined, like the skies above her family’s ranch. 580104_10151043061203300_719565085_n copy


Holiday Gifts of Love Drive – December 19th

Tucson Young Professionals has selected our holiday philanthropy project. We have “adopted” two children through Interfaith Community Services (ICS) whose mom could use a bit of extra help this holiday season. Together with your help, TYP will be fulfilling their wish list!

To collect all the gifts and make sure they are delivered wrapped to ICS, we will be holding a gift collection and wrapping event! We will be gathering to wrap all of the gifts raised on Friday, December 19th, 2014 from 6PM – 8PM at Callpointe, 3444 N. Country Club Rd. Ste. 200, Tucson, AZ 85716.

Light refreshments and wrapping paper will be provided.  If you’d like to bring a snack to share with the group also, please feel free to do so.

Interfaith has instructed us that we are free to give whatever we would like to the kids, whether it be age appropriate clothing, toys, gift cards, etc. To help, they have provided us with some of their interests and information below.

About the children:

Chance – Boy, Age 11

Shirt Size:  Large

Pant Size:  38 (mostly wears athletic shorts)

Favorite Color: Purple

Interests: Star Wars, Monster High, Music (he plays trombone).

Rebecca – Girl, Age 5

Shirt Size: 6

Pant Size: 6

Favorite Color: Pink

Interests: Barbie, Frozen, Monster High

We hope to see you there! 

CEO Roundtable with John Jacobs – December 9th

Please join Tucson Young Professionals and United Way Young Leaders Society members and listen to John Jacobs, Founder and CEO at Artfire.com

John Jacobs, Founder and CEO of ArtFire.com an online artisan marketplace and community for makers, and Maker House, Artfire’s maker space in Tucson’s historic arts district.

About Artfire.com

Artfire.com is a leading interactive online marketplace and community of self representing and independant artists and business owners with millions of handmade, vintage, antique and craft supply items. Members can interact with like-minded entrepreneurs and business owners and quickly grow their jewelry design, soap or craft hobby into a vibrant business!

ArtFire coined the concept of Community Directed Development (CDD) which puts community members in the driver’s seat of site development in near real time.

ArtFire launches Maker House in the historic arts district of downtown Tucson summer 2013, a unique maker space for members and local patrons.


A special thanks to our sponsor:

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Tickets Available Here

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