Pub Trivia Thanksgiving Food Box Drive – November 18th

Tucson Young Professionals is teaming up with Borderlands Brewing Co. to support Primavera Foundation in their Thanksgiving Food Box Drive by playing Pub Trivia! Borderlands (119 E. Tooele Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701) will be opening its doors on Tuesday, November 18th for this special event. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Bring a few of the following food items OR $10 cash for Primavera. Then grab a beer, a team of 6, and use your brain power to win gift certificates to Borderlands! We’ll start trivia at 6:30 pm.

Primavera needs us to help a family by providing Thanksgiving food boxes with the following items:

1 Fresh 5lb bag of potatoes

1 Fresh bag of fruit (apples or oranges)

2 Boxes of corn muffin mix

2 Boxes of stuffing mix

2 Boxes of hot coco mix

Gravy packets (2-4)

Canned Items (minimum 2 each)

Sweet Potatoes or Yams

Cranberry Sauce

Green Beans or Corn

1 Can opener

$25 Gift Card from Fry’s or Safeway for a family to purchase a turkey.

 We look forward to seeing you there! 

All proceeds go directly to Primavera Foundation.

CEO Roundtable featuring Mitch Pisik – November 11th

Have you ever worn a temporary tattoo? Did you know the largest manufacturer of temporary tattoos is here in Tucson?!? Join Tucson Young Professionals and Young Leaders Society on November 11, 2014 to meet Mitch Pisik, the President and CEO of TM International. Over the past 13 years Mitch has been President and CEO of 4 Private Equity owned Global Consumer Products Companies – One in New York, 2 inTexas, and 1 in Arizona.

He is currently running TM International. TMI is one of Tucson’s largest manufacturers that is headquartered in Tucson. They are a Consumer Products manufacturer selling a vast array of innovative, trademarked, and licensed products into thousands of retail locations, corporate headquarters and companies in 80 of countries. They are a global leader in the design and printing of custom, specialty and unique products. Started in 1989, this is their 25th year.

Prior to this he held a multitude of Senior Level Executive positions in

• Global Business Development

• Mergers and Acquisitions

• Operations

• Finance/Accounting

For multi-billion dollar global companies including:

• Novartis

• Newell Rubbermaid

• Kraft

He started his career as a consultant and auditor with KPMG after passing his CPA exam on his first attempt as a senior in college. He is and has been an active Board Member of several private, public, and not-for profit companies; and a Business Consultant and Advisor. He has conducted business in over 3 dozen countries.

This event will be held on November 11th at 5:30 p.m. at McMahon’s Steakhouse. This event is is free for TYP members, and $12 for the general public.

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October 2014 Member of the Month Trace Biskin

IMG_2124I grew up in Los Angeles and came out to Tucson in 2008 to attend the University of Arizona on a full athletic scholarship as a member of the football team. I completed my undergraduate studies in Political Science in May of 2012, and because I was fortunante enough to have an extra year of football eligibility, I started my MA that summer in International Security. I finished my fifth and final season with the football team in December of 2012, defeating University of Nevada in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. I was team captain for both the 2011 and 2012 seasons, earning awards from both the University of Arizona and the PAC 12 Conference for my performance on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. I completed my graduate studies earlier this year and jumped immediately into the restaurant business as owner and operator of the Pizza Studio franchise here in Tucson.

As a former student-athlete for the University of Arizona, I received so much support from the community that I felt bringing a business venture like the Pizza Studio to Tucson would be a great way to give back. Since opening earlier this month, our location at Park Ave & Speedway Blvd has been a big hit and I am very excited for our second location to open in November at Grant Rd & Tanque Verde.

Volunteer for United Way: Days of Caring – October 25th

Tucson Young Professionals has teamed up with United Way to participate in their annual city wide volunteer event, “Days of Caring.” We have been selected to gather a group of 15 volunteers to help out at Copper Point Schools. Our group will be assisting 6th graders in tilling, laying soil, and planting their very own garden. This a great opportunity to make a difference in the Tucson Community and meet fellow TYP members. We hope you can join us!

We need to have a confirmed number of people for this event, so please get your FREE TICKET to volunteer below! 

Register Here!

 It is recommended you bring gardening gloves if you have a pair as well as water and sunscreen.


October 14th, CEO Roundtable Featuring John Jacobs

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

On October 14th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., come join us for an engaging CEO Roundtable featuring John Jacobs, Founder and CEO of an online artisan marketplace and community for makers, and Maker House, Artfire’s maker space in Tucson’s historic arts district.

About 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.

About Art Fire:

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

This event will take place at McMahon’s Steakhouse, 2959 N Swan Rd, Tucson, AZ 85712. 

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Volunteer at the TYP Fashion Show

TYP strives to engage Tucson’s young professionals, in part through social events like the Fashion Show that showcase our dynamic, creative, and diverse community. Since 2008, the fashion show has provided an upscale social event for young Tucsonans that promotes engagement and pride with out community. The 2014 Tucson Young Professional’s Fashion Show is Friday September 19th, 2014 at the Historic Fox Theatre in downtown Tucson. A portion of proceeds from the will go to benefit Literacy Connects.

Volunteers will receive a general admission ticket ($40 value) so that they can enjoy the show and attend the after-party.

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September CEO Roundtable – featuring Cristie Street

Please join Tucson Young Professionals and United Way Young Leaders Society members and listen to Cristie Street, managing partner at Nextrio

Cristie Street co-founded Nextrio, LLC, in 2002. As managing partner, she is responsible for daily operations, sales, marketing and strategic planning. Street has 20 years of leadership experience building global brands and guiding product development in technology companies. An accomplished writer, product manager and marketer, her vision and expertise in business performance has driven enterprise growth with companies in the telecom, software development and IT services industries.

In 2010 Street was named Small Business Leader of the Year by the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. She was selected as a 2007 Tucson Business Edge “40 Under 40”. Street also accepted, on behalf of Nextrio, the 2007 Wells Fargo Copper Cactus Award for Business Growth and the Arizona Small Business Association’s “2007 Arizona Company to Watch”. Nextrio was also awarded the “2005 Building a Better Business Recognition Award” for outstanding culture and people by the Arizona Small Business Association. Most recently, Nextrio was named a finalist for the Better Business Bureau’s 2013 “Good Neighbor” Award honoring the company’s commitment to community service. Street regularly conducts educational IT forums with professional groups statewide. She is a member of several business groups including the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Arizona Small Business Association, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Women at the Top, Local First AZ, and the Tucson Advertising Federation. An active community advocate and volunteer, Street serves on the Arizona Public Media Community Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees of the Carondelet Foundation, the Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona and Social Venture Partners, and participates with Nextrio in many opportunities to give back to Tucson.

Street’s graduate work in technical communications at NC State was first put to use at Nortel, Inc. in 1994. After joining Tucson-based RightFax (now OpenText, Inc.) in 1995, she helped drive RightFax sales from $6 million to over $75 million and make it the number one network fax server product in the world. Street received her bachelor of arts from North Carolina State University and her Master’s in Business Administration from the Eller College of Business at the University of Arizona.

On a personal note: As the sole woman in a 5-way business partnership, Cristie has a unique perspective on the intersection of business and relationships. As the proud mom of 7-year-old Scarlett and 9-month old Liam, she understands the constant juggling of priorities facing many working mothers and has a personal stake in the future of Tucson’s education system. Though born in Phoenix, she was raised around the world and declares she developed her sense of humor while spending almost every summer of her childhood on the family farm in the bayous of Louisiana.

She admits her addiction to caffeine is her tragic flaw but occasionally makes up for it by running half marathons (nine completed and counting).

About Nextrio

Nextrio, LLC, provides comprehensive Information Technology (IT) solutions for businesses. Founded in 2002, Nextrio employs 35 technology consultants and has worked with over 1,000 companies in Southern Arizona.

Reserve Your Seat Here!

Becoming A World Class Leader

Outlooks Leaders for Change present Becoming a World Class Executive.

Warren Rustand, CEO of Providence Service Corporation will teach you to discover the philosophy, principles and tools necessary to dramatically improve your performance. Mr. Rustand will discuss and explore the research behind high performing athletes and executives. You will come away with specific knowledge about family, business, community and personal growth opportunities with regard to performance. Discover the philosophy, principles and tools necessary to dramatically improve performance. The research is based on LGE and Human Performance Institutes studies over a 30-year period and the remarkable performance improvements that have been demonstrated by both world class athletes and CEOs.

Learn how to build your personal performance pyramid to increase physical, emotional and intellectual capacity. The application of key principles and practices will allow you to see significant gains in all facets of your life very quickly.

The Tucson Metro Chamber and Outlooks Leaders for Change have kindly offered TYP members a discount to this wonderful presentation.

This events happens on September 24th, 2014 at The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. For more informatiion or to register, please visit the link below.

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