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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.

http://www.downtowntucson.org/2013/04/web-marketplace-artfire-com-to-launch-maker-space-in-historic-bates-mansion/

A special thanks to our sponsor:

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Tickets Available Here

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.

Get Tickets Here

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.

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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 Artfire.com

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 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.

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.

http://www.downtowntucson.org/2013/04/web-marketplace-artfire-com-to-launch-maker-space-in-historic-bates-mansion/

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

Register Here

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