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Member Spotlight – Corey Wicks

coreyMeet Corey Wicks:

Employer: RBC Bearings/ Self-Employed

Title: Manufacturing Engineer/ Independent Business Owner

YEP: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do:

CW: My day job consists of supporting the manufacturing floor of an industrial/aerospace components plant. We sell over 30,000 different parts but primarily manufacture gears within my particular plant (PIC Design, Middlebury, CT). I do everything from fixture design to process improvements (5S, 6Sigma, Kaizan).

In the evenings, I recently started my own business which consists of two things: First and foremost – Being a mentor for those trying to establish their own small business. I help with everything from start up to website creation to creating a customer base to produce cash flow. Secondly, building my a clientele base in which to sell product.

YEP: How did you find out about YEP and why did you want to get involved?

CW: I found out about YEP through my roommate. I wanted to get involved originally to meet other professionals in my age group and potentially learn about other opportunities in my field of engineering. Now I’m focused on finding individuals with entrepreneurial type minds wishing to start their own businesses.

YEP: Which YEP event has been your favorite so far?

CW: I’ve enjoyed all of the events! I just like getting to know people in our area and learning about others’ career paths and ways of life. Learning is a passion of mine!

YEP: Tell us more about you. What are your future aspirations?

CW: In 10 to 15 years, I plan to be financially stable enough to retire through the work I put into my business. In the meantime, I’ll be continuing with the engineering career path. Whether that means getting into upper management or cultivating my technical skill to become an expert in a specific field, I haven’t decided.

 

YEP: Any fun facts or most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you?

How about we play “a truth and two lies”. If you meet me, you can guess which one was the truth.

  1. I went skydiving into a volcano.
  2. I witnessed my own funeral.
  3. I used to sell sea shells by the seashore.

Member Spotlight – Shawna L. Vallillo

Shawna L. Vallillo
Name: Shawna L. Vallillo
Title: Realtor at Keller Williams Realty,
YEP Events Committee Chair

YEP: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.

SLV: I am a residential realtor who represents clients looking to buy, sell, or invest in real estate in Fairfield and New Haven counties.
YEP: How did you find out about YEP and why did you want to get involved?

SLV: I found out about YEP from Veronica Parsloe. We met at Shelton Day and talked about all of the amazing things the group does, and I knew I wanted to be involved.
YEP: Which YEP event has been your favorite so far?

SLV: I have only been to a few. I really enjoyed meeting everyone at December’s Pizza Party at Vazzy’s Cucina.
YEP: Tell us more about you. What are your future aspirations?


SLV: I would like to meet people who share the same values and enjoy working to make our community a better place to live.

YEP: Any fun facts or most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you?

SLV: Fun fact – I am very artistic; I can do calligraphy, draw, paint, and enjoy crafts.

To read move, visit CTYEP.com or click HERE.

YEP Field Day


Join us for our 7th annual Field Day! You’ve never experienced Field Day quite like this!

In past years, this event was known as YEP Olympics or YEP Wii Bowling Tournament, but this year, we are trying something a little different.

Show off your free throw, corn hole, and relay skills on Friday, August 12th, at the R.D. Scinto Corporate Drive campus in Shelton.

We will start and end our night at Il Palio. More details will be available soon, so hit INTERESTED and check back soon.

GAMES
Corn Hole
Egg and Spoon Relay
Musical Chairs
Frisbee Toss
Basketball Free Throw
and more…

PAY TO CHEAT
That’s right, you can pay to cheat at our field day. Many of our games will have an option to trade your dollars for a better shot.
EX:)Wish you could stand closer to the basketball hoop when making free throws? Each dollar will let you take a step closer.
*All money raised from the pay to cheat option will go to our Back-2-School backpack program fundraising effort.

YEP’s mission is to connect and engage emerging leaders in their 20’s & 30’s in activities that support our community and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce while making the Lower Naugatuck Valley region and its surrounding communities a more energetic, exciting, and active place to work and live.

Young Professional Symposium

You are invited to the first ever Young Professionals Symposium and Happy Hour. The Symposium is hosted by the CT Young Professionals (CTYP) and the Future Leaders of Yale (FLY). The Happy Hour will be hosted by CTYP and YEP.

What to Expect
The Symposium will start at 10AM and will include lots of breakout sessions and speakers. Here is the list you can choose from:
CTYP Sym

That’s right, there is a mini food truck festival for lunch!

Here is the Website and the Facebook Event
D
ate: 10/24/15
Time: 10:00AM – 4:20 followed by Happy Hour
Location: William L. Harkness Hall (100 Wall St. New Haven)

Happy Hour
Join us on the Happy Hour on the roof of Elm City Social after the Symposium for some free food, discounted drinks, and new friends.

Here is the Facebook Event specifically for the Happy Hour
Date: 10/24/15
Time: 4:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: Elm City Social (266 College St New Haven)

On behalf of the YEP Board, I hope to see you Saturday!

Kayleigh Apicerno
YEP Chair 2015-2016

Lessons From The First CEO Speaks of 2015

CEO Speaks NVSL

On April 14, 2015, I had the opportunity to attend the YEP CEO Speaks event hosted by Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan. The speaker was the CEO of the bank, William Calderara. Right from the start I knew it was going to be an interesting talk and I was not let down.

 

What is CEO Speaks?

Before I go any further, I want to describe what a CEO Speaks event is. The Young Emerging Professionals hold a variety of events throughout the year. The most well known is the monthly after hours networking events called YEPresents. These events really allow local young professionals to connect with each other. YEP regularly participates in a wide variety of volunteer activities to support the community. These include holding the annual Pinktoberfest during Valley Goes Pink, and Bowl-2-Benefit for BHCare. CEO Speaks and other developmental events are held, on average, once a quarter.

 

CEO Speaks, in particular, are lunch and learn type events where YEP members get the chance to listen to and have discussions with a CEO or other local business leader. They share how they got to where they are and what lessons they learned along the way. Leadership skills develop over time through practice, learning, and mentorship. Being able to be in a room with a local business leader provides a great opportunity to young professionals to ask a question or two and receive answers straight from a live and in person leader.

 

Mr. Calderara Speaks

The CEO Speaks lunch and learn was only one hour and that included time for food, which was kindly provided by NVSL. In just this short period of time, Mr. Calderara spoke clearly and concisely on a variety of topics. In the interest of time, I am only going to write about four of them here.

 

Point 1

CEO_placement_trianglesOne of the first talking points that William Calderara made was the way on the way he described his place in the company. He drew two triangles on the board and labeled them as seen in the image above. His point was that he sees himself at the bottom and it is his job to support everyone above him. This also puts the customer at the top as the most important part of the business. With this as a starting point, it started to become easier to see how he was able to help transform his company into the much more successful one it is today.

 

Point 2

The second point Mr. Calderara made was something that I have already been trying to do. It was great to hear that I was on the right track and that it will hopefully help me and everyone else that was in the room. Basically, he said learn everyday and learn all you can. Try out different jobs when possible and step outside your comfort zone. Not only will learning a variety of skills help with general professional development, it will also help to prepare you for a position in leadership.Besides actually working in different roles, Mr. Calderara suggested volunteering for different projects. Sit on different committees and work with others gain as much experience as possible.

 

Point 3

Towards the end of the hour, I heard a phrase that I have heard a thousand times, “Don’t be afraid to fail.” The second half was new to me, “It’s cheaper than a Harvard MBA.” How true is that? Failing and learning from the mistake is, to a degree, very much cheaper than a Master’s degree from an Ivy league school. This is not saying all mistakes or failures won’t cost you or your company a lot of money, but day to day, this holds true.

 

Point 4

One last point I wanted to make sure to include is the following. Mr. Calderara has made a point of talking to people. This includes employees and customers. He said he likes to hear about the “stupid stuff,” the seemingly trivial day to day items that many employees would usually not want to bother management with. By hearing what is really on the minds of the employees and customers, a manager can see and respond to the little things that usually matter the most. He encouraged everyone who steps into a leadership position to talk to people. Get out of the office and onto the floor or out with the customers.

 

If you have read this far, thank you and I hope it was worth your time. As mentioned above, CEO Speaks and other events are held by YEP on a regular basis. If you would like to stay up to date on upcoming events, Like YEP on Facebook, follow @CTYEP on twitter, visit CTYEP.com, or send your email address to YEP@GreaterValleyChamber.com to be added to the email distribution list. I look forward to seeing you at the next event.

Letter To Members From Incoming Chair, Kayleigh Apicerno

me photo YEPHello All!

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Kayleigh Apicerno, and I will be your YEP Chair for 2015.

Over the past 3 years, I have been the Secretary and Marketing Committee Chair along with being the Co-Chair of the sub-committee for Pinktoberfest in 2013 and the Chair of this committee in 2014.

I have many ideas on how to grow and develop YEP during 2015 and cannot wait to get started. I am confident that with a laser focus on our 3 main pillars, ConnectDevelop, and Support, we will be able to build relationships, develop new skills, and support our community.

To those of you who have been a part of the Young Emerging Professionals, thank you for being a part of a great organization. You know how special our group is!

To those of you who are just joining us, on behalf of the committee and members, welcome!

It will take a dedicated team to reach our 2015 goals. Is it your time to emerge? Consider attending the following committee and board meetings. No registration or commitment required.

1st Board Meeting of 2015 
Monday, January 5, 2015
Meeting starting at 5:30PM
To be held at GVCC office
10 Progress Dr, Shelton, CT 06484

YEPresent @ Red Lotus
Thursday, January 8, 2015
5:30 – 7:30PM at Red Lotus
872 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 (Stop & Shop Plaza)

I look forward to seeing you in 2015.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or comments either through email,yep@greatervalleychamber.com or on Facebook.com/CTYEP or Twitter @CTYEP. I personally check all of these contact points and will return your message.

Sincerely,
Kayleigh Apicerno
2015 YEP Chair

The Young Emerging Professionals is a networking group for people in their 20s and 30s who live, work, or play in the Valley. Our goal is to Connect with each other, Develop professional and personal skills, and Support the community.

Open House / Board Selections

YEP Open House

Want to get involved or know someone who would make a good addition to our organization? Join us at Vazzy’s on December 3rd at 5:30PM.

This is your opportunity to join the board and/or a committee. Our Board terms run from January through December. We need to fill a few positions for the upcoming 2015 term.

Food will be provided. We look forward to making things happen next year, and we need you in order to meet our goals!

Positions:

Chair
Vice chair
Secretary
Treasurer
Marketing Committee Chair
Events Committee Chair
Sponsorship Committee Chair
Community Outreach Chair

The Young Emerging Professionals is a networking group for people in their 20s and 30s who live, work, or play in the Valley. Our goal is to Connect with each other, Develop professional and personal skills, and Support the community.

Member Spotlight – Fernando Solis

Fernando Head ShotWelcome to the Young Emerging Professional’s Member Spotlight, where we sit down with one of our members and see what they’re up to.

Employer: Hampton Inn Shelton Managed by New Castle Hotels and Resorts

Title: General Manager

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do: I have been in the hospitality Industry for about 14 years now I have worked for many of the popular hotel chains and brands like Marriott, Starwood, and I am currently working for the best brand, Hampton Inn. In my position as General Manager, I lead a team of 30 employees and I focus on four man objectives: revenue growth, bottom line profit, guest satisfaction, and employee satisfaction.  I love this industry because every day there is something new and challenging.  I have been blessed with a great staff and a wonderful hotel. In the three years since it opened, we have received many awards from Hilton.  In 2012, we won the Lighthouse award that is given to the top 5% of Hampton Inn for Service and Quality, and in 2013, we received the Circle of Excellence award for being in the top 10% for Service and Quality.

How did you find out about YEP and why did you want to get involved? Not being from the Valley, I wanted to find out more of what was going on in the community.  I started attending more and more Chamber functions, where I met Thomas and Sue Steeves.  They invited me to a YEPresent, and I have been going ever since.  New Castle Hotels and Resorts believe in giving back to the community and lending a helping hand.  I always tell people we might not be able to give much money but I can always give you my time …and the occasional gift certificate for a free night.

Which YEP event has been your favorite so far?  I do have to say Pinktoberfest is a blast. Being a cancer survivor, I love giving to any organization that would help cure this horrible disease.

Tell us more about you. What are your future aspirations? I am originally from a small town in Texas, but I have been in Connecticut for about 21 years now.  I like to say I am on a really long vacation in Connecticut because Texas will always be home. I have many hobbies. I love to golf, hike, and being from Texas, I love to BBQ.  I am a cancer survivor from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and I have learned to live life with a positive attitude and face difficulties head on.

I love the hospitality industry and one day I would love a full service hotel, but my dream job would be to open and operate a BBQ place.

Any fun facts or most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you? In my 14 years in the hotel industry I have seen and witnessed many interesting things.  I have met and hung out with many celebrities like Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block, Alice Cooper,112 (had birthday cake with them), Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, Carrot Top, Terry Bradshaw, BB King, and Ray Charles.

My favorite person I have ever met was just last week.  I met an eleven year old little girl who had beaten leukemia.  This tiny person went through years of Chemo and treatments and is now in remission. She was full of life and so happy it melted my heart. Every time I think I am having a bad day I think of her and how happy she was when we met.  This was a great reminder that no matter how bad things are, they could always be worse. Live a positive life and positive things will happen.This was a great reminder that no matter how bad things are, they can always be worse. Live a positive life and positive things will happen.

YEPOlympics This August

The Annual YEPOlympics are right around the corner. Grab some friends and head down to the Sports Center of Connecticut in Shelton on August 14 starting at 5:30PM. Compete in Mini Golf and Fun Bowl for the top overall prize. 

Here’s how it works: Teams of 3 or 4 play a round of Mini Golf and a game of Fun Bowl. While the scores are being calculated, there is networking and food upstairs in one of the event rooms. Finally, winners are announced. Easy and fun!

Teams: Ask your friends and coworkers to form a team with you. If you do not have a team of 4, no problem. Teams will be assembled before the games begin that night. To register as a team, email each player’s name, your team’s name, and your company to YEP@GreaterValleyChamber.com. 

Connect. Develop. Support.: YEPOlympics connects local young professionals, develops team building and networking skills, and supports the community since we will still be collecting for the Back-2-School backpack program.

Were you there last year? Leave a comment below with your thoughts and reactions below.

This event will be $10 per person to cover the costs of the facility and food. 

What Is A YEPresent?

Let’s run through the 5 W’s to figure out what a YEPresent really is:

Who Should Attend YEPresents?
Young emerging professionals (between 21 and 40 years of age) who live, work, or play in the Lower Valley (Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Oxford, and Beacon Falls).

What are YEPresents?
YEPresents are the cornerstone of The Young Emerging Professionals. They are monthly after hours networking events that take place on the second Thursday of each month.

Where are YEPresent’s Held?
Most months, YEP members meet at a local restaurant or bar for about two hours and network and catch up with each other. YEPresents have been held at Vazzy’s, Antonio’s, Hot Tamale, Jone’s Winery, Oronoque Country Club, The Hampton Inn, The Hilton Garden Inn, The Sports Center of CT, Porky’s Cafe, just to name a few.

Throughout the year, there are a few special YEPresents that include more than just some causal networking. These events include our annual YEPOlympics (August) and Pinktoberfest (October).

When are YEPresents?
YEPresents are held each month on the second Thursday of that month. That means there are a total of 12 YEPresents each year. However, these are not the only events hosted by YEP. Keep and eye on the events calendar to find out more about CEO Speaks, volunteering events, and other special events.

Why Should You Attend YEPresents?
People attend YEPresents for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to:

– Meeting fellow YEPs
– To make local connections
– To get the word out about their business
– To find new clients
– To make friends
– To build business relationships
– To work on professional development
– To get involved in the community
– Because they want to be social
– To learn about local businesses where the events are held

Each YEPresent and special event is posted to the Calendar and to our Facebook events page. You can also sign up for the monthly newsletter by emailing a request to YEP@GreaterValleyChamber.com.

YEP is a committee of the Greater Valley Chamber. Annual membership is $40, and only $30 for Chamber members. Sign up for a membership by visiting the Join YEP page.