• 09 Apr 2013 4:47 PM | Jason Cash
    Here's a great opportunity to network with the Holland Rotary and assist with Tulip Time.  Volunteers are needed to assist with taking tickets for the bleacher seats, showing guests to their seats, and general crowd control.  

    They need assistance for all three parades from 12-3pm: 
    Wed. May 8, Thrs. May 9, and Sat. May 11.  

    Contact Paul Stag at:
    (616) 335-6205
  • 11 Feb 2013 10:17 AM | Jason Cash
    Davenport University wants to recognize you as an up-and-coming leader in your organization and community! Beginning Fall 2012, students admitted to Davenport University who are employed at a company that is a member in good standing of a Chamber of Commerce in Michigan may qualify for our new Community Leader Scholarship!

    Eligible students can receive up to $1,500 annually based on the number of credit hours taken as follows:
    • Students enrolled in 6 credits per semester will receive $750 per semester up to the annual limit. Students enrolled in less than six credits per semester will receive $375 per semester.
    • The Community Leader Scholarship can be combined with other qualifying Davenport University discounts and scholarships, except for students who are eligible for the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce discount.
    • The scholarship may be used toward undergraduate or graduate classes.
    • Davenport University offers degrees in Business, Technology and Health.

    For more information, call 800-686-1600 or go to
  • 05 Nov 2012 3:59 PM | Jason Cash
    The Rotary is offering Holland Young Professionals a unique opportunity to learn about how your industry works in a different country. The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a vocational exchange opportunity for professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. For four weeks (April 6th - May 5th), spend time in the Netherlands experiencing the host country's culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas. Travel Grants are offered as part of the program. For more information contact:
  • 23 Oct 2012 1:14 PM | Jason Cash
    We are happy to share that several new businesses have been added as partners to the HYP Membership Discount Card. All contributing HYP members enjoy these discounts as a regular benefit to membership. We encourage you to support our local discount partners and save money!

    See all discounts here:
  • 06 Aug 2012 12:52 PM | Jason Cash
    Check out Hello West Michigan's Summer Unconference:

    Thursday, August 16, 1:00 - 4:30 PM
    Macatawa Bank, 141 E 8th Street , Holland, MI 49423
    Networking, entertainment, dinner 4:30 PM - ??

    Please plan to stay & enjoy what downtown Holland has to offer! 
    Many options will be given to network & dine with fellow HWM members! 
    Street performers start at 6:30 PM.

    RSVP Required. One person per registration.

    Top Five Threats Facing Businesses Today
    Janis Petrini & Jocelyn Hodack, Express Employment Professionals

    FlexRetirement at Herman Miller, Inc.
    Kimberly Smit, Project Manager, Human Resources, Herman Miller

    HWM 5X5 
    Following the format of 5X5 night designed by Rick DeVos and similar to the Annual TED conference, speakers will be given 5 minutes to share 5 reasons talent should live and work in their area or get involved with their organization.

    Holland Young Professionals is proud to be a participating organization!
  • 06 Aug 2012 9:11 AM | Jason Cash
    The Young Professionals Forum is excited to bring you the 2012 West Michigan Young Professionals Leadership Summit.  At  this full-day, high energy summit you will receive the necessary tools and resources needed to succeed in a forever changing business world. This Summit thinks outside of the box by bringing you relevant topics that affect today’s busy professionals, in a hip and informative way that includes the music of celebrity DJ Zach B., co-host of Holmes and the FreakShow on WSNX. You will want to make sure this event is on your calendar!  

    Register before September 1, 2012 and have your name entered into winning a Kindle Fire (a $200 value).

    2012 West Michigan Young Professionals Leadership Summit

    When: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    Where: JW Marriott Hotel, 235 Louis Campau Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Cost: $99 (Includes all Summit Materials, Lunch, Event Souvenir Booklet and Networking Reception)

  • 20 Jul 2012 4:09 PM | Jason Cash
    Dear HYP Members

    I wanted to take a moment and reach out to you before the weekend.  Holland Young Professionals is looking to fill a few places on the Board and on our Committees.  Each year your leadership is elected and transitions to and from various roles.  The HYP Board is made up of a President, Past President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Committee Chairs.  

    As I move into the role of Past President, Sarah Lilly steps up to President, Emily Newhouse is your new Vice President, Molly Phan Secretary, Bob Drexler Treasurer.  Our Committee Chairs are currently Emily Newhouse as the Professional Development Chair, Johnna Van Ness as our Membership Chair, Lacie Perkins our Events Chair, and Jason Cash is our Marketing Chair.

    Right now we are asking you to think about what your interests are, whether or not you would like to get more involved in the leadership of Holland Young Professionals and if you would like to serve on a committee or even chair a committee and serve on the Board of Directors.  Take some time over the weekend and think about the opportunity.  Immediate seats on committees are available, and we are currently seeking out a Chair Person for the Professional Development Committee which is also a Board level responsibility.  If you have interest email me at or call at 616.318.9313.  We will begin interviewing for Chair positions in August.  Serving on the Board or on a committee does require that you are a Contributing Member.  

    Thank you for your interest and look forward to talking with you more about your interest in getting more involved with the Leadership of HYP.


    Mark Oegema
    HYP Past President
  • 01 Dec 2011 4:24 PM | Jason Cash
    Dear members,

    This Saturday Holland Young Professionals will be working with Hope College Business Students on a Demolition project for Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity.  The day will begin on the job site at 8:30am-12pm.  Once our work is complete Hope College will be providing a luncheon for us at the Habitat Affiliate Office with Habitat's Executive Director Jack Zandstra.  Right now we have 14 people signed up for this event which is a great size for a project like this but I would love to see 20.  If you have any interest in learning more about Habitat for Humanity, are looking to get a service project in before the end of the year, or just would like to break something right now then sign up for this opportunity today by clicking HERE (note registration will be closed after 5pm today).

    Love to see you there.

    Mark Oegema

    HYP President
  • 06 Sep 2011 10:50 AM | Jason Kehrer

    Join HYP and AMA-West Michigan on Tuesday, September 13th for the AMA's 2011-2012 season kick off! We have a great line up of local, national and international experts who will present on relevant marketing-related issues. 

    Scott Meyer, the co-founder of 9 Clouds will discuss Marketing Across the Digital Divide.

    Many businesses’ online marketing efforts focus on the digitally literate and early adopters. However, there remains a larger percentage of the consuming public that struggles to keep up with advances undefined still learning to use basic technologies like text messaging or lacking consistent access to the Internet altogether. The central question for marketers seeking to tap the potential of this segment becomes one of how to best connect across the digital divide. Learning how to effectively communicate with both audiences is essential for successful marketing and business development experience.

    With entertaining regional insights and case studies from diverse audiences such as local South Dakotan hamburger shops and flaxseed farmers all the way to the European Union, this session will show technologies and marketing techniques that work for late adopters and that every business should know how to use.

    3 Take Aways that Scott will address include:
    1. Marketing strategies for rural areas and audiences that are uncomfortable with technology
    2. Insight into how technology is used by different demographics and geographic areas
    3. Methods on improving digital literacy in businesses that fear technology

    Please register by visiting:

    Any questions? Contact Sarah Lilly at  or 616-796-2105.

  • 21 Dec 2009 5:08 PM | Deleted user





    Name:  Tom Lagone


    Age: 26


    Company:  DeBoer, Baumann & Co., P.L.C.


    Occupation: Certified Public Accountant – Focusing in Taxation


    How long have you lived/worked in Holland?

    1.5 years


    What besides being HYP do you like to do (Hobbies)?

    I enjoy spending time with my family, and enjoying the house my wife and I purchased last year.  I enjoy mostly all sports, being outdoors, and trying to maintain an active lifestyle. 


    What do you like best about HYP, or if you’re a new member, what drew you to HYP? 

    HYP provides me with an opportunity to work and grow with other professionals in the Holland area. 


    Okay, here’s one just for fun.  If you could have a super power, what would it be, and why? 

    To fly.  Our trips back to the Chicago area to visit family wouldn’t take that long then.

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