All posts by Rian Rasubala

Lunch with Leaders: Christy Perry

Meet Christy Perry, superintendent of Salem-Keizer Public Schools, at the April Lunch with Leaders!

Over a 90-minute monthly lunch, you will have the opportunity to connect with other young pros, hear about the speaker’s leadership journey and commitment to service, and learn about ways you can get involved in your community.

To register for Lunch with Leaders, click here.

Sponsored by:

Third Tuesday @ Salem Ale Works

Join Young Pros from around the Salem area for a social hour at Salem Ale Works.

Third Tuesdays are SYP’s premier networking events. Join 20-50 young pros for drinks, appetizers and socializing!

What do we mean by “young” pro? Generally, we say in your 20s and 30s, but if you are passionate about Salem and want to take the next steps in being a part of Salem’s next generation of leaders, Salem Young Pros is for you.

// Everyone is welcome at Third Tuesdays. Young Pro members participate for free. Non-members pay $5 at the door. Interested in membership? Click here.

Lunch with Leaders: Dick Withnell

 

Join us on March 28 to meet Dick Withnell, successful businessman and civic leader.

Over a 90-minute monthly lunch, you will have the opportunity to connect with other Young Pros, hear about Dick’s leadership journey and commitment to service, and learn about ways you can get involved in our community.

To register for Lunch with Leaders, click here.

Sponsored by:

Third Tuesday @ Ticket to Play Cafe

Join Young Pros from around the Salem area for a social hour at Ticket to Play Cafe.

Third Tuesdays are SYP’s premier networking events. Join 20-50 young pros for drinks, appetizers and socializing!

What do we mean by “young” pro? Generally, we say in your 20s and 30s, but if you are passionate about Salem and want to take the next steps in being a part of Salem’s next generation of leaders, Salem Young Pros is for you.

// Everyone is welcome at Third Tuesdays. Young Pro members participate for free. Non-members pay $5 at the door. Interested in membership? Click here.

 

 

THIRD TUESDAY AT MARION-POLK FOOD SHARE

For November, the Young Pros will be volunteering at the Marion-Polk Food Share! Join us as we give back to an organization that does so much good in our community, especially around the holidays. Keep the business cards at home, and come out as we serve at the Marion-Polk Food Share.

If you are planning on volunteering, be sure to wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals) and shirts with sleeves (no tanktops). Due to our current weather, layers are also a good idea in their warehouse.

Third Tuesday at EZ Orchards

Apple cider, pumpkins, hay rides, corn mazes… Everything that makes fall great will be at October’s Third Tuesday at E.Z. Orchards. If you’re in your 20s or 30s, join us for a fun, fall networking event at E.Z. Orchards.

  • October 17, 5-6:30 pm
  • 5504 Hazelgreen Rd NE

// Everyone is welcome to Third Tuesdays. Young Pro members participate for free. Non-members pay $5 at the door.

Third Tuesday at The Rock Boxx

This month, we’ll be at the Rock Boxx climbing gym in South Salem! We will be meeting in the Crash Pad, Rock Boxx’s balcony taphouse. Climbing is not required, but is encouraged! If you’re interested in climbing, please fill out their online waiver form prior to the event.

// Everyone is welcome to Third Tuesdays. Young Pro members participate for free. Non-members pay $5 at the door.

Great Salem Race – 2017

Over one hundred people gathered at the Salem Convention Center on Saturday, August 19, to participate in the seventh annual Great Salem Race. 42 teams dressed in costumes raced to solve clues, complete challenges and have fun at the event hosted by the Salem Young Professionals.

The Great Salem Race is the ultimate Salem scavenger hunt and team building experience. Open to all ages, teams of two to four received a list of clues which led them to local businesses in downtown Salem. Traveling only on foot, each team had to complete challenges such as filtering water or performing a monologue before receiving a stamp for their completion. After visiting all locations, teams traveled back to the Convention Center to cross the finish line and enjoy post-race festivities.

“This is an affordable, family-friendly, action-packed event downtown that brings families and businesses together,” said Morgan Sund, chair of the planning team. “After being involved last year in the planning of the Great Salem Race, there was no way I would stand back and not participate this year.” Sund is on the leadership team of Salem Young Professionals, a program of the Inspire Foundation that exists to connect professionals in their 20s and 30s and provide professional development opportunities.

 

“Cities in Oregon” wins 1st place in the competitive division.

Leading the pack in the competitive division was Cities in Oregon with a time of 57:45. Each team member’s costume represented a different city in Oregon: Corvallis, Eugene, Portland, and Salem. Taking second place and winning best costume was Where’d They Go? clocking in at 59:35 and dressed in candy cane stripes as Waldo from “Where’s Waldo?”. Finishing only 20 seconds later, West Salem Foursquare finished at 59:55.

Team Emoji won the family division with a time of 1:01:49. This team of four was familiar with the victory circle after taking second place last year. The Flying Platy-Pi took second place with 1:10:09 followed by The Acosta Avenger taking third at 1:11:24.

“Where’d They Go?” wins best costume.

The fun didn’t end after the race. Back at the Convention Center, food, drinks and live music awaited race participants. Each competitor received a beverage and ice cream sponsored by CD Redding Construction. El Patron Mexican Grill was also on the scene selling their food. As people waited for the rest of the teams to arrive, they could play cornhole, join a water balloon toss or even joust in a bounce house. Live music by Cool, Calm and Collected, a jazz group of recent North Salem High School graduates, kept the scene lively by playing covers of popular songs.

Salem Health was the title sponsor for the event this year. “The Great Salem Race encourages families and friends to be active and see their community in a new way,” explained Bryce Petersen, community relations liaison for the hospital. “Salem Health is proud to sponsor events like the Great Salem Race that promote healthy and active lifestyles.” Other sponsors were B2 Taphouse, Salem Electric and the Ike Box.

Young Pros Planning Team

Clue locations included Exitus Escape Rooms, which ended up being one of the more difficult parts of the Great Salem Race, and the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge, where the Salem Leadership Foundation was located. Other locations included: Salem Creative Network, Salem Summit Company, Taproot, the Verona Studio, Willamette Valley Kitchen Company, Willamette Valley Music Company, Willson Park at the Capitol, and the YMCA.

“I received multiple businesses’ feedback that they appreciated the opportunity to be a clue location and share their business with the community,” Sund remarked. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”

See more photos of the event here!

The Great Salem Race is an event planned by Salem Young Professionals in partnership with the Salem Leadership Foundation.

Third Tuesday July – Umpqua Bank

July 3rd Tues - Umpqua BankJuly’s Third Tuesday will be at Umpqua Bank on Commercial just south of Withnell. They are a great company who continuously support our local community through charitable contributions and encourage their employees to volunteer during work hours.

Stop by out of the heat for some refreshments and fuel. Meet some fellow young professionals and practice those networking skills!

Umpqua Bank
2710 Commercial St SE

// Everyone is welcome to Third Tuesdays. Members of Salem YoungPros participate for free, non members pay $5 cash at the door

YoungPros Spotlight: Meet David White

David MD White

David MD White

Age: 38

What do you do in Salem: Provide custom commercial insurance options for clients who understand the importance of having the right coverage. I also provide assistance to many of the captive agencies here in Oregon, who have very limited options for their clients.

What do you do when you’re not working: I spend most of my time with my two year old mischief maker (my son) going to the Kroc Center to swim or taking him out to the disc golf course so I can sneak in a round of golf.

Why do you choose to live and work in the Mid-Valley: Well, its a heck of a lot better than being in Kansas, no tornadoes, no 90 degree days with 100% humidity and we have hills and real trees here.

Favorite Mid-Valley secret: I can’t tell you or it wouldn’t be a secret.

Which Salem leader would you like to have lunch with? Nick Williams (done)

What would people be surprised to learn about you? I drove farm machinery & semi trucks from the ages of 7-11 at various farm shows to show how easy it was to operate. I was paid in ice cream.

What were you like at 12 years old? Obnoxious, wild and out of control.

Dog or cat? Dogs

What’s your smartphone? Whatever is on sale on Amazon.

Favorite social media platform: Facebook

Mac or Windows? Windows

Meet Kara Campuzano

Kara Campuzano

Kara Campuzano

Age: 30

What she does in Salem: I promote Salem! I sell the beautiful convention center space and adjoining hotel to meeting planners that are looking, or sometimes not looking, for a venue to hold their annual conferences, conventions, trade-shows and more. I also work with different media platforms on advertisement opportunities for the Salem Convention Center.

What she does when she’s not working: When I am not working I am with my husband and two beautiful children. We spend most of our weekends on home remodeling projects and in the spring/summer you will find me busy in my garden.

Why do you live and work in the Mid-Valley? I choose to live and work in the mid-valley as it is a wonderful place to raise a family. We are within an hour of all the beauty in Oregon. Salem offers a small town feel. I know that every-time I visit the grocery store I will see someone I know!

What’s your favorite Salem secret?: Willamette Valley Friends Co-op

Which Salem leader would you like to have lunch with? Former Mayor Anna Peterson

What would people be surprised to learn about you? I was raised out in the country with horses for most of my childhood life.

What were you like at 12 years old? I was a little quieter. I never liked doing anything that would get me in trouble. I was in band, girl scouts and involved with the school’s journalism club. I loved being in the outdoors but was still very girly girl.

Cat or dog? Both

What’s your smartphone? iPhone

Favorite social media platform? Instagram

Mac or Windows? Windows

Breakfast with the Mayor

Breakfast with the Mayor SYP

An excellent breakfast with Mayor Bennett this morning, followed by an intimate tour of Oregon’s Capitol. Topics of discussion included homelessness, transportation infrastructure and downtown vibrancy. Thanks Sassy Onion for the delicious breakfast, Representative Post for hosting us and SYP members for hanging out.