2019 Members of the Month

Dec 11, 2019

member-of-the-month-picture-template-(1)JanuaryTyler Losure
Vice Chair Social Ambassadors 
"Hartford adopted me in 2009 when I moved on campus to attend the University of Hartford and I moved here full time just before graduating in 2013. There’s so much to love about Hartford. While I firmly believe that Hartford is on the cusp of establishing itself as one of the next great young-professionals hub, like an Austin, Charlotte, or Buckhead (Atlanta), there is still so much to enjoy as it is now!”

jennie-may-momFebruaryJennie May
Employer: Pratt & Whitney
"My favorite thing about HYPE is meeting individuals who work in different professions, from teaching to waste management. Committee meetings and monthly events provide an outlet for me, a transplant to the Hartford area from Florida, to meet young individuals who enjoy learning more about one another and putting on events to better ourselves and the community around us.”

member-of-the-month-picture-template-(3)MarchRyan Baldassario
Employer: University of Connecticut School of Business
"My entire professional career to date has been within public institutions – whether I was in higher education or supporting local government offices – so I’ve never been exposed to many environments in the private or non-profit space. At Get HYPEd or Civic meetings, or any number of fundraising events like Tee It Up, I enjoy getting to meet people whose way of professional life can be so far different from my own, yet we can still bond over common interests.”

copy-of-member-of-the-month-picture-templateAprilKrista Reynolds
Employer: Aetna, a CVS Health Company
" I love that HYPE is so casual – you get out of it what you put into it. If you’re just there to make some new friends, that’s cool. If you’re there because you’re trying to grow awareness of your own business, that’s also cool! There’s no wrong way to be a HYPE member. I also love that it gives me access to events and networking opportunities I wouldn’t have otherwise.”

member-of-the-month-photo-templateMay: Daniel Zakin
Employer: Pratt & Whitney
"I lead a team that reviews data from the operational fleet of Pratt engines to assist with data analytics and respond to airline requests. Each day is different, leading to new and exciting work opportunities. My team is amazing, and I LOVE planes, so the job and company is awesome.”

member-of-the-month-photo-template-(2) (1)June: Stephanie Knightly
Employer: Oak Hill
" I originally joined HYPE to meet some other young professionals in the non-profit sector, but have stuck around and become more involved because of the welcoming/inclusive atmosphere and the like-minded passion the 4,000+ HYPE members share for the city of Hartford.”

member-of-the-month-photo-template-(3)July: Jason Styra
Employer: Apex Systems
“People from CT are fiercely prideful of their towns/cities and I’m proud to say I am a Hartford resident.”

Julia Class
Employer: Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.
“I love the rich history of Hartford and the hidden gems it has to offer. At this time, with the increase in young professionals to the area and passion of those who live here to rejuvenate the area, Hartford is poised to grow and become more competitive with its New England counterparts.”

member-of-the-month-photo-template-(5)September: Alex Peterson
Employer: Connecticut Airport Authority
“HYPE is a great way to meet young professionals in the area who want to turn a region into a community. Whether that is through networking, community service, or political engagement, HYPE gives us the means by which to organize and make things happen.”

member-of-the-month-photo-template-(6)October: Dyani Williams
Employer: Foodshare, Inc.
“I love the fact that my role at Foodshare enables me to be creative, and engage in a variety of projects and events that consist of promoting Foodshare’s mission; to lead a coordinated response to the issue of hunger.”

Lauren Angat
Employer: TD Bank
“My favorite thing about HYPE are the relationships that you develop and the new people you get to meet. Also, being a part of a committee has allowed me to grow professionally and personally. Recently moving from Miami to Hartford was a huge change and being able to network with young professionals have greatly impacted me.”

member-of-the-month-photo-template9c8e01c340c66f2e8062ff0000f0a897December: Billy Grant IV
Employer: Ameriprise Financial
“Meeting like-minded people is my goal every day. Any job has its pros and cons, but when you have an organization like HYPE where I can meet energetic young professionals like myself, it makes coming into Hartford immensely more enjoyable.”








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