Candidates 2019

Official Candidates for the 2019 STYP Election

President

Nikita RobinsonNikitaRobinson
I have been a proud board member of STYP since 2016 and general body member since 2015. During that time, I have worked under the leadership of two presidents as the Chair of the Professional Development Committee (2016-2018) and as Vice President (2018). I have a wealth of knowledge of the organization and great insight regarding the needs of local, young professionals. As a native of the Binghamton area, I am excited for the opportunity to work alongside fellow board members to provide opportunities and a community to young professionals.My vision for STYP for the upcoming year is to reach more young professionals, build additional partnerships with local businesses, expand our professional development, social, and civic offerings, and increase membership benefits.It would be an honor and privilege to further serve STYP as the 2019 President.

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Vice President

Nicholas SchragerNickSchrager
I moved to Binghamton earlier in 2018, and joined STYP shortly thereafter I was elected to the Board in September, and have been serving as Membership Chair since then. As a new member to the Binghamton community, STYP has been invaluable to me in my move into this community. It has given me a network of like minded individuals, and has allowed me to explore my community. Since joining STYP, I have witnessed first-hand the benefits this organization can provide for its members and the community. If elected VP, I will strive to make STYP an organization that reaches all members of our community and showcase all that Binghamton has to offer.Thank you for your consideration.

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Treasurer

Colin KilpatrickColinKilpatrick_sm
I am running for this seat because I believe that this organization is important to the community and the overall development of a younger, more professional population for the city of Binghamton. I was born and raised in Binghamton, so as long as I continue to work and live in Binghamton, I would like to help out in any way I can. I believe that I can provide ideas or help brainstorm new opportunities for the organization that can help spread the word about what we do, and increase the networking between other young professionals as well.

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Secretary

Caitie Eberz
I have approximately 4 months experience on the board and chaired the bylaws comittee. I’m also on the board of the Greater Binghamton Hospitality and Tourism Association as the secretary. I am interested in running for secretary of STYP as well but am happy to be a returning board member if someone else is elected.

My vision for STYP is pulling it into the future. I think our membership needs access to the benefits readily at their disposal in order to make membership worthwhile. I want to support a diverse community and showcase Binghamton as a great community to live and work in.

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Executive Committee Board Members (9 Positions)

Marcus Speramarcus-spera-headshot
 Like any social organization, my vision for STYP is to be fun. One of the best ways for a social group to be fun is to be inclusive as well as social. Happy hour mixers are a great introduction to the group for many, but for our less loquacious members, volunteering opportunities and educational seminars may be the best settings for branching out to new membership. Opportunities for further expansion include the arts community, healthcare, and education sectors in Binghamton. Broome County, being an aging community, has a unique opportunity for attracting membership by being the premier social organization for younger people in the community, and the best way to gain more members and more enthusiasm is to have more fun.
Keenan Millerkeenan
The mission of my business is to lead, mentor and coach financial entrepreneurs to achieve independence and success by positively impacting the lives of others. I have been in business in Binghamton for the last 5 years and would like to continue developing stronger and stronger relationships with other like-minded business and individuals. My visions is to have a huge positive economic impact on our communities. The Greater Binghamton area has so much to offer individuals, young families and business! I believe serving as a Board Member is another step in bring back hope, growth and life to our area again. I have served as a board member with YoungLife, a global not for profit youth organization, for the last 4 years and have also served as a campaign committee member for Dorollo Nixon, Republican State Assembly Candidate (123rd District).
Paige WilcoxHeadshot Wilcox-Paige sm
I have recently started going to STYP events last year and I would like to become more involved in the organization. I believe that there is a strong need for the organization within the Binghamton area. I think that is a great idea to be able to meet with other young professionals because while starting off in my career I wanted to network and meet new people but was unsure of how to in the beginning, and I think that it is very comforting to have a group of others in the same position. Some of the ideas that I would like to be more involved in/introduce would be to hold more community service projects. Also, I believe working closely with Binghamton University to try to attract more of the BU population from outside of the southern tier to remain in the Binghamton area after graduation would be beneficial to expand the community.
Garrett Lyons
I see STYP as a catalyst for getting young professionals involved in the area and becoming invested in the area, whether its through professional networks made, service events attended, or simply making friends and meeting people we never would have met otherwise.I am running because I want to help other newcomers to the area have the same great experience making friends and connections like I had. I moved to Binghamton about 2.5 years ago and struggled to meet anyone who wasn’t a practicing criminal law attorney. STYP led me to great friendships that I wouldn’t have been able to develop otherwise and help made Binghamton more than just a pitstop on a career path. STYP helped make Binghamton a place I am glad to have the luck to be a part of.

I am currently an assistant district attorney with Broome County and have been a practicing attorney for 4 years. I have worked in professional fields, as a bartender and a waiter and in politics. I believe my combined work experience would help this group not only from the perspective of someone newer to the area but also in helping organize group events that will branch out to bring more members and grow the group.

Lisa MelenalisaMelena
I am running for a spot on the STYP Executive Committee Board. I have only been a member of STYP for a few months and in that short amount of time I have made friends, experienced new local spots and have cleaned up a park full of illegally dumped tires. Before I joined STYP I was looking for a place to meet people and learn more about the opportunities in our community. I am a single mom and have recently moved back to the area with my 2 1/2 year old daughter and I want to be able to pave the wave for her to have a bright future. I want her to know what great things our community has to offer including new restaurants, volunteer work, team building, theater and so much more. I am grateful for the opportunities thus far and I would love to have a voice for the future of STYP!
Amy Wiggins
An organization like STYP is so important because it really gives it’s members a sense of community and belonging with other young working professionals that we otherwise may never have met! I also think that this organization with its sense of community is crucial to promoting and keeping young people in the Binghamton area. I’ve made a lot of friends through STYP and am excited to be able to be able to give back and to contribute to an organization that I truly believe in.

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