• Groups: Young Professionals

  • All young (and young-identifying!) members of the OPRF Chamber are invited to join this group.  We share experiences, meet people facing similar career issues and discuss areas of professional development.

    Connecting business to business and business to community.  

  • OPRFChamberofCommerce_YoungProfessionals Affinity Group
  • When Does this Group Meet?

    • MONTHLY PROGRAMMING:  Most 3rd Thursdays from 8:30 - 10 am, we hold a professional development breakfast meetup at a local restaurant or coffee shop with a featured speaker.
    • EVENING EVENTS:  Roughly quarterly, we substitute a fun evening event - happy hour, a tour of a fun destination, or partnering with a local nonprofit on a fundraiser.  

    Where Does this Group Meet?

    All over the community! The mission of this group is to get out of the office, see what's new and have fun so there is no set meeting place. Keep a keen eye on the Chamber's Community Calendar for specific locations.

    Want Regular Updates?

    If you'd like to get involved and receive regular updates on what the Young Professionals are up to, just send an email to Mark Walden (mwalden@oprfchamber.org) to get added to our mailing list!


  • Communities Affinity Group Young Professionals
  • Meet-Ups in 2020

    Our gatherings are being planned each month in accordance with guidelines and best practices for COVID-19 safety, so things are in a little flux!  Please check the Chamber's event calendar to see the details of our next gathering.

    Have an Idea for a Meet-up?

    Do you have a fabulous place you would like to take the group? Know that perfect "hidden gem" location you want to share? Then email Mark Walden right now and tell him all about it! Email Mark at mwalden@oprfchamber.org.

  • Meet the Leaders!

    It takes a lot of people to coordinate this group and all that we do.

    (back row, from left)

    Viktor Schrader (OPEDC),

    Vanessa Matheny (Oak Park Township), 

    Christopher Lufrano (Lufrano Law), 

    Robert Hann (BHHS KoenigRubloff)

    (front, from the left)

    Darien Marion-Burton (D.M. Burton),

    Dexter Cura (Bespoke Flipbooks),

    Jonathan Biag (Escape Factor



    "As much as I love events like 'Business After Hours' for networking, it's been the Young Professionals meet ups that have fostered deeper connections and collaborations through more intimate settings with like-minded individuals. Thank you for creating this monthly space for us!"

    Casey Gustafson, Eleven33