Orlando’s Legacy Young Professional Group Rebrands in 2017

OYP’s eight-member board focuses on future leadership in the City Beautiful

By Jacob Engels

Orlando Young Professionals, Orlando’s Premiere Young Professional Development Network, is rebranding in 2017.

With a new website, new leadership and a reinvigorated focus the group has big plans for this year and beyond.

“This year we’re focused on building a membership base of professionals striving to be leaders in their respective industry.  My hope is that in years to come, those in the group will have continued to work together in their businesses and community,” says OYP President Donavan Ryckis.

OYP, Orlando’s premier young person networking group, has seen tremendous growth over the past several months, which Ryckis says is a testament to the legacy and exclusivity of its membership.

“Applications are accepted only by majority approval of the board.  Our By Laws restrict us to 30 members, a size we believe is perfect for our vision and goals for the group.”

OYP was founded in 1994 and has collaborated on projects and events with some of the area’s most respected leaders, including Mayor Buddy Dyer, Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Orlando Magic’s Pat Williams.

The eight-member board prides itself in providing young professionals with unparalleled opportunities to access community leaders and for professional development.

“I’ve lived in Orlando for the better part of 8 years. I’ve yet to find a group that values leadership and opportunity as much as this one,” says OYP Vice President Jonathan Beaton.

The group has “after hours” networking, lunch and learn events as well as members only professional development.

You can find out more on membership by checking out the Orlando Young Professional website at www.orlandoyoungprofessionals.com.


Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, and Fox News to name a few. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.