My son Brandon runs the e-commerce division at COAS Books. This position involves many hours of setting up and maintaining systems, leading and giving direction to his staff and focusing on staying current with the rapidly changing trends in e-commerce.
Since this type of work makes it difficult to meet with others in similar positions to discuss ideas face to face, he decided to join a Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce sponsored group called Las Cruces Young Professionals.
The Las Cruces Young Professionals is a connection forum run by young professionals mostly aged between 21 and 40 years old. It was formed to develop and advance careers while positively impacting the southern New Mexico community.
A couple of weeks ago, Amaro Winery hosted a First Friday event for the young professionals. My son encouraged me to make an appearance so I could see firsthand how well received this event had become.
My initial expectation was that this was going to be a bunch of young folks drinking and carrying on, using being in a “professional organization” as an excuse.
I went in support of my son, and wow, was I pleasantly surprised! The venue was top notch. People were talking business, exchanging cards and discussing great ideas for the future of our area. Some of the young professionals in attendance already are the movers and shakers of our community, and the others soon will be.
I would have loved for there to have been a group like this when I was younger. If you are between 21 and 40 years old and currently are in or intend to be in a position of leadership in the greater Las Cruces area, the Young Professionals is an important component to your success.
Mike Beckett, Chair of the Board Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce