Holland/Zeeland Young Professionals (HYP) was the first YP organization in West Michigan, sparking a trend that continues to grow and evolve. The organization was formed in light of Richard Florida’s book “Rise of the Creative Class” and the organized discussions held by the former Holland Area Chamber of Commerce (now the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce) and the City of Holland on how to make Holland “cool”.
The founders of HYP, Barry Rice, Mat Nguyen and Robyn Wennersten had been actively involved in the creative class initiatives and saw an opportunity for the young professionals along the lakeshore to form a group and start working together. HYP kicked-off with its first event on December 2, 2003. The group has steadily grown since that time, and now has a network of over 1,000 members.
Provide opportunities for young professionals in greater Holland/Zeeland area to meet and interact
Cultivate and nurture emerging leaders
Attract and retain young talent in the greater Holland/Zeeland area
Organize and encourage community involvement
Work with existing organizations
The Mission of Holland/Zeeland Young Professionals is to lead the effort to develop, establish and promote opportunities for young professionals in West Michigan and enhance the region’s ability to attract and retain young professionals.