Event Recap: Recovery Room Sports Grill


Last night CAYP held their monthly social networking event at the newly renovated Recovery Room Sports Grill in downtown Albany. The restaurant looked amazing! We want to give a special thank you to Sarah and the Recovery Room Sports Grill staff for greeting us with such warm hospitality.

 The members and non-members who joined us last night were privy to a sampling of delicious salads, some great finger foods, and wonderful drinks, all of which enhanced the networking that was happening.

 We would also like to thank Donate Life’s Aubrey and Becky for doing a special presentation on the importance of organ donation and the impact it has in our own back yard. It was wonderful to have them there sharing information and raising awareness for organ donation registration, especially during Donate Life month.

 If you missed this event, don’t worry because we have our May event lined up for Wolf’s 1-11 (Wolf Rd) on May 21st!

We hope to see you there!

Event Recap: Angelo’s Prime Bar + Grill


What a Marvelous March event last night!

CAYP, Capital Alliance of Young Professionals, hosted more than 75 young go-getters at the beautfiul Hilton Garden Inn, Clifton Park/Angelo’s Prime Bar + Grill.

Despite some cold and slushy weather, our guests made the event warm and inviting not to mention the networking was top notch!

The cheddar chardonnay fondue and penne alla vodka was out of the world! Special thanks to Mazzone Hospitality for the delicious food and allowing us to use their space.

Our sponsors, Danielle Smith and Bob Kelly from SEFCU Mortgage Services, made quite an appearance last night as well. They raffled off TWO $50 gift cards to Prime Bar + Grill and the winners were thrilled with the unexpected prize. Danielle Smith spoke on behalf of the credit union, and they had a fun interactive table that allowed guests to ask valuable mortgage and loan questions. Another success!

Join us next month at the newly renovated Recovery Sports Grill at Albany Medical Center on April 16th! See you there and thanks to everyone who joined us last night. We look forward to seeing you soon!







Event Recap: Sake!

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Last night CAYP was welcomed by Sake in Latham with amazing food and fantastic drinks. It was the perfect venue for members and non members to meet mid-week and enjoy a lovely night of networking. The bar was packed and everyone even got to enjoy some live music!

Thank you, Howie for allowing us to come and takeover your restaurant for the evening! We love bringing our events to Sake and they certainly never disappoint! Thank you to our sponsor Aerotek and Alex for speaking on their behalf.

February Sponsor

See if you were caught enjoying the night on the Albany Alive website (THANKS ED!) or on the CAYP Facebook page.


If you missed this event don’t fret! Our next event will be Wednesday, March 19th at Angelo’s Prime Bar & Grill.

Check back for more details in the coming weeks!

Event Recap: Revolution Hall

February Venue

CAYP or Capital Alliance of Young Professionals had an AWESOME time at Rev Hall last Wednesday, January 15th.  We had more than 85 guests, with lines to check in out the door! Brown’s provided a delicious spread (as always) and some of us even hung out after in the new Malt Room below the Brewery.  Many of us enjoyed a local homebrew, which warmed us right up on a cold night.

Brown's Logo

Thanks so much to Brown’s Brewing and Rev Hall for being our host, we just love bringing these events to Troy! Thanks to our sponor the Martin, Shudt, Wallace, Dilorenzo & Johnson law firm and James Weiss on behalf of the firm for addressing the crowd, stating such kind words about or organization.

If you missed this one don’t worry because our next event will be at 5:30 pm on February 19th at Sake in Latham. Howie and his crew there are sure to have plentiful, delicious Asian cusine and fun drinks! See you there!


Event Recap: CAYP’s Holiday Party


This past Friday, December 13th CAYP celebrated the holiday season in style at the Albany Hilton. With the help of DJ David and Dancin’ Time; young professionals gathered on a chilly Friday night to dance the night away!

The Hilton provided the perfect venue for members and non-members to meet, share stories, and make connections in an upbeat low-stress environment. There was plenty of food and spirits for our attendees to enjoy as well as a great soundtrack from our DJ.

See if you were caught celebrating at the event on the Albany Alive website (THANKS ED!) or on the CAYP Facebook page.

CAYP is already looking to celebrate and ring in the New Year with you at Revolution Hall in Troy on Wednesday, January 15th. Look for more details in the coming weeks.

We wish you all a happy, healthy, and wonderful holiday season!

CAYP Board of Directors 2013

See you in 2014!

Event Recap: Recovery Room Guilderland

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On Wednesday, November 20th young professionals congregated for some mid week “recovery” and networking at the Recovery Sports Grill in Guilderland. The new restaurant provided the perfect venue for CAYP members as well as non-members to meet, exchange stories, and make new connections. We saw an abundance of new faces as well as seasoned attendees, which made for an excellent upbeat vibe!

November’s event was sponsored by Your Home Town Bank, Trustco.

Thank you Trustco Bank for your continuous support!

Check out all the event pictures courtesy of Albany Alive (THANKS ED!!) on their website or on the CAYP Facebook page.

Our next event is the CAYP Holiday Party on Friday, December 13th at the Albany Hilton.

More details to come!

Event Recap: Bombers in Troy


Taquitos, mini tacos, nachos and the Capital Regions finest young professionals! This month’s social was a true fiesta! For October’s networking social, CAYP members, as well as non-members, gathered at Bomber’s Burrito Bar inTroy. The venue offered a great spot for young professionals to meet, exchanges stories, and make great connections.


October’s event was sponsored by the graduate admissions and continuing education department of The College of St. Rose. This was a great opportunity for guests to learn more about continuing their education and propelling their career. The Collegeof St. Roseoffers both part-time and full-time programs and welcomes working professionals pursuing a graduate degree. You can find more information on their programs here.  Thank you for supporting CAYP!

Check out all of the event pictures courtesy of Troy Alive (THANKS ED!!) on there website or on the CAYP Facebook page

 If you missed this event, come to the next one! CAYP’s next event will be November, 20th at the new Recovery Room in Guilderland. More details to come!

Event Recap: Holiday Party at the Holiday Inn Express Latham

Holiday Attendees


Christmas Party Crowd

The CAYP Crowd at our 2012 Holiday Party

Tucked away in the Gazebo room at the Holiday Inn Express in Latham, Capital Region young professionals and their guests celebrated the holiday season with food, libations and laughs. Attendees enjoyed meeting new friends as they sat down for a chicken parm dinner and listed to local comedian Greg Aidala.

First-time CAYP attendee Kyle Schoen, Event Specialist at Christian Brothers Academy, was eager to share his thoughts on the evening:

“I had a wonderful time at the event.  I attended this networking event with my fiancé.  We both hands down concurred it was an amazing event on a professional level as well as on a personal level.  In our networking travels that glorious evening, we amassed quite the collection of business cards that I’m positive we will refer back to in the future. The food was delicious, the comedian was hysterical and I will forever treasure my picture that was taken on the red carpet.  I am definitely glad I did not miss out!”

The evening was graciously sponsored by the graduate admissions and continuing education department of The College of St. Rose. If anything will propel your career forward, it’s coupling networking with ongoing learning. St. Rose offers both part-time and full-time programs and welcomes working professionals pursuing a graduate degree. Check out more about their programs here.

Don’t think the celebration is over. Make sure you come out to our first event of 2013 at Revolution Hall in Troy on January 23rd!

Holiday Attendees

Board member Courtney Meyers (left) with two CAYP members

Event Recap: November at Sake Japanese Steakhouse

CAYP November Young Pros
CAYP Event Sake Latham


Much like sushi, CAYP rolls together just the right ingredients to create a perfectly satisfying experience — talented young professionals, generous local business sponsers and tasty hors d’oeuvres all wrapped in an amazing venue. For November’s networking social, CAYP members, as well as non-members, gathered at Sake Japanese Steakhouse in Latham. This attractive venue provided a centrally located spot for young professionals to meet and exchange stories about their professional and personal lives.

November’s event was proudly sponsored by Pinnacle Recruiting and Fast Feet Fitness. Pinnacle Recruiting is a technology staffing firm. If you’re looking for work, or have a position to fill, reach out to one of their principals, Chris Wessell. As the new year is approaching, consider a consultation with Fast Feet Fitness, a personal training group comprised of former collegiate athletes.

Speaking of Fast Feet Fitness, one of our members received a free consultation from our business card drawing. In addition, more people were chosen from the fishbowl of cards for gift certificates for a variety of Marrello restaurants. That includes spots such as Bellini’s and J&A Prep Kitchen.
CAYP November Young Pros

Young Professionals David Plagenza and Zach Hasselbarth

Sounds like a good time, right? Believe it or not, next month will be even better. Make sure to order your tickets for our holiday party on December 14th at the Holiday Inn Express in Latham – music, food, a comedian, a red carpet and, most importantly, a great crowd!

Members Only Event Recap: Speed Networking at Century House

Stopwatch for Speed Networking
Stopwatch for Speed Networking

Our attendees definitely had their elevator speech down by the end of this event.

While speeding on the highway will connect you to a ticket, speed networking sends you home with tickets to connections. Capital region young professionals satisfied their need for speed off the road at a joint speed networking event with the Colonie Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012.

In case you haven’t seen how it goes down, Colonie Chamber members sat on one side of a table while CAYP members sat across from them on the other side. After one minute of introductions and chatter, CAYP members rotated seats allowing for new pairs of people to meet and exchange elevator speeches. A little like musical chairs for adults.

The best thing about speed networking is that you’re guaranteed to go home with cards from individuals you can follow up with. Of course, we didn’t want it to be all hustle and bustle, so after the structured speed networking there was plenty of time for traditional mingling over appetizers and a chocolate fondue fountain.


Business Cards

Attendees left this event with stacks of business cards.

New CAYP member Michael Feuer, Client Advisor at Burst Marketing, gave us some feedback on his experience:

“The CAYP speed networking event was the most beneficial event I have been to yet. I was able to network and converse with  a multitude of local professionals looking to generate business. A few of the connections I made at the event have already met and scheduled future meetings with me since attending.”

If you missed this event, you have a chance to redeem yourself – CAYP’s next event will be November 14th at Sake Japanese Steakhouse in Latham. Check out the details here!