CAYP’s First Members Event

CAYP members at Athos event

In order to bring Capital Region professionals even more networking, CAYP held its first members-only event on February 22nd, 2012 at Athos restaurant in Guilderland, NY. The event was a success with nearly 40 CAYP members in attendance. The intimate atmosphere was the perfect opportunity to catch up with someone you may have missed at the last monthly event.

“As much as I enjoy every CAYP event, it was a nice change of pace to have a smaller gathering in order to reinforce some of the relationships that have made my CAYP membership such a good investment.” – Chris Wessell, CAYP member

Much of the success of our first member’s event was due to our host – Athos restaurant. Not only did they provide an assortment of appetizers from their menu, but Athos also invites all CAYP members back to receive buy-one-get-one drink specials every Thursday. Each week, they will have live music from a variety of genres. Just let the staff know you are a CAYP member in order to receive this exclusive member’s perk.

CAYP members at Athos event

CAYP members enjoying the event at Athos in Guilderland.

CAYP members receive free admission to our monthly networking events (which are $10 for non-members) and are listed in our member directory. Plus, CAYP members can now attend exclusive networking events, like this one at Athos, which will be held quarterly.

If you’re not already a CAYP member, sign up here for the low annual cost of $50!

If we haven’t seen you lately, make sure to catch the next CAYP event at Albany’s popular Jack’s Oyster House. The event will be March 22, 2012 from 6:00pm – 9:0opm. The cost is $0 for members, $10 for non-members.



CAYP’s February 2012 Event at Wolf’s 1-11

Members of Couch White
The crowd at Wolf's 1-11.

CAYP attendees on the top floor of Wolf's 1-11 on Pearl Street

Not only does CAYP bring together the Capital Region’s bright and talented young professionals, but we also make sure we bring them to the area’s newest and trendiest establishments. This month, CAYP gathered at Wolf’s 1-11 on Pearl Street, next to the Times Union Center. With comfy leather couches, plenty of appetizers and a lofty view of the whole bar, the venue was a perfect spot to get to know some new faces.

February’s event was graciously sponsored by Couch White, LLP, a full-service business law firm.  Wolf’s 1-11 also contributed two $25 gift certificates for the lucky winners our monthly business card drawing.

If you need a testament as to how valuable CAYP’s networking events can be, ask Lauryn Kowalski.  As Lauryn checked in, she proudly exclaimed that her first CAYP event helped land her new job.  A couple months ago, Lauryn made the important connection that led to her new position  at Potratz Automotive Advertising Agency.

Jonathan Root, marketing director at Smith and Jones, had a positive first experience this month. He was impressed with how easy it was to start a conversation with people, “everyone was friendly, and it was nice to be around a group that was similar to me in age and career level.”

In order to give you even more chances to make some new contacts, CAYP is having another networking event this month exclusively for our members. Come join us at Athos restaurant on Wednesday, February 22nd at 5:30 – 7:00pm. Email to let us know you’re coming.

Members of Couch White

Special thanks to February's sponsor, Couch White, LLP

CAYP’s January 2012 Event at Prime Bar & Grill

Prime Bar + Grill
January networking event
CAYP gathers at Prime Bar + Grill at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park

To kick off the new year, CAYP ventured up the Northway to make its mark on new territory. On January 11th, over 125 Capital Region young professionals gathered at Angelo’s Prime Bar + Grill in Clifton Park, the newest addition to the popular Prime brand. Mazzone Hospitality graciously catered the event with a vast assortment of items from their innovative and modern menu.

As if a crowd of ambitious business professionals and fine cuisine weren’t enough, the business card raffle provided even more perks at the event. One winner received a $50 gift certificate to enjoy the full experience of Prime Bar + Grill. The evening’s sponsor, E-Biz Docs, a provider of electronic document management services, also provided winners with official red Swingline staplers. Want your own? Join E-Biz Docs on February 27th at The Palace for more networking and a showing of Office Space. Finally, more winners of the drawing received tickets to The Warmth of Wine.

Couldn’t make it to January’s event? Check out the video below to see what you missed! Don’t miss us next on February 8 at the all-new Wolf’s 1-11 in downtown Albany.


CAYP’s August 2011 Event at Shaker Ridge Country Club

professionals at shaker ridge
professionals at shaker ridge

CAYP'S young professionals at Shaker Ridge

On August 3, 2011 CAYP joined forces with the Colonie, Bethlehem and Guilderland Chambers of Commerce in a mega networking event at the Shaker Ridge Country Club in Loudonville. Members
of CAYP and the three chambers united  while overlooking spectacular views of green pasture and enjoying an assortment of abundant appetizers provided by 2 SheaCatering. The crowd totaled almost 120 attendees – proof of each organization’s eagerness to cross-network.

catered food by 2Shea
Appetizers provided by 2Shea Catering


The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce was represented by Kathy Burbank, President and Erika Gauthier, Program and
Membership Manager. Gauthier claims the evening is “one of the [Guilderland Chamber’s] most well-attended events we put on during the year because of the
different mix.”

 Jennifer Kilcoyne, President of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce truly valued the unique networking opportunity. “[It was] a wonderful opportunity for Bethlehem Chamber members to connect with a broader audience of Capital District business leaders. Our members enjoyed the evening and made valuable contacts for their businesses.”

Tom Nolte of Colonie Chamber

Tome Nolte of Colonie Chamber addresses a crowd of CAYP and chamber members

Tom Nolte, President of the Colonie Chamber of Commerce was excited to participate in this event for the 3rd year because of the “professionalism, energy and enthusiasm that CAYP members bring.”  And that sure sounds like what
CAYP members are all about.

CAYP and the three chambers look forward to
getting together again for another collaborative networking event.

CAYP’s July 2011 4th Anniversary Event at Taste Restaurant

Taste Rooftop
Taste Rooftop

CAYP attendees mingling on the rooftop terrace at Taste

On July 22, 2011 CAYP celebrated its fourth anniversary on the rooftop terrace of Taste restaurant in downtown Albany. The evening amassed 104 guests – an even mix of familiar faces and networking novices. As Albany’s finest professionals entered the event’s penthouse location, they were greeted with a photo opportunity in front of Albany Alive’s signature red carpet. Photographers Dan VanWagenen and Stephen Calhoun kept busy all evening capturing guests against day and night views of Albany’s sparkling skyline. While mingling over eggplant crostini and seafood tacos, CAYP members and guests discovered new connections and caught up with former ones.

 As the sun began to set, CAYP President Theresa Petrone harnessed the crowd’s attention in order to thank sponsors The Business Review and The Food Pantries. Courtney Myers, Marketing & Circulation Director of The Business Review, and Benji Fox, Executive Director of The Food Pantries, took the stage to welcome the organizations’ members and guests.

Patrick Honda is presented with the CAYP Spirit Award

Petrone then presented the annual Friend of CAYP Awards to three members whose support for the organization helped fuel its success over the past year. The first recipient was Patrick Honda, owner of P&C Promotional Printing, who received the Spirit Award for his enthusiasm and dedication to CAYP’s mission. Ed Baker, CEO of Albany Alive, took home the Contribution Award in recognition of his generosity in capturing each event on film for members and guests to view and share. Jessica Collette, branch manager at Capital Bank and newly appointed CAYP Board member, took home the Advocate Award for her ongoing efforts to introduce business professionals to the organization.

The mood turned bittersweet as Petrone announced that Wesley Slyke, branch officer for Legacy Banks, would be stepping down from CAYP’s Board of Directors. Slyke was a founding board member and served as the organization’s treasurer for the four years since its inception. He was presented with the President’s Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to CAYP.

Albany's young professionals pose against the city's skyline.

Adding to the celebration, two guests in attendance were welcomed to the stage after being pulled in the business card drawing. Raffle prizes included box tickets to the Tri-City ValleyCats donated by W.B. Mason and a $50 gift certificate to Taste, the evening’s generous host.

The evening’s presentation came to a close with a look toward the future. Petrone announced that thanks to the support of its members, CAYP was ready to go beyond its original mission of enriching the lives of young professionals to enriching the community. Over the past year, the organization experienced an incredible growth in membership which will allow CAYP to begin giving back to the Capital Region. Starting with a campaign managed through its Facebook page, CAYP will provide up to $1,000 to the Northeast Parent & Child Society and their mission to protect children, preserve families, and strengthen communities. Through the combined efforts of their members, supporters, and volunteer Board of Director, CAYP plans to contribute $12,000 to community organizations in the Capital Region.


Attendees with Event Sponsor Benji Fox

CAYP guests smile for the camera alongside event sponsor Benji Fox of The Food Pantries (far right).


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Enriching the lives of young and young-at-heart professionals living and working in New York’s Capital Region.”

CAYP is solely dedicated to providing its members with quality networking events highlighting the Capital Region’s premier social venues while maintaining a low-stress environment.

Our signature Networking Socials are held once a month and encourage a diverse group of young professionals to network comfortably and at their own pace.

It’s no secret that the more people you know, the more potential you have to grow professionally and socially.

CAYP is open to ALL professionals.  Our target age group is 21-39, but as long as you feel young, you are welcome to join us!CAYP Board 2011