2018 YPO Committed Leaders at the December YPO Leadership Luncheon with Ben Winter, Transfer Flow Inc.


"Chico Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Organization... community leadership starts here"

The Chico Chamber's Young Professionals Organization (YPO) was created in April 2010 in an effort to bring together the region's young business people 10 years or less into their professional career for mentoring, education, networking, and socializing. 

Are you a career-oriented individual wanting to foster community leadership through networking and professional development? Be a part of the YPO today and help us 'Move Chico Forward.'

YPO Mission Statement

"Young career-oriented individuals, people 10 years or less into their professional career, fostering community leadership through networking and professional development."

YPO Vision Statement & Values

"Chico YPO creates awareness of the positive attributes young professionals bring to their employer and the community as a whole by valuing commitment, ambition, civic engagement, integrity, respect and camaraderie in a welcoming atmosphere."

Who Can Participate?

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Access YPO by becoming a Chico Chamber Member today! Not sure if you're a Chico Chamber Member? Check our directory here.

Want to receive YPO event reminders and updates, e-mail Heather Ugie, YPO Chamber Liasion and Chamber Member Services & Events Manager, by clicking here.

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Click here for the 2018 YPO calendar of events and speakers!


February Leadership Luncheon

Date: Wednesday, Feburary 21, 2018
Featured Speakers: Farshad Azad, Grandmaster of Azad's Martial Arts Family Center
Topic: “How to Survive the Ride of an Entrepreneur”
Location: Azad's Martial Arts Family Center - 313 Walnut Street, Chico
11:30 a.m. | 530-891-5556

$20 for YPO Members; $25 for Guests. *Cost includes lunch, drink, tax, and tip.

Reservations Now Open!

Catered by TBar and Fusion Cafe.

CEO of Azad's International Inc, and Owner of Azad's Martial Arts Center in Chico California, Farshad Azad is a 9th Degree Black Belt Grandmaster in the art of Sinmoo Hapkido, Jungshindo, and Shaolin Tai Chi Chuan, and the successor to Great Grandmaster Sifu Vavalette. Grandmaster Azad is the founder of the art of Jungshindo and recognized and certified by World famous Great Grandmaster Ji, Han Jae. He is a Master Instructor in the Filipino fighting art of Modern Arnis & Kali, Master Instructor in Taekwondo, and a Tactical Master Instructor in personal and executive protection. He has trained thousands of people interested in personal, corporate and executive safety issues. He has been the recipient of two Hall of Fame Awards by martial arts industries leading organizations for his contributions to martial arts world. . 

Grandmaster Azad is a Vice-President of World Hapkido Association established and headquartered in Seol, Korea. He is also one of the successors to the founder of the art of Hapkido, Dojunim Ji Han Jae, a 10th degree Black Belt who taught the late movie star and martial artist Bruce Lee. He also holds a master rank in various styles of Taekwondo, JungSuWon, and Moodokwon. His career in martial arts includes expertise in many systems of martial arts including Muay Thai Kickboxing, Jujitsu, Kobudo, Judo, Kendo, Iaido, Escrima and Filipino martial arts systems. Azad is also the founder of Shimkendo martial arts system designed to help adults with their internal health, fitness and personal safety. He is a tactical law enforcement and executive personal protection instructor with extensive background in teaching military and law enforcement personnel. He is also one of the founding member of an organization called the Global Martial Arts Masters, uniting masters from all different systems of martial arts. 


March Event

When: Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
Hosted By: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Time: 5:30 p.m.

More details coming soon!


56th Annual Community Celebration Summer Bash: Honoring the 80th Anniversary of Shubert's Ice Cream & Candy

When: Thursday, May 31st, 2018
Location: Patrick Ranch - 10381 Midway, Durham
Time: 5:30-9:30 p.m.

May 31, 2018 the 56th Annual Community Summer Bash will be honoring the 80th Anniversary of Shubert's Ice Cream & Candy! Join us for an evening under the stars at Patrick Ranch enjoying local music. Click here for more details. 


*The Chico Chamber of Commerce must maintain a cancellation policy for events in order to properly plan for catering, venue expenses and marketing efforts. Unless stated otherwise, Chamber reservations must be cancelled 5 days prior to the event to be eligible for a refund. All refunds will be issued 10 days after the event. No refunds will be issued for non-attendance. You are welcome to send another member of your staff in your place.

YPO Presented By

Interested in supporting the YPO? Click here to contact Heather Ugie, YPO Chamber Liasion and Chamber Member Services & Events Manager.

YPO News

Chico Chamber YPO Leadership Luncheon: “Longevity at a Business and Fostering my Career Along the Way” Podcast

The Young Professionals Organization had the pleasure of having Ben Winter, our Chico Chamber Board of Directors and also the Director of Business Development with Visionary Partner, Transfer Flow, Inc. Growing up locally in the small town of Paradise, graduating high school, and narrowing up his college focus, Ben began his career at local and family owned company Transfer Flow, Inc.  Now, after 26 years, another area of focus is continued education. Understanding that time and new innovation requires Ben to arm himself with current data, ultimately helping foster his career and Transfer Flow. Click here to check out our YPO Leadership Luncheon with Ben Winter, Transfer Flow, Inc.

Chico Chamber YPO Leadership Luncheon: “Chico, What the Tech?” Podcast

How is technology transforming Chico?  Do we have what it takes to bring tech companies to Chico? Where can our younger generation get involved and move local technology forward? Check out our YPO Leadership Luncheon Tech Panel podcast featuring: Wendy Porter, Managing Director of Chicostart; Kathryn Schifferle, CEO of Work Truck Solutions; Ryan Sanders,; Noelle Sadler, VP of Marketing of; and Andrew March, Co-founder of Compini.

Chico Chamber YPO Leadership Luncheon: "Ag Panel" Podcast

Check out our YPO Leadership Luncheon Ag panel Episode 10 featuring: Toni Scott, Morrison & Company; Grey Foster, Butte Yfr; Mark Pierce, North Valley Ag Services, and Colleen Cecil, Butte County Farm Bureau.  Our Chico Chamber YPO has been very proactive this year connecting with the local Ag Community.  In March, they co-hosted a Mixer with the Butte County Young Farmers & Ranchers at Almendra Winery & Distillery, and a dinner in November 2016. In this episode, you will hear how important technology, water, and legislative challenges all affect agriculture from labor to water regulations.

Committed Leader Recruitment

The application period, March - June, is now closed for the YPO Committed Leaders. Click here to learn more about being a Committed Leader!

Millennial Survey

The Chico Chamber's Young Professionals Organization recognizes a need to survey our millennial population for input on how this generation of “technology natives” is driving change in the business world and in our workplaces.  We did so with our 2015 Millennial Survey aimed for local Chico millennials to take and we received a total of 333 responses.  Click here to view our slide show presented at the 2015 YPO E.P.I.C. Event.  

Click here for the Millennial Survey Press Release.  Click here for the Millennial Survey Executive Summary.

2018 YPO Committed Leaders:

Kelly Gibbons, President:  Office of Brad Jacobson, Farmers Insurance

Kelly Gibbons is a licensed Farmers Insurance Agent at Brad Jacobson’s Agency, where they are a father daughter team. Their agency protects families and individuals by offering all personal lines such as home, renters, auto, life, as well as commercial policies. They believe in giving back to the community and once a week Kelly volunteers at a local elementary school tutoring students in their after school program called Reading Pals.  They are also involved in the March of Dimes golf fundraiser and the Jesus Center's Run for Food. Kelly is a Butte county local and, after graduating from Paradise High, she went on to graduate from CSU, Chico with her Bachelors in Business Administration. While going to school she worked for WaMu and worked her way through the conversion to Chase, as well as working her way up from a teller to a personal banker. In her free time Kelly enjoys being outside, hiking Upper Park, spending time at Lake Almanor and hanging out with her friends, husband and German Shepherd, Sophie.

Brett Herman, Vice President: Smile Business Products

Brett is with Smile Business Products as an Account Manager.  He is a graduate from Chico State with a BA in Business Management with an option in Entrepreneurship. His experience at Chico State lead to a successful career in the technology industry.  Upon graduation, Brett and his wife decided to make Chico their home which they now share with their two kids. Brett is a Chico Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, YPO committed leader and a member of the Chico Noon Exchange Club. 

Angiie Campanreo: Stoner & Associates

My full name is actually Evangelina Campanero, I chose to shorten it to Angiie when I started college. Angiie joined Stoner and Associates in August of 2013.  She grew up in Chico and graduated from Chico High School and attended Butte College. She is the receptionist and go-to office person for any task large or small.  Angiie is fluent in Spanish, including reading & writing.  In her spare time Angiie likes to enjoy short distance races, long walks with her dogs, spending time with family & friends, cooking and crafting.  She is outgoing and loves to make others laugh or smile.

Calen Chapman: Harris Commercial Real Estate


Kaitlin Tillett Ferguson: California State University, Chico

​Kaitlin Tillett graduated from UCLA in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development Studies and a minor in Spanish Linguistics. While receiving her degree, she worked as a Digital Marketing Specialist for Xomad, Inc. whose clients included Blackberry and Nivea. After graduation, Kaitlin moved to Cheonan, South Korea where she received her certification of Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages (TESOL) and taught English to middle school students. Upon returning to the states, she pursued her interest in non-profit work and moved to Chico to work in development and communications for Butte Humane Society. This work eventually led her to an opportunity at CSU, Chico, where she currently works as the Alumni Engagement Coordinator. As a Southern California native, Kaitlin now enjoys calling Chico home and exploring the North State with her husband and two dogs.

Jaclynne Phelps: Golden Valley Bank

Born and raised in Chico, California, Jaci Phelps is dedicated to the development and success of our community. After graduating from Pleasant Valley High School, she went on to get her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration with a focus in Hotel and Lodging Management. Although she’s worked at a variety of hotels during her schooling, she found her niche at Golden Valley Bank pursuing a passion for marketing. Since she started in 2016, she’s lead and organized multiple volunteer opportunities for the Bank and sits on the board as Vice President for CSU, Chico Young Alumni Network.  Fueling her love for health and fitness, you can often find Jaci spending her free time working out at In Motion Fitness. She also loves to travel and has a passion for all things Disney.

Brooke Smith: Residence Inn & Courtyard by Marriott

Brooke Smith is the current Director of Sales for the Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott. She has been at the two Chico Marriott properties for almost 10 years and Director of Sales for 8 years. She graduated from California State University, Chico in 2010 with a degree in Recreation Administration optioning in Special Events, Tourism, Resort, and Lodging Management with a minor in Political Science.  While in college she was President of her sorority, Sigma Kappa. Staying in Chico after college, she became very involved with the Chico Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations. She currently serves on the Committed Leaders for the Young Professionals Organization, and the special events committee. She was YPO President in 2016, and was the Young Professional of the Year for the Chico Chamber of Commerce for 2016. Brooke also is Vice President for Explore Butte County- a tourism improvement group in the county and was recognized in 2016 as one of California Travel Associations Emerging Leaders 30 and Under award. She was also nominated for Sales Person of Year for 2016 from her hospitality management company, Aimbridge. She continues to be active in the Chico Community as much as possible. You can find her most days exploring Chico and beyond looking for new craft beers to try.

Danie Schwartz, Past President: Danie Schwartz Consulting 

Danie is not a native to the Chico area, but that does not stop her love and excitement for our city and businesses. After graduating from CSU, Chico she decided to stay and start working in the community. After years of working hard, building a reputation and honing in on her knowledge and skills. One trait that defines Danie and defines her role in the community is her passion for the community and the Chico Chamber of Commerce. Danie finds her passion through her participation and dedication to local organizations and non-profits. Danie has been a YPO Committed Leader for the past four years (winning the Young Professional of the Year Award in 2014) and took on the role of Chair of the Chico Chamber Ambassadors in 2015 (winning the 2015 Ambassador of the Year Award). As she passes on her Chair role, she is excited to step into her role as YPO President. She has a commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley, as well as other local organizations and is on the Board of Directors for the CSU, Chico Alumni. These passions allow her to remain committed to helping Move Chico Forward. In her free time, you will often find her riding her bike to the Thursday night market or taking a hike in Upper Park with her boyfriend and their dog. You can also find her behind the camera lens taking photos at Chamber events or out and about in our town. Don’t be surprised if you run into Danie at music festivals or concerts. She loves music! Danie tries to blend the professional lifestyle with a touch of creativity, community and outreach for a perfect balance.

YPO Application

Interested in becoming a Young Professionals Organization Member? Click here to download and print a YPO Application.