“Instead of leaving Hamilton, I thought I would get involved and help influence change.”
And 28-year old Derek Doyle has done just that.
As a HIVE board member and the chair of the Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals of Hamilton (YEP! Hamilton), the ambitious realtor has taken an inspiring journey to becoming a successful young professional in Hamilton. His work in construction has led to him to the business world and Doyle decided to trade work boots for suits, establishing himself as a broker of record and partner at Ambitious Realty Advisors located in downtown Hamilton.
Leadership and guidance have always been important to Doyle and his contributions to the development of the community. Before his roles with YEP, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Hamilton HIVE, he had taken on new initiatives like coaching hockey and lacrosse. Becoming a coach not only helped him understand the importance of his goals but those of the people around him. It fostered patience, developed skills, and it helped him become a well-rounded leader, adds Doyle.
By being under the HIVE umbrella, groups like YEP! have the opportunity to interact within a larger group of young professionals. Communication amongst individuals with similar goals is essential for growth as a group, as a network, and for the community.
“You surround yourself with like-minded individuals, you surround yourself with leaders and people at the forefront of business and other industry. Being around people that are doing big things is motivating to creating a successful business and city, as we say here, the Ambitious City.”
Hamilton’s growth is positive in so many aspects, especially when it comes to opportunity. 2015 is full of golden opportunities at YEP!, with a new annual fundraiser replacing its successful YEP! I’m on a Boat cruise, roundtable discussions that will continue to promote interaction with influential leaders in Hamilton, and an overall increase in engagement amongst its members.
YEP! actively supports a variety of events and initiatives across the city such as: getting involved in the Barton Street cleanup, creating awareness campaigns for businesses, volunteering at City Kidz, as well as participating as a team in the Around the Bay Road Race. YEP! also hosts monthly events at different locations and businesses across the city to showcase some of Hamilton’s hidden gems while building networks, connecting with business leaders and engaging with the community.
Doyle’s advice for young professionals and budding young entrepreneurs in Hamilton boils down to this: get connected and stay engaged.
“One networking event isn’t going to change your business but if you put the time in and build relationships with like-minded people, success is soon to follow.”
A division of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, YEP! Hamilton is the prime resource for young, current and next generation of entrepreneurs and professionals age up to and including 40 in the city of Hamilton.
Patricia Savoie is a graduate with an Advanced Diploma from Mohawk College, where she is currently studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations. She is the HIVE PR & Media Intern for 2015.