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Houston Young Professionals Society enjoys a lively launch: It's a power networking party

Houston Young Professionals Society enjoys a lively launch: It's a power networking party

Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, Isadore Barefields, Joe Dotson, Mark Scott
Isadore Barefields , Joe Dotson , Mark Scott Photo by Cammie Cooper/Reflections Photography
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, NAME, Shima Moradi, Maria Fernanda Albuja, Ainash Bekesheva
Shima Moradi , Maria Fernanda Albuja , Ainash Bekesheva Photo by Cammie Cooper/Reflections Photography
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, crowd, venue
Photo by Cammie Cooper/Reflections Photography
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, Freddy Goerges, Jennifer Nguyen
Freddy Goerges , Jennifer Nguyen Photo by Cammie Cooper/Reflections Photography
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, Marzena Kazmierczak, Yunis Al-Qawasmeh
Marzena Kazmierczak , Yunis Al-Qawasmeh Photo by Cammie Cooper/Reflections Photography
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, Meron Tamrat
Meron Tamrat Photo by Cammie Cooper/Reflections Photography
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, NAME, Abraham Ahmed
Abraham Ahmed Photo by Cammie Cooper/Reflections Photography
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, Kirsten Rieke, O.P. Banks Jr.
O.P. Banks Jr. , Kirsten Rieke Photo by Cammie Cooper/Reflections Photography
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, Kristan Jonsson, Adam Gierisch, Jeff Reichman
Kristan Jonsson , Adam Gierisch , Jeff Reichman Photo by Cammie Cooper/Reflections Photography
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, Isadore Barefields, Joe Dotson, Mark Scott
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, NAME, Shima Moradi, Maria Fernanda Albuja, Ainash Bekesheva
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, crowd, venue
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, Freddy Goerges, Jennifer Nguyen
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, Marzena Kazmierczak, Yunis Al-Qawasmeh
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, Meron Tamrat
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, NAME, Abraham Ahmed
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, Kirsten Rieke, O.P. Banks Jr.
Houston Young Professionals, launch party, June 2012, Kristan Jonsson, Adam Gierisch, Jeff Reichman

Traditional old-world wisdom says that business and pleasure just don't mix. Challenging that adage is a coterie of young professionals on a mission to mobilize up-and-coming movers and shakers of the business community and offer a forum for power networking with a social component. 

A glass of wine, timeless cocktails and a few nibbles along the way can't hurt, either.

Making a splash Thursday night was the launch of the Houston Young Professionals Society, the collective brainchild of Jennifer Nguyen and Freddy Goerges with support from volunteers Raquel Longley, Misti Pace-Krahl, Ray Hewitt and Rachel Price.

 Using LinkedIn primarily to spread the word of this fresh group and of the mixer, social media messaging roused the curious crowd to check out what HYPS had in store.

That they rallied 350 to slap on a nametag and join in the lively inaugural gathering at Prohibition The Craft of Cocktails was quite a coup. Using LinkedIn primarily to spread the word of this fresh group and that of the mixer, social media messaging roused the curious crowd to check out what HYPS had in store. 

And that was a mashup of professionals in their mid-20s to early 40s from different backgrounds and industries who aspire to get ahead in life and have a good time while doing so. Cheers to that.

Among them was Jackie Castaneda, who a month ago took a revenue-generating position as a business consultant for Dermalogica. Back in the networking circuit, she sought to find connections to secure appointments and find new sales leads. 

In the assemblage were Tony Huang, Joe Dotson,  James Loxterman, Lauren Rosenbaum, Jeff Reichman, Tracy Orolin, Sahrish Agha, Dan-Phi Nguyen, Riyad Abu-Taha, Tammy McDowell Nigro, Cindy Rodriguez, Abraham Ahmed, Rachel McInnis, Isadore Barefields, Mark Scott, Jong Yoo, Eric Koch and Nina Chanthachone.