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Maui Young Business Roundtable

Young business professionals bring something special to the table.

October 29, 2009
Sarah Ruppenthal

These are the members of the Maui Young Business Roundtable (MYBR), an organization that provides “a professional networking environment for young business professionals working and living on the island of Maui.” Each month, the group meets to discuss a variety of business topics—not always at a “round” table—and to exchange information with business professionals from other industries. The organization has a diverse membership spanning several professional fields, from banking and real estate to law and public relations.

The mission statement of the group is “to provide young adults opportunities in creating and fostering professional and social relationships with members of the business community and to utilize its members’ talents to provide service to the community.”

The group holds regular meetings featuring a range of intriguing guest speakers, including political candidates, economists, entrepreneurs and local nonprofit directors.

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They’re members of a group of progressive young leaders.

According to the MYBR Website, the founders of the organization modeled it after the thriving Honolulu Young Business Roundtable, a group comprised of young leaders who are known to be the “movers and shakers” within the O‘ahu community. Since it began, MYBR has attracted a diverse range of talent within the Maui community—and continues to do so today. To join the organization, applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 40 years old, exhibit leadership in their profession, be involved in community service and “genuinely interested in expanding their networking base by regularly attending sponsored events.”

Past President Lynn Araki-Regan has been a member of the group since it was established nine years ago. “MYBR has a very special place in my heart,” she said. “I am so fortunate to know all of the members of this group.” Araki-Regan described MYBR as a dynamic group of individuals who are unfailingly committed to their own professional development and dedicated to the Maui community. The organization sponsors a variety of community service projects during the year, and will participate in Bank of Hawai‘i’s Business Simulation Competition for Maui County high school students on Monday, Nov. 30.

 “It’s an incredible opportunity to meet people who can enhance your own professional aspirations,” said MYBR Secretary Josh Jerman. “This is a fantastic organization of progressive young leaders who are making an impact on the community.”

And the members of MYBR hope to make an even greater impact this November, as they celebrate the ninth anniversary of the organization’s inception during MYBR Month. Throughout the month, MYBR will host a variety of social events and celebrations, acknowledging the contributions of its charter members—those who have surpassed the maximum age requirement—and honor them during several events throughout the month. Araki-Regan said there are more than 20 charter members, and they have been the backbone of the group since it began nine years ago. “This is such a wonderful group of people,” she said. “We learn from each other, and I know my involvement with the organization has positively enhanced my own professional experience.”



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