The concept of YTP was born in March 2011 when two of the co-founders were traveling together on an educational (FAM) trip. They recognized that although there were many industry organizations none focused on the younger generation of travel & hospitality professionals and their career development. Rather than just acknowledge this gap in the industry they saw it as an opportunity and decided to address the issue head on.


Given the fact that both were from New York it made perfect sense to float the idea of a networking group catering to the needs of our generation in the Big Apple. A board of six young travel professionals was formed from different segments of the industry. They shared ideas and contacts for several weeks and on November 15, 2011 YTP was born! Registration for the event had to be closed just one week after the announcement went out because capacity was reached. More than 50 eager young professionals attended the inaugural event – it was clear, the need for this platform far exceeded what the co-founders had ever imagined. 

 

 

 

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JOHN GILFILLAN

Co-Founder

Technology

LEE EDELSTEIN

Co-Founder

Public Relations

MATTHEW SHEPHARD-LUPO

President

 

KAREN MAGEE

Co-Founder

Business Development

CAROLE-ANNE HUGHES WOOD

Co-Founder

Partnerships

DAVID KARTAGENER

Co-Founder

Operations

MARISA COSTA

Business Development

WAZHA DUBE

Co-Founder

Events

TYLER LAMONT

Community

MICHAELA TRIMBLE

Content // Media

LINDSAY YOUNG

Community

MEREDITH DONALDSON

Events

ANDREW FINN

Community

GRAHAM QUINN

Social Media

DANNY HARPAZ

Education

KELLY ANN GONZALES

Events

MADDIE ALSTER

Public Relations

LAURA HANAFORD

Events