hype: Promoting Young Professionals
hype is a workforce development initiative of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce and is designed to help attract, retain and meet the unique needs of young professionals (ages 21 - 45) throughout the Wausau region.
The purpose of hype is to connect young professionals to each other, the community and businesses; to offer young professionals leadership opportunities and development tools to grow and to encourage young professionals to work, play and stay in the Wausau region.
hype offers monthly events for its members, ranging from professional development and training programs to networking opportunities. hype activities serve to connect young professionals to the community and provide them with meaningful opportunities to interact with others in their age group, as well as with business and community leaders.
Select the appropriate form, download, complete and submit an application for membership:
FAQs Regarding Membership
Do I have to be a Chamber member in order to participate in hype?
Young professionals do not have to work for or be associated with a Chamber member in order to become a member of hype.
How do I join?
You can join hype as an individual young professional or through a corporate membership. Complete an application using one of the links above.
Do I need to be employed or associated with a business in order to become a member of hype?
We welcome all young professionals, ages 21-45, who have a desire to grow in their career and expand their business network.
The story behind the new name
The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce unveiled new branding for its young professionals group at a Jingle & Mingle event held on December 9, 2016.
Formerly known as E3YP, hype is a workforce development initiative of the Chamber aimed at attracting, retaining and meeting the needs of young professionals (ages 21 to 45). hype will promote young professionals, highlighting their achievements, inspiring them to further connect with the community and developing them personally and professionally. Read the entire press release here.
Adam Karcz is the chairperson of hype. Adam resides in Hatley with his wife and attended Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School. Adam obtained his undergraduate degree from UW-Stevens Point, and is pursuing an MBA from UW-Oshkosh. Adam is currently a home lender for River Valley Bank. Adam is an active member of United Way's Emerging Leader and Junior Achievement.
Corey Barnes is the chair-elect for hype. Corey is originally from Onalaska and attended school in Holmen. Corey is a graduate of Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse and has worked for Associated Bank since 2006. Corey is the branch manager for Associated Bank's Weston/Schofield location and serves as the chair for the bank's young professionals group. Corey is married with two children and is active in the Everest Area Optimist group, Cub Scouts and United Way's Emerging Leaders. Corey was honored as one of Daily Herald Media's 20 Under 40 in 2016.
Young professionals can get involved in the Chamber through a number of volunteer opportunities.
Recent Event Photos
Allison Liddle presented the Hyperdrive: 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership at North Central Health Care on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. View more photos here.
Hype and United Way's Emerging Leaders of Marathon County hosted a Jingle & Mingle event on Friday, December 9, 2016. View more photos here.