Benefits of Joining

Access to monthly events, primarily which are free for all members, including a professional development series, Inside the Metro events that access key leaders and mentors in the Metro Area, and networking and social events to get to know other young professionals in the community is the biggest benefit of joining.

As the 2017 Chair, Zachary De La Rosa describes HYP as "an organization that empowers future leaders to make an impact.  We create channels for young professionals to connect with community leaders, provide opportunities to learn life and professional skills, and help young professionals create their network.”  Because he is the current chairman of HYP, he sits on the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce board, as an ex-officio member, as HYP is an extension of the Chamber for young professionals.

Membership in Hickory Young Professionals is just $50 per year and is open to everyone 21 – 40 years of age who lives and/or works in the Greater Hickory Metro Area.  Students, people job searching, or those just wanting to make connections are welcome to join as well.

100% of HYP membership dues go straight back into the organization to bring you informative and fun events to help you grow professionally, socially, and economically. Corporate membership and partnership opportunities are available as well!

The Hickory Young Professionals Strive To:

  • Energize young professionals by highlighting the unique and exciting opportunities available in the Greater Hickory Metro Area.
  • Engage young professionals by providing links to the organizations and activities that contribute to community growth, economic development, and the future progress of our region.
  • Empower young professionals from all career walks of life to take active leadership roles in our region.
  • Attract and Retain young talent to our region by developing targeted marketing strategies that highlight the unique corporate and recreational opportunities available for the 21 – 39 year old audience.
  • Encourage networking and build stronger professional and social relationships among HYP members by organizing fun, professional, networking events that highlight the unique businesses and attractions in the Greater Hickory Metro region.
  • Enhance political engagement by organizing special panels and forums to bring relevant policy issues to the table for HYP members to discuss.