Who We Are
We are a young professionals group serving Northern Michigan above the 45th parallel.
Our Vision is to see thriving young professionals live, work, play, and stay in Northern Michigan.
Our Mission is to bring young professionals together to build meaningful friendships and connections. By empowering our members to create opportunities for themselves and others, we foster lasting positive social and economic change. Together, we amplify the voice of young professionals in Northern Michigan.
We do this by:
Providing support and enrichment opportunities for young professionals in order to improve their overall quality of life.
Providing low-cost / no-cost programming and training to help young professionals learn new skills and make meaningful connections to advance their career opportunities.
Building camaraderie through social and recreational opportunities in Northern Michigan.
Giving back to our community through volunteerism and civic engagement.
Sean Lynch | Investment Associate, Encore Financial Group
Christa Rensel | Owner & Designer, Nimble Kettle
Alexandra Myers | Marketing Manager, Great Lakes Center for the Arts
Kurtis Damerow | Owner & Operator, Emmet Drones
The Gringotts Banker
Branden Wheeler | Business Manager, Charlevoix-Emmet County Intermediate School District
A huge thank you to the founding leaders of Thrive 45º: Sarah Pirie, Brittany McNeil, Dylan Valade, Megan Nickerson, Mattie Ozment, Jeff Neil, & Katie Potts. And to our mentors: Carlin Smith and Lisa Hoyt.
There are lots of great opportunities to get involved and help inform how Thrive 45º makes an impact within our community.
Interested in joining a committee?
Committee Chair: Kurtis Damerow
Responsible for social and recreational activities that bring our members together in a casual atmosphere to connect.
Professional Development Committee
Committee Chair: Andy Hewitt
Responsible for programming that helps our members move forward in their professional lives through education and networking.
Committee Chair: Erika Dielman
They say a rising tide lifts all boats, and this committee is responsible for finding opportunities for our members to give back to our community.
Funds & Fundraising Committee
Committee Chair: Branden Wheeler
Responsible for cultivating partnerships, collaboration opportunities, and fundraising. Thrive 45º is fully run through volunteers, and sponsorships are crucial to ensuring that the organization continues.