The Young Professionals Association of Greater Sudbury is run by a board of volunteers who dedicate their time to foster a culture of community engagement, networking and professional development to empower emerging leaders and young professionals in Greater Sudbury. We wanted to take some time to introduce you to each of our board members in our Meet our Board blog series! Today we are introducing you to Derek Weisenberg. Derek has been with the board for a few years and is currently Secretary.

Describe what you do?

I am the Assistant General Manager at the Clarion Hotel Sudbury.  I assist in directing daily hotel operations and well as managing all groups, meetings, conferences and catering services.

Was this the career you always envisioned for yourself? What inspired you?

Yes, I have always worked in hospitality and food services.  Growing up I always loved cooked and working with the public.

Why did you decide to join the YPA and what do you hope to achieve while on the board?

I have been a member of the YPA since before it became a not for profit group.  I joined when the Regional Business Centre started the group to further my network and take advantage of the member discounts.

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?

Build a strong business network for job opportunities and referrals.

What is your favourite local business?

Hardrock42 Gastropub

What is your favourite holiday tradition?

Christmas decorating is my favourite.  I completely cover my house with Christmas lights every year.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?

Christmas Movies.  I love this time of year when you can always find a Christmas move on TV.

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