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. Today, we are introducing you to Devin McNeil, our new Director of Special Events. Read below as Devin shares what he does, what inspires him, and his advice to other young professionals.
Describe what you do.
I am the Afternoon Announcer as well as Music Director at The New Hot 93.5. On the air, you can join me from 2pm to 6pm weekday afternoons, and as Music Director I schedule the entire playlist for the radio station, coordinate with artists and record labels, and manage any music complaints.
Was this the career you always envisioned for yourself?
I always really loved radio, but I actually took Business Marketing straight out of high school because I thought that would be far more lucrative. After doing that and one very sobering year working full time at a gas station, I decided I should probably go the radio route instead.
What inspires you?
I’ve always been captured by great storytelling, whether that be a comic, movie, TV show, or of course, something I hear on the radio. I think the most unique thing you can do in this world is tell a story that strikes a chord with someone. Funny enough, before I even had the thought of going into radio, I had a YouTube channel. As I was working on this channel I realized, I was doing radio bits…on Youtube, and then it all just kind of clicked.
Why did you decide to join the YPA and what do you hope to achieve while on the board?
I joined the board because I really believe in empowering other young professionals in our community. I think the best way that Sudbury can stay successful for years to come, is by giving passionate young people an opportunity to make their dreams a reality.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Believe in yourself and get outside of your comfort zone. With confidence you just have to fake it until you make it, and I find you can be far more successful by planning ahead and just believing that if you work hard, what you’re trying to accomplish WILL happen.
What is your favourite local business?
This is a difficult question, do people only ever choose one!? The Motley Kitchen is up there for me, but you’d usually find me at Red Fang.