Young professionals lead the way on News-Press YP Advisory Board

With a new year comes new energy. Meet the new faces and voices with a renewed focus and learn what these leaders hope to bring to The News-Press Young Professionals Advisory Board in Southwest Florida.

Kraig Feighery – – The News-Press Young Professionals Advisory Board member – 2017 (Photo: Ricardo Rolon / The News-Press) Kraig Feigherty, PGA, 36 Partner | Alico Family Golf

Another year, another chance to connect with our community.

In December 2015, News-Press Executive Editor Cindy McCurry-Ross introduced Southwest Florida to a group of driven and vocal young leaders who we brought together to form The News-Press Young Professionals Advisory Board (YPAB). At the time, we had only met with the group once to get everyone together for some networking and getting-to-know-you conversation.

What a difference a year makes.

After 13 months of thought-provoking discussions, passionate debates and fascinating tours of several great community venues, the group of 16 young voices has accomplished one of Cindy’s visions expressed in her column. These young professionals (YPs for short) opened a “window into the generation of professionals who will drive our community’s future, as its builders, marketers, public servants, social workers and such.”

The board met with News-Press reporters to talk about their beats and advise them on the best ways to cover topics important to our young professional audience. We also tackled topics that hit close to home, with spirited arguments over gun violence, the 2016 elections, improving healthcare, and enriching our community. Finally, we toured some of our YPs’ workspaces and offices, to learn more about the companies and forces that shape and strengthen our communities, and find out how we can support young people and families throughout the area.

Fast forward to 2017. With a new year comes new energy. We’ve added 11 new faces and voices to our tight-knit and diverse board – with a renewed focus and drive to forge ever stronger bonds with young professionals throughout Southwest Florida.

Our first meeting and a new class of 11 young leaders in our area (with 12 professionals returning from the inaugural group) presented a new challenge: Can we keep this energy going?

If the strong story ideas and passion from the first meeting is any indication of the year ahead, we can hope to accomplish some great things.

With that in mind, I’m thrilled to introduce the newest 11 members of The News-Press Young Professionals Advisory Board. From Naples to Cape Coral – they live and work in our neighborhoods all around the region. Most are in their 20s and 30s, with some in their 40s – millennials and Gen-Xers.

The board’s mission is simple: strengthen our community by fostering strong relationships with connected, driven young professionals in Southwest Florida. We strive to share our voice and unique perspective on the world, country, and community, and help the newsroom create focused content relevant to young professionals — delivered in the best way possible.

Community and entrepreneurship are paramount to the drive of these young leaders, and they share an excitement and focus on helping inform the direction of our coverage. We are all anxious to roll up our sleeves and tackle important issues and share our solutions with the community to make Southwest Florida a better place to live, work and call home.

Meet the new members

LeKraig Feighery – – The News-Press Young Professionals Advisory Board member – 2017 (Photo: Ricardo Rolon / The News-Press)
Kraig Feigherty, PGA, 36
Partner | Alico Family Golf

Kraig says that he’s interested in “networking, bringing in new business and taking care of our current full-time small business residents.”.

“Alico Family Golf is in a unique position in growing the game of golf here in Lee County because we facilitate 60,000 plus people on an annual basis by way of golf, which happens to be one of our most dominate industries as well as in recreation/hospitality.”