January 16, 2015

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Welcome to the OYP!

Andrew Rackovan
Frontier Intergrated Health Center

Ryan Brinker
Back Pain Center

Carley Guinn
Organo Gold

Jared Howell
Hazelwood & Weber LLC

Kristin Lawrence
The Karlen Group


About the OYP:

The O’Fallon Young Professionals Group is committed to the advancement of the 21 to 40 year-old workforce, focusing on the development of future business leaders.

The mission of the OYP is accomplished through three types of events:, professional development luncheons, social mixers, service projects and civic awareness.



OYP Chair:
Bob Engert
Edward Jones

Education Vice-Chair:

Community Involvement

Greg Beckerle
Beckerle Preferred Properties

Membership Vice-Chair:
Hunter Hopkins
Minuteman Press - St. Peters

Marketing Vice-Chair:
Kacie Derby
Baue Funeral Homes,
Crematory & Cemetery

Staff Chair:
Sara Henderson
O'Fallon Chamber of Commerce

Letter from the Chair:

Happy New Year!!! I hope all of you had a great 2014 and have set your business/personal goals for the year. The OYP had a great inaugural year and we expect to continue to have a great 2015. I would like to challenge each of you to at least tell one of your friends about our great organization and invite them to one of our events. Also, please let us know what events or anything else that you want from OYP.

Here's to continued growth and a whole lot of fun in in 2015.

Always at your service,
Bob Engert

Professional Development Lunch:

January 22, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
The Brass Rail

4601 Hwy K
O'Fallon, MO 63368

Join us for this months professional development lunch where we will hear from our County Executive, Steve Ehlmann, plus network with some other yp's during the meeting.

A lunch buffet + drink will be available for $11 per person. RSVP is required. Everyone is encouraged to eat so that we meet the room rental minimum.

Register here...

Community Involvement Update:

Happy New Year OYP!
I hope everyone is having a great and prosperous New Year!! The OYP's participation in the Celebration of Lights in Fort Zumwalt Park was a great success.  The number of cars that drove through the park were up from the previous year by over 900 cars.  This was a great opportunity for the OYP to give back to the community and bring awareness to our group.  This project also gave us the opportunity to raise money for the OYP to use towards future events and the growth of the OYP.  We would not have been able to do it if it weren't for all the help from the volunteers.  We will be discussing and planning future community projects over the next few months.  If anyone has any ideas or suggestions the wish to share, please don't hesitate to reach out.  I look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting!
Stay Warm!
Greg Beckerle
Community Involvement Co-Chair

OYP Snapshot:


Member Spotlight:

Kris Kinsinger
Two Blind Guys

17718 Chesterfield Airport Rd 
Chesterfield, MO 63005

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Kris Kinsinger. I'm 24 years old and currently live in Maplewood. I'm a big outdoors person who enjoy camping, snowboarding, off-roading, fishing, wakeboarding... pretty much anything outdoors or action sport related. I have 3 siblings: 2 brothers and 1 sister, all younger. I'm currently engaged and getting married in March.  

Tell us about your organization.
Two Blind Guys was founded in 1998 by my father, Dan Kinsinger and another partner at the time, Dave Koupel. Today, it is currently owned and operated by my mother, Debbie Kinsinger who has been in the business for 10+ years. We specialize in custom window treatments, anything blinds, shades, and shutters. Our showroom is centrally located in the Chesterfield Valley and is full of life size displays with all the various products we carry. We offer free in-home estimates, free measuring, and fee installation services. 

What differentiates your organization from the competition?
We are a locally and family owned organization. Our company is a Hunter Douglas Gallery which means we offer a full line of Hunter Douglas products and we are full window treatment repair service center. A big difference between us and our competition is that our installers all work for us and are not sub-contracted out so we are able to provide consumers with extensive knowledge of the products we offer and better customer service. 

As a young professional, what impact do you hope to have on your organization and/or your community in the next 5 years?
Being that my position is Director of Sales & Marketing, I hope to help our company grow significantly over the next 5 years. That means opening new satellite showrooms in St. Louis & St. Charles county so that we are closer to our customers and can provide them with more services locally. I also hope to continue providing customers with excellent customer service by making sure our staff members are fully trained and suited for their daily jobs. 

Why would you recommend OYP?
OYP is a great group to be involved with because it allows you to get plugged into the local community with other business professionals around your age. It's a great place for young professionals to get their feet wet with what it means to network in groups like Chambers and BNI's. It's also a great place to meet people in various industries that you could possibly pass business between or recommend to your clients. 

Anything coming up that we should know about?
Next month is the St. Louis Home & Garden Show down at the America's Center and Two Blind Guys has a booth there every year. I encourage everyone to come by and check out our booth with the new products on display and see what kind of specials we are running for the spring quarter. 
OYP eNews - January 16, 2015