Yuppie is an exclusive young professionals network focused on Millennial's.

The organization was created to fill the void in today’s networking and socializing space among young people. No business cards, no sales, no out of touch Baby Boomers. Just real connection with other young professionals in a 21st Century world. This is Yuppie.

We are about mixing business and pleasure, throwing out the conventional wisdom that says you have to change who you are to "be professional." Instead, we encourage you to be real, to have fun, and to cultivate authentic and meaningful relationships around social activities.

Jonathan Beaton

Leadership

Jonathan Beaton, founder.

An award-winning radio and television reporter, who spent time covering some of the biggest stories of the last decade for ABC Radio, CNN, HLN and the BBC.

He now runs a public relations firm, focusing on the intersection of law and finance. His passion for business leadership, young professionals, and connecting community titans inspired him to create Yuppie.

Joseph Mera

Board of Directors

Joseph Mera

Joseph Mera is the chief executive officer of Sugar10Health, one of Central Florida’s leading providers focusing on reversing type 2 diabetes and reducing cardiovascular disease risk. With over 15 years of institutional investment experience, owning tech startups, and serving the Central Florida community through volunteer boards, Mr. Mera provides the strategic objectives for expanding Sugar10Health to help patients.

Mr. Mera has a strong passion for helping people and making a positive impact on people’s lives.

Joseph is also the Associate Director of Finance at the University of Central Florida Foundation, managing the Foundation’s investments of $260 million, of which $160 million is in the endowment pool.

Board of Directors

Candace Goodman

Candace Goodman, a native of Central Florida, is a graduate of University of South Florida. She joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society upon graduation and quickly advanced from specialist to Team In Training Director for the state of Florida. In 2018, she made the move to Shepherd’s Hope where she is on the Development team and heads up their annual Famous Faces Gala. Candace loves serving her community and volunteers frequently for many charities.

Kristen Lallis

Board of Directors

Kristen Lallis

After graduating with her BSBA in Business Management in 2013, Kristen began her career in real estate as an Executive Assistant/Operations Manager. She successfully closed more than 500 transactions while also handling every back-end aspect of the business, including marketing, budgeting, tracking, and client retention. In 5 years, her specialized processes and strategies helped to grow her team from $5M to $40Million in production. This also provided a unique opportunity to meet, learn from and work alongside some of the top minds in real estate across the country.

Kristen's experience in the real estate industry led her to establish and grow her own transaction coordination company, White Glove Transactions. The focus and mission for the company is to help other agents grow their businesses. Her passion for real estate and its people has led her company to quickly become a well-known TC company in the Central Florida area.

Shanice Meridith

Board of Directors

Shanice Meridith

Shanice Meridith is graduate of the University of Florida at Gainesville. Within 5 years she acquired dual degrees of both a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Master of Science in Management.

Meridith joined TD Bank, North America in 2018 after completing their formal Credit Analyst Training Program which implemented industry standard Risk Management Association framework. Headquartered in New Jersey, TD Bank, North America is the 8th largest banking institution the United States, grossing over $300 Billion in assets.

In her current role as a Commercial Credit Analyst, Meridith performs financial analysis and underwriting of commercial portfolios. Her front line expertise drives the credit approval decisions, recommendations and loan decisions based on evaluated assessment of lender risk.

In her short tenure at TD, Meridith has been selected to the Regional Commercial Banking team in Central Florida as she continues to distinguish herself as an industry expert in Finance and Banking businesses in the Central FL commercial space.

Michael Strawser

Board Consultant

Michael Strawser

Michael Strawser (Ph.D., University of Kentucky) is an assistant professor of communication at the University of Central Florida. Michael is also the owner/lead consultant of Legacy Communication Training and Consulting L.L.C. (www.legacyctc.com). Michael's research interest is related primarily to generational differences and he works with organizations to more effectively engage and onboard employees.

Board Consultant

David S. Goodboy

David S. Goodboy is an American financial writer and the founder of The Palm Beach Hedge Fund Association.

He was a partner at Eagles View Asset Management, a Manhattan based fund of funds. At Eagles View, he worked in concert with the founder Neal Berger, who is arguably the top niche hedge fund investor in the world.

Mr. Goodboy held the position of stock editor/journalist at Tradingmarkets.com, an active web based financial educational company and content provider for Yahoo Finance.

This position was leveraged to gain access and introductions to many of the financial world’s top talent resulting in a solid start into the hedge fund business. His views and articles are published widely across the web on a variety of blogs and sites under his own byline and as a ghost writer for several financial luminaries.

His latest book, geared toward retail investors, in the age of high frequency trading and computer driven algorithms, Beat The Machines, was recently published to rave reviews.

David resides on Palm Beach Island with his wife, son and daughter. In his spare time, he can be found fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding on the local waters.