Providing networking, educational programs and community service for Joliet Area Young Professionals.

The Joliet Area Young Professionals strive to serve area professionals ages 21-40 through networking, professional development and community service events.

The Joliet Area Young Professionals is a division of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It was developed to establish social and professional opportunities. The Mission of the Joliet Area Young Professionals (JAYP) is to identify and satisfy the needs of professionals ages 21-40 in the greater Joliet Area. The organization will work to provide networking, educational programs and community service, while acting in unity with the goals and philosophies of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Why should I become a member?

  • For a chance to interact socially with people who have similar interests or goals
  • To expand your social opportunities through fun and exciting organized events
  • To build lasting personal and business relationships with the young community and beyond
  • To become a part of the up-and-coming area business community
  • To give back, through your community, by planning, participating in, and voluteering for local events
  • To develop a successful career by taking advantage of educational opportunities and resources covering business practices and strategies
  • To stay up-to-date on timely topics affecting you and your business
  • To develop a Chamber link through monthly events
  • To develop contacts with successful business men and women
  • To help retain and attract young professionals to the community
  • To have fun and build relationships with people your age!

How Much Does It Cost To Join?

  • The cost for a one-year membership is $45 per year for Chamber members and $100 per year for non-Chamber members.

Do I Have To Wear a Suit and Tie?

  • No! This group is open to any young professional, from moms and dads to CEOs. Anyone between the ages of 21-40 is eligible to fill out an application to become a member.

Tom Kentner
Heartland Bank & Trust Co.

Past President
Dave Johnson
Fidelity National Title

Vice President
Robert Miranda
First Midwest Bank

Bryce Lang
BMO Harris Bank

Duffy Blackburn
Will County Auditor

Program Chair
Jared Taylor
Lewis University

Rashida Carson
First Midwest Bank

Jorge Ibarra
BMO Harris Bank

Thomas Rhodes
O’Dekirk Allred and Associates, LLC

Samantha Young
Northern Illinois Food Bank

Want to know more? We want to hear from you!

Call or email
Mike Paone, IOM
Vice President
Joliet Area Young Professionals Ex-Officio
Ambassador Committee Liaison
815.727.5371 -or- mpaone@jolietchamber.com

Joliet Area Young Professionals Photo Gallery
Joliet Area Young Professionals “Make Yourself Official” video campaign

Our members range from recent grads to CEOs and everything in between. We are united by our desire to make the Joliet area a more vibrant place to live, work and play.

JAYP membership is open to anyone in the 21-40 age bracket. We are a division of the Joliet Chamber of Commerce, but chamber membership is not required to join.

JAYP Membership Application

Mail Application to:
Attn: Mike Paone
63 N. Chicago St. Joliet, IL. 60432

or Fax to:
Attn: Mike Paone

View our JAYP Member Directory