As you might remember from our recent posts with Justin Hayes and Ryan Dollens, we're talking to our members, finding out their motivators for being an active YLNI member.
In this blog, we're getting to know A.J. Stites, Agent at First Insurance Group.
What is your involvement with YLNI?
I am the Chair of the View From the Top Committee and will be a participant in the 2018 Leadership Institute Class. I have been a member of YLNI for just over a year now.
Why did you decide to join YLNI?
I decided to join YLNI in order to make more professional connections in the community while finding ways to be more involved in the continued growth and success of Fort Wayne.
What do you hope to accomplish as a member of YLNI?
I hope to become an influential member of the community and help Fort Wayne become a destination for businesses and individuals. By being a member of YLNI, I am able to stay up to date with developments in our community and be an active part in continuing our region's progress and success. In addition to this, I hope to continue to make connections with young professionals who will be involved in our business community for years to come.
What makes you most proud to be a young leader in northeast Indiana?
YLNI's recent inclusivity pledge is a great example of why I am proud to be a young leader of northeast Indiana. This organization is giving a voice to the young professionals of our region while showing what it will take to be successful in business in Fort Wayne.
If you were showing someone around northeast Indiana who had never been before, where is the first place you would take them?
I would take someone downtown to eat or grab coffee. Our downtown revitalization has been an important component of northeast Indiana's growth and the new restaurants and local favorites would provide a unique taste of Fort Wayne. The Hoppy Gnome would be a great place to start!
Everyone has a reason for being a part of this community of leaders. Why are you YLNI?
Written by Jasmine Bejar, YLNI Communications Committee Member