Young Professionals Network
In January 2008 the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce established the Young Professionals Network (YPN), which targets the young, talented, and future business leaders of Idaho Falls and the surrounding areas. We are an official program of the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and have a functioning Board of Directors.
YPN was created to be an inclusive group designed to provide career-minded young professionals with opportunities to develop socially, professionally, and civically. We have big plans for the future and look forward to expanding and improving together.
The Young Professionals Network is comprised primarily of the 21-40 year old population. YPN is a myriad of members from various industries and businesses, including a collection of entrepreneurs, financial advisors, bankers, attorneys, architects, engineers, human resources professionals, not-for-profit employees and administrative support staff.
Our vision is to be regarded as the voice of Young Professionals in the Greater Idaho Falls area and become influential leaders throughout the community. Our mission as an organization is to inspire, connect, and engage Young Professionals in the Greater Idaho Falls area and to develop the future leaders of our community. Through the cultivation of relationships as well as personal and professional growth, the Idaho Falls Young Professional network strives to develop individuals and enhance and contribute to our community.
Current Board Chairman
Sterling Barrett was born in Helena Montana where he lived until he was two years old. His parents and seven siblings moved to Rexburg, Idaho where he was raised until his freshman year in High School. At the age of 15 his parents relocated to Idaho Falls, Idaho. Sterling then moved around for the next few years until he found a place where he would call home: Portland Oregon. While living in Portland for 13 years, he worked for a non-profit organization called Monytek Human Services, Inc. He worked his way up from being a nationally certified Consumer Credit Counselor to the position of Advertising & Marketing Director. He held that position from 2002 – 2007. He then pursued another position with a company called American Glove Company (AGC) where he was a Regional Rout Sales Representative. He worked for AGC for the next two and a half years when he decided he wanted to get a college education.
In the spring of 2012 he received his Associated of Applied Science Paralegal Degree at Portland Community College. He moved back to Idaho Falls in the winter of 2011, and got a job right away with Express Employment Professionals as the Executive Director of Marketing & Sales. He is currently employed with IdeaCom ECSI as a sales representative.
Sterling became an Ambassador with the Chamber of Commerce upon moving back to Idaho Falls, and became a part of the Board of Directors for the Young Professionals Network in 2012. Sterling attends meetings with the Business Advisory Council as well and has been a member of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management).
Sterling has four beautiful children whom all reside in the Portland, Oregon area. He is an avid sports fan and loves spending time with his family and friends.