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.
2013 Distinguished Under 40 Nomination Form
Current Board of Directors
Andrea Todd is a Marketing and Business to Business Sales Executive with over 15 years of customer service experience. In January of 2012, she founded Todd Consultant Group. TCG-Idaho is working with small businesses to create effective public relation campaigns at a fraction of going rates by teaching a business owner techniques to succeed in generating buzz with word of mouth, top of mind awareness and utilizing the method of Relationship Marketing.
Andrea currently serves as: the Bonneville County Republican Women President; the Bonneville County Central Committee Secretary; the Publicity and Recruitment Chair for the Idaho Falls Cancer Resource Center, The Idaho Falls Relay For Life Committee and founder of the Idaho Falls Turkey Bowl all benefiting the American Cancer Society.
Andrea enjoys the Idaho summers with her husband Ed, her two step-children, Austin and Dylan and the family dogs, Annie and Buddy.
This is her second year serving on the Young Professionals Network Board.
Trent is a graduate from BYU-I in Business Management with focuses on Marketing and Finance. As a Marketing Specialist and Consultant, Trent has acted as served businesses in East Idaho for Riverbend Communications since 2011. He builds marketing campaigns through radio, video, web ads, print, website design, and SEO management.
Trent is an entrepreneur and has interest in real estate, agriculture, financial securities, energy technologies, and has had experience as a small business owner and manager in the automotive industry.
In addition to business Trent also has a great passion for education. He believes that the future of our economy is solidly founded in the quality of our education. Trent is a founder and school board member for American Heritage Charter School in Idaho Falls. Related to this capacity, he has served as the project manager for the renovation of the historic New Sweden School building.
Trent loves to be involved in the business community, and enjoys connecting with other business professionals. Feel free to connect with Trent on LinkedIn. www.linkedin.com/in/TrentVanderSloot.
Director of Human Resources
Advantage Employer Solutions
Monica Bitrick currently serves at the Director of Human Resources for Advantage Employer Solutions, a local P.E.O. (Professional Employer Organization) specializing in handling all employee administration for businesses.
Bitrick currently serves as a member on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Falls Young Professionals Network and as the Chair for the Idaho Falls 4th of July Parade Committee. She also is a Bronco Contact with the Boise State Alumni Association and is a member of Boise State University’s President’s Club. She also proudly serves on the Board of the Calvary Chapel Christian School Parent Teacher Fellowship.
Bitrick previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair for the Military Affairs Committee. Bitrick also chairs, plans, and volunteers for other community events/programs such as Idaho Falls Distinguished Under 40 Awards Program, Firecracker 5K Run, POW-MIA Recognition Events, An Evening of Dueling Pianos to benefit the Good Samaritan Society, the Idaho Falls Arts Council, Boise State Alumni Association, Good Samaritan Society’s Teddy Bear Drive, and Citizen’s Community Bank Free to Celebrate. She is also a member of the Society of Human Resources Management.
Prior to joining Advantage Employer Solutions, Bitrick worked for two award winning HR outsourcing corporations, Manpower International, and Workscape, Inc. both based out of Boise, ID. Bitrick graduated with a B.B.A. in General Business Management and a B.B.A. in Human Resources Management from Boise State University (2005).
Monica is married to James Douglas Bitrick and has two children, a daughter Kylee Alyssa, and a son Elijah Jared. Her hobbies include music, reading, fitness, dancing, snowboarding, and golfing.
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.
Signature Party Rental
Kiersten Sedlmayr is originally from Phoenix, Arizona where she studied ballet for over 12 years and attended Xavier College Preparatory (her schoolmates included Emma Stone and Meghan McCain). In high school, she was involved in Amnesty International, Debate Club and French Honors Society. She had the opportunity to participate in The Phoenix Honors Cotillion program, and graduated high school as a debutante.
Kiersten then went to Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, to study business. Amid her studies, Kiersten worked as a professor’s assistant and was mentored by Dr. David Choi and Dr. Fred Kiesner at the Hilton School of Business. Hard work paid off, as she was nominated to become the inaugural recipient of the Ricci Family Entrepreneurial Scholarship. In 2009, she achieved her dream of obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration - Entrepreneurship. That same year, she moved to Idaho Falls to be with her family as they work together on a water technology start-up.
Kiersten is the Account Manager for Signature Party Rental, furthering her career/interests in event planning, marketing and sales. When Kiersten isn’t engrossed with work or water technology, you can find her enjoying foreign beers, skiing, painting, writing poetry, travelling, or spending quality time with her family and boyfriend. She is excited to serve on the board for the Young Professionals Network, and cannot wait to meet eager professionals like herself.
Sales and Leasing Representative
Ball Ventures, LLC
Jenna Wright is the Sales and Leasing Representative for Ball Ventures, LLC and Snake River Landing where she primarily works in development, which includes working with potential and existing tenants and buyers through tenant lease and purchase negotiations all the way through construction. Jenna is enrolled at Liberty University and is studying business administration and finance where she is furthering her understanding of the financial and investment aspect of the real estate market as well as economic cycles and what may influence them. With 7 years in the Real Estate industry, Jenna is strategic decision-maker. She supports Ball Ventures by closing new business opportunities and is raising the bar with new standards for development, creating a “sense of place” within the Idaho Falls community
Most importantly Jenna enjoys spending quality time with her little boy, Holdem. Jenna and Holdem love to spend time with family, explore and travel the country, dirt bike, snowboard, camp and golf.
Jenna enjoys being involved in her community by volunteering for various groups such as The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber Ambassadors and The Young Professionals Network. This is Jenna’s second year serving on the Young Professionals Network Board.