Clearwater Young Professionals

Clearwater Young Professionals is an initiative of AMPLIFY Clearwater designed for up and coming professionals. If you are young (or young at heart) and have a passion for mentoring and engaging in a youthful community, then CYP is great for you! Our mission is to provide our members business, networking, and volunteer opportunities to support the career development of young professionals and contribute to the future of our community. We thrive on providing an atmosphere for our young professionals to live, work and play in Clearwater. Membership is FREE for 3 years and gets you access to events, socials and forums throughout the year.




2024 Chairperson

Clearwater Young Professionals is excited to welcome Matt Maizes as the 2024 Chairperson.

Although originally from the Fort Lauderdale area, Matt started visiting Pinellas County in 2012 after meeting his wife, Lauren (a Palm Harbor native), at the University of Florida. Matt fell in love with the region and Matt and Lauren were able to move back to the area permanently in 2020. Professionally, Matt is an attorney focusing on mergers & acquisitions and general business law in the Corporate and Tax Group at the law firm Hill Ward Henderson.  Matt became involved with CYP in 2023 and, shortly thereafter, was tapped to be the group’s Recruitment Chair. Seeing Matt’s passion for networking, desire to connect young professionals, and new ideas, Matt was asked to be the 2024 Chair of CYP.

Working in Tampa, living in St. Pete, and networking in Clearwater (and throughout Tampa Bay), Matt understands that the Tampa Bay region is booming and is attracting some of the most talented young professionals in the world representing a diverse range of industries. Clearwater is on the rise and so should be its network of young professionals! Matt envisions CYP becoming a powerful network of these young professionals from all backgrounds that would represent a valuable and reliable resource to its members. Matt believes that in the age of social media interaction and remote meetings, simply showing up in person is the most powerful tool to build personal and professional relationships.

As such, Matt looks forward to catching up with current members and welcoming new members into the fold this year at our upcoming events. Matt’s “door” is always open, so please feel free to reach out with any questions or if you’d like to get more involved in CYP. Come join our team and let’s make 2024 the year you grow your local network!