Orlando Young Professionals

Orlando's Premiere Young Professional Development Network

“Orlando Young Professionals is one of the most selective
young professional groups in Florida.” ~ Florida Trend

About Orlando Young Professionals

The purpose of OYP is to encourage and facilitate a meaningful exchange of information and perspectives relative to the Orlando economic region and provide members with increased opportunities to foster quality business and personal relationships.

OYP provides young professionals with unparalleled opportunities to access community leaders and for professional development. OYP is a great way to meet other young professionals from varied backgrounds.

Each month, we host a lunch or evening forum. Topics and discussion leaders are determined by the interests of our members and guests. In addition to our monthly forums, OYP members participate in a variety of business-related activities, social events, and focused service projects. We have monthly social events including community service projects, happy hours, and enrichment seminars.


The Orlando Young Professionals’ Leadership Group (OYP) was founded in May 1994. Initially, OYP was an organization that focused on networking among young professionals in the early stages of their careers. After meeting for a few months, the members recognized the special bonds forming between this dynamic group of young professionals.

The focus of the group was then broadened to become a forum for members to interact and discuss issues pertaining to the quality of life in Metro Orlando and professional growth statewide. The group also decided to diversify its membership by inviting young professionals from a variety of fields, including real estate, finance, education, construction and non-for-profits.

After a year of successful breakfast meetings, OYP members decided to make the group more permanent by adopting a policy on meetings, assessing dues and committing to a service project that would benefit the youth of the community.

OYP Board of Directors

The Orlando Young Professionals Executive Board is comprised of a dedicated team of exemplary young professionals who are energized about the growth and direction of the Orlando Young Professionals Leadership Development Group. The executive board works diligently to ensure that all members have access to all the tools needed to foster quality business and personal relationships.

Jonathan BeatonJonathan Beaton President


Owner – Inside Advantage PR

Our president is a lifelong Floridian and UCF alumni. He owns Inside Advantage PR, a media relations firm that works with law firms and financial institutions.

Jonathan’s also an award-winning former journalist and broadcaster, who’s spent time covering some of the biggest stories of the last decade including the George Zimmerman Trial, the Casey Anthony bankruptcy proceedings, the disappearance of Michelle Parker, Election 2012 along the I-4 corridor and the Allied Vets scandal.

His coverage has been featured on CNN, HLN, ABC Radio and the BBC.

When he’s not working you can usually find Jonathan on the golf course.

Donovan RyckisDonovan Ryckis – Special Events

Fiduciary + Financial Advisor, J Donovan Financial







Donovan is a Financial Advisor and Principal of J Donovan Financial. In his practice he works with Business Owners to increase Tax Deferral with Defined Benefit Plans, Improve 401(k)’s, Resolve ERISA Compliance issues and save employers on  Group Health Insurance.  His clients are across the state of Florida and he works closely with CPA and Attorney partners on planning matters from Estate Planning to 831(b) Micro Captives for his clients.  

His secondary interest is in Real Estate Investing, purchasing his first home at 19.  His first business was a Gold’s Gym in Pennsylvania which opened October 2007 and was sold in 2016. 

Christiane Feleciano

Christiane Feliciano – Treasurer

Loan Originator and Branch Manager with Trustco Bank


Christiane is currently a Loan Originator and Branch Manager with Trustco Bank serving central Florida. There she works to serve the community with a variety of competitive banking products. To that end she is also a regular guest host on “Money Talks” a radio show dedicated to educating the public in a myriad of financial topics.

T.J. DolanTJ Dolan – Events

Financial Advisor at Edward Jones

LinkedIn Profile

TJ is originally from Wheeling, WV and moved to Central Florida in 1998.  He has been an Orlando resident since 2005, residing in College Park.  He has two children, ages 8 & 4 with his fiancé Heather.

TJ is also a member of the Rotary Club of College Park, where he participates in philanthropic events and activities to support local charities such as the Ronald McDonald House.

Professionally, TJ is a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones Investments.  He serves the serious long-term investor. After developing an investment plan, tailored to the specific goals of his clients, he carefully crafts a properly balanced and diversified portfolio to help achieve those goals.

Specialties: Working with successful individuals, business owners; offering fee-based investing, annuities, retirement plans, 401ks and more.

Mike MartinMike Martin – Member

Healthcare Account Executive at WasteX

Mike with a background in financial services, is currently Healthcare Account Executive at WasteX; where he is client partner for the Southeast Region.

Outside of work, you can find Mike traveling to new places, engaging in adventurous activities, or anything with good food, drinks, and conversation with great people. In addition to his role as Membership Coordinator for OYP, Mike actively serves on several other professional organizations here in the Orlando area.

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. -Oprah Winfrey

Michael Kovacs – Communication & Social Media – Member

Financial Advisor

Michael on Linkedin
For the past eight years my team and I have helped individuals and their families of Central Florida reach and protect what they have worked so hard for.
During this time, I gained extensive knowledge in the fields of Insurance, Investments, Income and Estate Planning as they pertain to the pre-and post retiree market. This, along with my attention to detail, great listening skills, and strong empathy, allow me to offer guidance and build long-term relationships with my clients.
I am active member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and the Young Advisor Team (YAT). I also serves as acting Communications/Social Media board member for Orlando Young Professionals Leadership Group (OYP).

Dmitry Konikov – Events Board

Director of the Know-Your Customer (KYC) Group at Pershing, LLC

Dmitriy Konikov is currently serving as Director of the Know-Your Customer (KYC) Group at Pershing, LLC, a BNY Mellon company. As Director of KYC Dmitriy leads a group of compliance professionals entrusted with conducting due diligence on Pershing clients which include broker-dealers, registered investment advisors, and hedge funds. Prior to joining Pershing Dmitriy worked as a Compliance Examiner at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in Boca Raton, FL. FINRA is the nation’s largest Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) overseeing activities of over 3,800 broker-dealers and over 640,000 brokers.

Dmitriy is a CFA Charter holder and member of CFA Institute and CFA Society of Orlando, maintains the FINRA Series 7 and 24 licenses, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). He received his undergraduate degree in finance from Georgia State University in 2004. Dmitriy is also a real-estate investor with experience acquiring and liquidating single family residential property in central Florida and Georgia. In his spare time Dmitriy likes to travel, play poker, golf, work out, run half-marathons, and participate in charitable events throughout Central Florida such as Nathaniel’s Hope, Camaraderie Foundation, Meals on Wheels, and Orlando AIDS Walk.

Chelsea Whalley-Brennan – Community Outreach

Originally from Canada, Chelsea came to the United States on an NCAA D1 softball scholarship. Since then she has been committed to growing her American community by first starting her career in non-profit and now most recently by owning a local business. Chelsea opened a Colonial Life agency and works for the sole purpose of educating businesses and their employees on how to best protect themselves and families through insurance.
In addition to teaching yoga and spin in the early hours of the morning, Chelsea also enjoys fulfilling her passion for community enhancement by serving on several boards and committees for local non-profits.

Joseph MeraJoseph Mera – Emeritus

A financial professional with experience in institutional investing, financial planning and analysis, investment policy creation and asset allocation implementation.  Joseph began his career working for Wet ‘n Wild  where he started in the kitchen as a cook in the food and beverage department, and within a year of employment, was added to the management team as the food and beverage supervisor for the entire department.

Graduating from UCF in 2003, Joseph moved from the tourism industry to institutional investing working for the Bank of New York (BNY Mellon) as a trust fund accountant overseeing $36 billion in assets under management, then to CFI Westgate as a Senior Financial Analyst, and lastly at the UCF Foundation where he is the Director of Finance managing five pools of assets totaling more than $200 million.

Emeritus Members: in order of election:

Joseph Mera 
Matthew Scott
Victoria Colangelo
Justin Latorre
Faith Buhler
Dan Kirby (The First OYP President)

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