Alyssa Haney (GAIN '18)
By day, Alyssa Haney is a talented Marketing Specialist for First Florida Integrity Bank. On weekends and evenings, she generously dedicates her free time to charitable causes in Collier County. The time she invests in volunteering is her biggest gift to our community. She has dedicated more than 3,000 hours to volunteering with the Naples Players, all while serving on several boards, including the United Arts Council. Most recently, she co-organized the Emerging Leadership Council's Season Kick-off event and accompanied one of our nation's heroes aboard an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. This month, Alyssa humbly accepted the Chamber's Excellence in Industry Award for Young Professional of the Year. Watch the video!
How does it feel to have won the Chamber's YP of the Year Award?
I feel so fortunate to reside in Collier County. The combination of affluence and philanthropy which is such an important part of our culture, coupled with the generous role models with which I have had the pleasure of working, have all contributed to my journey as a young professional. In a world where the word "millennial" can have such a negative connotation, it feels great to be recognized for the work that I do for the causes that inspire me. I also feel that with this award comes with a responsibility to be an inspiration to other young professionals.
The Arts are very important to you. As LCF alumni, how can we help support the Arts in Collier County?
Naples is saturated with accessible art! The United Arts Council of Collier County's "Best Bets for the Weekend," is a weekly e-blast that has really great options to enjoy on the weekends when most of us have a bit more free time.
What makes First Florida Integrity Bank such a great place for young professionals to work?
As a young professional, I am so thankful to work for a company where I feel valued for my community contributions. First Florida Integrity Bank follows The Golden Rule, and I am so proud to be a part of an organization where that is encouraged both in the workplace and within the community.
What was your favorite part of the GAIN experience?
My favorite part of the GAIN experience was receiving an in-depth look at how the organizations in our community work together toward greater goals. In addition, connecting with young professionals through Chamber involvement has inspired me to create opportunities to improve my community by working with my peers-turned-friends to plan a handful of new, local fundraisers.
What are your words of wisdom for advice for a young professional in Naples?
Find a cause that inspires you and a mentor to guide you! Always ask yourself if the steps you are taking today are counting toward your goals for tomorrow.