CYP Milwaukee


We are a group of young professionals and community leaders located in the greater Milwaukee area united in the belief that free markets, entrepreneurship, individual initiative, limited and efficient government and educational opportunity are the keys to economic prosperity and human dignity.


We hope that you can join us for networking opportunities and discussions on public policy and economic issues facing our community and state. We do like to have fun! CYP Milwaukee holds events throughout the year, including happy hours and outings. Our members also receive opportunities to attend WPRI events

Our common principles unite us. All are welcome! Please check this page for future events and join our email list or like us on Facebook to stay in touch.

Upcoming Events


CYP Milwaukee Happy Hour Thursday, June 23, 2016


CYP Milwaukee’s "How I Built My Business,” Series featuring Tom Bentley, 

Owner & Chairman of the Board, Bentley World-Packaging Ltd. 
Thursday June 23, 5:30PM-7:00PM

The Comedy Café above Giovanni’s at 1033 N. Old World 3rd Street, Milwaukee


About Tom Bentley
In 1974 Tom Bentley re-energized the packaging company that his family had originally started in 1942. He began a journey that would grow the company to where it is today.  Bentley World-Packaging is the largest export packaging company in Wisconsin.
Bentley-World Packaging loads ocean containers, builds wood crates, provides Military / Government packaging solutions and handles high / wide equipment for overseas destinations.  With 15+ locations and over 1 million square feet of facility space within Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and operations in the port cities of Baltimore, Maryland and Charleston, South Carolina. Bentley is among the largest export and specialty packaging firms in the United States.
Through the years Tom has received many awards including, the Presidential “E Award” for support of United States Exports in 1990, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award (EOY) in 1996, the Governors “Export” Award in 1989 and 1997, and NASBITE Advancing International Trade Award in 2010. 
In 2014, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Reed Hall from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (standing in for Governor Walker) and Alderman Joe Davis presented Tom with three proclamations declaring May 7, 2014 Bentley World Packaging Day.


Past Events

CYP Milwaukee Happy Hour Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Come join us for our next "Happy Hour" on Wednesday,  May 25, 2016 starting at 5:30 with guest speaker Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander.

Location: Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub at The Brewhouse Inn & Suites
                  1203 N. 10th Street Milwaukee             
                  5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

About Deanna:  Deanna Alexander was reelected 18th District Supervisor for a second term in April 2016 and represents about 53,000 residents in Milwaukee’s northwestern corner, which borders Waukesha, Washington, and Ozaukee Counties.

Supervisor Alexander grew up in southeastern Wisconsin.  She studied Accounting and Business Management at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Public Administration at the graduate level at Regent University.  Deanna has also served as an enlisted soldier in the Wisconsin Army National Guard with Milwaukee’s 57th Field Artillery Brigade.

Prior to her election to the Board, Supervisor Alexander gained professional expertise in public accounting, auditing, municipal treasury, research, and training.  Supervisor Alexander previously worked in the Fiscal Department of the Behavioral Health Division and has the distinction of being one of the few Milwaukee County employees to be elected to the County Board.

Supervisor Alexander currently serves on the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, the Transportation and Public Works Committee, and the Parks, Energy and Environment Committee.  She is also the Chairwoman of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council and a member of the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council.

Deanna and her husband own a home in the Nash Park neighborhood and are the proud parents of two daughters. Deanna enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and home renovation projects.


CYP Milwaukee Happy Hour Wednesday April 27, 2016  5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Elephant Room at the Milwaukee Athletic Club

Come join us for our next "Happy Hour" Wednesday April 27, 2016 starting at 5:30 with guest speaker Mike Nichols, President of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute.  Mike will be discussing WPRI's Special Report, Putting the Squeeze on Consumers: Real-World Impacts of Wisconsin's Minimum Markup Law, and how Wisconsin's minimum markup law discourages competition and benefits special interests at the expense of consumers.  You can read WPRI's full report here:


CYP Milwaukee Happy Hour - Drinks, Networking and Discussion. Guest Speaker Rick Esenberg from Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.
Thursday March 24, 2016
Mo's Irish Pub
142 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI

Guest Speaker Rick Esenberg

Rick is the founder and current President and General Counsel of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.  Rick will be giving us his thoughts on President Obama's recent nominee to the United States Supreme Court, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, upcoming judicial races and answer any questions you might have.


Milwaukee's 1st Happy Hour of 2016!
Join us at Hinterland's Private Lounge on Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 5:30 PM thru 7:00 PM.
Our guest speaker will be CYP Milwaukee's own Kevin Nicholson. The topic: "Assessing and Responding to Risk: From ISIS to Iran to the US economy”.

Hinterland is located at:
222 East Erie Street, Suite 100 Milwaukee, WI

Kevin Nicholson is a Principal at ghSMART. He serves leading Fortune 500 corporations and investors in the areas of management assessment and organizational change initiatives.


Join CYP Milwaukee with Special Guest Jon Hammes for appetizers, cocktails and networking before the holiday season begins.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

722 N. Milwaukee Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202


An Evening with National Review's Charles Cooke
Wednesday September 9, 2015

Milwaukee Athletic Club

Charles Cooke is a writer at National Review, author of The Conservatarian Manifesto and a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he studies modern history and politics.


Topic:  What a New Arena Means for Milwaukee and the Region
With Special Guest: Tim Sheehy

Join us for Happy Hour!

Thursday August 27, 2015

811 N. Jefferson St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Tim is president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. The MMAC serves as an advocate for member businesses, which employ more than 300,000 people in the greater Milwaukee area. Tim will be on hand to discuss what the proposed arena will mean for Milwaukee and the region and other issues affecting the business community and economic development.


Conservative Young Professionals of Milwaukee Advisory Board

Jason Kohout, Chairman
Shannon O’Connell, Vice Chair
Rachel Borens
Charles Fry
Mary Beth Gahn
Ryan Law
Jess Ripp
Eric Searing
Virginia Zignego


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