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YEC @ SXSW 2016 Event Recap

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YEC members and guests gathered on March 11-20th for the highly anticipated SXSW in Austin, Texas. The annual event celebrates original music, emerging technology and independent films, and YEC took advantage of the large number of members in attendance by hosting an 80s-themed party at Tellers Austin.

Says Elisa Miller-Out, CEO of Singlebrook, who was at the event: "Thanks to the entire YEC team for putting on the best 80s party ever!"

The venue was decked with giant 80s-inspired entertainment pieces, such as a custom YEC-branded Lite-Brite and Etch-A-Sketch, and photo props like rocker guitars, wigs and boom boxes.

Other members who joined include, Shama Hyder, CEO of  The Marketing Zen GroupDan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments;  S. Brian Smith, CEO of S Brian Smith GroupMona Patel, CEO of Motivate DesignBeck Bamberger, CEO of BAM CommunicationsDalip Jaggi, Founder of Devise InteractivePhillip Oakley, President of Common GiantMurray Newlands, President of Due.comStephen Gill of Tiller and Mickey Meyer, Co-Founder of JASH, to name a few.

Treaty Oak Distilling, a local distillery in Austin, sponsored the event, providing its Starlight Vodka, Waterloo Antique Barrel Reserve Gin and Treaty Oak Rum. Guests sipped on specialty cocktails like "Fly Pelican Fly," "Waterloo Ricky," and "Pop Star," and enjoyed a mac n' cheese bar and brisket sliders.

Members had much to celebrate after SXSW. Shama Hyder was an ambassador for Verizon Wireless, and Patrick Ambron of BrandYourself, Andrew Thomas, CEO of SkyBell Video Doorbell and Mike McGee, Co-Founder of The Starter League spoke at SXSW.

"This year's YEC at SXSW was an elevating experience," says Thomas.

Special thanks to PrettyInstant for the evening's photography and Modish for event production.