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Please review the following information and then click HERE to complete the online membership application.


YPO Southern 7 invites qualified prospects to apply for membership. Please review the membership criteria before completing an application. If you have questions about membership, please e-mail Amanda Berry.


A new application must be approved by YPO International before the applicant reaches his or her 45th birthday.

YPO membership is open to individuals who are responsible for the full operation of a qualifying corporation or division. Without exception, the following titles are accepted by Southern 7 Chapter:

  • President
  • CEO

All other titles accepted by YPO International (Managing Partner, Managing Director or Chairman of the Board) are subject to approval by the Southern 7 Chapter Membership Committee. Note: Both a chairman of the board/CEO and a president of the same qualifying corporation may not simultaneously be members of YPO. Division Presidents must qualify under their division alone and a letter is required from the enterprise CEO or Chairman designating them as the single YPO member of the organization. 

Corporation Complexity
"Corporation,” as the term is used here, includes incorporated or limited business entities, partnerships and other forms of business organizations deemed, at the discretion of YPO’s Executive Committee, to be substantially equivalent to businesses incorporated under the laws of the appropriate legal jurisdiction. This definition also includes academic institutions, not-for-profit organizations and government entities. All corporations must be operating businesses not primarily generating passive income. An applicant must be qualified, in addition to age and title, by rules of corporate complexity established by the YPO International Board. The candidate must meet one requirement from each category below – i.e., he or she must meet at least one "A” requirement and one "B” requirement. In exceptional cases presented by currency devaluation or other circumstances, the corporation complexity criteria may be met in other ways.

"A" Requirements

Requirement #1
The candidate must have at least 50 regular, full-time employees or the equivalent under his or her control. Persons engaged on a commission basis rather than straight salary are considered employees if they are permanently connected with the corporation and receive their principal livelihood there from. Seasonal employees are not included in YPO’s employee definition.


Requirement #2
The total compensation of all employees, excluding the compensation of the candidate, must exceed US$2,000,000 AND the prospect must have at least 15 employees.

"B" Requirements

The corporation must meet dollar volume requirements based on the type of corporation he or she runs, as follows:


  • Sales/Services/Manufacturing corporations must have at least US$13,000,000 in gross annual sales or turnover.
  • Financial institutions must have average annual assets of at least US$260,000,000.
  • Agency-type businesses must have annual fees or commissions billed of at least US$10,000,000.

Or, the corporation must have an enterprise value of US$20,000,000 as defined by one of the following

  • Net worth of assets before depreciation of US$20,000,000.
  • Independent third-party investment/valuation of US$20,000,000.
  • The sum of company's public equity value plus its debt less cash must equal US$20,000,000.

Please note these are minimum requirements. Individual YPO chapters may require additional criteria. In addition, membership criteria used in the application must be certified by an outside auditing firm or other approved independent third party. Only external certified public accountants (CPAs), chartered accountants (CAs) or lawyers/attorneys are approved as independent third parties. Please note that individuals on the prospective YPO member company’s staff, regardless of title, are not authorized to certify the membership criteria.

Dual Membership
The candidate may not be a member of another authorized chapter of YPO located within the states of Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, or Mississippi. Dual membership in YPO chapters outside this area may be permitted.


Funds for the operation of YPO are obtained by the collection of dues and initiation fees. For the FYE 6/30/2019, total Initiation Fees are $5,525 ($3,525 YPO International + $2,000 Chapter) and total Annual Dues are $6,525 ($3,525 YPO International + $3,000 Chapter). Dues are payable each year on June 1. Dues are prorated monthly for new members according to join date. 

The Treasurer will give notice to any account not paid 60 days after the dues notice and a 25% surcharge will be added to the account. If full payment is not received within 30 days of the second notice, the member will be dropped from Southern 7 Chapter Membership.


Any two Southern 7 Chapter Members may serve as sponsors, except the current Chapter Membership Officer and the current Chapter Chair. Conditional Members may not serve as sponsors. 

Each sponsoring Member is responsible for knowing the prospect well before he or she agrees to sponsor. By agreeing to be a sponsor, the Member is committing to make every effort to attend the Big 3 meeting to which the prospect is invited, serving as the prospect host. If this is not possible, the sponsor agrees to assist in finding a host for the prospect.

If you have questions about becoming a YPO member, please e-mail Amanda Berry. You can also call +1.770.690.8449, ext. 20.

Young Presidents’ Organization - Southern 7 Chapter
1900 The Exchange, Suite 640
Atlanta, GA 30339

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