AYP Launches 4th YearThe Aiken Chamber Young Professionals group launched its fourth year in January with 230 members strong. The group of 22- to 39-year olds continues to gain momentum with a strategic plan and well defined vision in place.
"I am very pleased with the progress of AYP and its growth," said 2011 AYP Chair Jason Rabun, Security Federal Bank. "Four years ago AYP was a thought with an objective written on a piece of paper, and now we have over 230 young professionals involved in our organization," Rabun said.
Today the group is engaged in numerous activities that include networking events, lunch and learn educational programs, and community service all designed to nurture future leaders of the greater Aiken area.
"I am impressed with the degree of energy and enthusiasm of our Aiken Young Professionals. These future leaders are making a difference in our community. I look forward to watching them build upon the last three years as they take the group to the next level in 2011," said Steve Wilson, SRP Federal Credit Union, vice chair of Business and Community Development for the Chamber.
Twenty-five active members make up the 2011 AYP Steering Committee that is responsible for activities in four areas - community service, lunch & learn programs, membership/sponsorships, and information/technology.
"Everyone on the steering committee brings a unique talent, so we are able to put some great ideas and actions into place. We have a terrific group of young professionals; I look forward to working with each of them," Rabun said
"A personal goal of mine as chair of AYP is to continue to gain and retain young professionals in the Aiken community. We will continue to look at ways to add value to the membership with member benefits, rewards and recognitions," Rabun said.
The group plans to expand its technology as well. They are adding to their capabilities of reaching members through Twitter, Facebook and the AYP website.