AYP launches 7th year

The Aiken Chamber Young Professionals (AYP) group launched its seventh year in January with 260 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 where our AYP program has come over the past six years and look forward to building on our current momentum,” said 2014 AYP Chair Derrick McLane, URS Corporation.  “This year we will be focusing on growing our membership in numbers and in diversity,” McLane said, adding that many of the AYP members have moved to the area just within the past few years.

Fran Jones, Bridgestone, will work closely with the group in her role as the Chamber’s 2014 vice chair of Business and Community Development.  “The Aiken Young Professionals set the example for our future leadership in the Aiken area. Through their community involvement initiatives, they have made a difference,” Jones said. 

“As a local employer that has many young professionals, I believe that AYP is one of the most important assets we have in our local business community.  I look forward to supporting this group in building successful networking and business opportunities to grow and develop our future leaders for Aiken,” Jones said.

AYP is engaged in numerous professional and social activities designed to nurture future leaders of the Greater Aiken area.  Twenty-eight active members make up the 2014 AYP Steering Committee that is responsible for activities in the following areas – community service, lunch & learn programs, membership/sponsorships, and information/technology

“Our steering committee is energetic, talented, and ready to get going on our 2014 goals. I look forward to working with each of them,” McLane said.

Sponsors of AYP are:

Gold Sponsor
URS Corporation

Silvers Sponsors
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
Floyd & Green Fine Jewelers

Holley Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.
Security Federal Bank
Woodside Plantation Country Club

Bronze/Scholar Sponsors
Aiken Pest Control, Inc.
Aiken Regional Medical Centers
ASCO Valve Manufacturing, Inc.
Aiken Technical College
Cherry Bekaert LLP
Limestone College
Newberry Hall
UPS Customs Brokerage
USC Aiken

2014 Aiken Young Professionals Steering Committee

Amanda Baldonado
Children’s Place, Inc.

Newkirk Barnes
Aiken Technical College

Alex Billings
Regions Bank

Allison Brinkley
Liberty Home Care & Hospice Services

Eric Brinkley
Aiken Laundromats

Kandace Cave
Aiken Youth Empowerment

Tammy Davis
United Way of Aiken County

Anna Dolianitis
Aiken Technical College

John Engel
Georgia Regents University

Ra Shad Gaines

Mandie Hill
AAA Vacations

Earle Holley
UPS Customs Brokerage

Mallory Holley
Community Medical Clinic of Aiken County

Richard Holley
Cherry Bekaert LLP

Monica Jeffcoat
Helping Hands, Inc.

Marc Joehnk
Steve Mason State Farm Agency

Melencia Johnson
University of South Carolina Aiken

Sarah Kinney

Jonathan Leysath
Leysath Enterprises, LLC

Avery Spears Mahoney
Aiken Downtown Development Association

Derrick McLane – 2014 Chair
URS Corporation

Chelsey McNicoll
Aiken Technical College

Samantha Radford
City of Aiken, PRT

James Samorian
Woodside Plantation Country Club

Melissa Viola – AYP Past Chair
Law Offices of Tom Young, Jr., PC

Andrew Walden
Law Offices of Tom Young, Jr., PC

Josh Wentzell
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC

Rachel Winn
Faith Magazine

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