AYP to launch 6th year

The Aiken Chamber Young Professionals (AYP) group will launch its sixth year in January with 224 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 is today,” said incoming 2013 Chair Melissa Muraugh. “Last year we got more involved with community service projects, like our 5th Friday events downtown , the 5k to benefit the ADPS Police Athletic League and and our bocce tournament during the mini Bluegrass Festival.  I look forward to building upon these and other successes in 2013,” Murdaugh said.

Ron Shepherd, UPS Customs Brokerage, will work closely with the group in his role as the Chamber’s 2013 vice chair of Business and Community Development.  “I look forward to working with this enthusiastic group of young professionals.  Their passion for making a difference and getting involved is inspiring and will add value to our future business community,” Shepherd said.

AYP is engaged in numerous professional and social activities designed to nurture future leaders of the Greater Aiken area.  Nine active members make up the 2013 AYP Steering Committee that is responsible for activities in four areas – community service, lunch & learn programs, membership/sponsorships, and information/technology.

“Our steering committee is energetic, talented, and ready to get going on our 2013 goals. I look forward to working with each of them,” Murdaugh said
For information on joining AYP, visit www.aikenchamber.net or find them on Facebook.

2013 Aiken Young Professionals Steering Committee

Alexandra Billings
Regions Bank
Chair, Membership

Josh Booth
Security Federal Bank
Past Chair

Earle Holley
UPS Customs Brokerage
Chair, Technology Information

Mallory Holley
Community Medical Clinic of Aiken County
Chair, Lunch and Learn

Richard Holley
Cherry, Bekaert, & Holland, LLP
Chair, Sponorships

Sarah Kinney
Chair, Marketing

Derrick McLane
Vice Chair
Chair, Events

Melissa Murdaugh
Law Offices of Tom Young, Jr.

Avery Spears-Mahoney
State Farm Insurance – Denny Michaelis Agency
Chair, Community Service

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