ABILENE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
 

ABOUT ABILENE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

CONNECT

Make personal and professional connections with other like-minded Young Professionals.

DEVELOP

Help develop your Abilene community to be a better place to live, work and play.

GROW

Optimize your job growth by obtaining key skills and knowledge needed to advance your career.

AYP is led by young professionals to attract, retain and engage other young professionals. We are a program of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce dedicated to helping establish a young professional community in the Big Country. 

 

 


Questions? Visit our FAQ page.

members and growing.

the largest young professional organization in West Texas.

 

PROGRAMS

AYP AFTER FIVE

Connect with over 120 young professionals in one evening

ABICHAT

A quarterly luncheon that focuses on forced networking and professional development. Spaces are limited and available to members and nonmembers.

GET ON BOARD

A program that helps match highly motivated AYP members with open board positions throughout the Big Country.

AYP LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

A half-day leadership event that happens once a year to help you grow professionally and personally.

CAMPUS CONNECT

A program geared toward retaining college students to the Abilene area by showing them what it’s like to live, work and play in the Big Country.

20UNDER 40

Individually, they carry impressive records. Together, they demonstrate the promising future of the Big Country.

Abilene Works

Abilene Works

Abilene's only Abilene centric job portal

Meet your AYP

Meet your AYP

Steering Committee

LIFE IN ABILENE

LIFE IN ABILENE

Explore Abilene

 
 

OUR SPONSORS

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If you're interested in sponsoring Abilene Young Professionals, please contact  Laurin at laurin@abilenechamber.com or at 325-677-7241.

AYP HISTORY

2013

In 2013, a Task Force was formed under Chamber leadership Gary Grubbs (ABI/Advantage Media) to create a Steering Committee to help attract, retain and engage young professionals in the Abilene community. 

2014

AYP hosts a launch party at Frontier Texas! that reaches over 400 young professionals in the Big Country. A website is developed and  social media channels are in place.

Chair: Chris Evatt, First Financial Bank

2015

AYP begins hosting monthly networking events and gathering members. AYP reaches 200 members.

Chair: Chris Evatt, First Financial Bank

2016

AYP launches a nonprofit initiative called Get on Board and a workforce initiative called Campus Connect.

Chair: Alex Russell, Oddly Natural

2017

AYP reaches 500 members. A community art initiative called Key City Keys is formed and AYP places its first piano downtown Abilene.

2018

AYP plans and executes its inaugural AYP Leadership Summit and hosts a Non-profit Fair.

Chair: Marshall Morris, First Financial Bank

2020

AYP begins offering the community quarterly luncheons and executes its second Leadership Summit with over 300 young professionals in attendance.

Chair: Megan Dobbs, Community Foundation of Abilene

UPCOMING EVENTS

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OUR SPONSORS

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If you're interested in sponsoring Abilene Young Professionals, please contact  Laurin at laurin@abilenechamber.com or at 325-677-7241.

AYP HISTORY

2013

In 2013, a Task Force was formed under Chamber leadership Gary Grubbs (ABI/Advantage Media) to create a Steering Committee to help attract, retain and engage young professionals in the Abilene community. 

2014

AYP hosts a launch party at Frontier Texas! that reaches over 400 young professionals in the Big Country. A website is developed and  social media channels are in place.

Chair: Chris Evatt, First Financial Bank

2015

AYP begins hosting monthly networking events and gathering members. AYP reaches 200 members.

Chair: Chris Evatt, First Financial Bank

2016

AYP launches a nonprofit initiative called Get on Board and a workforce initiative called Campus Connect.

Chair: Alex Russell, Oddly Natural

2017

AYP reaches 500 members. A community art initiative called Key City Keys is formed and AYP places its first piano downtown Abilene.

2018

AYP plans and executes its inaugural AYP Leadership Summit and hosts a Non-profit Fair.

Chair: Marshall Morris, First Financial Bank

2020

AYP begins offering the community quarterly luncheons and executes its second Leadership Summit with over 300 young professionals in attendance.

Chair: Megan Dobbs, Community Foundation of Abilene

UPCOMING EVENTS

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OUR SPONSORS

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If you're interested in sponsoring Abilene Young Professionals, please contact  Laurin at laurin@abilenechamber.com or at 325-677-7241.

AYP HISTORY

2013

In 2013, a Task Force was formed under Chamber leadership Gary Grubbs (ABI/Advantage Media) to create a Steering Committee to help attract, retain and engage young professionals in the Abilene community. 

2014

AYP hosts a launch party at Frontier Texas! that reaches over 400 young professionals in the Big Country. A website is developed and  social media channels are in place.

Chair: Chris Evatt, First Financial Bank

2015

AYP begins hosting monthly networking events and gathering members. AYP reaches 200 members.

Chair: Chris Evatt, First Financial Bank

2016

AYP launches a nonprofit initiative called Get on Board and a workforce initiative called Campus Connect.

Chair: Alex Russell, Oddly Natural

2017

AYP reaches 500 members. A community art initiative called Key City Keys is formed and AYP places its first piano downtown Abilene.

2018

AYP plans and executes its inaugural AYP Leadership Summit and hosts a Non-profit Fair.

Chair: Marshall Morris, First Financial Bank

2020

AYP begins offering the community quarterly luncheons and executes its second Leadership Summit with over 300 young professionals in attendance.

Chair: Megan Dobbs, Community Foundation of Abilene

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

GET IN TOUCH

We'd love to hear from you!

We'd love to hear from you!

325-677-7241

174 Cypress St. Ste. 200

Abilene, Texas 79601

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