MEET THE AYP

STEERING COMMITTEE

Taylor Sturgis - Chair

Partner at Key Appraisal Group 

Job Title: Certified Real Estate Appraiser

 

Fun Fact: Taylor is a graduate of Abilene Christian University, and is passionate about the revitalization of Downtown Abilene. He loves that Abilene is a place where young professionals are required to help lead the growth of the community, and he hopes to be an integral part of that growth process.

 EMAIL TAYLOR 

Holly Bearden - Community Broadcast Partners

Job Title: Marketing Specialist 

Fun fact: As a two-time graduate from Texas Tech University, Holly is all things Texas Tech! Growing up in Stamford created her love for the Big Country. She is especially good at accents, can moonwalk, loves meeting new people and enjoys a cold beer on a patio. Hollys passion is meeting new people and making long lasting connections. Holly is excited to see Abilene continue to grow and flourish with the help of everyone in the community, especially the young professionals.

James Bridwell - Sockdolager Brewing Co

Job Title: Owner and Head Brewer

 

Fun Fact: James loves a good patio with a good beer, to read anything and everything, and to travel wherever he can. He also has very strong opinions regarding pizza. 

Chad Hoes - Parkway Advisors

Job Title: Chief Investment Officer of Parkway Advisors, an investment advisory firm here in Abilene.

 

Fun Fact: Chad loves a good burger, anything chocolate and spending time with his wife (who is way out of his league) and two sons.

Joe Mangrem - Enprotec / Hibbs & Todd, Inc. (eHT)

Job Title: Project Manager

 

Fun Fact: Joe is a third generation Professional Engineer and can’t see himself doing anything else. When he’s not managing design projects, he enjoys building things, date nights with his wife, and riding bikes around the neighborhood with his son. It is no surprise that Joe sees public works as an important factor in a healthy, vibrant community and he is excited to be part of Abilene’s future. 

Taylor Neatherlin - Condley and Company, LLP

Job Title: Tax Senior

 

Fun Fact: Taylor is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University. He enjoys traveling to new places with his wife, but always looks forward to coming home to the Big Country. His passion lies in finding ways to contribute to the many programs that benefit growth and community in Abilene. When he’s not at work, Taylor can be found watching the Dallas Mavericks or finding a good place to kayak and fish.

Stanton Taylor - Amendment 21

Job Title: Entrepreneur (Amendment 21, The Stairs Club, BDST Investments) or Co-Founder of Amendment 21

 

Fun Fact: As a former Division I baseball player, Stanton loves all things sports. If you can't find him at one of his businesses, you can probably find him on a golf course around town. He also has a strong passion for the revitalization efforts downtown and hopes to see it continue to thrive for many years to come!

Megan Dobbs - Immediate Past Chair

Community Foundation of Abilene

Job Title: Marketing and Communications Director

 

Fun Fact: Storyteller.  Proponent of localism.  Music lover.  Dallas Mavericks fan. #MFFL

EMAIL MEGAN

Abby Boyd - Abilene Regional Medical Center

Job Title: Human Resources Generalist

Fun fact: Abby is a county girl at heart, which is one of the reasons she loves West Texas and Abilene's atmosphere and heritage. Abby enjoys training horses, rodeoing, and raising their chickens. She also lived in Germany for half a year and sie spricht ein wenig Deustch (she speaks a little German). 

Travis Craver - Hardin-Simmons University

Job Title: Director of Spiritual Formation

 

Fun Fact: Travis is pescatarian.

Paula LeMarr - Hendrick Health System

Job Title: Employment Brand Manager, Human Resources

 

Fun Fact: After college, Paula spent a two years abroad in France and three months backpacking through Southeast Asia.

Kimmy McNiece - Eide Bailly

Job Title: Tax Associate

 

Fun Fact: Despite loving numbers, Kimmy has a degree in studio art and still enjoys all things creative. 

Trudy Six - Center for Contemporary Arts

Job Title: Gallery Manager

 

Fun Fact: Trudy’s passion lies within one of Abilene’s biggest strengths – the art community. When she’s not managing the Center for Contemporary Arts, you can find her cooking up a scrumptious meal for her family.

Cameron Wiley - United States Air Force

Job Title: B-1 Armament Systems Maintenance Supervisor 

 

Fun Fact: Cameron is 6’9 and hates basketball. His response when you comment on his height, "the weather's fine up here, and yes, I can fit on my bed." Cameron loves cold weather and fires in the fireplace, and is an avid Texas Longhorns fan. #hookem