Laurin Kocurek Member Spotlight - March

Name: Laurin Kocurek Where do you work?: The Abilene Chamber of Commerce What’s your job title/what do you do?: My official title is Marketing and Events Assistant, but I also serve as the staff liaison for our young professionals program. I help organize and assist the Abilene Young Professional (AYP) steering committee and subcommittees in planning, promoting and conducting young professional activities in the Abilene area. Where are you from? I am originally from Anson, Texas. After high school I attended college at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. If you’re not from Abilene, how long have you lived in the area and what brought you here? My family owns a beef cattle operation in J

Garrett Nichols Member Spotlight - March

Name: Garrett Nichols Where do you work?: First Financial Bank What’s your job title/what do you do?: Credit Analyst Where are you from? I was born in Abilene, but raised in San Angelo where my family moved when I was two years old. After high school I went to college at Texas Tech in Lubbock. If you’re not from Abilene, how long have you lived in the area and what brought you here? I moved to Abilene in June of 2016 after being offered the opportunity to work at First Financial Bank. What is your favorite thing about living in the Big Country? The easy answer is the people; you will be hard pressed to find more generous and down-to-earth people anywhere in the world. More than that, though,

AYP Membership Bash

AYP Membership Bash Audrey Schroyer, Abilene Industrial Foundation AYP Marketing/Membership Subcommittee Can you believe that we’re now less than 30 days away from the 3rd Annual AYP Membership Bash? We can’t believe that three years have passed since the Chamber, our foundation sponsors, and a few of our young professionals started the initiative to help establish a sense of community within the 21-40 age demographic here in Abilene. As we look toward celebrating our third AYP birthday, we want to take a look back at the professional development, community outreach and awesome networking opportunities that AYP has been able to accomplish. A few of AYP’s highlights: Assisted in planning and