Emily Burds AYP Member Spotlight - June

Name: Emily Burds Where do you work?: Oreana Communications What’s your job title/what do you do?: Account Executive Where are you from? Originally from Iowa (Monticello, IA) but now live in Stamford, TX. If you’re not from Abilene, how long have you lived in the area and what brought you here? I’ve lived in the area for the last four months after moving from Kansas City, MO. I moved here to work out of the Oreana Communications home office in Stamford. What is your favorite thing about living in the Big Country? The people have been great and the food has been fantastic. Everyone here lives life at their own pace and just really enjoys and supports their community. You don’t find that ev

Brian Dowdy AYP Member Spotlight - June

Name: Brian Dowdy Where do you work?: Burchell, Denson & Morrison, P.C. What’s your job title/what do you do?: Tax Accountant Where are you from? Clyde, Texas If you’re not from Abilene, how long have you lived in the area and what brought you here? Though I am from Clyde, my wife and I moved to Carrolton to finish our education at UT Dallas. About two years ago, after a couple years in the DFW job market, we decided to move back! I believe it is two-fold, a community to plant our roots and the opportunity to help shape that same community. The new growth within Abilene is beginning to cater towards a younger generation and I am enjoying being a part of it! What is your favorite thing about

2018 Abilene Young Professional of the Year Presented by First Financial Bank

Marshall Morris, 2017-2018 AYP Chair, presents Brett Emmett with the 2017 AYP of the Year Award Young professionals are vital to the growth and progress of our Abilene community. They are leaders in their field and they inspire their peers to excel. Where there is a vibrant and engaged young professional population, there will be bright leaders for tomorrow. The Young Professionals of the Year award strives to recognize the accomplishments of young professionals in Abilene by highlighting their advancement in their field, as well as their significant contributions to attract, retain, and engage young professionals in the Abilene community. Do any young professionals you know come to mind? No

Elevate your Leadership with RISE

In 2018, the Abilene Chamber of Commerce began a unique leadership training program called RISE (Relationships, Insight, Service and Engagement). The goal of the program is to elevate Abilene’s emerging leaders. After experiencing the training first-hand, I believe the program is ideally suited for members of Abilene Young Professionals. RISE is a nine-month, intensive and participant-interactive leadership training program designed and conducted by a proven and respected leadership trainer. Participants dialog with other emerging and key leaders in Abilene, apply the learning through their current role in his or her organization, develop and grow as a professional with stretching commitment

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