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 Jones County, and I commute the 24 miles to work every day. My husband and I moved back to the Big Country be closer to family and friends about a year ago.
What is your favorite thing about living in the Big Country? What’s not to love!? I love the people, the climate, the centralized location, and the lack of traffic.
What do you do in your free time? I enjoy traveling, wine, cooking, DIY projects, and spending time with family and friends.
What does being an Abilene Young Professional mean to you? To me, being an Abilene Young Professional means being connected to a group of people who are going through the same stages of life as I am. It’s a great organization in which to network and make new friends while also serving as a stepping stone to other volunteer opportunities in the community.
What’s your favorite restaurant in Abilene? Vagabond or Casa Herrera. OR, any restaurant that’s a Chamber member. ;)
What’s the last book you read or what’s your favorite book? The Magnolia Story was the last book I read, and my favorite books are the Harry Potter series.
What’s something you’re passionate about and why? I have a lot of passions. I’m passionate about helping to attract, retain and engage fellow young professionals to the area. I’m passionate about how terrible comic sans is as a font. I’m passionate about proving every typical millennial stereotype wrong. I’m passionate about Texas Tech football, good Mexican food and weenie dogs. But, most importantly, I’m passionate about Abilene.