The Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce will mark the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Aiken Young Professionals (AYP) with the 2017 theme "Get Connected," which ties in with the communitywide "Connect Aiken" campaign.
“As the 10th anniversary year of AYP approaches, there is an excitement in the air for where we started, where we are now, and what we will become,” 2017 AYP Chair Elizabeth Cahill said. “We have an extremely strong and dedicated group of individuals on the Steering Committee. We recognize that anniversaries are always a cause for celebration and look forward to embarking on AYP’s 10th successful year.”
AYP provides young professionals with social and career opportunities in the Aiken area. One goal for the new year is to expand the traditional definition of "professional" to include individuals between the ages of 22 and 39 who are working in the construction, manufacturing and education industries.
“[R]eal professionalism has little, if anything, to do with which business you are in, what role within that business you perform, or how many degrees you have," author and adviser David Maister said. "Rather it implies a pride in work, a commitment to quality, a dedication to the interest of the client, and a sincere desire to help.”