The Ardmore Young Professionals organization is growing and, to facilitate additional growth, they now have a full time program coordinator in Casey Huff.
AYP began in 2006 and offers professionals between the ages of 21 and 40 the opportunity to network, socialize, and volunteer within the community.  The Comprehensive Regional Workforce Analysis by the Site Selection Group released last summer emphasized the importance of such programs when trying to recruit talent into the area.
After a recommendation at the 2018 Annual All Boards Retreat, the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce agreed to fund a full-time position. They held interviews in October and November, and Huff was hired as program coordinator on December 3.
Huff described her position.
“As program coordinator, I’ll be working closely with our board to help facilitate all the events and administrative work,” Huff said. She also wants to grow the organization.
“I’m looking forward to really getting out there and engaging our community, finding more prospective members, and spreading the mission of what AYP is about,” Huff said. “I really want to help the people in our age group see the resources that we have and what we have to offer.”
Born and raised in New Jersey, Huff moved to Ardmore during her senior year when her father accepted a position with the Noble Research Center. After completing her studies at Dickson High School, she attended the University of Oklahoma where she majored in sociology with a focus in criminology and a minor in psychology. She is currently working on her master’s degree in industrial organizational psychology, with one class remaining before she graduates.
Before beginning at the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, Huff worked at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation. There, Huff said she gained valuable experience about standards and the proper way organizations are run.
Huff moved back to the area earlier this year, and began working as an administrative assistant for the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce in September. She is extremely excited to have been selected for her new role.
“The thing that I love about working at the chamber is that every day is something different,” Huff said. “It’s always something new. You’re getting to see different people, different business owners and different leaders in the community.”
Huff said that she has also already met a large number of AYP members and is looking forward to meeting more.
“I’m very excited being fresh and being brand new,” Huff said. “I’m really excited to get things together, get things in motion, and get organized for 2019.”
President and CEO of the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce Mita Bates said she was pleased to have Huff on board.
“We are excited to have Casey join our team, and look forward to the enhanced opportunities to better serve our members and Young Professionals,” Bates said.