Aiken Young Professionals will soon appoint one of its members to the organization's top position.
Eric Brinkley, 30, is currently sharing the president position with another Aiken Young Professionals member, president Derrick McLane. But, McLane recently received an opportunity to start work in Washington, D.C. So, Brinkley, a University of South Carolina graduate, will assume the full title beginning in 2015.
Aside from Aiken Young Professionals, Brinkley works as an operations manager for the Aiken Laundromats that also owns the shopping centers in which they are located. In the past, Brinkley held leadership positions in the Boy Scouts of America and in his own career.
Brinkley was asked by McLane if he would be willing to step into the position, and Brinkley said he was glad to take it.
“We had talked about it before, earlier in the year, and I thought it would be a great experience,” Brinkley said.
Throughout the year, Aiken Young Professionals focuses on networking, education and community involvement by providing an environment for young professionals in Aiken, between the ages of 22 and 39, to meet and network both socially and professionally.
In the seven years since the Aiken Young Professionals' founding, the organization has more than 250 members, completed more than 600 community service hours as of 2013, and raised more than $6,200 for local charities.
Brinkley said a tradition he would like to keep going is the firm support of the Aiken community.
A main goal starting in 2015, Brinkley said, is to draw in more members.
“We need more membership, but really active membership, as well,” Brinkley said. “We have members, and we do understand that many of our members have small children. But the more members you get, the more sponsors you can get. So, we'd definitely like to see more members joining and participating.”
For more information, visit www.aikenyoungprofessionals.com.
Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.