Jay Howard Hurdle

Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of serving as the president of Starkville Young Professionals. For those who don’t know, SYP is a networking/social group that hosts monthly socials at local restaurants and businesses. SYP also holds its popular Charity Kickball Tournament in April and September of each year, as well as a charity silent auction each December.

When I first came to Starkville about six years ago, I really did not know more than a handful of people. Through my involvement in SYP, I’ve made great friends and great business connections. I met my realtor, insurance brokers, social media gurus and bankers through SYP. I’ve met several clients through SYP and have had many more referred to me through SYP connections. Serving with the organization, I’ve been introduced to and worked with a number of great local charities, including Salvation Army, United Way of North Central Mississippi, Volunteer Starkville, Helping Hands Ministries of Oktibbeha County, Walk to End Alzheimer’s and more.

I am proud of the way that SYP has continued to evolve and improve over the past year, and I look forward to the future. While I won’t be president any longer, I’ll still be on the board and involved with the organization. I look forward to seeing what the future holds with new president Elizabeth Lavender.

If you’re in the ages 21-40 crowd, I encourage you to come to a SYP social. I hope it proves to be as helpful to your business networking and community ties as it has been for mine.

- Jay Hurdle