Our SYP members come from many different backgrounds and work in a variety of industries (business, nonprofit, education, healthcare, etc). Young Professionals are the future of the Upstate and Spartanburg is a dynamic piece to the puzzle.

Meet SYP's Members, and find out what they have to say about us.

"Moving from place to place, it is nice to meet people with like minds and aspirations, thus why I joined SYP. The diversity and multitude of the members is exciting as I am always meeting new people.

I am the Clinical Education Coordinator and faculty member for the Athletic Training Program at Gardner-Webb University. I moved to Spartanburg in August 2015 after having most recently served the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga as the Associate Director of Sports Medicine and the Assistant On-Campus Clinical Coordinator of the Graduate Athletic Training Program. 

I enjoy building and making new things, roaming around outdoors, animals, and finding new things to enjoy!"

-- Sarah Rabe, clinical education coordinator and faculty member at Gardner-Webb University
Sarah is a newly involved member of SYP, and launched Spartanburg's Go Kickball league


"I’m a Spartanburg native and graduate of Spartanburg Day School. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University in Sport Management.

After working in the Community Relations Department for the Gwinnett Braves and Indianapolis Indians, I moved back to Spartanburg to run Palmetto Vermiculite, a company started by my family 27 years ago. I’m Vice President and oversee all of our plant operations, as well as, our sales staff. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife Megan, our son Walton, and two hounds Beau and Ethel.

I became a member of SYP this year as a way to meet young professionals like myself and decided to jump right in by joining the Program Committee. It’s been great working with everyone and seeing how many young people are making a difference in this growing community. There are a lot of unique voices in this town and still so many opportunities for them to be heard."

-- Hunter Brown, vice president of operations at Palmetto Vermiculite Company 
Hunter is an involved member of SYP, and serves on the Program Committee


"When I first arrived in Spartanburg in January 2015 to begin the process of opening Precision Chiropractic, one of the first things I did was join the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce and Spartanburg Young Professionals. It is a no brainer for any professional.

One month into private practice and as an entrepreneur, SYP has been crucial in developing my brand, creating valuable business relationships, and a fellowship with like-minded young professionals who are getting after it! You can find me at almost all SYP events, but my favorite so far has been the SYP 'n Santa social at Drayton Mills.

SYP has a dynamic board leading the charge and I look forward to the impact of my colleagues on the growth of Spartanburg."

-- Justin Schutrumpf, owner of Precision Chiropractic Spartanburg 
Justin is an involved member of SYP, and serves on the Membership Committee

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