COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 1, 2021)SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson (SSOE | S&W), a full-service architecture, engineering and interior design firm, is proud to announce that Shayla Merritt, associate and senior marketing coordinator, was recently named a 2021 Phenom by the Columbia Regional Business Report (CRBR).

The award recognizes 24 individuals, 12 icons and 12 phenoms, for their influence on the community. Nominated each year by CRBR readers and selected by a panel of judges, the Report announced the award recipients at a luncheon at the DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia on August 25th. Among this year’s honorees were professionals in the nonprofit, architecture, real estate, banking, law, and hospitality sectors.

A proud native of Buffalo, N.Y., Shayla manages the digital footprint, branding, and business/community development initiatives for the firm’s new Building Design Group. Additionally, Merritt is also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm’s Marketing Department in South Carolina.

“We are proud of the contributions Shayla continues to make here at the firm and in the community,” states Robby Aull, AIA, LEED AP, principal and senior vice president of SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson’s Building Design Group. “It is great to see someone like Shayla recognized for her amazing work. It is also great to work with someone, especially someone so young, who understands the true importance of giving back. We thank the Columbia Regional Business Report for giving us the opportunity to celebrate all of Shayla’s accomplishments to date.”

Merritt is heavily involved with the following organizations: AIA South Carolina’s Communications Committee, MIRCI, Inc.’s Board of Directors, Columbia Museum of Art’s Contemporaries (Advisory Board Member and Marketing Chair), Columbia Chamber’s Leadership Columbia Board (2021-2022 Board Chair), University of South Carolina’s Black Alumni Council (2022-23 Board Chair Elect), City Center Partnership’s Marketing Committee, ULI South Carolina Advisory Board, and The Talented Tenth SC.

For a complete overview of this year’s 2021 Icons & Phenoms visit, https://columbiabusinessreport.com/news/people-in-the-news/81005/.

About SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson: SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson is a full-service architecture, engineering and interior design firm committed to ‘Enhancing the Experience’ of its clients through innovative and smart design solutions. The firm’s combined design capabilities lead to projects executed with creative, sound and holistic design solutions. Learn more: www.stevens-wilkinson.com.