NKY’s Next Generation Leadership Award Winners Named

    Neena Volk

    Northern Kentucky’s next generation of business leaders was honored at a ceremony earlier this month.

    Northern Kentucky Young Professionals (NKYP), part of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, presented its Next Generation Leader Awards (NGLA) in front of a sold-out crowd at the Newport Aquarium.

    The River City News publisher Michael Monks served as master of ceremonies.

    The NGLAs salute and applaud young professionals under the age of 40 for significant professional accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, and community impact. This year, the NGLAs celebrate ten years of highlighting talented young leaders, and the continued impact that former NGLA recipients are making throughout the region.

    The 2019 winners in each category are as follows:

    ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT & RECREATION

    Jacob Brooks, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

    BUSINESS, FINANCIAL & LEGAL SERVICES

    David Kay, PNC Bank

    COMMUNICATIONS, MARKETING & SALES

    Tess Brown, Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky

    COMMUNITY OUTREACH & SOCIAL SERVICES

    Kristen Smitherman-Voltaire, Turner Construction

    EDUCATION & WORKFORCE

    Tom Haggard, Brighton Center

    ENTREPRENEURIAL

    Mavis Linnemann, The Delish Dish and Made by Mavis

    GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC AFFAIRS

    Laura Brinson, Northern Kentucky Health Department

    MEDICAL & HEALTHCARE SERVICES

    Murphy Stephens, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

    TECHNOLOGY, MANUFACTURING & DESIGN

    Mike Grout, C-Forward

    Additional awards were presented to Carri Chandler, Vice President of the St. Elizabeth Foundation, who received the 2019 NKYP Legend Award. The NKYP Legend Award is presented to an individual that was an active young professional leader with Legacy/NKYP, and who has continued to inspire leadership and career success after their participation.

    Jamie Ritter, Director of Marketing at Johnson Investment Counsel, received the 2019 Emerging Philanthropist Award presented by the Northern Kentucky Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. This award recognizes a young philanthropic leader, 40 years or younger, who demonstrates a passionate desire to give back and make Greater Cincinnati a more vibrant, prosperous region. The recipient gives generously of his or her time, experience, and resources for the benefit of our community – and inspires others to do the same.