published Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Business leaders honored

by Brittany Cofer

In an effort to recognize the city’s up-and-coming talent, the Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga honored professionals, businesses, artists and entrepreneurs in its fourth annual awards celebration.

Saturday’s JetSet awards ceremony at Warehouse Row was part of the organization’s efforts to create a sense of unity among 20- to 40-somethings in the area, said Vice President Elizabeth Crenshaw.

“We’re creating a sense of community,” she said. “A sense that even though the odds are stacked against us in the economic climate, we still have the power to work hard and incite change and push this community forward.”

Terran Anderson, YPAC event chairwoman, said although there are several award ceremonies in Chattanooga for businesspeople, the Young Professionals awards serve a needed niche.

“It’s difficult when you put a young professional who’s only had four to five years to grow their business, grow their artwork, grow basically their professional life, next to someone who has been able to excel in Chattanooga for the last 25 years,” Anderson said. “I can tell you who’s going to win every single time.”

Anderson said she hopes Saturday’s awards ceremony gave young professionals in the area a boost of encouragement to continue down the paths they’re beginning to pave.

“We all thrive on encouragement,” she said. “And we want to encourage that growth here in Chattanooga, show that they are an asset in Chattanooga so they will stay in Chattanooga.”


Realtor Cara Ables Hicks: Young Professional of the Year

First Tennessee Bank: Young Professional Friendly Business

Sculptor Isaac Duncan III: Young Professional Artist of the Year

Business owner Ethan Collier: Young Professional Entrepreneur of the Year

Nathan Frazier: Young Professional Community Service Award

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about Brittany Cofer...

Brittany Cofer is a business reporter who has been with the Chattanooga Times Free Press since January 2010. She previously worked as a general assignment Metro reporter. In the Business department, she covers banking, retail, tourism, consumer issues and green issues. Brittany is from Conyers, Ga., and spent two years at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., before transferring to the University of Georgia. She graduated from the university’s Grady College of Journalism in December ...

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mkelley said...

Why not list the nominees?

October 10, 2010 at 1:08 a.m.
deltenney said...

Great idea, mkelley! We are interested in our outstanding young movers and shakers -- it would be great to see the names of the nominees.

October 10, 2010 at 7:38 p.m.
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