Submitted by SANDUSKY COUNTY YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GROUP
The Sandusky County Young Professionals Group hosted the second annual Sandusky County Young Professionals Awards Ceremony on Dec. 13 at Crystal Arbors in Fremont.
The SCYPG, which originated in 2017, honored young professionals making a difference. Professionals between the ages of 21 and 45 were recognized in several categories. An outstanding business or organization is also honored as the best next generation place to work. Applicants are graded by a panel of judges made up of SCYPG exec committee members and past award winners, representing different industries.
The awards ceremony, which also served as the group’s Ugly Christmas Sweater-themed holiday party and annual celebration, had approximately 40 attendees and raised enough money to purchase more than 120 gift cards for tweens through the Community Christmas program.
Best Next Generation Workplace Award
This award was presented by Rob Roth, UIS Insurance, the 2018 award winner, to a Sandusky County business or organization that demonstrates a commitment to attracting, retaining and developing the young, professional workforce.
Winner of the 2019 Best Next Generation Workplace Awards: The Willows at Bellevue
Bre Ferrar accepted the award on behalf of The Willows. The Best Next Generation Workplace Award Finalists include City of Fremont, Motion Controls and the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County.
Love Sandusky County Volunteer Award
This award was presented by Jason Conklin, 2018 award winner, to a Sandusky County young professional whose extraordinary civic engagement, volunteerism and public service has made Sandusky County THRIVE by their volunteer efforts outside of their normal job duties.
Winner of the Love Sandusky County Volunteer Award for 2019 was David Thornbury with Sandusky County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Digital Dreams, LLC.
The Love Sandusky County Volunteer Award Finalists include Amanda Sears, City of Fremont and Stephanie Heidelburg, Style Crest.
Young Leader of the Year Award
This award was presented by Mayor Danny Sanchez, 2018 award winner, to a Sandusky County young professional who has emerged as a business leader, demonstrated excellence, creativity and initiative in their career and has made a positive impact in the workplace.
Winner of the 2019 Young Leader of the Year Award was Tory Thompson with Camp Fire Sandusky County.
The Young Leader of the Year Award finalists include Jasmine Lewis, GLCAP; Bre Farrar, The Willows of Bellevue; Kerri Pollock, Style Crest and Leadership Sandusky County; Rachel Wynkoop, Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County; Devon Mezinger, Vantage Brand Company; and Amanda Sears, City of Fremont.
Young Professional of the Year Award
This award was presented by Cori Foos, 2018 award winner to a Sandusky County young professional who has emerged as a business leader, demonstrated excellence, creativity and initiative in their career and has made a positive impact in the workplace and within the community. This person follows the mission of the SCYPG and is a paid/active member of the organization.
Winner of the 2019 Young Professional of the Year Award was Amanda Sears with The City of Fremont.
The Young Professional of the Year Award finalists include Rob Roth, UIS Insurance; Markus Finley, City of Fremont Municipal Court Probation Department; Pam Kensler, LIFT Parish; and Ashley Saionz, Freedom Elite Fastpitch.
Lindsay Walters was also recognized by the board as outgoing board member and secretary/treasurer of the SCYPG.
“When we first started the SCYPG over three years ago, one of the first things that we knew we wanted to do was to recognize the many young professionals who live or work in Sandusky County and who go above and beyond to make this community a better place” State Andrea Gibson, SCYPG President. “We are so happy to be able to recognize many of those leaders at our awards ceremony. On behalf of the SCYPG Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate each of our winners and finalists on their accomplishments and thank them for their dedication to our community.”
For information about the SCYPG, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit scypg.org or check out the SCYPG Facebook page. The SCYPG is built from our area’s best talent to support and enhance our influence in the community. With the mission to attract, engage and motivate young professionals to make Sandusky County an even greater place to live, work and play; the SCYPG is dedicated to empowering young professionals with educational, leadership, mentoring and networking opportunities.