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Thursday, July 16, 2020

NKYP Announces 2020 Next Generation Leader Award Winners

Recipients named during virtual celebration Thursday, July 16, 2020

The 2020 Next Generation Leader Award (NGLA) winners have been announced – and the Northern Kentucky Young Professionals (NKYP) are celebrating their achievements as they look towards building the future.

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Facebook Live served as the virtual celebratory means by which the NKYP presented the 2020 NGLA Awards, which took place Thursday, July 16, 2020. Designed to salute and applaud young professionals under 40 for significant professional achievements, demonstrated leadership and community impact, the awards recognize talented young leaders and their contributions to the region.

Each of this year’s winners were chosen from a group of nearly 70 applications from across the region. The applications were then reviewed and narrowed down to a group of finalists in six categories based on primary job responsibilities across several industries.

The 2020 winners in each category are:


Kimberly Best, The Carnegie
Justin Otto, North American Properties/Newport on the Levee


Kevin Reynolds, Thomas More University


Tyler Hudson, Hudson Eye Center


Sarah Grace Mohr, MACKEY


Mark Collier, Ft. Thomas Matters & Living Media


Ellen Bates, Brighton Center

In addition to recognizing this year’s NGLA recipients, Candace McGraw – CEO of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) – was presented with the 2020 NKYP Legend Award. The NKYP Legend Award is given to a community leader that has continued to inspire leadership and career success among young professionals throughout their career.

“The NGLAs truly put a much-deserved spotlight on the talent and achievements of young professionals working to bring innovation and leadership to our business community,” said Amanda Johannemann, Director of Talent Strategies, NKYP. “Seeing what these young leaders have accomplished should not only have people excited just for the present, but also the future of our region given their talents, achievements and aspirations.”

The 2020 NGLAs are presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. NGLA Award Sponsors include: CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services and VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm. 2019-2020 NKYP sponsors include Presenting Sponsor: MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP; and Supporting Sponsors: Analytics That Profit, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky and Wiseway Supply.

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