“The Top 10 In 10 initiative is designed to cultivate and showcase exceptional Cherokee County young professionals,” said Pam Carnes, Chamber President and CEO.
Coordinated by the Chamber, in partnership with Enjoy! Cherokee Magazine, the recognition program focuses on Cherokee County residents under age 40 who are considered to be Cherokee County’s up and coming leaders over the next 10 years.
This year’s recipients included Brian Stockton, director of Economic Development, city of Woodstock; Karen Norred, City Clerk, city of Holly Springs; Shannon Wallace, district attorney, Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office; Blake Kononen, commercial airline pilot, ExpressJet Airlines; Cherokee County State Court Judge Michelle Homier; the Rev. Jordan Thrasher, university chaplain, Reinhardt University; Doug Fountain, VP/Government Guaranteed Lending, Community and Southern Bank; Zach Blend, residential life director, Goshen Valley Boys Ranch; Lee Lusk, owner, The Wheeler House/Nickel Creek Development and Katie E. Wise, branch manager, LGE Community Credit Union.
“Far more than 10 nominees were submitted. Each application was carefully reviewed by a judging panel that found this to be no simple task,” said Chamber Board Chairman Lewis Cline with Bank of North Georgia.
Judging criteria included past professional achievements and awards, five to 10-year professional goals, as well as volunteer and community activities.
Besides being recognized during the Chamber’s monthly breakfast, the recipients will be featured in the August Issue of Enjoy! Cherokee Magazine and have been nominated for the GeorgiaTrend Magazine 40 Under 40 recognition.