5th Annual YPK Impact Awards

Save the Date: Friday, November 17th
6:30pm at the Foundry

Music, food, drinks
and a celebration of those who
impact young professionals in Knoxville

For the past four years, YPK has honored local companies who are making an impact on young professionals at work, with clients, customers, or in the community. They were categorized by small, medium and large business or nonprofit. In 2015, we also added Outstanding Young Professionals and Mentor of the Year awards.

Make a Nomination

Our city is enriched not only by our outstanding young professionals but by the community leaders who have mentored and guided them. 

The business awards honor three companies based on size, impact, philosophy, community involvement and overall leadership of young professionals. These awards serve as appreciation and recognition to those companies that advance our mission.

The individual awards celebrate young leaders who embody our vision of making Knoxville the most desirable city for young professionals to live, work and play. 

Nominations are open from August 28 – October 13. Nominees will be then asked to provide additional materials by October 20 to complete their nominations. Finalists will be notified prior to the event; winners will be announced at the awards gala on November 17. 

Nominees and nominators are not required to be members of the Young Professionals of Knoxville. Make your nomination now!

Award Categories

Mentor of the Year - This award goes to one executive level community leader who impacts others, especially young professionals, in the community as a leader or mentor. It is the highest honor awarded by the Young Professionals of Knoxville. Self-nominations will not be accepted. All nominees will be asked to submit supplemental materials to include in their nomination.

Outstanding Young Professional - This award goes to five young professionals (age 21-40) working and/or living in the Knoxville area who have contributed to making their community a better place. He/she gives back to the community and has achieved a certain level of accomplishment in his/her professional field. This young professional exemplifies leadership, vision, and inspires those around him/her to leave a lasting impact. All nominees will be asked to submit supplemental materials to include in their nomination. Self-nominations will not be accepted. (YPK membership in NOT required to be nominated.) 

Most Impactful Business: Large Company - YPK will honor three companies based on their impact and empowerment of young professionals. The company must be located in Knox County. Young professionals are defined as individuals with a college education between the ages of 21-40. The Large Company category is for businesses with 51 or more employees. All nominees will be asked to submit supplemental materials to include in their nomination.

Most Impactful Business: Small Company - YPK will honor three companies based on their impact and empowerment of young professionals. The company must be located in Knox County. Young professionals are defined as individuals with a college education between the ages of 21-40. The Small Company category is for businesses with 50 or fewer employees. All nominees will be asked to submit supplemental materials to include in their nomination.

Most Impactful Business: Non-Profit Organization - YPK will honor three companies based on their impact and empowerment of young professionals. The company must be located in Knox County. Young professionals are defined as individuals with a college education between the ages of 21-40. The Nonprofit Organization category is reserved for organizations classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. All nominees will be asked to submit supplemental materials to include in their nomination.


2016 Impact Award Winners

  • Most Impactful Nonprofit: The Knoxville Fellows
  • Most Impactful Small Business: Axle Logistics
  • Most Impactful Large Business: TeamHealth
  • Outstanding Young Professionals: Becca Habegger, Nicole Hight, Amie Cohorst, Michael Leventhal, Denetria Moore
  • Mentor of the Year: Alvin Nance
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2015 Impact Award Winners

  • Most Impactful Nonprofit: Knoxville Chamber
  • Most Impactful Small Business: Pyxl, Inc.
  • Most Impactful Large Business: Claris Networks
  • Outstanding Young Professionals: Sarah Herron, Tiffany McGee, Nathan Woods, Kara McFarland, Stephanie Strutner

2014 Impact Award Winners

  • Most Impactful Nonprofit: tnAchieves
  • Most Impactful Small Business: AC Entertainment
  • Most Impactful Medium Business:  Pugh CPA’s
  • Most Impactful Large Business: 21st Mortgage

2013 Impact Award Winners

  • Most Impactful Nonprofit: Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
  • Most Impactful Small Business: DesignSensory
  • Most Impactful Medium Business: Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain P.C. (LMBC)
  • Most Impactful Large Business: U.S. Cellular