6th Annual YPK Impact Awards

Friday, November 16th
6:30pm at the Foundry

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

About the Impact Awards

Our city is enriched not only by our outstanding young professionals but by the community leaders who have mentored and guided them. For the past five years, Young Professionals of Knoxville has honored local organizations and individuals who are making an impact on young professionals at work, with clients, customers, or in the community. 

The organization awards honor three organizations based on size, impact, philosophy, community involvement and overall leadership of young professionals. These awards serve as appreciation and recognition to those organizations 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.

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 organizations based on their impact and empowerment of young professionals. The organization 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. A company is allowed to win this award once every three years. All nominees will be asked to submit supplemental materials to include in their nomination. 

Most Impactful Business: Small Company - YPK will honor three organizations based on their impact and empowerment of young professionals. The organization 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. A company is allowed to win this award once every three years. All nominees will be asked to submit supplemental materials to include in their nomination.

Most Impactful Nonprofit - YPK will honor three organizations based on their impact and empowerment of young professionals. The organization 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.


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2017 Impact Award Winners

  • Most Impactful Nonprofit: Junior League of Knoxville

  • Most Impactful Small Business: Management Solutions, LLC

  • Most Impactful Large Business: First Tennessee Bank

  • Outstanding Young Professionals: Allison Duff, Shana Love, Dale Mackey, Tommy Smith and Ryan Willis

  • Mentor of the Year: Jerry Askew

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

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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