The awards program is designed to honor young professionals who are involved in career and philanthropic endeavors. LYPA accepts nominations from community members, and honorees are selected by a diverse panel of community business leaders.
This year’s honorees are:
– Ellie Clark, co-founder of Project SEE Theatre
– Rock Daniels, realtor with Weesner Properties
– Maggie Mick, director of development at The Council on State Governments
– Carrie Patterson, vice president of Carpet One
– Patrick Robinson, manager of advancement at Kentucky Community and Technical College System
– Fielding Rogers, president of Ale-8 One Bottling Co.
– Seth Salomon, wealth consultant at Salomon & Co.
– Fausto Sarmiento, senior management consultant at the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center
– Dr. Ryan Stanton, medical director at UK Good Samaritan ER
– Jana Smoot White, litigation associate at Fowler Bell PLLC
Guest speaker for the event was Diane Banasiak, a Lexington business owner, life coach, motivational speaker and philosophy instructor at Eastern Kentucky University. The program was emceed by WTVQ news anchor Lauren Gawthrop.
The Lexington Young Professionals Association was formed in 2000 by eight young professionals who wanted to place an emphasis on personal, civic and professional development for people between the ages of 21 to 40. Its goals are to improve networking opportunities; retain young talent in Lexington; establish an economic voice for Lexington’s young professionals; create a more diversified base of social activities; and provide philanthropic opportunities for members.
To learn about LYPA membership and events, visit lypa.org.
LYPA advisory board members have their photo made with this year’s Rising Stars winners.
2012 Rising Stars winner Rock Daniels said the award really should have gone to his wife, Heather.
2012 Rising Stars winner Ellie Clark shares her honor with friends at Tuesday night’s banquet.
LYPA Professional Development Chair Marlena Stephens presents a 2012 Rising Stars award to Patrick Robinson.
Guest speaker Diane Banasiak discusses her speech after the Rising Stars awards dinner.
LYPA Professional Development Chair Marlena Stephens presents a 2012 Rising Stars award to Fielding Rogers.
Fausto Sarmentio, in the center on the back row, and his coworkers at the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center, celebrated Sarmiento’s recognition by LYPA.
LYPA Professional Development Chair Marlena Stephens presents a 2012 Rising Stars award to Dr. Ryan Stanton.
This year’s LYPA Rising Stars are, from left, Carrie Patterson, Maggie Mick, Ellie Clark, Rock Daniels, Patrick Robinson, Dr. Ryan Stanton, Fielding Rogers, Fausto Sarmiento and Jana Smoot White. Not pictured is Seth Salomon.
Fielding Rogers, center, was one of LYPA’s 2012 Rising Stars. At right is Jeromie Kirk of Lane Consultants, and at left is Fielding’s brother Daniel Rogers.
LYPA Professional Development Chair Marlena Stephens presents a 2012 Rising Stars award to Janna Smoot White.
WTVQ anchor Lauren Gawthrop emceed the Rising Stars dinner.
LYPA Professional Development Chair Marlena Stephens presents a 2012 Rising Stars award to Carrie Patterson.
A Rising Stars dinner attendee reads BG Lexington, a young professionals magazine produced by The Lane Report.
Maggie Mick shares her Rising Stars award with her husband, Nathan.
Jane Smoot White of Fowler Bell celebrates her Rising Stars award with coworkers, including Taft McKinstry, at left.
LYPA Professional Development Chair Marlena Stephens presents a 2012 Rising Stars award to Fausto Sarmiento.
2012 Rising Stars recipient Patrick Robinson, left, celebrated the honor with his friends.