News Release: Golden A.C.E.
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals (NYP) announced the winners of the third annual Golden A.C.E awards at a ceremony held Saturday night at Hotel Duval in Tallahassee. The five-star event was held to recognize the top 20 young professionals living in Tallahassee that exemplify authentic community engagement, or A.C.E. With a sold out audience in attendance, the Golden A.C.E. awards were emceed by Ms. Gina Pitisci of WCTV and Mr. Whitney Ray, Press Secretary for Florida Attorney General; Mr. James “DJ” Scully lent his musical talent to make the gala the best ticket in town.
“The 20 bright young professionals that were recognized this weekend truly are engaged in our community, and serve as examples of how to be leaders in their fields,” said Meghan Kelly, President of the Tallahassee NYP. “We hope that they will continue to dedicate their talents to the Tallahassee community, and make our great city an even better place for young people to live, work, play and stay.”
The highest recognition of Top A.C.E. was awarded to Mr. Brandon Clayton of Bond Elementary School. As the Top A.C.E. winner, Brandon has selected the Tallahassee Area Foster and Adoptive Parent Association as his charity of choice to receive a $1,000 donation from NYP. In a surprise show of commitment to Tallahassee, Kia AutoSport will contribute an additional $500 to the donation to the Tallahassee Area Foster and Adoptive Parent Association. “Our sponsors truly are the best in town, we are humbled by their generosity,” said Dia Combas, NYP Vice President.
The Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals congratulates all the Golden A.C.E. winners and wishes to thank all the sponsors who made this event so great!
Golden A.C.E. winners in their respective 20 categories are:
Mr. John Easterbrook – The Florida State University, Senior Admissions Officer
Arts & Culture
Ms. Audra Pittman – Suite P Creative Studio, CEO
Beauty & Fitness
Mr. Sean Dodrill – Crossfit Black Box, Owner
Mr. Ryan Cohn – Sachs Media Group, Vice President, Social/Digital Operations
Mr. Brandon Clayton – Bond Elementary, 4th Grade Teacher
Mr. Matthew Thompson – Madison Social, Owner and Managing Partner
Ms. Allison Harrell – Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., Director, Assurance Services
Government Relations & Law
Ms. Stephanie Kunkel – Stephanie Kunkel, Inc., Legislative and Electoral Consultant
Retail & Sales
Mr. Patrick Monroe – Bean Team, Director of Development
Ms. Maureen LeSerra – Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Assistant Nurse Manager
Ms. Glenda Herrea-Gray - Florida State University, TCC, Capital Regional Community Development District Seat 1, Professor, Assistant Industrial Hygienist
Ms. Amanda Morrison – Madison Social, Social Events Manager
Journalism & Broadcasting
Mr. Joe Berg - Tallahassee Villager, Publisher and Locally Owned Tallahassee, President
Ms. Cat Keen - Volunteer Florida, Director of National Service Programs
Mr. Gary Jamieson - Leon County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Sheriff
Mr. Vincent Evan III - Florida Department of Agriculture, Policy and Rules Research Coordinator
Ms. Christic Henry - Kingdom First Realty, Inc., Managing Broker
Science & Engineering
Ms. Deanna Tremblay – The Florida State University, Research Scientist
Mr. Wade Shapiro - Legacy Insurance Solutions, L.L.C., President
IT & Computers
Mr. Blake Dowling - Aegis Business Technologies, Chief Business Development Officer