BiS: - Business news for the creative coast.

Generation NEXT ceremony honors rising business stars

  • Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - Jessic G. Pedigo of Seacrest Partners shakes hands with Michael C. Traynor, publisher of Savannah Morning News and Savannah Magazine, during the Savannah Rising Stars of Business event.
  • Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - Harris Martin of Bouhan Falligant LLP holds his award during the Savannah Rising Starts of Business event.
  • Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - Jennifer Jenkins owner of Foxy Loxy and the Foxy Franchise accepts her award along with other honorees during the Savannah Rising Stars of Business Wednesday night at the Florence.

Winners of the 2016 Generation NEXT awards, which recognize Savannah’s rising stars of business, were honored Wednesday evening during a celebration at The Florence on Victory Drive.

Business in Savannah (BiS), Savannah magazine and Judge Realty sponsored the event, which honored the community’s up-and-coming under-40 leaders for the sixth year in a row. The honorees include business and community figures who have distinguished themselves by their professional achievements and philanthropic service within Savannah and the Coastal Empire.

This year’s honorees:

• Allison Carroll Adams, Kaplan Development Group/Summer Breeze Senior Living

• Leo G. Beckmann III, Georgia Ports Authority

• David M. Burkoff, HunterMaclean

• J. Patrick Connell, Ellis, Painter, Ratterree and Adams

• Luke Dorman, DPR Construction

• Clinton Edminster, Art Rise Savannah Inc. and Starlandia Creative Supply LLC

• Kara Ford, Abshire Public Relations

• Jennifer Jenkins, Foxy Loxy

• Lori Judge, Judge Realty

• DaShauna L. Kimble, Park Place Outreach Inc.

• Harris G. Martin, Bouhan Falligant LLP

• Robert L. McCorkle III, McCorkle & Johnson LLP

• PoTeea Morris-Hunter, Healthy Savannah

• Heather Murphy, Heather Murphy Real Estate Group, Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners

• Jessica G. Pedigo, Seacrest Partners

• Nicholas Edward Puhala, USI Insurance Services

• Ryan Smith, P.E., Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co.

• Melinda B. Spisso, Spisso CPA

• Ashley Stokes, Flirt with Dessert

• Kelley Waldron, St. Andrew’s School

Bronze sponsors of the event included Heather Murphy Real Estate Group and Ellis, Painter, Tatterree & Adams LLP.