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Generation NEXT awards recognize up-and-coming under-40 leaders

  • Cynthia Wright of Carriage Trade Public Relations receives her 2017 Next Rising Star Award from Amy Paige Condon of Savannah Magazine. (Photo by Ben Brengman/For the Savannah Morning News)
  • Recipients, friends and family enjoy the evening during the 2017 Next Rising Stars of Business. (Photo by Ben Brengman/For the Savannah Morning News)
  • The 2017 Next Rising Stars of Business award. (Photo by Ben Brengman/For the Savannah Morning News)
  • Candace Adkins from Ameris Bank receives her 2017 Next Rising Star Award from Amy Paige Condon of Savannah Magazine. ((Photo by Ben Brengman/For the Savannah Morning News)

Winners of the 2017 Generation NEXT awards, which recognizes Savannah’s rising stars of business, were honored Wednesday evening during a celebration at Cohen’s Retreat on Skidaway Road.

Business in Savannah, Savannah magazine, JE Dunn Construction and Service Brewing Co. sponsored the event, which honored the community’s up-and-coming under-40 leaders for the seventh 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:

Candace Adkins, Ameris Bank

Kristen Baird-Rabun, Kristen Baird Fine Jewelry

Erica Cannon, Savannah Pet Sitters LLC

Emily M. Doherty, Georgia Tech Savannah

Vernon Donovan, Vernon Donovan State Farm Insurance

Christy Edwards, Horizons Savannah

Bryan Ferris, JE Dunn Construction

Jack H. Green Jr., Northwestern Mutual

Jamie Gwaltney, Moffatt &Nichol

Jackie Johnson, Page International Inc.

Jessica L. Kelly, Engel &Völkers Savannah

Britnee Kinard, SD Gunner Fund

Heather Lundy, Hunter Maclean

Kris Patel, HOS Management

Brian J. Prevatt, CPA, Hancock Askew &Co. LLP

Ryan Sewell, TK, CPCU, Seacrest Partners Inc.

Whitney Shephard, Green Truck Pub

Meredith Anne Sutton, Service Brewing

Anthony Valdez, Clark Creative

Cynthia Wright, Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing

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