Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch

The Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch was developed in 2009 by the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Augusta Magazine, to 

annually highlight ten young professionals (age 25-35) in the Augusta Region. In recognizing these individuals, the Chamber aims to expand recognition for Augusta’s young professional talent throughout Georgia.

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The Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch receive the following recognition:

     A biographical feature article in the June issue of Augusta Magazine.
     A submitted nomination for Georgia Trend Magazine's Top 40 under 40.
     Recognition and an award presentation at the June Augusta Metro Chamber Member Economic Luncheon.

Online applications for the 2018 “Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch” are now closed. Please check back for the 2019 application.

2018, Top 10 in 10 Professionals to Watch

Seth Babb, Director of Consumer Products, TaxSlayer

Crystal Bass, Project Manager - Golf, Textron Specialized Vehicles

Brittany A. Bush, Richmond County Elementary Teacher, Richmond County Board of Education

Kayla Evette Cooper, Staff Attorney, Augusta, Georgia Consolidated Government

Crystal Jewel Crawford, Educator, Richmond County School System

Mary Anne Harasim, Director of Operations, Extended Enterprise, IntelliGenesis

Garon Muller, Litigation Associate, Burnside Law Firm

Prathik Reddy Padi, Manager IT SAP, Textron Specialized Vehicles

Robert Trinidad, Founder / Executive Director, Hope Today For A Better Tomorrow

Alicia Huff Vinyard, Breast Surgical Oncologist, Augusta University Medical Center-Georgia Cancer Center


2017, Top 10 in 10 Professionals to Watch

Bhagelu Ram Achyut, PhD, Assistant Professor, Augusta University, Medical College of Georgia

Aliegha Brigham, Project Manager, Richmond County Tax Commissioner’s Office

Curtis Briscoe, Commercial/Industrial Tax Appraiser III, Augusta-Richmond County Tax Assessor’s Office

Daniel Burroughs, Managing Member, Attorney, Burroughs Elijah, LLC

Karlton Clay, Founder, CEO, Victory Productions, LLC

Bianca Islam, PhD, Research Assistant, Augusta University, Georgia Cancer Center

Iryna Lebedyeva, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Augusta University

Paige Miller, Development Director, Hope House, Inc.

James Scott Quarles III, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, Adjunct Professor, Augusta University

Lindsey Swartzbaugh, Marketing and Business Development, R. W. Allen Construction LLC


2016, Top 10 in 10 Professionals to Watch

Carlton Lewis Deese, Associate Director, Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, AU

Austin Jackson, Owner/Attorney, Jackson Law Offices

Everett Davidson Harbeson, Landscape Architect/Project Manager, Johnson, Laschober & Assoc.

Nicholas Madden, MD, Radiation Oncology Resident, Augusta University

Whitney Lessem, Product Engineering & VA/VE Group Lead, Textron Specialized Vehicles

David Pope, PharmD, Co-Founder/Chief of Innovation, Creative Pharmacist

Cleveland Fann, Distribution Manager, Georgia Power, East Region

Nathan Vick, Architect, Christopher Booker & Assoc

Jonathon Davis, Existing Industry Coordinator, Augusta Economic Development Authority

Elizabeth McGee, Architect, Cheatham Fletcher Scott


2015, Top 10 in 10 Professionals to Watch

Charles Goodman, Senior Pastor / Teacher, Tabernacle Baptist Church

Stacey Snyder, Executive Vice President, Ocozzio

Serah Tyler, HR & Recruiting Manager, Rural Sourcing, Inc

Christopher Kenny, Labor Counselor / Attorney, Army Cyber Center of Excellence

Scott Poag, Project Manager, Augusta Economic Development Authority 

Brandon Elijah, Managing Partner, Burroughs / Elijah, LLC

Priscilla Gary, HR & Benefits Manager, ADP & Enhanced Career Services

Kaden Jacobs, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Augusta Metro Chamber

Dr. LaShawnda Dennis, Associate Professor, Paine College Department of Education

Thomas Sherrouse, Financial Analyst, MAU Workforce Solutions 


2014, Top 10 in 10 Professionals to Watch

Jason Blanchard, Attorney, Tucker Long, PC

Mark Reeves, Attorney, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP

Steven  Sanders, Associate  Attorney, Fulcher Hagler, LLP 

Fletcher Dickert, Project Manager, Allen+Batchelor Construction, Inc

Isaac Kelly, Recruiter / Staffing Specialist / Business Development, Augusta Staffing Associates

Chad Walters, Lean Consultant, Lean Blitz Consulting, LLC

Courtney Bodie, Attorney, Moses Law Group, LLC

Lauren Dallas, Marketing Coordinator, Augusta Sports Council

Tiffany Mallory, Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Division, United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Georgia

Maria Lynn Fuller, Director of Operations for Human Capital Management, Automatic Data Processing (ADP) 


2013, Top 10 in 10 Professionals to Watch 

Wesley Turner, Attorney, Fleming & Nelson, LLP

Drew Weigl, Architect, Dickinson Architects

Catherine Stewart, Development Coordinator, Children’s Hospital of Georgia

Dr. Adam Goldberg, Dentist, Goldberg Dental Group 

Adam King, Associate Attorney, Nicholson Revell, LLP

Wesley Zamzow, Development  Director, Georgia Regents University

Adam Williams, Accountant, The Cleveland Group CPAs

Jennifer Gagnon, District Sales Manager, Automatic Data Processing (ADP)

Chris Cosby, COO, Doctors Hospital

Carrie Hodge, Vice President, Georgia Bank and Trust Company 


2012, Top 10 in 10 Professionals to Watch

Robert F. Bennett, Economic Developer, Augusta Economic Development Authority

Jenna Blackwell Matson, Associate Attorney, Shepherd, Plunkett, Hamilton, and Boudreaux, LLC

Brian S. Coursey, Attorney, Hull Barrett, PC

Elizabeth Finch, Audit Senior Manager, Elliott Davis, LLC

Summer Finley Bell, Senior Accountant, Serotta, Maddocks, Evans & Company CPAs

Jason Herrera, Entrepreneur, Herrera Systems, LLC 

Liz Hill, Morning News Anchor, NBC 26 News

Jamia Jennings, Architect / Project Manager, United States Army

Lynthia Ross Owens, District Director for Congressman John Barrow, United States House of Representatives

John Paul Stout, Sustainable Development Manager, City of Augusta, Georgia


2011, Top 10 in 10 Professionals to Watch

Christopher A. Cosper, Attorney, Hull Barrett, PC

Matt Driskell, Director of Managed Care & Reimbursement, MCGHealth, Inc.

Brooke Hixon, Human Resources Benefit Specialist, MAU Workforce Solutions

Katrina Hollmann, Director of Marketing Communications, Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Chavone R. Hollimon, Health Awareness / Communications Manager, Augusta Partnership for Children, Inc

Shizuo Z. Kuwahara, Orchestra Conductor, Symphony Orchestra Augusta

Kyle Masters, Assistant Project Manager, R J Griffin & Company

Erin Moseley, Project Architect, Dickinson Architects, PC

Chris Newsome, Owner, Newsome Electrical Construction, LLC 

Lindsay S. Thetford, Marketing Community Relations Manager, The Augusta Chronicle


2010, Top 10 in 10 Professionals to Watch

Caroline Ashe, Realtor, Blanchard & Calhoun Real Estate

Kristina Baggott, Director of Marketing, Comcast Cable

Rebecca Best, Director of Marketing, SME & Company CPAs

Helen Trotter Caldwell, Deposit Development Office, Georgia Bank & Trust Company

Al Dallas, Client Relations Manager, RBW Logistics

Davis Dunaway, Partner, Hull Barrett, PC

Audra Ford, MD, Staff Family Physician, Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical

Melissa Furman, Assistant Dean of Outcomes, ASU Hull College of Business

Lynnsey Gardner, Morning Anchor, WRDW TV 

Rebekah Henry, Executive Director, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art


2009, Top 10 in 10 Professionals to Watch

Christine Ball, English and Reading Instructor, Augusta Technical College

Rhonda Banks, President and Broker in Charge, Keystone Home Realty, LLC

John Collins, Director of Strategic Sourcing and Materials, E-Z-Go

Dino Dakuras, Restaurant Owner and Franchisor, Dino’s Chicago Express / Papa-N-Son’s

Chris Etterlee, Senior Certified Public Accountant, Fuller, Frost and Associates

Carl Henson, Director of Marketing and Business Development , MAU Workforce Solutions

Alana Kyriakakis, Attorney, Hull, Towill,  Norman, Barrett and Salley

Michael Lind, Commander, United States Army

Connie Melear, Chief Financial Officer, R W Allen, LLC

Mark Thompson, Associate Professor of Economics, Augusta State University