Young leaders vying in ChamberRVA's HYPE Icons Awards ChamberRVA names young leaders and companies as finalists in HYPE Icons Awards

Richmond Times-Dispatch |

Twelve young professionals who are emerging leaders have been named finalists for ChamberRVA's HYPE Icons Awards.

Six businesses also have been named finalists in the chamber's YP Workplace awards.

The awards are sponsored by the HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Engage) leadership program that is part of the chamber.

The Icons Awards honor young professionals from across the Richmond region for standing out as front-runners and innovators in their workplaces. Candidates are age 35 or younger and have made clear and direct impact on their companies, workplaces and/or co-workers.

The winners will be announced during an event at the Science Museum of Virginia. Artist Noah Scalin, the first artist-in-residence at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business and creator of the Skull-A-Day project, will be the keynote speaker.

The awards are broken into three categories - Front Runner, Business Innovator and YP Workplace.

The Front Runner and Business Innovator awards are broken into business and nonprofit categories. The YP Workplace awards will recognize organizations in two categories: large business and small business.


In the Front Runner category, the recipient is a career-bold young professional who is a driver and pacesetter in the workplace.

The finalists for the business sector are:

Caitlin Friebertshauser, marketing coordinator at Barton Malow;Amy Stinnett, customer projects designer at Dominion Energy; andJoe Williams, senior specialist internal communications at Altria Group.

The finalists for the nonprofit sector are:

Alicia Broughton, Hanover County Public Schools teacher;Danielle Gilbert, director of human resources at Bon Secours Health System; andMeredith Privott, assistant professor at John Tyler Community College.


In the Business Innovator category, the recipient is someone who is imaginative in his or her approach to identifying new avenues of thought and action in the workplace.

The finalists in the business sector are:

Joey Darragh, co-founder and CEO at Väsen Brewing Co.;Tom Katovsich, senior financial education specialist at the Virginia Credit Union; andVirginia Mathurin, underwriter in the environmental and energy wholesale area of Markel Corp.

The finalists in the nonprofit sector are:

Emily Lehmann, assistant vice president of day and residential services at the Greater Richmond ARC;Melissa Phillips, director of race operations for the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation; andAlyssa Truesdale, director of development at Special Olympics Virginia.


In the YP Workplace category, the company excels at attracting, retaining, developing and valuing young employees.

The finalists in the small-business category are:

3north, a Richmond-based architecture and design firm;The Frontier Project, an innovation and organizational development consulting company in Richmond; andUrbanCore Construction, a Richmond-based development and construction company.

The finalists in the large-business category are:

Cherry Bekaert, a Richmond-based accounting firm;Dominion Payroll, a Richmond-based payroll and human resource services company; andEAB (previously known as the Education Advisory Board and Royall & Co.), the Henrico County-based company that provides student recruitment, marketing and enrollment services for about 1,200 colleges and universities.

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