Spartanburg Young Professionals announces inaugural winners of The YPs

SYP launched the initiative in November, creating a way for the community to honor individuals ages 21 through 40 who are making a positive impact on Spartanburg through work or service across various industries.

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Geordy Johnson, president of Johnson Management and CEO of Johnson Development, was named the winner of Spartanburg's Young & Professional in Business award.

Spartanburg Young Professionals (SYP) on Wednesday, Jan. 31, announced the winners of its inaugural annual awards program The YPs.

SYP launched the initiative in November, creating a way for the community to honor individuals ages 21 through 40 who are making a positive impact on Spartanburg through work or service across various industries.

The winners were selected through a three-step vetting process, according to SYP.

During the first step, SYP received more than 300 nominations from the community. SYP’s board then identified the top three candidates in each category.

More than 700 individuals ranked the finalists to select the winners, SYP said.

The list of winners includes the following:

  • Young & Professional in Art — Chris “CeeJ” Jefferson, founder of B.A.R.S. Academy
  • Young & Professional in Business — Geordy Johnson, president of Johnson Management and CEO of Johnson Development
  • Young & Professional in Education — Erin Black, director of Spartanburg County Adult Education
  • Young & Professional in Entrepreneurship — Landon Cohen, president of Light Transportation Co.
  • Young & Professional in Health — Cameron Harris, occupational therapist with Spartanburg Regional Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Young & Professional in Hospitality — William Cribb, chef and co-owner of Hub City Hospitality
  • Young & Professional in Innovation — Kelli Coons, instructional technologist with Spartanburg County School District 1
  • Young & Professional in Nonprofit — Laura Ringo, executive director of Partners for Active Living
  • Young & Professional in Service — Jalitha Moore, strategic implementation coordinator for OneSpartanburg
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