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YPEK hosted its third annual Awards Dinner in West Liberty, Ky., on November 10, 2012 at West Liberty Elementary School. The event included remarks by former Governor and current UPike President Paul Patton and the keynote address was delivered by Luther Deaton, a Breathitt County native who currently serves as President and CEO of Central Bank and Trust of Lexington. Congratulations to our recipients: Jason Hoskins of Morgan County, Young Entrepreneur of the Year; Jason Kretzer of Johnson County, Young Professional in the Arts; Bridgette Gambrel of Laurel County, Young Civic Leader of the Year; Kevin Gay of Leslie County, Young Educator of the Year, Will Nash of Perry County, Father Beiting Award; Madison McCowan of Laurel County, Rising Star Award, and James Hurley of Pike County, Young Professional of the Year.











On October 25, 2012, the Young Professionals of East Kentucky (YPEK) hosted a multi-location forum in partnership with Operation UNITE. The forums titled – “Substance Abuse and Rehab: What Works?” – were held at Chad’s Hope in Manchester and at Karen’s Place in Louisa. Karen Kelly, President of Operation UNITE and YPEK Board Director, was the special guest speaker at Karen’s Place. Dan Smoot, Law Enforcement Director with Operation UNITE, was the special guest speaker at Chad’s Hope.











On August 11, 2012, the Young Professionals of East Kentucky hosted a Summer BBQ in Hazard at Perry County Park. The event was sponsored by the Young Professionals of East Kentucky and co-sponsored by the Hazard-Perry County Chamber of Commerce.











The Young Professionals of East Kentucky hosted professional networking and financial learning events in London and Prestonsburg on March 24, 2012. In London, Mike Fiechter of Edward Jones Investments will be discussed how to finance your organization, for profit or not-for profit. And, in Prestonsburg, Jay Knoblett of Lexington-based financial and business-consulting firm Arlington Scott, Inc. hostd a presentation entitled “Setting the groundwork for financial success as a small business owner!” The presentation aimed at both for profit businesses and entrepreneurial non-profits.











On April 11, 2012, the Young Professionals of East Kentucky, Morehead State University, and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research hosted a forum focusing on the future of energy in Eastern Kentucky. The conference included a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Rodney Andrews of the UK Center for Applied Energy Research entitled, “The Future of Energy in Eastern Kentucky…?” Panelists examined the merits and economic potential for coal, gas, alternative energy, and bio energy as economic drivers in eastern Kentucky. The forum also included breakout sessions that featured speakers on topics such as “fracking,” Bio Energy and Agriculture, and Green Building/Construction for rebuilding in West Liberty.











On March 24, 2012, the Young Professionals of East Kentucky led young professional volunteer efforts in two communities that were recently heavily hit by tornaadoes: East Bernstadt and West Liberty.











On February 21, 2012, YPEK joined young professionals from Louisville and Lexington at the Young Professionals Day at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort. The agenda included a Capitol tour, discussion on the legislative process, meetings with representatives, and a keynote by guest speaker Bob Babbage, President and CEO of Babbage CoFounder.











On February 2, 2012, YPEK and Teach For America (TFA) teamed up to host a Meet & Greet at TFA’s new offices in Hazard. Teach For America is in its first year in East Kentucky and their mission is to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation’s most promising future leaders to teach for two or more years.











On December 5, 2011, YPEK hosted a Networking Reception with the Hutton School of Business at the University of the Cumberlands. The reception included a presentation by Dr. Colegrove. The presentation discussed lessons from a recent Harvard series on leadership as well as Dr. Colegrove’s experiences in the military. Dr. Colegrove built off these core leadership principles to showcase how to apply them to real-world business settings.

















Young Professionals of East Kentucky (YPEK) hosted its second annual Awards Dinner on November 18, 2011, on the campus of Union College in Barbourville. Congratulations to our recipients: Brad Kincaid of Wolfe, Young Entrepreneur of the Year; Clayton Case of Floyd, Young Professional in the Arts; Representative Sara Beth Gregory of Wayne, Young Civic Leader of the Year; and Josh Ball of Perry County, Young Professional of the Year. Special Thanks to special guest Nathan Mick, Economic Development Director of Garrard County, and to our keynote speaker Jerry Rickett, President and CEO of Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation.



















On August 25, 2011, YPEK hosted a networking event in Salyersville.

















On September 9, 2010, YPEK hosted three networking events in London, Hazard, and Prestonsburg.



















On August 14, 2010, YPEK recognized three young professionals for their leadership and dedication to the region at YPEK’s first awards dinner in Paintsville. Mandy Stumbo of Floyd County was named Young Professional of Year; Dennis Prater of Magoffin County was named Young Civic Leader of Year and Sarah Burton of Wayne County was named Young Entrepreneur of Year. In addition to the awards ceremony, a keynote address was delivered by WYMT-TV’s Neil Middleton. Ticket sales from the event were donated to regional charities, which include: Chad’s Hope, a drug treatment facility in Manchester; Highland’s Autism Center; and the Christian Appalachian Project.



















YPEK hosted three successful Regional Networking on July 15, 2010 in Middlesboro, Paintsville and Somerset. At these events, dozens of young professionals networked, exchanged business cards, and collaborated on business and civic initiatives. Guest speakers included: Dr. Craig J. Lenz, Senior Associate Dean of LMU-DCOM; Denny Dorton, President of Citizens National Bank; and Kim Huston, Economic Developer and Author.



















Young Professionals of East Kentucky (YPEK) conducted three concurrent sessions of the East Kentucky Leadership Conference on April 23, 2010 in Ashland. The concurrent sessions, titled “Young Professionals Transforming Appalachia Through YPEK” gave attendees the opportunity to help shape the dialogue on outcomes of the YPEK Summit which occurred on April 1st in Manchester.



















Young Professionals of East Kentucky (YPEK) hosted a YPEK Summit on April 1, 2010 at the EKU Campus in Manchester. The Summit focused on forming issue-based committees. Through the committees, YPEK adopted projects to benefit the region in the following areas: education, energy and environment, economic development, healthcare, technology, and civic involvement.



















In the Spring of 2010, YPEK partnered with the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative to promote and encourage planting more trees on active and abandoned coal mined lands.



















On February 1, 2010, YPEK hosted a forum in Hazard with guest speakers Congressman Hal Rogers and former Governor Paul Patton. Approximately 100 individuals from across twenty counties came together at the First Federal Center. Special thanks is given to our guest speakers and our sponsors: Lead Sponsor Eastern Kentucky University and Co-Sponsor Highlands Regional Medical Center. You may view video and commentary of the event under the “Press” tab in the main navigation bar.



Three Regional Networking Events where held in Corbin, Whitesburg, and Pikeville on December 10, 2009. Guest speakers included State Senator Brandon Smith, Center for Rural Development President Lonnie Lawson, and Pike County Magistrate Chris Harris.



















YPEK partnered with the Christian Appalachian Project on November 24, 2009, to provide volunteer assitance with preparing and serving Thanksgiving meals to the elderly.



On October 29, 2009, YPEK launched Regional Networking Events in London, Hazard, and Prestonsburg.