September 11, 2023
Engage! Cleveland Celebrates Exceptional Achievements: Announcing the Award Winners
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cleveland, Ohio —September 11, 2023 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Engage! Cleveland announced the highly anticipated winners of the 2nd Annual Generation NEXT Awards. The Generation NEXT Awards honor the companies and individuals working diligently to attract, engage and retain up-and-coming professional talent to Cleveland. Winning companies and individuals will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
“We are thrilled to recognize the companies and individuals whose remarkable contributions have undoubtedly elevated Cleveland to new heights,” said SueAnn Naso, Board Chair for Engage! Cleveland. “The selection process was rigorous and Engage! Cleveland is confident that the accomplishments of the award winners will serve as an inspiration to others.”
With the exception of the Lifetime Achievement Award, awards were given to four winners per category – small, mid-size, large employer, and nonprofit/government/public sector. Award winners were determined by a Selection Committee. Engage! Cleveland Employer Member of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards were internally nominated and selected.
The winners of the 2nd Annual Generation NEXT Awards are as follows:
Company of the Year
Small: Ahola HR Solutions | Payroll
Mid-size: Mars Electric
Large: Oatey Co.
Nonprofit/Government/Public Sector: JumpStart Inc.
Program of the Year
Small: Blue Lobster Program, Environmental Design Group
Mid-size: Young Professionals Group, Maloney + Novotny
Large: Talent Pipeline, Swagelok
Nonprofit/Government/Public Sector: Foundations for Philanthropy, The Cleveland Foundation
Young Professional of the Year
Small: Patrick Hackett, Axuall
Mid-size: Leighton Rosendale, GNCO, Inc.
Large: Katie Juhasz, PNC
Nonprofit/Government/Public Sector: Supriya Tamang, Global Cleveland
Mentor of the Year
Small: Jennifer Cohen, Ratliff & Taylor
Mid-size: Amy Martin, TruWest Holdings
Large: Lisa McKay, Swagelok
Nonprofit/Government/Public Sector: Alan Nevel, MetroHealth
Engage! Cleveland Employer Member of the Year
Mid-size: The NRP Group
Large: Lincoln Electric
Nonprofit/Government/Public Sector: Cleveland Council on World Affairs
Lifetime Achievement Award: Gary Shamis, Principal, Winding River Consulting
Engage! Cleveland’s past Board Chair, Gary Shamis, is being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Gary is the Principal of Winding River Consulting and is often referred to as someone who is a strong advocate for the young professional community.
“Gary was not only a wonderful Board Chair, but a crucial piece in creating Engage! Cleveland and fostering young talent in the area,” said Ashley Basile Oeken, President of Engage! Cleveland.
To learn more about Engage! Cleveland, please visit engagecleveland.org and follow the nonprofit on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and TikTok.
The 2023 Generation NEXT Awards are sponsored by Boler College of Business at John Carroll University, Winding River Consulting, Friendship Circle of Cleveland, Price MDs, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Cleveland Jewish News, National Interstate Insurance Company, HW&Co., Koltin Consulting Group, Staffing Solutions Enterprises, Moloney + Novotny, Global Cleveland, JumpStart Inc., PNC, The Cleveland Foundation, Lincoln Electric, Ratliff & Taylor, The NRP Group, Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell, Benesch, and Dave’s Markets.
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About Engage! Cleveland
Engage! Cleveland is a community engagement organization for young professionals and business/community leaders who are passionate about making Cleveland a lasting home for the next generation. Our goal is to attract, engage and retain young, diverse talent to Greater Cleveland by connecting young professionals to people, jobs, organizations, and events. You can learn more at www.engagecleveland.org.
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