Former recipients turn out to support ‘10 in 10’ winners

From left: Dr. Mark Thompson, Melissa Furman, Jennifer Gagnon, Rebecca Plankey, Summer Bell, Rhonda Banks, Adam Williams, Wes Zamzow
(From left: Dr. Mark Thompson, Melissa Furman, Jennifer Gagnon, Rebecca Plankey, Summer Bell, Rhonda Banks, Adam Williams, Wes Zamzow)

On Thursday, June 9, the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Augusta Magazine, presented the 2016 “Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch” award at the Chamber’s Member Economic Luncheon at the Augusta Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center.

The award honors 10 rising business professionals between the ages of 25 and 35. Six former winners have gone on to win the Georgia Trend “40 under 40” award.

This year, Augusta University’s Dr. Nicholas Madden, a radiation oncology resident, was one of the recipients. Carlton Deese, associate director, Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, was also a winner.The home is owned and funded by the Georgia Department of Veterans Service and operated through an interagency agreement with Augusta University.

In attendance were several former recipients from the Hull College of Business, including Dr. Mark Thompson, interim dean; Melissa Furman, assistant dean; Jennifer Gagnon, surgical device specialist, Covidien; Rebecca Plankey, owner, Emineo Marketing; Summer Bell, accountant, Rhoden CPA Firm; Rhonda Banks, director of annual giving, Augusta University; Wes Zamzow, director of development, Augusta University; and Adam Williams, manager at the Cleveland Group.

Other former recipients with an Augusta University affiliation include Chris Etterlee, Dr. Adam Goldberg, Rebekah Henry, Lindsay Thetford, Kristina Baggott, Matt Driskell and Catherine Stewart.

“It’s great to see the number of Augusta University-affiliated people who have been selected for this award,” said Furman. “It shows that the university is fueling the future leadership of the local community.”

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