WEST LIBERTY – The Young Professionals of East Kentucky organization hosted its third annual awards dinner in West Liberty, on Nov. 10, at West Liberty Elementary School.
The awards sinner honors outstanding young professionals across the region as well as to celebrate YPEK’s regional mission to connect, grow and lead.
The event included remarks by former governor and current University of Pikeville President Paul Patton. 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.
The 2012 YPEK award recipients are as follows:
Young Professional of the Year: James Hurley, Pike County
Young Civic Leader of the Year: Bridgette Gambrel, Laurel County
Young Educator of the Year: Kevin Gay, Leslie County
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Jason Hoskins, Morgan County
Young Professional of the Arts: Jason Kretzer, Johnson County
Father Beiting Award: Will Nash, Perry County
Rising Star Award: Madison McCowan, Laurel County
YPEK is a nonprofit organization that serves 32 east Kentucky counties and is designed to promote networking, leadership and service in the region. For more information, visit www.ypek.org.