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reaking into leadership in Pensacola is not easy, especially since it’s a place that has traditionally expected young people to “pay their dues” and “bide their time” while decisions about their community are made elsewhere. But Inweekly recognized long ago that young leaders are the lifeblood of any prosperous, dynamic community. That’s why we

facilitated the 2006 formation of Pensacola Young Professionals. We then launched Rising Stars to help put faces to the names of those under 35-year-olds seen by their peers, clients and bosses as upcoming leaders in their professions and the community. With the addition of the 2016 class of Rising Stars, we have celebrated more than 400 men and women over the past eight years.

Those honored represent a wide range of professions—including doctors, lawyers, artists, teachers and small business owners. Some past “stars” have gone on to win elected office. Others have served on the boards of area non-profits. This current class has the potential to accomplish equally great things. We look forward to seeing their impact on this community.

Rising Star photos by Grant Tyson of The Southern Creative (creativesouthern.com)

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JESSICA ANDRADE

you, because they're probably feeling the same kind of scared, horrible feelings that everyone does.

What makes your job 'click' for you? I have always loved puzzles and problem solving. Something that always attracted me to the practice of law is that you get to help people solve their problems and puzzles every day.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. In college at UF, I served as homecoming general chair, which allowed me to really grow as a leader. I learned so much about leading different personalities, coordinating a large team towards a common goal, and budgeting for large-scale events. It was an invaluable experience.

Attorney, Beggs & Lane RLLP

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Be yourself. Don't worry about what other people are thinking of

ALEX ANDRADE

Associate Litigation Attorney, Moore, Hill & Westmoreland, P.A. What makes your job 'click' for you? I get to work with people to solve problems where both sides have given up on finding a friendly resolution. I'm blessed to be able to help people and companies navigate their disputes while learning from some extremely talented attorneys, both in my office and on the opposing side. What's the best advice you've ever been given? "People will forget what you said and what you did, but people will

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? I read Sayfiereview.com, Ricksblog.biz and PNJ.com regularly. I also like to read the Summation Weekly put out by the local bar association. What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola is my wife's hometown, and it's become mine by default. I love my firm, and I live in a beautiful part of Gulf Breeze. My commute on 3 Mile Bridge might be the only commute where a dolphin sighting is a common occurrence.

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AMBER BERNARD

Investigator- Robbery/Homicide, Escambia County Sheriff's Office What makes your job 'click' for you? Everything about this job is exciting; it feels like a constant adrenaline rush. I enjoy the "chase" and more specifically the investigations aspect of the job. There's always a "how" and "why" to every crime committed, and I don't stop until I know what it is.

LIBBY BROWN

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." - M. Angelou

What makes your job 'click' for you? I work with a dedicated team of economic development professionals, and it's a truly collaborative environment—they've allowed me to grow professionally and have put trust in me to produce high quality result. I feel very lucky to be here in the thick of it all.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. This last year, I've had the opportunity to support The Bluffs project - a manufacturing site in development that has the potential of bringing over 15,000 jobs to Escambia County by 2026. It's very cool to think about the impact that this site is going to have on the future.

Administrative Assistant, FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance

What keeps you in Pensacola? I like that Pensacola has a little bit of everything: we have the beach, historic sites, a small town feel, friendly people and so many great community events. I think that Pensacola is really a place that you can have it all.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Adapt and Overcome." Nothing is ever going to go the way you want it to go. But it's how you adapt and overcome your obstacles that show your true strength.

never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou (paraphrased) Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Empathy is a highly-underrated quality, and it's one of mine that needs improvement. You can't win friends and influence people if you make everyone feel awful. In 2013, I had the opportunity to spend a year as a Gubernatorial Fellow embedded in the Legislative Programs Office of the Florida Department of Transportation. That opportunity exposed me to countless fascinating people and taught me a great deal about Florida government.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Currently reading “All the Light We Cannot See;” I read The Skimm each morning; I love Veranda and Traditional Home magazines

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. My long-term investigation that involved a suspect trafficking heroin into Escambia County. It took months of preparation, long days, and giving up my personal life to include my family and friends. After a successful prosecution, any difference whether it was big or small in the community was very rewarding. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Unfortunately with my busy schedule, the only thing I have time to read is my emails. What keeps you in Pensacola? My family. We're extremely close, and they all keep me grounded. We've done Sunday dinners ever since I can remember and I wouldn't trade that for the world.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? PNJ, Inweekly, and Detroit Free Press (I'm from MI originally)—and I'm often found listening to Diane Reams on NPR and Marc Maron's blog 'WTF.' What keeps you in Pensacola? My husband is training to be an aviator in the Navy. What started out as a stint in Pensacola has truly turned into home. We're very happy to be here and hope to stay for many more months to come!

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What's the best advice you've ever been given? My dad always told me “never grow up.” You can grow older, get wiser, become smarter, but don’t ever lose the ability to have fun, because if you can’t have fun, what’s the point?

MEGAN BURKE

Patron Development & Communications, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Owner & Photographer, Meg Burke Photography What makes your job 'click' for you? I’m able to be a creative and a number cruncher at the same time. I create longlasting relationships for my organization, my business, and myself, and on top of everything, the Symphony allows me the flexibility and motivation to pursue all of my dreams at the same time.

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Building my photography business. I'm able to show people just how beautiful and strong they truly are when they don't feel it themselves. I document moments that they'll relive when their granddaughter finds them 20 years later. When there's nothing left but faded memories, my photos will help families remember. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Podcasts: Reply All, Startup, Nerdist, TED Radio Hour. Blogs: Michael Hyatt, Fstoppers, Asana blog, Hannah Brencher, Levo, Lara Casey. News: PNJ, Inweekly, Time Magazine, NYTimes What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola reminds me so much of my hometown in Massachusetts, without the snow, and with a thriving vibrant culture. I’m never bored, and I’m surrounded by many empowered young professionals.

torney I worked for, and it drove me crazy. Now I understand what he was teaching me, and I use the phrase quite often! Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Myself. I was never a runner until I hit the big 3-0. I challenged myself to run a 5k and a few months later completed the “Firecracker 5k”, which benefits the Ronald McDonald House (where I stayed while my daughter was in the NICU). The sense of accomplishment was incredible.

DANNON BYRD

Community Director, March of Dimes What makes your job 'click' for you? My daughter was born extremely premature in 2010. She weighed 1 lb 2 oz at birth and fought to survive. Thanks to life-saving treatments developed through March of Dimes research, we were able to bring her home 120 days later. Today she's a healthy 5-year-old.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? The Bible, Joel Osteen books, Facebook and Instagram news feed, and children's books every evening around 8 pm. What keeps you in Pensacola? After living in Tallahassee for 9 years, I moved home to be closer to my family and the beach. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else!

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Perception equals reality. I was told that countless times by an at-

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JOHN CARFF

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Always make time for your family.

What makes your job 'click' for you? My job is never boring; I get to work on so many amazing projects, from humanoid robots to UAVs to Exoskeletons that help paraplegics walk. There is always something new and some new problem that needs to be solved.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The most rewarding project I have ever worked on was the DARPA Robotics Challenge. After three years of progressive competitions, we not only achieved second place in the world, but also got to work with and develop cutting-edge technologies that could one day change the world.

Research Associate, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The floods of April 2014. Most of Pensacola was under water, our team came in at 4 a.m., and we worked relentlessly for days, running off mostly caffeine. Job after job came in; our team stepped up to the plate to restore lives one home and business at a time.

Vice President, Complete DKI What makes your job 'click' for you? I love it. I love the people I work with, I love our clients and I love making a difference after a person has experienced a disaster, like a flood or fire.

What keeps you in Pensacola? Our fun in the sun, sweet southern-charm city has it all. Within ten minutes, I can be lounging on the beach or living it up downtown. Every night can be filled with tasty cuisine or spent watching live entertainment.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Work like it depends on you, pray like it depends on Him.

OKEVIA M. CARTER

School Counselor, Booker T. Washington High School What makes your job 'click' for you? The joy in knowing I am shaping the lives of our future. I strive to mold the minds of young people, pushing them to be the best they can be. The reward is greater later.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Current Read: “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey. Next read: “Cognitive Defusion in Practice” by John T. Blackledge What keeps you in Pensacola? My family and the continued growth of the city are what keep me in Pensacola. When I returned after college, I vowed to leave a lasting legacy whether I'm here long term or temporarily. For now, I'm determined to give back to the community which is responsible for who I am.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:6

BRYAN COLEY

ask the question, "they" do not have the opportunity to deny or approve to your request. So, ask for what you want, because questions are free.

What makes your job 'click' for you? Very simply, I get to make a difference in the world. My job gives me the opportunity to help Northwest Florida adopt new, innovative technologies that help people save money, reduce environmental impact and contribute to our nation’s energy independence.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I have found the most rewarding endeavors are those where I get to help someone else. Projects can be fun, challenging, and rewarding, but in the end, what matters are the people you meet, the relationships you make, and the impact you make on people.

Electric Transportation Program Manager, Gulf Power Company

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Questions are free. If you do not

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What keeps you in Pensacola? The ability to work for an innovative organization and to collaborate with some of the world's greatest minds in robotics.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The launching of my event planning, hosting, and promoting company Déjà Vu Events has been the most rewarding project to date. It was with much prayer, patience and determination that it was made possible.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? PNJ, Inweekly, Two Traveling Dogs Blog

ASHLEE CARPENTIER

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? I enjoy reading technology-related news and keeping up with innovations in my field.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Charged EVs Magazine, Fortune Magazine, a business book (currently, “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson), and a non-fiction, history book (currently, “Endurance” by Alfred Lansing). What keeps you in Pensacola? Many aspects of Pensacola are very attractive to me as a resident. There are great local attractions, restaurants and events all imbedded in a city with a robust artistic culture and a unique and refreshing atmosphere. It is truly a great place to live.

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What's the best advice you've ever been given? “Guard your time fiercely. Be generous with it, but be intentional about it.”— David duChemin Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. This past summer I had the privilege of working with UWF’s Explore Summer Camps for K-9th graders. It was a lot of work, but seeing how much the kids enjoyed their camp experience was truly rewarding.

MEGAN CRAWFORD

Program Manager, University of West Florida What makes your job 'click' for you? I love the challenge of new opportunities that my job affords me and the support of working with an amazing team. The ability to serve students and work for a university that I love is what makes my job gratifying.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Textbooks consume all of my time currently but I try to stay informed on current events with theSkimm and NPR news. What keeps you in Pensacola? I love the fact that between all of our local events, festivals and the beach, you can always find something to do. With the downtown growth and the recognition our little piece of paradise is gaining, it’s a great time to call Pensacola home.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The best and most rewarding project I've ever worked on is probably Escambia County's RESTORE Act process. During the process, I had the opportunity to contribute to a collaborative and research-backed project selection process which I believe to have had a fundamentally-positive impact on our community overall.

VICTORIA D'ANGELO

Redeveloper/Special Events Coordinator, Escambia County Community Redevelopment Agency What makes your job 'click' for you? My job keeps me on my feet. There are always new initiatives to pursue and a new hat to wear.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? For the most part, if there is a topic I'm interested in I'll do some research. That's the extent of my reading list. What keeps you in Pensacola? The abundance of sunny days, down-to-earth people and my job.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Knowledge is power" and "Shoot for the moon, if you fail you'll land among the stars." I make learning a priority, and aim for the best even if it seems a little out of reach.

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CAITLIN DALGO

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Professionally: treat every patient like they are your family. It keeps you in check with how you care for them. Personally: when in doubt, dance it out.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? I read a lot of books, especially while sitting on the beach, or medical blogs. Or gossip magazines to make me laugh.

What makes your job 'click' for you? The people. It's something I've been passionate about for a long time, and being able to see a patient from their first visit in a lot of pain, through surgery, and then after. To see us making a difference in their lives makes it worth coming in every day.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. A patient that couldn't walk, was in terrific pain, and had been that way for a year. We operated knowing it may not help. The first day after , they were walking down the halls without pain. To be able to significantly change someone’s life like that was extremely rewarding.

What keeps you in Pensacola? I love the artsy Coastal town atmosphere. It reminds me a lot of my hometown of Ocean Springs, MS, which I love. I love the local markets, street fairs and festivals, all while being on the water. It's a great place to live.

Neurosurgery acute care nurse practitioner and surgical first assist, Baptist Medical Group

What's the best advice you've ever been given? The best advice I've been given was from a professor who said to always remember we are treating people, not diseases. I strive to truly listen to my patients and provide individualized, quality healthcare.

on the inside does not meet or exceed the change on the outside, the end is near," and "He who has the most customers, wins." Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I have worked on many fun and unique projects, but the most rewarding projects for me have been the ones were I transcend failure. Instead of embracing failure, I transform my approach to it so that I learn from it. From this mindset, I rarely make the same mistake twice.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Each day in practice is rewarding. I find great joy and satisfaction by making a positive impact on patients' health and happiness.

LEAH DANNHEISSER

Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, Medical Center Clinic Dermatology What makes your job 'click' for you? From the treatment of acne, to early recognition and treatment of skin cancer, to the effective management of acute or lifelong dermatological conditions, I find joy in helping my patients live healthier, happier lives. Education is vital in that effort, so I strive to provide individualized education to each patient.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Medical, Nursing and Dermatology Journals. What keeps you in Pensacola? Being able to practice in the city in which my family has lived for generations has truly been a blessing. I'm grateful to develop relationships with the people of our community and be able to live so close to my family.

President, OMEGA Construction & Design, Inc. What makes your job 'click' for you? I like helping people, and enjoy the challenges of coming up with an artful solutions to their wants and needs. I am motivated by my desire to exceed our clients' expectations. What's the best advice you've ever been given? One of my very best mentors once shared a couple of things that remain with me today: "If the change

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This goes for education, experiences, hobbies, etc.

What makes your job 'click' for you? I have always been interested in Law Enforcement and helping others. Being a Police Officer is a great fit for me to do both.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. So far I would say that my job at Pensacola State College is my greatest project. I interact with students and visiting citizens daily and use every chance I get to help and educate them in Law Enforcement. Each Semester, there are thousands of new students.

Sergeant, Pensacola State College Police Department

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Never stop investing in yourself.

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DREW DENNIS

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? PNJ, Rick's Blog, the Commercial Appeal, WSJ, Departures What keeps you in Pensacola? My success keeps me here. Pensacola has been good to me. I appreciate the loyalty and constant referrals I've experienced with regard to my clientele. Word of mouth is strong in this community, and I have done well because of that. Why change a good thing?

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? PoliceOne.com, Sailing Magazine, Online Sunshine Florida Statute's, North Escambia News What keeps you in Pensacola? Most important is my family, then the Gulf and the white sandy beaches. I'm an avid sailor, so Pensacola is a great location to live for me to enjoy my hobby.

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What's the best advice you've ever been given? Do what is right, not what is easy.

raised to love God, serve others, and use your talents." There are moments every day where I remember his advice...leading me to make better choices for my patients, family and business.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The event pavilion and cabins our firm designed for Coldwater Gardens. It's been incredibly rewarding to work with clients so deeply committed to the environment and to producing timeless, contemporary architecture.

ELIZABETH FLEISCHHAUER

Intern Architect, Dalrymple | Sallis Architecture What makes your job 'click' for you? Every project and client is unique. I learn something new every day. The vision, detail and effort put into a design eventually become reality, and it really is an amazing feeling to see a project become a part of this community. I'm grateful for the opportunity.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc‌)? The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic's CityLab, Architectural Record, Life of an Architect, The Bitter Southerner What keeps you in Pensacola? The ongoing revitalization of downtown. There has been an astonishing amount of growth and investment in the city core in the last five years. I can't wait to see what the next five will bring.

KAITLIN FORSHEE

Dentist, Owner of Advanced Dental Concepts What makes your job 'click' for you? I LOVE what I do. Every day I get to learn, teach and help people. My job is the perfect mix of science and art. I connect with my patients and am able to grow lasting relationships. Plus, I make people smile all day long! It doesn't get better than that. What's the best advice you've ever been given? My dad always tells me to "remember who I am". It is his way of saying, "you were

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I believe change starts in our own communities. Once a year, my office offers a day of free dentistry. We provide cleanings, fillings and extractions at no charge to around 150 patients. It makes me so proud to see our staff volunteer their time to help neighbors in need and is so rewarding to see the difference we can make when we use our talents to serve others. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc‌)? Dental magazines (nerd alert!), and my Kindle, which usually has 3 or 4 bestsellers that I am reading at the same time. What keeps you in Pensacola? Family. My husband and I chose to move back to Pensacola from Charleston, SC to be with our families and don't regret that for a second. The continued growth of downtown, the encouraging professional and social circles, the growing cultural opportunities and our gorgeous beaches make it easy to stay!

Congratulations to Rising Stars

OKEVIA CARTER and DOMINQUE JORDAN of Booker T. Washington High School

OKEVIA CARTER, MSCP Guidance Counselor, 10th grade Booker T. Washington High School

DOMINQUE JORDAN

Head Basketball Coach, Freshman Boys Booker T. Washington High School

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IAN GILLETTE

Chef/Owner, Spot On Catering What makes your job 'click' for you? I love my job, because I get to do something fun, creative, and different every day. There is nothing better than when people love the food that I have prepared for them, and in return, that makes me feel great about what I do. I've always loved to cook!. What's the best advice you've ever been given? The best advice I have ever been given is real simple but stuck with me; If you love to do something, don't

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give up, work hard and do what needs to be done to do the best possible job you can, and your passion will show in the work!

dedicating the majority of your life to a career, you had better love it. Life is way too short.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. One of the most rewarding projects I have ever worked on was helping Blake Rushing and the Type team open and run Type for the last two years; it was a great learning experience to see it from start to where we are now, as Type Events and Catering.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I led the social team that ran the pre-opening marketing campaign for the brand new Holiday Inn Resort in Fort Walton Beach. The campaign broke fan engagement and revenue records for both Innisfree and the national Holiday Inn brand. Pretty cool for my first project.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? I love cook books, Anthony Bourdains Kitchen Confidential, all Thomas Keller books, Cooks magazine, Chef Steps, Donald Links Real Cajun, Bon Appetit and Sean Brocks Heritage. What keeps you in Pensacola? I stayed in Pensacola, because growing up here the food scene wasn't that awesome. Instead of moving away to work somewhere with a more substantial food scene, I wanted to use my skills and creativity as a young chef to help build and grow the town that I love!

JILLIAN GLENN

Director of Social and Content Strategy, Innisfree Hotels What makes your job 'click' for you? I'm always learning, traveling and being creative—what's not to love about that? I work with an awesome team of coworkers who make every day a new, fun adventure.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Huffington Post, The Skimm, Buzzfeed, Skift, Condé Nast Traveler, and a lot of nerdy tech blogs. What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola has the best of both worlds—beautiful beaches and a thriving downtown area. It's a small town with big dreams.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Do what you love and love what you do. It's a cliche, but if you're

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BRANDI GOMEZ

Development Director, Council on Aging of West Florida What makes your job 'click' for you? Working for a nonprofit allows me to be passionate for a worthy cause and handson. From event planning to interviews with clients, I enjoy being able to end each day knowing I was a small part in the positive impact on our local seniors. What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Be kind always. Everyone has their own battles and stresses keep-

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The Rat Pack Reunion continues to be my most rewarding project. Each year, I have the opportunity to work with outstanding community leaders to raise funds for seniors who most need it. I love all of the challenges and excitement the Rat Pack Reunion brings. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? I am a huge lover of travel and lifestyle blogs and of course, Coming of Age magazine. What keeps you in Pensacola? I was born and raised in Pensacola. Our smalltown feel and rich culture is exactly what I want for my own family. Pensacola has a lot of potential and room for growth. I look forward to taking part and watching it thrive for years to come.

Carly Quina 2016 Rising Star

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Working as an Assistant Public Defender representing individuals who could not otherwise afford representation was an overall rewarding experience. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? The Wall Street Journal, PNJ, Drudge, gatorcountry.com, ESPN.com

RHETT GROSS

Attorney, Gross & Schuster, P.A. What makes your job 'click' for you? Having a career where I am in a position to help people during some of their toughest times is what makes my job “click” for me

What keeps you in Pensacola? Most importantly being able to spend time with my family and close friends who live in the area. Combine that with the water, culture and weather, and Pensacola will always be home to me.

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that I’ve found to ring true in my life. The event you fear will someday become a thing of the past, and worrying about it can only prevent you from enjoying today.

Never doubt yourself, and do everything you can to be a positive impact to those around you and the people you reach.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I recently had the opportunity to contribute my writing and editing skills to a new report that our office produced. The report provides an overview of the scope and well-being of Florida’s small businesses in hopes that policymakers and administrators will leverage it for future decision-making in their support.

DIANNE GROSS

Communications Specialist, Florida SBDC Network State Office What makes your job 'click' for you? I am a mission-driven person and am very passionate about entrepreneurship. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work for an organization whose mission combines both my passions. I love that everything we do helps bring small business owners in Florida one step closer to success. What's the best advice you've ever been given? “This too shall pass.” This is something my mother always says and something

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? I enjoy reading Southern Living, academic publications for my Strategic Communications master’s program, and literature regarding the Finger Lakes wine county of Upstate New York. What keeps you in Pensacola? I moved away initially for college and work and had the realization that I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else, so I moved back. It’s proved to be one of the best decisions I’ve made. Pensacola has experienced a remarkable turnaround story, and it’s exciting to be part of its growth.

JAMES HAMRIC

Senior Financial Analyst, Gulf Power Company What makes your job 'click' for you? My responsibilities include performing the various analyses needed to make critical financial decisions with the benefit of our customers constantly in mind. I enjoy that my job allows for me to think strategically and help develop ideas and solutions to the many unique challenges and opportunities we continually face. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Learn something new every day.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I am very proud to be involved with Gulf Power’s volunteer program and commitment to schools in Pensacola. Most recently, Gulf Power’s partnership with Montclair Elementary School provides an opportunity for employees to adopt a classroom and interact with young children in the community on a regular basis. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Southern Today, Energy Daily, ESPN.com, Golf Digest, BamaOnline. com, Inweekly, PNJ What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola continues to grow and develop in a way that makes me extremely excited to call it home. It offers a vast array of engaging activities and events for all interests, access to incredible beaches, and a multitude of outstanding restaurants. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. While not necessarily a project, I coached high school baseball for five years, and the most fulfilling aspect was the "light bulb" moments: those moments when everything comes together and frustration instantly turns to confidence. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? ESPN, Golf Magazine, Triathlete Magazine, "Science Mike" McHargue blog, and whatever do-it-yourself how-to that I feel like I need to learn.

MATT HARRISON

Development Coordinator, Pensacola State College

What keeps you in Pensacola? My wife and I are constantly reminded that "we live where other people vacation."

What makes your job 'click' for you? An education is among the most valuable things a person can pursue, and helping provide the means to access that pursuit is tremendously rewarding for me. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Concern yourself with the things you can control - the rest is either none of your business or just a waste of time and energy.

comes from Jenny Lawson's book “Furiously Happy.” When I'm nervous or doubting myself, I always think of this quote. No one knows what is going on inside your head except for you; it is all about what you're portraying on the outside.

MARY HARTSHORN

Freelance Communications Consultant & PR/Social Media Manager, The Southern Creative What makes your job 'click' for you? I knew from my very first public relations class at UWF that I had picked the right degree field. I love meeting new people and helping them reach their PR, social media, and marketing goals. I always joke that talking is my number-one talent. What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Pretend you're good at it". This

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I recently signed on to help out the Panhandle Warrior Partnership. Their mission is to ensure veterans and their families in the Panhandle area have access to benefits, housing, healthcare, employment and education. My step-dad, Grandfather, and Pop are all veterans, so this organization is close to my heart. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? My go to blogs are: Jezebel, Buzzfeed, xoJane, and Refinery29. Vogue and Allure for magazines. Inweekly (duh!) and PNJ for newspapers. What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola is my home. I grew up here and my family and friends are here. Also, the beach... can anyone really say no to that?

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important reminder that even your smallest actions can impact other people’s lives. We all have the capability to make a difference, so make sure it’s a positive one.

dent. It was incredibly important to her that I could take care of myself and was not afraid to go after what I want in life. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I am incredibly thankful for so many rewarding projects that I have been and continue to work on; however, my most rewarding would have to be my volunteer time with Take Stock in Children. The student I work with is magnificent, and I look forward to seeing her each week.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. One of the most rewarding projects I’ve participated in was working as a paralegal to help represent people who suffered permanent and lifethreatening injuries due to a pharmaceutical company’s blatant and deliberate negligence. I worked side-by-side with our clients and was rewarded by seeing them receive the justice they deserved.

EMILY HIBBERTS

Contracts & Next Level Partnership, Studer Group What makes your job 'click' for you? I think it "clicks" because I get to see the end result of my work. Working with two teams to get a desired outcome is rewarding. I've also been very fortunate to work with people who are passionate about their jobs. It's contagious. What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Never underestimate the difference you can make," from Quint Studer. It’s an

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? I read The Skimm every morning. It's a daily e-newsletter that breaks down the latest news from around the world in a simplistic form. What keeps you in Pensacola? I moved to Pensacola about six years ago to be closer to my family, and now I can't imagine living anywhere else. I love the energy of the downtown area with the great shops and restaurants, and I'm convinced we have the most beautiful beaches in the country!

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Executive Director, Pensacola Museum of Art What makes your job 'click' for you? It's the perfect combination of two things that I love: art and community. It's rare to find a connected community of our size that is so dialed into the arts and makes it a priority. That's why this job is such a privilege. What's the best advice you've ever been given? My mother told me to be a lady, and for her that meant to be your own person, be courageous and indepen-

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? The Skimm, Artforum, Artnews, Museum Magazine, and of course, Inweekly! What keeps you in Pensacola? It's the people, plain and simple. You won't find a population more dedicated to improving a city's quality of life or one that's been more successful at actually doing it. Also, where else can you attend a crawfish festival and then go to a night at the opera?

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Hancock thanks our Lucky Star just be certain you’re digging the BEST ditches.” Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Leaving court one afternoon, a client started to cry, thanking me for what I had done for her. It was very unexpected. Hours of my time affected years of her life. It really put things into perspective.

JUSTIN HOLMAN

Attorney, Stephen T. Holman, P.A. What makes your job 'click' for you? I have the rare opportunity to help someone through what is conceivably the hardest time in their life. Knowing that what I do every day can have such a great impact on someone’s life is very motivating.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Outside of my legal reading, I get a subscription to Men’s Health magazine as well as numerous hunting and fishing magazines. What keeps you in Pensacola? This is my home. I take a lot of pride in seeing the great strides Pensacola has taken the past few years. I hope I can be a part of this city’s growth in the near future.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? “Take pride in every aspect of your life. If you’re digging ditches,

Rising Star important “your word” is in life. He told me, “all you really have is your word." He really made me think about my true character. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I most enjoyed working with the Junior League of Pensacola on all of our events during the past few years. The people and friendships have been a blessing. The community projects have all been rewarding for me, as well as our community.

LINDSEY HUTTO

Accountant, Hutto & Carver, P.A. What makes your job 'click' for you? I enjoy working with many different entities' accounting issues, and I really enjoy meeting new people and forming professional, lasting relationships with our clients throughout the southeast United States. What's the best advice you've ever been given? "My mother always stressed the importance of finding true peace and happiness in life. My father stressed how

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What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? I read a lot of local and national news online. I like to read about politics, fashion, design and entertainment. What keeps you in Pensacola? I believe any place is what you make of it, and I think I could be happy anywhere. Still, I love Pensacola. I have my parents, the beach and a lively city full of culture and history. We really do have the best of all worlds here in Pensacola.

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what is right and what is in your heart, and if you do that, nothing can go wrong.

doesn't make you better than the world, it makes you responsible for it." Referring back to this quote keeps me focused on my core values.

TENIKA JOHNSON

Substation Engineer, Gulf Power Company What makes your job 'click' for you? Having the opportunity to use critical thinking and strategic planning skills keeps my job interesting and challenging at the same time. I enjoy problem solving and technical challenges. As a Substation Engineer, I have been able to use all of these skills while providing reliable energy to our customers. What's the best advice you've ever been given? A college mentor once shared this quote with me: "Having education

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. While working at Alabama Power Company, I helped launch a program that linked engineers with high school students and encouraged them to pursue engineering careers. We would meet monthly and host engineering challenges, offer mentorship and college advice. It was fulfilling to see the students become interested in engineering futures. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc‌)? I read several travel and lifestyle blog sites, the Huffington Post, NPR news, and fashion magazines. What keeps you in Pensacola? Being a Birmingham native, I have thoroughly enjoyed living on the Gulf Coast. Pensacola's beaches are beautiful, and the seafood is amazing!

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The most rewarding project has been the Young Leaders of Tomorrow Program, which is sponsored by the local chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. I am a mentor in the program that has given scholarships to over 40 high school seniors over the past 6 years.

DOMINIQUE JORDAN

Social Studies Teacher/Basketball Coach, Escambia County School District

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc‌)? Essence Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ESPN Maganzine, Tallahassee Democrat, CNN.com

What makes your job 'click' for you? What makes my job click for me is when students are engaged in a great lesson and learning about life. Teaching history and coaching helps me to make an impact on a student's life, to help them become a better student and person.

What keeps you in Pensacola? I've traveled all over the world, but there's nothing like home. I love my family and hometown. When I graduated from college, I wanted to give back to the people and help change the city that has help make me become the person I am today.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? The best advice comes from my mother. She told me to always do

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What's the best advice you've ever been given? Live life one day at a time. It's so easy in the world we live in today to become anxious and fearful of the future, but all we are guaranteed in this life is the here and now. Why fear tomorrow when God is already there?

NIKKI KELLEY

Oncology/Hematology Nurse Practitioner, Woodlands Medical Specialists What makes your job 'click' for you? Being a nurse practitioner in oncology allows me to be challenged and is so incredibly rewarding. We are allowed the opportunity to rejoice with patients when they have achieved remission of their disease and help them to best achieve the utmost quality of life when a cure cannot be found.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. During my undergraduate studies, I had the opportunity to visit a local high school and give a presentation on healthy living. The students were given education about becoming healthier and their risks of certain diseases. It was eye-opening for them. It is vital to invest in our youth. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc‌)? American Journal of Nursing, Oncology Times What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola has always been home for me. From the white sandy beaches to my quiet rural home, I could not imagine living elsewhere. I love the people, the scenery and the culture of this town.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. In my previous career, I was a "businessfriendly" environmental lobbyist. I love Florida and everything we have to offer, so being apart of the process to help create policy to protect and enhance our state's resources and treasures was very rewarding. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc‌)? The Buzz Blog, Sayfie Review, Above the Fold Florida, Inweekly

KATIE KELLY

Director of Workforce Development, Florida West Economic Development Alliance What makes your job 'click' for you? The reward. It's great to be able to do something that helps benefit the community in such a positive way. I've never met a group of people who are so passionate about revitalizing our region, and I'm lucky to be apart of it.

What keeps you in Pensacola? Well, for starters, I just got here. My reception to the area was extremely warm, and I am fortunate to have an incredible group of co-workers and community members that make me feel included and welcomed. The beach is also a nice bonus.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "The most effective way to do it is to do it".

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What's the best advice you've ever been given? You may be going through a tough time right now so that something amazing can happen later. Forgive yourself, love yourself, be a good friend to yourself. Never lose your childish enthusiasm, and good things will come your way.

BRIANA KNIGHT

Nutrition Coach and Fitness Instructor Owner, Beyond Barre Pensacola VP Operations, The Coding Alliance What makes your job 'click' for you? With my barre classes, it is definitely the clients. I love all of them, and seeing them work so hard inspires me. I love seeing them reach their goals and become stronger. With The Coding Alliance, I love giving new coders the opportunity to gain experience through our mentoring program.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Turning a dream into a very real, revenue-generating business is a beautiful thing. Working on the framework for The Coding Alliance and pouring my passion into BeyondBarre Pensacola has been very rewarding and an unforgettable learning experience. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc‌)? Inweekly, Oh She Glows (Angela Liddon's Blog), Rachel Brathen's Blog, Journal of AHIMA, The Healthy Alternative What keeps you in Pensacola? I have family here including my best friend of 20 years, Farrah. I live close to my mom, and I am very close to my cousin Raven. Pensacola is great, and so many people are working hard to make it even better. I am excited to be a part of that.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Just do what makes you happy, and never be afraid to try something once. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Being a member of the Leadership Pensacola Class of 2015 is something I'll never forget. With the help of so many other community leaders, we were able to renovate the directional signage all around Pensacola. They look fabulous, if I might add.

JAVON LLOYD

Community & Media Relations Specialist, Escambia County Board of County Commissioners What makes your job 'click' for you? There is nothing more rewarding than helping others. I take much pride in keeping the citizens of Escambia County informed about different topics, issues and events that take place throughout Northwest Florida. It also helps that I work with such a talented and fun team.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc‌)? NY Times, The Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, PNJ, and of course, Inweekly. Yep, I'm a news junky. What keeps you in Pensacola? I've lived in a lot of other places, but I've got to tell you, Pensacola is home to some of the most intelligent, motivated and enthusiastic people I've ever been around. Plus, living only 15 minutes from the beach is such an added bonus, especially when you want to tan.

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GLENN LOVETT

Attorney, Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond & Stackhouse What makes your job 'click' for you? Several factors make this job a fit for me. I work for a law firm that treats clients honestly, employs talented staff and encourages investing in one’s family and community. My practice areas (especially health law) consistently present new, intriguing challenges. Most importantly, my wife and family provide unwavering support.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Rick’s Blog, PNJ, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Newsweek, sports websites, threefour books of various genre, and voluminous federal guidance issued for health laws. What keeps you in Pensacola? Like so many other professionals in the area, my wife and I returned to Pensacola after school primarily to live near family. The city quickly became our “home,” and we truly enjoy that our children get to spend so much quality time with their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. One of the more rewarding projects I have worked on has been the development of our departmental mentoring program. Welcoming new hires to the company and watching them grow and build confidence in their role is a genuinely rewarding experience. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Pensacola News Journal, Inweekly and books. Lots of books.

DAILA MARLETTE

Onboarding Specialist, Studer Group What makes your job 'click' for you? I work with some incredibly talented, dedicated and caring individuals. My colleagues are my favorite part about working at Studer Group, and I am continuously inspired by them. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Have less. Do more. Be more.

What keeps you in Pensacola? I was raised in Pensacola, so all of my friends and family are here. I have an insatiable love of travel, but Pensacola will always be my home base. We have fantastic restaurants, Southern hospitality, great camping, gorgeous beaches, a lively downtown and Ozones. What's not to love?

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KRISTY MCDANIEL

Public Relations Specialist, AppRiver What makes your job 'click' for you? Writing is my passion. Working in PR for an IT security company, I'm able to write about something new almost every day, and often it's to help inform netizens of how to stay safe online. Being able to help people stay safe while doing what I love is pretty awesome. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Being encouraged to join

professional and volunteer organizations has by far been the best advice I was given. I have learned invaluable leadership skills and made many lifelong friends while feeling engaged with my community as a result of getting "plugged in." Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Being the communications chair of the Junior League of Pensacola has been such a daily blessing. The League has several major fundraising and volunteer events throughout the year, and as communications chair, I get to be actively involved with

area, especially as a leader, pave the way for those behind you. Our role in life is to help each other. To be a successful leader is to lead by example and help others achieve their goals, not make it harder for them.

RACHAEL MILLER

Clinical Manager-Healthy Lives & Health Plan Clinical Manager, Baptist Health Care What makes your job 'click' for you? Early on I came to the realization that I have a passion for helping others; this drove me to obtain a degree as a Registered Nurse. Currently I am able to fulfill this passion by having the opportunity to transform areas of healthcare while increasing quality to our patient populations. What's the best advice you've ever been given? When advancing in any

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Currently I am working with our healthcare team to organize and run a specialized clinic for our Baptist Healthcare employees. This clinic will help remove barriers related to patient care while adding educational and support aspects to help these patients meet and maintain specific health-related goals. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Florida Nurses Association, WELCOA, JDRF, American Diabetes Association, Public Health Matters, Health Affairs Blog, Global Health Blog, Muscle & Fitness Magazine, Diabetic Connect. What keeps you in Pensacola? I LOVE my job.

JEN MOSTERT

Manager, Audit Services, Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund What makes your job 'click' for you? I love the mental challenge of accounting, but at times it can be tedious. The great thing about auditing is getting to work in teams with coworkers and clients. I love the logic and stability balanced with the wide variety of industries and people that I get to know. What's the best advice you've ever been given? A client recently shared with me a 828 2

each one of them by using my talents. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? PNJ, Huffington Post, National Military Family Association, Inweekly, Everyday Feminism, PR Daily, Mashable Tech, Pensacola Today, New Yorker What keeps you in Pensacola? That's easy: love. Everything and everyone I love most dearly is here, from this rapidly-growing southern coastal community to my parents and fiancé.

able to whatever company you have the opportunity to work for. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I feel rewarded by any project in which I can help drive results. Just last year, my team transformed a $40K budget into a $1.9M economic impact for Escambia County contributing to schools, infrastructure and more in our local community. This one made the "best" shortlist of projects.

BRITTANY MILLER

Vice-President of Digital Strategy, Ideaworks What makes your job 'click' for you? I never saw myself working in marketing. I graduated college with a degree in philosophy, but at the heart of what I do every day is connecting to people with ideas in a meaningful way. I find this part of my job very rewarding.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Make yourself indispens-

favorite quote, and it really hit home. It was George Bernard Shaw, "Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." This could apply to many things, just change "yourself" to "success" or "happiness" or "peace." I just love it. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. There's not just one. I feel most rewarded when I can contribute to someone's success, whether a personal success or a business success. I love to see the light bulb go on for someone or find a solution to a personal or business challenge, which happens often in auditing.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Basically any book I can get my hands on, but especially: Sci-Fi, novels, philosophy, history and mathematics as well as non-books: Twitter, TechCrunch and Wired. Everything. What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola is so charming. I always thought I would move after college, but I love it too much here. It also keeps me connected to people I enjoy being around.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? I love reading The Skimm every morning! It's perfect for an on-the-go person who wants to keep up with news in a fun, concise way. What keeps you in Pensacola? Aside from being close to family and friends and having a great place to work, Pensacola offers so much. The beach. The art. The history. The community. I love to see the recent growth and revival of downtown.

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What's the best advice you've ever been given? Be intentional with your actions and kind with your words. Successful people do not achieve success by accident.

CAITLIN NEWBY

Programs & Events Specialist, Greater Pensacola Chamber What makes your job 'click' for you? Every day I get the opportunity to work with wonderful, amazing, hardworking volunteers. Between Leadership Pensacola, LeaP Alumni and Chamber Ambassadors, I am constantly surrounded by people who care about this community and work diligently to see it prosper.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. It's an ongoing project, but my husband and I collect clothing and toys for children in foster care. Friends, family and even strangers have reached out to us with items to deliver to Families First Network. It's a wonderful organization that we really enjoy supporting. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? I just started “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain. I like staying up to date with Pensacola Magazine, too. What keeps you in Pensacola? The people. I have met some incredible people doing extraordinary things in this area. I'd hate to miss a minute of what they accomplish here.

APRIL 19 your day to do something, DO IT RIGHT" (Roughly translated to English). Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. This past year, I was fortunate enough to team up with some close friends to throw a charity cocktail party called Light Up The Night. With the help of private donors and Pensacola businesses, we were able to raise close to $10,000 for suicide awareness and mental health counseling programs.

THANH NGUYEN

Optometrist, Center for Sight What makes your job 'click' for you? My job allows me to make personal connections with people every day. Every patient has a unique story, and they entrust us with the health of their eyes. I am truly blessed to work with a group of individuals that value that trust. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Growing up as the youngest in the family, my folks as well as my siblings told me "If you are going to take the time out of

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What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Google News, eyerounds.org, American Journal of Ophthalmology. I am currently trying to get through “The Intelligent Investor” by Benjamin Graham. It's a tough read. What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola is my heart. In working with Light Up The Night, I have grown to appreciate the generosity and warmth that Pensacola brings. I would love to make this town even more inviting for the young and established to settle. It's true, we live where everyone vacations.

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rose from poverty in Cuba to distinction and tenure in America. He inspired me to always make certain that anything I do, I do very well, constantly striving to exceed my selfperceived capability.

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Advanced Certified Paralegal, Shell, Fleming, Davis & Menge, Attorneys at Law What makes your job 'click' for you? My wholehearted endorsement of our firm's commitment to service of our clients in a prompt, professional, competent, respectful and caring manner that is cost effective, efficient and in concert with our core values of honesty, integrity, responsibility, achievement and community service. What's the best advice you've ever been given? One of my undergraduate professors

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I was honored to be given an opportunity to write a series of articles for the Escambia-Santa Rosa County Bar Association's quarterly "Summation" magazine. I was able to objectively inform readers of various legal implications of same-sex domestic partnership and marriage from the local level to the national level. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc‌)? I am a big fan of Curiosity.com, The New York Times, and Spiegel Online International; however, I also very much enjoy NPR and PRI. What keeps you in Pensacola? Despite having been born and largely raised overseas, my strongest roots are here. Our city is quaint, cultured and vibrant with a fascinating and rich history. Perhaps one of the biggest and most obvious reasons is, of course, our impossibly beautiful beach.

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us to stay humble, be modest and treat others like you want to be treated. I also love "Dare, Dream, Do." Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I love helping others, and I volunteer often, for various causes. I am currently working with my Leap Class to help the homeless, and I can't wait to see the outcome of A Better Way to Give campaign. It has been an awesome experience so far.

CHUNTELL PATTERSON

Realtor/Office Administrator for Realty Masters of FL What makes your job 'click' for you? As a professional in Real Estate, it clicks for me when I know I've helped someone find a place to call home. It can be a hassle finding a home, and if I can help make that process smoother, then I have done my job.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc‌)? I am always on the go, so I do a lot of audio. I listen to quite a bit of Ted Talks. What keeps you in Pensacola? It is my home, and majority of my family is here. I met the love of my life here. I also enjoy showing my daughter the adventures of Pensacola. From the vibrant downtown to the lovely beach, what more can you ask for?

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Growing up, my mother always told

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What's the best advice you've ever been given? Surround yourself with people you admire to raise the bar for yourself so you accomplish more. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Hands down, meeting 12 of the astronauts who went into outer-space. It was an honor to be a part of the team that hosted the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 17. It's not every day you get to meet living legends and hear them tell the stories written in history books firsthand.

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Director of Development Operations, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation What makes your job 'click' for you? This job has given me an opportunity to grow in my professional development. I'm surrounded by talent; I couldn't ask for better mentors. I love taking ownership in my role helping achieve our mission in keeping the National Naval Aviation Museum a prominent piece of history in our community.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc‌)? I enjoy reading Southern Living, Bella, various news on social media, and it's always nice to get lost in a good book. What keeps you in Pensacola? My family and friends. Pensacola is home, and I can't imagine raising my children anywhere else. I see our city growing more every day, and I can't wait to see what the future holds.

Congratulations to our Rising Star Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. On May 7th, idgroup and Showcase Pensacola presented the five-year strategic plan for Visit Pensacola at the Historic REX Theatre. It was so rewarding to see all of the planning and preparation turn into a sold-out event. I had so much fun working on that project.

CARLY QUINA

Project Manager, idgroup What makes your job 'click' for you? In order to be successful at managing creative production and client requests, organization and time management skills are crucial. I have always been proficient in these particular skills; however, my experience at idgroup has enhanced them even further. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Life's short. Buy the shoes. Drink the wine. Order the dessert.

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What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc‌)? Books! Especially those on Reese Witherspoon's book club list What keeps you in Pensacola? My family is here. My sister gave me a nephew in 2015, and he has brought so much joy to me and my family's lives. I cannot image not being a part of his life. The beaches are pretty spectacular, as well!

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ing on the recipient). One has always stuck with me: "I don't deal in problems, I deal in solutions." I try to always focus on goals and road maps, not dwell in negativity or disappointment.

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Director of Sports & Original Programming, BlabTV What makes your job 'click' for you? Three things come together for to make this job work. First, I'm passionate about covering sports. It's what I know. Second is the opportunity to learn from two people I've looked up to for a long time—Quint Studer and Randy Hammer. Lastly, Pensacola is always home for me. What's the best advice you've ever been given? My father Jim Reeves is a man of one-liners (for better or worse depend-

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I won a national sportswriting (APSE) award last year for a story on Alabama kicker Adam Griffith, a former Polish orphan. ESPN Gameday saw the story and did a piece on him to open this season, flying Griffith home to see his birth parents for the first time since 2006. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? I'm a link-happy Twitter guy. So the sources are everywhere. But I'm a regular on ESPN and Rolling Stone. What keeps you in Pensacola? This is always home, and family is so important. But the hometown I left almost five years ago is nowhere to be found. The staggering progress and growth, especially downtown, played an integral role in the decision to come home.

lem solvers and taught me this lesson at a very early age. I try to remember this anytime I'm faced with an obstacle.

MEG RICH

Marketing Director, Gibson and Associates, Inc. What makes your job 'click' for you? Every day I get to combine my creative side with my analytical side to help clients achieve their goals when it comes to their biggest assets, their businesses. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Don't complain without providing a solution, and if a solution is not readily available, you need to create one. My father and my brother are prob-

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Last year, I helped to launch the PYP Mentor Pensacola Program. I was able to direct this project and take it from a brainstorming session to a tangible program that benefits our members directly. I'm excited to continue its growth into the coming years. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? TechCrunch, Fast Company, Inc., Forbes, AdAge, The Nerdist, Asana Blog. My bookshelf is forever growing, and Amazon used books section is my downfall. What keeps you in Pensacola? Out of all of the places I've lived, Pensacola feels the most like "home." My friends and colleagues are some of the most intelligent and creative people I know, and they help keep me here. Living so close to beautiful beaches with amazing weather helps, too.

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HR Benefits Administrator, Pensacola State College What makes your job 'click' for you? My job provides me the opportunity to meet and interact with employees at all levels of the organization and serve as an advocate for the employees. I also have the privilege of interacting with external clients to provide better benefit services to our employees.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. In the Latin American community, it is common to see young ladies give up on their dreams. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to help very intelligent young girls define who they are and achieve a measure of success. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Google News, TBO, PNJ, EBN, and HR News. What keeps you in Pensacola? The potential for growth, the rich culture, the people, and the history.

CONGRATULATIONS! whether you succeed or fail; either way, you will gain something from the experience. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. On May We bought a property at 12th and Maxwell and rebuilt two older homes and one new construction. I loved seeing the difference we were making. It was the first time a lot of people noticed A Door, and were able to see first hand what we were doing.

STEVEN SEBOLD

Director of Real Estate Operations, A Door Properties What makes your job 'click' for you? I have always had a creative side and love the idea of mixing modern style with timeless tradition. This job gives me the ability to do both, and either create something new, or breathe new life into something that was once great. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Not to be afraid to try. No one has gotten to where they are today by not trying. There are lessons to be learned

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Inweekly, Garden and Gun, PNJ, Architectural Digest, Dwell, Southern Living What keeps you in Pensacola? It was never my plan to stay in Pensacola; then life happened. I love the history and people. It's nice to know everyone and mutually share support for their accomplishments. With all the changes that have been, and are being, made over the last years, I couldn't imagine going anywhere else.

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Owner, Supposey and Gulf Coast Pedicabs What makes your job 'click' for you? Supposey is my Floral, Rental and Event Execution Business primarily serving weddings, and I also own and operate the local bicycle taxi service locally. Both companies are a joint effort with my husband Nick Sexton. My job with weddings clicks, because I am passionate about the celebration of marriage. What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Entrepreneurship is a choice, every day, forever. It's a choice to

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be the better person, to work harder, to go the extra mile, and take the road less traveled. No one said it would ever be easy, but it is the most rewarding thing you'll ever do." —Nick Sexton

the first piece of advice I received growing up, and it has stuck with me since. It’s short and sweet but critical to developing and maintaining successful relationships on both personal and professional levels.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Weddings in general are rewarding. I have gained so many good friends from the events we service. Being a part of one of the happiest days in a person's life is really something remarkable. Each couple is dear to my heart and my motivation to make their day exceptional.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I tend to consider every opportunity equally rewarding because of the direct economic impact linked to each. Whether it’s supporting a seasoned business with operating capital requirements, providing an entrepreneur with startup funding needs or assisting an investor in acquiring income-producing assets, money is exchanged, and commerce is generated.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? I really enjoy reading wedding blogs, and I try to keep myself updated with new wedding etiquette. What keeps you in Pensacola? My father is a retired Navy Pilot, and much of my family is here, so Pensacola is home. It is a total bonus that Pensacola is becoming a wedding hot spot with such a high volume of destination brides.

CHARLIE SHERRILL III

Commercial Banker, Hancock Bank What makes your job 'click' for you? Outside of partnering with clients to assist in successful operations, I enjoy the opportunity to learn something new about the business environment every single day. It may be general business related, specific to a company or industry or even what’s happening around town, but I appreciate the constant knowledge enhancement. What's the best advice you've ever been given? The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. This is

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? PNJ, Inweekly, Fox News, ESPN, Tomahawk Nation, any Dr. Seuss book my kids can find. What keeps you in Pensacola? As a seventh generation Pensacolian, I didn’t know there was another choice. All kidding aside, Pensacola’s rich history, moderate cost of living and convenient access to water, woods and other Gulf South destinations (Doak Campbell Stadium—Go Noles) make it easy to call this community home.

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sums up her personality and zest for life. I keep it in my wallet to remind me to always explore and try new things. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Anyone who works with kids can tell you that every day comes as a whole new challenge. The best reward is how it feels to take a child out of pain and make it a great experience. Every hug I get reminds me why I love my job so much.

ALLISON SIMMONS

Pediatric Dentist, Pensacola Kids Dentistry What makes your job 'click' for you? I've wanted to be a dentist for as long as I can remember. Dentistry is such a wonderful combination of art and science. In pediatrics, I love the challenge of turning something scary into something fun. Plus it makes it okay to act like a kid every day. What's the best advice you've ever been given? I have a post-it note from my late mother that reads, “When’s the last time you did something for the first time?” It really

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? PNJ is my go to local news source. Other favorites include Garden and Gun and Southern living. I can’t resist People magazine and fashion blogs.

Congratulations Megan Rich You are a Rising Star in our community. We appreciate your passion and dedication in making it a better place.

What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola is my husband’s hometown, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I quickly fell in love and was overwhelmed by how friendly everyone is. It has everything you could ever want, a vibrant downtown, beautiful beaches and the perfect amount of southern charm.

2) No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The most rewarding project that I've had the privilege to work on was through the Gulf Coast Veterans a Health Care System. The Behavioral Health department put on an event to raise money and awareness for homeless veterans. I was able to provide brief psychological services to veterans in crisis.

PAIGE SPENCER STEPHENSON Licensed Psychologist, Psychological Associates, PA

What makes your job 'click' for you? I've always wanted to help people and make a difference in their lives. My job allows me to help people reach their goals and improve themselves. I use positive psychology to facilitate personal growth and development. Working as a psychologist allows me to learn new things every day.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Inweekly What keeps you in Pensacola? I was raised in Pensacola and absolutely love the area. My entire family resides in Pensacola. I moved home after finishing graduate school to be close to my family and friends. I enjoy the beautiful beaches. I have also thoroughly enjoyed witnessing the downtown area grow and blossom.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? 1) Never make a permanent decision based on a temporary emotion.

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. While I consider many of my professional projects successful, the most rewarding project thus far in my life is parenthood. Raising my son, Tripp, is the most important and rewarding project I will ever work on.

is to make the most out of every situation; if something happens that you don’t like, change it!

KRISTEN SYLVESTER

Regional Manager, EmCare Physician Services What makes your job 'click' for you? I love healthcare management. My job allows me to utilize various skills, as well as challenges me to problem solve and grow professionally. I enjoy helping my hospital clients improve their leadership and operations through partnership with EmCare. One of my favorite areas of focus is patient satisfaction and experience. What's the best advice you've ever been given? The best advice I have been given

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I began a new hospital ED practice with a nine-day lead time in rural California. Through my physician network, I was able to begin the partnership without issue. It’s extremely rewarding to be told that a hospital stayed open and patient care wasn’t compromised because of my hard work. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Pensacola News Journal, Women’s Running, Runners World, Journal of Healthcare Management, Healthcare Executive, and various health and fitness blogs What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola is my hometown, and I love all that Pensacola has to offer. I enjoy raising my children in a great community filled with people who strive to make it better.

ASHLEY TUCKER

Regional Marketing Manager, Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors What makes your job 'click' for you? Creativity is my ‘thing’, so being able to do what I love every day makes my job click. I am constantly challenged to learn new things, and the potential for growth is immeasurable. One of the best perks is getting to meet and collaborate with team members from across the firm.

What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? PNJ, Pensacola Lifestyle, Buzzfeed, Inweekly, 850 Magazine and Florida Trend What keeps you in Pensacola? It’s home. My family and friends are a tremendous reason as to why I love living here. Having grown up in the area, I can’t imagine raising my family anywhere else.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Be genuine. Be kind. Be true to yourself.

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things that you want.” Growth isn’t comfortable or easy, but to rise to the next level you have to master the small stuff now to be ready for the larger items later.

LYNDI WARNER

Community Engagement Director, United Way of Escambia County What makes your job 'click' for you? I love connecting resources to the needs in the community and creating efficient systems that work. Helping individuals or groups use their talents to fulfill a need is one of the best feelings, and I get to do that every day. Also, the team at United Way is simply fantastic! What's the best advice you've ever been given? “Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do in order to get to do the

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I co-authored a grant for our tax assistance programs, and then waited several stressful months before learning we were a recipient. Knowing that we had successfully secured outside dollars for a muchneeded community program for the first time ever was very rewarding.

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What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? Smart Brief (top stories and trends for nonprofit professionals and business leaders), NPR, OPPAGA (Florida Legislature’s policy notes) and Better Homes & Gardens. What keeps you in Pensacola? This community is amazing. The level of talent and collaboration that exists is incredible and makes living and working here fun. The great local restaurants are definitely a bonus, too.

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in each decision that I make in my career. This advice has helped me maintain my sense of "self."

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Attorney, Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon What makes your job 'click' for you? I am a problem solver. As an attorney, I am constantly presented with new and challenging problems and controversies on a wide array of issues. I greatly enjoy helping my clients navigate through their various legal issues. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Before I went to college, my Grandfather told me not to forget where I came from. I try to remember that advice not only while practicing law, but January 28, 2016

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Through my firm’s encouragement of community involvement, I have had the opportunity to volunteer on the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of NW Florida. My work with this amazing organization has just begun, but it is already one of the most rewarding things I have done in my career. What's on your regular reading list (magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc…)? CNN.com, The Huffington Post, Inweekly, anything regarding NCAA football or MLB baseball and everything that is non-fiction about World War II. What keeps you in Pensacola? I love the weather, the beaches, the people and the food. My wife and I are looking forward to raising our children in this wonderful community.

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