April 29,2016

ChamberRVA names four 2016 winners of young professional awards

Two individuals and two companies awarded at The ICONS event;
Keynote address by Mark Fernandes of Luck Companies
Richmond, VA – ChamberRVA is pleased to congratulate the winners of The Icons and YP Workplace Awards. The Icons and YP Workplace awards recognize career bold young professionals and the organizations that support them. Selected from a pool of 12 finalists by a committee of business and community leaders, the winners were announced at an event on April 28th at the Westin Hotel following a keynote address by Mark Fernandes, Chief Leadership officer at Luck Companies.
“This marks the second year we have honored individual young professionals who are setting themselves apart among their peers,” said Kim Scheeler, President & CEO of ChamberRVA. “It is hard to believe that this is the ninth year of honoring the amazing workplaces that show extraordinary support for young professionals with our YP Workplace awards. These exceptional employers are a big part of what makes RVA an incredible place for young professionals to live.”
Individual nominations for The Icons were accepted in two categories, Change Agent and Front Runner. Nominees were required to be age 35 or younger. Nominations for the YP Workplace Awards were accepted in two categories: small business and large business.

The 2016 young professionals award winners are:


The Change Agent is a young professional who is imaginative in his or her approach to identifying new avenues of thought and action in the workplace. He or she embraces innovation and creativity as drivers to making positive changes.

Sarah Mullens – Co-Founder, UnBoundRVA
Sarah is the co-founder of Unbound RVA, a non-profit focused on providing social mobility through entrepreneurship. Her organization already has helped dozens of individuals since inception only a couple years ago.


The Front Runner is a young professional who is a driver and pacesetter in his or her workplace. A Front Runner’s approach to leadership is one that draws strength from his or her core values, self-awareness and the ability to ignite the potential in others.

Natalie Garramone – CEO, The Frontier Project
When Natalie first started at The Frontier Project five years ago, she had no idea she would one day become its CEO. She has proven her value at The Frontier Project by helping Fortune 500 clients enter markets they had never before considered.


The 9th annual YP Workplace Awards honor workplaces that are helping to attract, retain and develop the region’s young professionals. ChamberRVA announces one winner in each of the following two categories:

Small Business:

Mitchell Wiggins & Company LLP
Mitchell Wiggins lives by its mission statement: To listen to our clients, identify their needs, and provide creative solutions. Mitchell Wiggins is committed to the success and professional development of its young professionals.

Large Business:

Trane U.S., Inc.
Trane is in the business of making buildings better for the people who occupy them and the organizations that thrive in them, all the while encouraging our young professionals to grow.


About the Icons and YP Workplace Awards
ChamberRVA’s HYPE program for young professionals offers a wide variety of programming throughout the year designed to engage and connect young professionals. The Icons and YP Workplace Awards are awarded annually to recognize, respectively, individuals differentiating themselves and workplaces that are providing extraordinary support to its young professionals.

About the Finalists
The winners above were selected from a pool of 12 finalists.

Change Agent:

Andreas Addison, Civic Innovator, The City of Richmond
Sarah Mullens, Co-Founder, UnBoundRVA
Jennifer Stickney, Director of Operations & Special Projects, Magellan Health

Front Runner:
Dawson Boyer, Realtor, Long & Foster Realtors
Natalie Garramone, CEO, The Frontier Project
Danielle Gilbert, Administrative Director, Human Resource, Bon Secours Virginia


Small Business:
Mitchell Wiggins & Company LLP
The Mom Complex
The Valentine

Large Business:
Cherry Bekaert LLP
Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer
Trane U.S., Inc.