2020 Rising Stars
A critical part of our community’s progress is the retention of young talent. Since the inception of our weekly newspaper, we’ve accepted this premise and worked to create an environment that would help those under the age of 40 prosper.
We recognized that too many of our best and brightest were leaving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties after repeatedly being told to wait their turns. Inweekly refused to accept the status quo.
In 2006, we facilitated the creation of the Pensacola Young Professionals to help those under the age of 40 get a seat at the decision-making table. We saw the proposed Community Maritime Park as a public-private partnership that would catapult the city of Pensacola to the next level of growth and economic success and foster an environment for young professionals to thrive.
After the park referendum passed, Inweekly took another step. In 2008, we created Rising Stars to recognize those young leaders seen by their peers, clients and bosses as up-and-coming leaders in their fields and the community. It has been a source of pride for this newspaper to see many of them move on to further success and become major influencers in our community, region and state.
Every January, we select 64 men and women from a field of over 200 nominations that come from various professions—including doctors, nurses, lawyers, accountants, artists, teachers and entrepreneurs. At first, we worried that we might run out of professionals to honor, but the list of nominations has steadily grown.
With the Rising Class of 2020, Inweekly will have recognized 705 up-and-coming leaders over the past dozen years. This class, like its predecessors, will be difference makers. We look forward to seeing their contributions to our community.
List of 2020 Rising Stars
Erica Callaway Karr
Therese Felth McKenzie
Gary “Bubba” Peters