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Ithaca, NY – Announcing the first annual Tompkins Connect Fabulous Five (FAB5) Awards sponsored by Tompkins Trust Company. The FAB5 Young Professional Awards is celebrating the achievement of Tompkins County Young Professionals, ages 21-40, who are growing and excelling in their respective fields and in the community.

The FAB5 Awards categories are: Young Professional Entrepreneur, Young Professional Not-for-Profit Leader, Young Professional Businesses Leader, Young Professional Volunteer, and Young Professional Rookie of the Year.

To nominate an individual, visit the Tompkins County Chamber’s web page at Nominations are due by January 11th, 2016. The FAB5 winners will be announced on February 22, 2016 at FAB5 Awards Ceremony at Coltivare.

Co-sponsors are Tompkins Connect, the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way.

“I am very excited for us to be recognizing not only the accomplishments already achieved by our young professionals, but the promise of the leadership they will provide that will be so important to the healthy future of our community,” said Greg Hartz, president and CEO, Tompkins Trust Company. “There are countless young professionals living and working in our community, shaping both the short-term and long-term success of our organizations. It’s great to see the workplace evolve, and we are pleased to honor these young professionals for their achievements.”

“The Tompkins Connect Young Professional Fab5 Awards are an exciting new way for the community to recognize up and coming young professionals who have excelled or provided leadership as entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, business leaders, volunteers, and more,” said Jennifer Tavares, Tompkins County Chamber President. “The Chamber is thrilled to be partnering with Tompkins Connect, Tompkins Trust Company, and Communique to recognize young community leader.”

“The Fab5 Awards showcase the especially bright and gifted young talent we have in this community. These are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Syvante Myrick, Mayor of Ithaca.

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