CANTON, GA (June 1, 2023) – The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is honored to announce the 2023 group of Cherokee County’s Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch.

​”The Top 10 in 10 initiative is designed to cultivate and showcase exceptional Cherokee County young professionals,” said Pam Carnes, Chamber President and CEO. Coordinated by the Chamber, in partnership with Enjoy Cherokee Magazine, this recognition program focuses on Cherokee County residents under age 40 who are considered to be Cherokee County’s up and coming leaders over the next 10 years.

​”We were extremely pleased with the number and caliber of candidates for this year’s recognition. As we have grown accustomed to since this program’s inception in 2012, far more than 10 nominations were received and likewise, there were far more applications than honoree slots. Each application was carefully reviewed by a panel of judges that found the task of only choosing ten honorees challenging,” shared Chamber Board Chair Trey Ragsdale, External Affairs, Kaiser Permanente. Judging criteria included past professional achievements and awards, five to ten-year professional goals as well as the nominees volunteer and community activities. Besides being recognized during the Chamber’s June Good Morning Cherokee breakfast meeting, the recipients will also be featured in the July/August issue of Enjoy Cherokee Magazine. The honorees who will be under the age of 40 on October 1 have been nominated for the prestigious GeorgiaTrend Magazine 40 Under 40 recognition.

(front row, l to r): Madison Beaulieu, Ashley Witcher, Kristin Norton Green, Ashley Polito, Lindsay Harris (back row, l to r): Thomas Trawick, Michael Sims, Joshua Cole, Zack Bobo, Justin Lamb

The rising stars recognized as Cherokee County’s next generation of community leaders include (front row, l to r): Madison Beaulieu, Economic Development Operations Manager, City of Woodstock; Ashley Witcher, County Extension Coordinator/4-H & Youth Agent, University of Georgia Extension-Cherokee County; Kristin Norton Green, Theatre Events & Facilities Director, City of Canton; Ashley Polito, Principal, Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy-Cherokee County School District; Lindsay Harris, Intelligence Unit Manager–Multi-Agency Criminal Intelligence Unit, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office. (back row, l to r): Thomas Trawick, Zoning Division Manager, Cherokee County; Michael Sims, Lieutenant, Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services; Joshua Cole, Lead District Executive, Atlanta Area Council-Boy Scouts of America; Zack Bobo, Owner, Zack Bobo Real Estate; Justin Lamb, Director of Metallurgy and R&D, Universal Alloy Corporation.

The mission of the Cherokee County Chamber, a Georgia Certified Chamber, is to promote business to expand the economy and enrich the community. To learn more about the Chamber, visit


Enjoy Cherokee July/August Edition

The Top 10 in 10 honorees will be featured in the upcoming July/August edition of Enjoy Cherokee magazine. Subscribe to our (free!) mailing list to receive your copy.


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