Winners chosen at TAG Young Professionals’ Inaugural One in a Millennial Awards

ATLANTA, GA (September 29, 2015) – TAG Young Professionals, a society aimed to connect and help young professionals develop in their careers and expand their horizons, held its first-ever One in a Millennial Awards on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the newly launched General Assembly Atlanta inside Ponce City Market.
By 2020, millennial will represent half of the workforce in the world. Many individuals from this generation are coming of age and establishing their place society. The awards celebrate this new era in the workforce and recognize some individuals who are leaving their footprints in the technology and business communities of Georgia.
Over 100 people were in attendance to celebrate recognized individuals who are already making a name for themselves in technology and business communities in the following categories:

  • Sales Leader: Anthony Zhang, Director of Sales, SalesLoft
  • Professional Services Leader: Katie Rogers, VP Professional Services, SalesLoft
  • Technologist of the Year: William McGinnis, Software Engineer, Predikto
  • Marketing and Social Media Leader: Kelly Schmalz, Marketing Manager, Springbot
  • Top Recruiter: Jonathan Garner, Recruiting Director, Cloud Sherpas
  • Best Personal Brand: Sonia Lakhany, Trademark Attorney, Lakhany Law, PC
  • Top Newcomer: Melissa Nemec, Director of Community Operations, Tech Talent South
  • STEM Education Leader: Sarah Lashinsky, Maker Mentor, Community Guilds’ STE(A)M Truck

The top 3 finalists of each category were chosen by a panel of industry leading judges. To see the full list of nominees:

“It’s really great to see such a high turnout on our first awards night. Our goal as a society is to set up something for young professionals to gather and interact for the future. We really believe that we are continuing to break the millennial stereotypes and showing that we can roll-up our sleeves and work hard to make things happen,” said Jake Jones, Audit Senior Accountant at Cherry Bekaert LLP and TAG Young Pros Board Chair.

The Awards was keynoted by Sangram Vajre, Co-Founder & CMO of Terminus, a B2B marketer that simplifies account-based marketing to reach and engage targeted accounts across all stages of the buyer’s journey. Mr. Vajre is a passionate Marketing geek at heart and loves to solve problems, both analytically and creatively. He has invaluable experience from exposure to startups, consulting, and global companies.

This event was made possible by Sponsors – Cherry Bekaert CPAs & Advisors, THInc. Guiding Innovation, QS World MBA Tour, and Hunter Technical Resources. Additional thanks to hypepotamus, a media partner.

About TAG Young Professionals
You are new in town and ambitious to take charge of your career. Others sit back and wait for their bosses to move on so that they can move up; you’re too hungry for success to wait around. Instead, you find the largest technology, networking organization in the Southeast, so that you can swap ideas with your peers as much as you swap business cards.

At TAG Young Professionals, we bring in top talent to share their experiences and offer guidance and inspiration to you. Our society covers topics such as: mentorship, resume tweaks, effective networking, where to give your time outside the office, and more. You will have the opportunity to speak with Directors, VP’s and C-level executives about their path to the top and how it translates to you.

TAG Young Professionals is here to help you develop your career and expand your horizons, while making lasting friendships along the way. For more information, visit
About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 28,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.

The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. For more information visit the TAG website at


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