Juice and the Young Professionals Connection announced four recipients of the 2016 YP of the Year Awards on Thursday, February 9, 2017.
The awards ceremony took place at Sticks, Inc., and recognized 12 finalists across four categories. All finalists and nominees were recognized for their work in 2016 to impact their communities.
Approximately 250 young professionals, community and business leaders honored the finalists and nominees during the ceremony.
The winners spoke about their passion for central Iowa, important causes to them around the state, and how they would improve their community as young professionals.
Juice YP of the Year - Kyle Oppenhuizen
This award recognizes a young professional who has made significant contributions for civic, charitable, entertainment or quality of life in central Iowa.
2016 accomplishments: Kyle made an impact to the Des Moines Community in many different ways, particularly through his efforts to attract and retain young professionals to Iowa through his presidency on the Young Professional (YP) Iowa board, his efforts on the Iowa State Daily Board, where he helps guide young writers and provides real world business experience to future young professionals and through his commitment to the Emerging Leaders Collaborative to create a network of shared resources. He is committed to not only the future of Iowa (students) but also the Iowa of here and now through the current young professionals. He is a guiding force helping Iowa move in a positive direction through growth and leadership.
If you could describe Des Moines in three words, what would they be? Collaborative, forward-thinking, and growing.
What is the most important cause to you, right now, in Des Moines (and why?) Helping amplify our region’s voice on a national and international scale. I am lucky to work with an extremely talented, hard-working communications and marketing team at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, and we are focused on telling the Greater Des Moines story. We have such a great story to tell. We are experiencing a wave of economic momentum and there is a real “cool” factor.