OLEAN, NY — Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s Olean Area Young Professionals is pleased to announce the 2019 class of honorees for its annual awards. 

“This year’s OAYP Award winners are a very deserving group. They represent what we hope for in the next generation of community members and leaders,” Andrew Caya, the chamber’s board president, said. “We’re proud to recognize these outstanding young professionals and their respective contributions to the Greater Olean area.”

Honorees and their respective awards are:

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Pete Coate, an application engineer at Elantas PDG, received the Emerging Young Leader Award. The honor is OAYP’s highest award and recognizes a young professional at any stage in their career who is both professionally and socially active, has made significant contributions to their place of employment and to the community, and shows potential to be a next generation leader in the area.

Alicia Broadbent, director of planning and development at Southern Tier Health Care System, received the MVYP Award. The honor is given to a young professional who has worked for a company for more than three years, has made significant contributions to their industry/company, and exudes leadership qualities in all capacities.

Holly McCully, an inbound marketing specialist at Protocol 80, received the Rookie of the Year Award. The honor is given to a young professional who has worked for a company for three years or less and demonstrates outstanding work ethic and commitment to employer, and has exceeded expectations.

Kyle Leslie, vice president of the Olean Schools Foundation, received the Volunteer of the Year Award. The honor is given to a young professional who has devoted a significant amount of time to helping others and supporting area charities and service organizations.

Husband and wife Heath and Sally McCombs share the OAYP Member of the Year Award. Heath is a physical therapist with UPMC Cole Hospital in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. Sally is a partner with Trades of Hope.  The honor is given to an OAYP member who has embraced the group and its mission. 

St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A Quick Center for the Arts was named this year’s Friend of OAYP. The award is given to an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond to support OAYP.

This year’s winners will be honored during an awards ceremony scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 16, at the Old Library, Olean.  

Nominations came from many of the area’s employers. 

“Just like last year, the OAYP Committee members were faced with some tough choices to make as we received many great nominations,” Christopher Michel, the chamber’s director of marketing and communications and head of OAYP’s organizing committee. said. “Our winners are a great representation of the caliber of young professionals who help the Greater Olean area thrive, and we look forward to honoring them.”

Tickets for the recognition ceremony are $25 and are available at Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s office, 301 N. Union St., Olean, now through Oct. 11. For more information, contact the Chamber at 372-4433 or email Oleanareayp@oleanbd.com