Cynthia Wright, One of Savannah’s Rising Stars of Business, to be honored Jan. 18

Cynthia Wright, One of Savannah’s Rising Stars of Business, to be honored Jan. 18

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Savannah magazine and BiS (Business in Savannah) are recognizing Generation NEXT, Savannah’s Rising Stars of Business.

For the seventh year in a row, the two publications have teamed up to profile the area’s 40-and-under leaders who have distinguished themselves by their professional achievements and philanthropic service within Savannah and the Coastal Empire.

“The breadth and depth of talent and creativity exhibited by the Generation NEXT class of 2017 assures me that the future of our community is in good hands,” said Amy Paige Condon, editor of Savannah magazine. “Individually and collectively, these young leaders possess such a strong commitment to building their businesses here and an even stronger ethic for giving back to greater Savannah. They stand shoulder to shoulder with previous honorees, and I’m eager to see what impact they’ll have in the years ahead.”

Winners of the 2017 “Generation NEXT: Savannah’s Rising Stars of Business” are:

  • Candace Adkins, Ameris Bank
  • Kristen Baird-Rabun, Kristen Baird Fine Jewelry
  • Erica Cannon, Savannah Pet Sitters LLC
  • Emily M. Doherty, Georgia Tech Savannah
  • Vernon Donovan, Vernon Donovan State Farm Insurance
  • Christy Edwards, Horizons Savannah
  • Bryan Ferris, JE Dunn Construction
  • Jack H. Green Jr., Northwestern Mutual
  • Jamie Gwaltney, Moffatt & Nichol
  • Jackie Johnson, Page International Inc.
  • Jessica L. Kelly, Engel & Völkers Savannah
  • Britnee Kinard, SD Gunner Fund
  • Heather Lundy, Hunter Maclean
  • Kris Patel, HOS Management
  • Brian J. Prevatt, CPA, Hancock Askew & Co. LLP
  • Ryan Sewell, TK, CPCU, Seacrest Partners Inc.
  • Whitney Shephard, Green Truck Pub
  • Meredith Anne Sutton, Service Brewing
  • Anthony Valdez, Clark Creative
  • Cynthia Wright, Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing

These honorees will be featured in the January/February 2017 issue of Savannah magazine, on and in the Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2016, issue of BiS.

The 20 dreamers and doers who comprise Generation NEXT will be honored at an event hosted at Cohen’s Retreat, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 5715 Skidaway Road.

Tickets are $20. Admission includes light appetizers and two drink tickets. A cash bar will be available. Tickets can be purchased at

JE Dunn Construction is the Gold Sponsor, and Service Brewing Co. is the Bronze Sponsor.

Business in Savannah (BiS) and Savannah magazine are both publications of the Savannah Morning News. Since 2009, the monthly BiS has been keeping Savannahians apprised of the business trends shaping our city’s economy. Go to

For 27 years, the bimonthly Savannah magazine has served as Savannah’s premier city magazine, interpreting the community’s unique cultural identity with smart, layered, inclusive stories and arresting imagery. For a curated escape from the everyday, go to

The Savannah Morning News is owned by Morris Publishing Group LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morris Communications Company LLC. The Savannah Morning News publishes six weekly newspapers, numerous monthly publications for the Savannah and Lowcountry area and digitally publishes at Its diverse portfolio also offers a wide range of digital services, solutions and websites, community events, commercial printing and a ticketing platform.

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Cynthia Wright

Cynthia Wright is the Junior Partner at Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing, where she oversees business development, manages the Visibility Team, and coordinates reputation management strategies for clients, media relations and online SEO-PR.

Cynthia was named a Rising Star in Business by Savannah Magazine and Savannah Morning News in 2017. She serves as President of the Savannah Jaycees, which is celebrating their 75th anniversary.

Cynthia graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors in Communications focusing on Public Relations. She is one of six students to receive L.E.A.P. certification, which recognizes PR professionals who have gone through Leadership, Experience in Communication, Academics, and Professionalism training. Cynthia also received a certification from the Dale Carnegie LIVE online training program, Getting Results Without Authority, and Savannah Speechcraft for Professional Women course sponsored by Toastmasters International. In 2004, she earned national recognition at the International Student Media Festival for “Escape from Vietnam,” a website created by Cynthia and three of her peers.

Cynthia was the Publicity Chairperson for the Savannah United in Prayer event held on September 11, 2016, in Forsyth Park by the Community Intercessors. Cynthia has additionally supported community relations efforts of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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