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Next Generation Award

Cobb Young Professionals recognizes the county's top young professionals with the annual Next Generation Award. Award winners are selected from a pool of nominees who can be admired, learned from and celebrated within the Cobb community. Nominees are all in their 20s or 30s, active within their community, demonstrate leadership ability in the community and in their current role, and offer a unique perspective. Two winners of the Next Generation Award are named each year.

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2021 Next Generation Award Winners

Allison Giddens
Co-President, Win-Tech, Inc.

Allison Giddens worked for small business manufacturer Win-Tech, an aerospace precision machine shop, for 14 years, before buying the company in 2020. Giddens also runs The Dave Krache Foundation, a non-profit that helps pay sports fees for local kids in need. She is actively involved in local workforce development and industry groups, including Chattahoochee Technical College Foundation Board, Georgia Department of Education’s CTAE Advisory Board, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, and LiveSAFE Resources. Giddens founded the Georgia Chapter of Women in Manufacturing and currently serves as Vice-Chair. 

Most recently, Giddens received the August 2020 “Another Level Blue Devil” recognition from Marietta High School for involving MHS students in an Advanced Manufacturing Virtual Internship (AMVI), created as a response to the pandemic and the inability to bring students on-site. In January 2021, she partnered with Parallel, Inc. and industry colleagues to bring AMVI to the neurodiverse community.

Andrew Dill
Director of Government Relations, Lockheed Martin

Andrew Dill represents Lockheed Martin to federal, state, and local officials across the Southeast. Additionally, he leads legislative and economic development efforts for Lockheed Martin’s Air Mobility and Maritime Missions (AMMM) and Integrated Fighter Group lines of business, serving as external affairs site lead for production facilities in GA, SC, FL, MS, and WV.

He previously served as Director of Federal Relations for the University of Georgia based in Washington, D.C. In that role, he served as the university’s primary liaison to Congress, federal departments and agencies, as well as higher education associations and advocacy groups. Prior to UGA, he was Manager of Operations and Policy for General Electric and is a graduate of GE’s Experienced Commercial Leadership Program (ECLP). He began his career with United States Senator Johnny Isakson in 2007.