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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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2019 Next Generation Award Winners

Katy Ruth Camp, Editor
Cobb Life Magazine, Cobb Business Journal and Marietta Daily Journal

In her role as editor, Katy Ruth Camp oversees the design, content and production of the monthly publications of Cobb Life Magazine and the Cobb Business Journal. She also manages features and lifestyle content and production for the Marietta Daily Journal, while often serving as a writer and photographer for all three publications. Camp has received numerous accolades for her work, including winning AP Story of the Year for a feature on Betty Siegel, Georgia Press Association’s Best Magazine Cover award for Cobb Life Magazine’s October pets issue and Best Magazine Product (second place) for Cobb Life Magazine’s July issue (Camp’s first as editor).

Within the Cobb County community, Katy Ruth Camp was a founding member of the Marietta Arts Council, helping to plan and manage the inaugural Mountain to River Trailfest, and a founding board member of liveSAFE Resources’ Young Professionals. With the Shepherd’s Men, she traveled from Chicago to Atlanta photographing and documenting the nonprofit’s annual run for its SHARE Military Initiative. Camp has also been involved with a number of local organizations, including Leadership Cobb, the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, Cobb Young Professionals and more.

Katy Ruth Camp was nominated for the Next Generation Award for leveraging her time and talents as a media and community leader to support the good in Cobb County and beyond.


Eddie Wade, Executive Vice President, Croy Engineering

After joining Croy Engineering in 2014, Eddie Wade quickly rose through the ranks to become Executive Vice President and Partner, and now helps direct the operational and business development efforts for the 150-person company. Under his management, Croy has more than doubled in size and revenue, and several of its projects have garnered state and national attention, including the Skip Spann Connector project winning the ASHE National Transportation Project of the Year, the Smyrna Security Upgrades project bringing home the ASEC Georgia Engineering Excellence Award, among others. His leadership, internally at Croy and externally in the industry, led to Wade being named Georgia's 2019 Young Engineer of the Year by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers.

Beyond his leadership, Eddie Wade serves in a number of capacities, from board, association and committee memberships within his profession to community organizations and groups like Leadership Cobb, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, and the Northwest Cobb Family YMCA, among others.

Eddie Wade was nominated for the Next Generation Award for his servant leadership within and outside of his organization, unique vision and dedicated support of Cobb County.