Cobb Chamber of Commerce

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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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2018 Next Generation Award Winners

A.J. Brooks, Assistant Vice President of Operations, WellStar Medical Group

As Assistant Vice President of Operations for WellStar Medical Group, Brooks has been recognized as one of the top performers in the company each year in the overall satisfaction of team members. His success within his role, ability to foster relationships and overall work ethic resulted in the President and CEO of WellStar Health System, Candice Saunders, selecting him to participate in Leadership GHA with the Georgia Hospital Association.

Brooks has been heavily involved in Cobb Young Professionals over the years, participating as a mentee in the 2015-2016 Next Generation Mentoring Program and is currently serving as an active member of the Steering Committee for Cobb Young Professionals. He also serves as Vice Chairman for the young professional committee of the Center of Family Resources and serves as a mentor for both the Health Career Academy—Atlanta program and Benjamin E. Mays High School.


Emily McMillan, General Manager and Operations Partner, Nothing Bundt Cakes

McMillan is the youngest General Manager and Operations Partner in the history of the national franchise, Nothing Bundt Cakes. Not only is she a young professional running an entire store, but also she understands and redefines the lines of leadership. McMillan creates a positive workplace for all employees by promoting personal and professional development, going above and beyond to make her team feel loved and appreciated and most of all, encouraging community involvement.

McMillan serves as an Ambassador for the Cobb Chamber and is an active member of Cobb Young Professionals. She leads her store’s community involvement through making donations, raising money for campaigns and committing many volunteer hours to several local nonprofits, police departments, fire departments, schools, churches and most hospitals throughout Cobb County.