Chamber recognizes 2018 Small Business Leader of the Year

The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce presented Kevin & Jennifer Youngs, co-owners of Youngs Physical Therapy & Sports Performance, with the 2018 Small Business Leader of the Year Award during its Small Business Leader of the Year Awards event on Wednesday, May 22, at the ECU Main Campus Student Center.

Youngs Physical Therapy & Sports Performance is a physical therapy clinic in Greenville.  Co-owner and lead therapist, Kevin Youngs, has been treating patients in Greenville since 2004 and rehabbing East Carolina University student-athletes since 2007.  Kevin specializes in orthopedic and sports related injuries and provides physical therapy and sports rehabilitation to athletes and non-athletes of all ages.

Kevin and Jennifer opened the practice in 2012 in a 1,600 square foot space on Greenville Boulevard.  With a vision to have a larger impact on patient wellness, they opened their current location in 2017 at 1301 East Arlington Boulevard in Greenville.  Youngs Physical Therapy’s current location is 9,300 square feet and allows them to provide an array of services, including, but not limited to: physical therapy, general wellness, sports performance, massage therapy, yoga, and Pilates.  All of these services impact every individual that comes through their doors and gets them moving better and staying active.

Kevin serves as the physical therapist for East Carolina University athletics and Youngs Physical Therapy provides athletic training coverage at home events for Pitt Community College and The Oakwood School.  They also provide athletic training coverage and stretch tents for contracted events with the City of Greenville and athletic coverage for ECU Clubs Sports events.

Kevin and Jennifer are actively involved in the community, serving on various local boards.  Jennifer is a member of The Oakwood School Board of Trustees and Kevin and Jennifer both served as co-chairs of the Annual Fund Campaign for The Oakwood School.  Kevin serves as a board member for the ECU Medical Health Sciences Foundation and Jennifer was a member of the Greenville Women’s League for six years.  The Youngs established and endowed three ECU scholarships in memory of their son, Blaise Youngs, who passed away in May 2009.  In August of this year, Kevin and Jennifer are leading a mission trip for 25 ECU physical therapy students to the Dominican Republic.

“Small businesses are vital to our community and make up over 75% of the businesses in our Chamber and community – it is our honor to celebrate their hard work and contributions to the Greenville-Pitt County area,” said Kate Teel, president of the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce.  “This year’s finalists have not only had successes in launching and running their respective businesses, but have also invested their time and talents outside of their businesses in the effort to make our community a better place to live.”

The Chamber hosts the Small Business Awards event each year to honor leaders in the Pitt County business community who have demonstrated successful operations of their business as well as made a significant impact on the community.  Finalists are selected based off of nominations from their peers and later recognized at this event.  In addition to Kevin and Jennifer Youngs, Susan Bucci, owner of The Painted Peacock, and H.B. Moore, vice president and general manager of Piedmont Service Group, were also recognized as finalists for the 2018 Small Business Leader of the Year Award.

Also during the event, First Citizens Bank honored Igoe Creative with the First Citizens Bank Forever First Award.  This award is intended to shine a light on smaller and medium-sized businesses that create real and lasting value for their customers and rewards businesses that live up to high ethical standards.

The 2019 Small Business Leader of the Year Awards was presented by the City of Greenville and First Citizens Bank.  Gold Sponsors for this year’s event included the Pitt County Development Commission, The Daily Reflector, and the Pitt Community College Small Business Center.  Carolina Eagle and Executive Personnel Group served as Silver Sponsors.

Pictured L to R: Janet Mullaney, 2019 GPCCC Chairperson; Kevin & Jennifer Youngs, 2018 Small Business Leader of the Year; Kate Teel, GPCCC President; Ashley-Nicole Russell, 2017 Small Business Leader of the Year; Dr. Lawrence Rouse, Pitt Community College President