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Chamber recognizes 2018 Small Business Leader of the Year

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Monday, May 27, 2019

The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce presented Kevin and Jennifer Youngs, co-owners of Youngs Physical Therapy & Sports Performance, with the 2018 Small Business Leader of the Year Award.

The Youngs received their honor during its Small Business Leader of the Year Awards event on Wednesday 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 Youngs specializes in orthopedic and sports-related injuries and provides physical therapy and sports rehabilitation to athletes and non-athletes of all ages.

The couple opened the practice in 2012 in a 1,600 square foot space on Greenville Boulevard. With a vision to have a larger effect on patient wellness, they opened their current location in 2017 at 1301 East Arlington Blvd.

Youngs Physical Therapy’s location is 9,300 square feet and allows them to provide an array of services, including physical therapy, general wellness, sports performance, massage therapy, yoga, and Pilates.

According to the owners, all of these services affect every individual that comes through their doors and gets them moving better and staying active.

Kevin Youngs 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. the business also provides athletics training coverage and stretch tents for contracted events with the City of Greenville and athletics coverage for ECU Clubs Sports events.

Kevin and Jennifer Youngs are 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 percent of the businesses in our Chamber and community,” said Kate Teel, president of the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce. “It is our honor to celebrate their hard work and contributions to the Greenville-Pitt County area.

“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,” Teel said. 

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 effect 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, also were recognized as finalists for the 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.

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