2015 Rising Stars

Lexington Young Professionals Association 2015 Rising Stars
Tyler Adkins

Tyler is a small business owner and attorney that owns and manages The Adkins Firm, PLLC in downtown Lexington.

In 2015 he received the “Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Star” in the category of civil litigation – defense by Super Lawyers Magazine.

He is on the Board of Trustees for Supporting Heroes, and is a member of both the 5K and golf scramble planning committees for the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation.

Christine Louise de Briffault

Christine is the Director of Risk Management & Compliance for Chrysalis House, Kentucky’s oldest and largest licensed substance abuse treatment program for women.

Christine is deeply committed and involved in raising awareness of local social issues and human rights. She is dedicated to helping women, children and low-income families so that they have the opportunity to succeed.

She has served as Assistant Co-Chair of the 2016 Provisional Class for the Junior League of Lexington and is the 2015 recipient of Young Lawyer Service to Community Award by the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers.

Emily Downey

As the North America Field Marketing Manager for Alltech she manages the North America Integrated Marketing Communications Team which helps increase and drive sales. Emily is also a lead on Alltech’s Marketing Bootcamp, and on the Marketing session at Alltech’s annual International Symposium.

She is also involved with the Bluegrass Idea Festival Planning Committee, in partnership with Bluegrass Tomorrow, that focuses on idea generation and promoting the ideas of the next generation in Kentucky.


Bob Eidson

As the Developer for Smith Town Homes, Bob has successfully navigated the development cycle from concept through completion. On a day-to-day basis, Bob’s role as Director for the Emerge ventures includes line-of-business management of the concrete division, general contracting division & institutional client-services.

A successful entrepreneur, Bob has generated more than $20 million of business in the central Kentucky area. This includes multi-media (The Bourbon Review), nightlife (Belle’s Cocktail House), construction (Emerge Contracting), re-development & urban infill (Emerge Property, Emerge Development). He has lead stream cleanups & The Bourbon Review Charitable Trust efforts to raise awareness to sustainability issues in central Kentucky.  He has also volunteered approximately 1000 hours with Foreclosure Prevention organizations.

Emily Evans

Emily is the Multicultural Affairs Coordinator at Midway University where she provides necessary support to international students, including ensuring the student has proper legal documentation and that they have a healthy adjustment to American culture.

In 2014-2015, she was awarded the Presidential Citation Award from the Rotary District Governor.

Outside of work Emily served as Secretary on the AVOL Board of Directors,  Director of Community Relations for DodgeLex, Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, and Mentor for Transylvania University 100 Doors to Success.

Mike Hilton

Senior Manager, Customer Engagement at Quest International Users Group, Mike is responsible for creating an environment that allows sales people to continually develop and benefit the organization. He is also responsible for setting strategy that drives customer engagement and vendor engagement in different relevant product areas, and for meeting associated revenue and engagement goals.

Since moving to Lexington in 2004, he’s focused on opportunities that focus on young leadership development, including participation in the Leadership Lexington, serving on the Youth Program steering committee, chairing the inaugural EMERGE steering committee and helping to launch Lexington Catholic’s Leadership Development Program.


Kate Horning

Kate Horning, author of “Healthy Living Redefined: Live It. Share It.”​ is an emerging thought leader in health and nutrition. She is an ambassador on the leading edge of a new generation that challenges established ideas while looking for better ways to achieve a healthier, happier life.

To expand on this vision for sustainable health, Kate has partnered with Whole Foods Market to educate the community on local farm-to-table efforts as well as working closely with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture on their “Kentucky Proud”​ and “Homegrown by Heroes”​ programs.


Crystal Newton

Marketing Coordinator of Bates Security, Crystal leads the development of their marketing strategy and managing the execution of that strategy, which includes all social media, TV and print advertising, branding work, email newsletters, company blogs and other customer outreach efforts. She has developed a reputation in Lexington and in the industry as an expert in marketing and her opinion is often sought out by other security companies on a national level.  In 2014 she was the winner of the National Achievement Award, Top Administration from the Sonitrol National Dealer Association.

Crystal’s commitment to the community is very important to her, and she has served on the Bluegrass Crime Stoppers board for three years, serves as Chair of the Communications Committee for the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, and coordinates the community food drive at the Bate’s Security office to support God’s Pantry along with a coat drive to support the Lexington Hope Center.

Lauren Nichols

As an associate attorney specializing in business litigation, Lauren both manages and assists with active litigation matters at the law firm of Bingham Greenebaum Doll. Lauren’s caseload has a primary emphasis on landlord-tenant disputes (both commercial and residential), environmental and toxic tort litigation, products liability, trust and estate litigation, contract disputes, governmental and quasi-governmental administrative hearings, and other general complex business disputes.

Lauren currently serves as the President-Elect of the Fayette County Bar Women Lawyer’s Association and as a board member of the Fayette County Bar Foundation.  Lauren is also a member of the Central Kentucky American Inn of Court, an invitation-only organization established to foster professionalism, ethics and mentoring among legal advocates within our community.

In addition to her involvement with the legal community, Lauren is an active member of the Junior League of Lexington and also involved with Lexington Habitat for Humanity.  Lauren served two years with Habitat’s Ambassador program, which is designed to encourage young professionals to act as a liaison between Habitat and the Lexington community, as well as to foster their involvement with the organization itself.

Amanda Ralston

Amanda is the President and Director of Verbal Behavior Consulting, LLC, which she founded in January 2007 in order to help families learn strategies to better nurture children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities.

Amanda is also an active member of the Kentucky Association for Applied Behavior Analysis, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, Council for Exceptional Children and the Lexington Young Professionals Association.

He has a strong commitment to impacting the community in a positive manner through professional and non-professional service, and cares about the long term impact of those in the commonwealth.


Thank you to the 2015 LYPA Rising Stars Awards Judges!

2015 LYPA Rising Stars MC

Michael Allison

Michael Allison will be the evenings emcee. For the past 15 years Mike has been an important part of the Lexington Legends organization. From the gift shop to the on field emcee (mykraphone mike), and now the director of group sales. He  sees value in entertainment, and enjoys following the success of rising stars on and off the field. He and his Wife Cara, have one son Miles who is destined to be star in his own right.

2015 LYPA Rising Stars Keynote Speaker

Maggie Mick

A native of Kansas and transplant to Kentucky by way of Washington, D.C., Maggie Mick serves as the Director of Development at The Council of State Governments, nationally headquartered in Lexington, Ky. She is a founding steering committee member of Commerce Lexington’s EMERGE conference for young professionals in Kentucky and past president of the board of directors at the Living Arts & Science Center.

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