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The 13th Annual FAVE Awards will be held this fall. Nominations are closed. Stay tuned – we will announce the 2022 Finalists in September!



Amid the community’s renewed eagerness to explore our vibrant, growing city over the past year, Greater Austin area businesses continually raised their standards of excellence.

The 2022 FAVE Awards will highlight and celebrate the many local businesses who are committed to supporting their customers, employees, and our community through resiliency, adaptability, and innovation as we continue to redefine and embrace the spirit of our region.

2022 FAVE Categories

FAVE Arts & Culture Experience – A place or event that encourages, engages, and inspires the Greater Austin community with arts and culture experiences.

FAVE Community Minded Company – A for-profit business who has supported the Greater Austin community by giving back (through time, talent, or treasure) in 2022.

FAVE Company Culture – A company with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; employee development; and creating a rewarding and safe work atmosphere for all employees.

FAVE Eco-Friendly Business – A company that is dedicated to minimizing waste, going green, is fair trade certified, and/or utilizing sustainable materials and practices as part of their day-to-day operations.

FAVE Go-To Spot – A business that locals know for dining, drinks, relaxation, retail therapy, or other entertainment that welcomes guests to their doors time and time again.

FAVE Innovative Company – A business with a proven track record of leveraging talent, creative problem-solving, and collaboration to move their industry or business forward.

FAVE Legendary Austin Brand – Whether a business is new or has been around for decades, this e-commerce, service, or brick-and-mortar brand, based in the Greater Austin Area, is known regionally/nationally/globally.

FAVE Local Nonprofit – A nonprofit organization whose mission is making a difference addressing a critical issue in the Greater Austin community. For example, the Austin Young Chamber defines these critical issues as affordability, education, homelessness, transportation, and workforce development.

FAVE Local Source for Info – A news outlet, influencer, or other media channel for the Greater Austin area with a reputation for creating and delivering engaging, dependable content.

FAVE Small Business – A local or independently operated business with fewer than 100 employees.

FAVE Way to Keep Austin Healthy – A company or brand that contributes to Austin’s mental, financial, or physical health.

FAVE YP-Led Business – A local company with a young professional (YP) currently in a top management role (CEO, Founder, COO, etc.). The YP in a top management role for the nominated company must be 40 or under as of December 31, 2022.

FAVE ChangeMaker – A young professional (YP) who is a ripple-starter, thought-leader, do-er, ChangeMaker. This person identifies the need for change and through their efforts, creates innovative solutions to business and community challenges while inspiring others to do the same. Nominees for this award must be 40 or under as of December 31, 2022.

Benefiting the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce, Tax ID 27-0243010


About the Event
Amid the community’s renewed eagerness to explore our vibrant, growing city over the past year, Greater Austin area businesses continually raised their standards of excellence.

The 2022 FAVE Awards will highlight and celebrate the many local businesses who are committed to supporting their customers, employees, and our community through resiliency, adaptability, and innovation as we continue to redefine and embrace the spirit of our region.

About Sponsorships
Sponsorship opportunities are available and include several customizable options for your company. Austin Young Chamber is happy to create custom sponsorship packages based on your goals and budget. If one of the options isn’t quite right, or if you have a creative idea to pitch, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

For more information, please contact aubrey@austinyoungchamber.org.


Thought-leader. Do-er. ChangeMaker.

The ChangeMaker of the Year is a person who has achieved extraordinary business success and strengthened a deep rooted passion for community. ChangeMakers pave the way for the future by driving innovation, changing the status quo, and bringing our community closer together.

Past ChangeMaker Award Recipients

Click on their name below to learn more.

  • Malini Rajput - 2020

    Austin Market President | Capital One

    MaliniRajput

    With over 18 years experience in the financial services industry, she leads the Banks overall commercial banking strategy and community
    engagement in the Austin market.

    A native Australian, she is passionate about giving back to the local Austin community she, her husband and two children now call
    home. She serves on the boards of United Way (where she is chair-elect), Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the Thinkery. She is also
    a member of the Seton Fifty.

    Malini was nominated as one of Austin’s Profiles in Power & Women of Influence by Austin Business Journal in 2013 and 2019. She was also named to the Business Journals 2019 list of national Finance Influencers.

  • Lewis Conway Jr. - 2019

    Founder | Equally Yoked Marketing

    LewisConwayJr

    Lewis Conway Jr., is a serial entrepreneur, with almost two decades of experience in the broadcast and music industry, real-life, in-the-trenches experience as a sought after speaker and lecturer, author of three books, mentor and criminal justice organizer, his strategic vision is radically different.

    Lewis has built a cachet of servant-leadership through several campaigns in municipal and state political theaters. On July 23, 2018, Conway filed to become the first formerly incarcerated person in Texas to have their name on an electoral ballot. On November 6, 2018, he garnered 11% of vote, ultimately losing his first bid for political office.

    Prior to his political, leadership and entrepreneurial efforts, Lewis Conway Jr. spent 2,095 days in Texas prisons and 4,012 days on parole for Voluntary Manslaughter.

  • Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch - 2019

    Owner | Lincoln-Goldfinch Law

    KateLincolnGoldfinch

    Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch is the owner of Lincoln-Goldfinch Law, with offices in Austin and Waco. She was the recipient of an Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2008, completed at American Gateways. Her project served the asylum-seeking families detained at the Hutto Detention Center. After her fellowship and during the federal hiatus from family detention, Kate opened a boutique immigration practice, where she offers family-based immigration and removal defense, including humanitarian cases such as asylum, U Visa, and VAWA.

    Kate serves as the pro bono liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association TX, OK, and NM chapter and serves on the boards of Casa Marianella and the Civil Rights and Immigration Section of the Austin Bar Association. She regularly mentors and trains attorneys in an effort to encourage pro bono work outside of the immigration bar, including hosting a monthly pro bono trip to the Karnes Family Detention Center. She was active in working to reunite separated families during the Zero Tolerance policy implemented by the Trump Administration during the summer of 2018 and she has appeared on news outlets such as the BBC, MSNBC, the New York Times, and National Public Radio as an immigration expert.

    Her most important accomplishment of all is her family: her daughters Nora and Winslow, and her husband Josh.

  • Karen Ranus - 2019

    Executive Director | NAMI Austin

    KarenRanus

    After 30 years as a volunteer-run organization, Karen Ranus became NAMI Austin’s first Executive Director in 2014. During Karen’s four-year tenure of dynamic leadership and commitment to program growth, NAMI Austin has increased the number of persons participating in its programs by more than 3000%, grown its staff from 2 to 7 and more than doubled its budget. Her passion for NAMI Austin’s mission and work stems from her own family’s mental health journey, having almost lost a daughter to suicide in 2011. Encountering families like her own through NAMI, she recognized the powerful role of no-cost education and support programming for families and individuals living with mental illness as well as the schools, places of worship, workplaces and communities where they live, work, play and learn.

    Her vision of changing the mental health conversation is reflected in the most recent and successful programming she developed which focuses on providing people with the information and simple tools they need to have positive and proactive conversations about mental health at home, school, work and in faith communities. In addition, her commitment to developing partnerships with law enforcement has ensured officers in Austin Police Department and Travis County Sheriff are receiving mental health training rooted in a deeper level of empathy, compassion and understanding for persons in mental health crisis.

    Karen holds invited positions on the Board of the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council, the Travis County Behavioral Health & Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, the University of Texas Center for Youth Mental Health Advisory Committee, the Austin State Hospital System Redesign Steering Committee and the Psychiatric Stakeholder’s Group. Most recently, she was appointed to serve as a co-chair of the Austin Police Department’s Mental Health Stakeholder’s Group. She has been featured as a guest columnist on mental health issues in the Austin American-Statesman, Austin MD Magazine and The Daily Texan and is a frequent speaker in the community on mental health topics. Because she firmly believes that storytelling is one of the most powerful ways our community can overcome the stigma and shame associated with mental illness, she often shares her own family’s journey and inspires others to do the same. Karen’s deepest commitment is to changing the mental health conversation and create the potential for people impacted by mental illness to feel empowered and confident in getting the help and support they need to live healthy and productive lives.

  • Katie Ford - 2018

    Katie Ford

     Executive Director | Truth Be Told

    Click here to learn more about Katie


  • Casey McPherson - 2018

  • Laura Maniccia - 2018

    Laura Maniccia

    Owner Pediatric Healthcare Connection

    Click here to learn more about Laura.

  • Chelsea Elliott - 2017

  • Sam Killermann - 2017

  • Laurie Loew - 2016

  • Mike Nellis - 2016

  • Gregario Casar - 2015

  • Heather McKissick - 2014

    Heather McKissick

    Vice President, Community Impact and Business Development | University Federal Credit Union

    Click here to learn more about Heather.

Congratulations to the 2021 FAVE Award Winners!

  • FAVE Arts & Culture Experience: ZACH Theatre
  • FAVE ChangeMaker: Faiez Rana
  • FAVE Community Minded Company: L’Oca d’Oro
  • FAVE Company Culture: Bumble
  • FAVE Eco-Friendly Business: Samsung Austin Semiconductor
  • FAVE Go-To Spot: The Trail Foundation
  • FAVE Innovative Company: Silicon Labs
  • FAVE Legendary Austin Brand: Kendra Scott
  • FAVE Local Nonprofit: Central Texas Food Bank
  • FAVE Local Source for Info: Austin Monthly Magazine
  • FAVE Small Business: TMC
  • FAVE Way to Keep Austin Healthy: A+ Federal Credit Union
  • FAVE YP-Led Business: Swoovy

Congratulations to the 2021 FAVE Award Finalists!

Introducing the 2021 FAVE Awards Emcee - SaulPaul

SaulPaul is a GRAMMY Nominated Musician with a Message. He has also presented 3 TEDx Talks, performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and been featured on America’s Got Talent. His life story of transitioning from tragedy to triumph has been told on screen via the documentary Tower to Tower as well as via his memoir Be The Change.

Most recently, SaulPaul founded Change Water, a eco-friendly bottled water company that donates 50% of the profits to the local community with each case of water is sold. Whether via art, entrepreneurship or community service, SaulPaul is committed to #BeTheChange.

2021 FAVE Categories

FAVE Arts & Culture Experience – A place or event that encourages, engages, and inspires the Greater Austin community with arts and culture experiences.

FAVE ChangeMaker – A young professional (under the age of 40) who is a ripple-starter, thought-leader, do-er, ChangeMaker. This person identifies the need for change and through their efforts, creates innovative solutions to business and community challenges while inspiring others to do the same.

FAVE Community Minded Company – A business who has supported the Greater Austin community by giving back (through time, talent, or treasure) in 2021.

FAVE Company Culture – A company with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, employee development, and creating a rewarding and safe work atmosphere for all employees.

FAVE Eco-Friendly Company – A company that is dedicated to minimizing waste, going green, is fair trade certified, and/or utilizing sustainable materials and practices as part of their day-to-day operations.

FAVE Go-To Spot – A business known for dining, drinks, relaxation, retail therapy, or other entertainment that welcomes guests to their doors time and time again.

FAVE Innovative Company – A business with a proven track record of leveraging talent, creative problem-solving, and collaboration to move their industry or business forward.

FAVE Legendary Austin Brand – Whether a business is new or has been around for decades, this e-commerce, service, or brick and mortar brand, based in the Greater Austin Area, is known regionally / nationally / globally.

FAVE Local Nonprofit– A nonprofit organization whose mission is making a difference in the Greater Austin community.

FAVE Local Source for Info – A news outlet, influencer, or other media channel for the Greater Austin Area with a reputation for delivering engaging and dependable content.

FAVE Small Business – A local or independently-operated business with fewer than 100 employees.

FAVE Way to Keep Austin Healthy– A company or brand that contributes to Austin’s mental, financial, or physical health.

FAVE YP-Led Business – A local company with a Young Professional (YP) currently in a top management role (CEO, Founder, COO, etc.). Nominees for this award must be 40 or under as of December 31, 2021.

Thank You to Our 2021 FAVE Sponsors

AscensionSetonBrownDistCo

Thank You to Our 2021 FAVE Partners

  


About FAVE

Amid the community’s renewed eagerness to explore our vibrant, growing city over the past year, Greater Austin area businesses continually raised their standards of excellence.

The 2022 FAVE Awards will highlight and celebrate the many local businesses who are committed to supporting their customers, employees, and our community through resiliency, adaptability, and innovation as we continue to redefine and embrace the spirit of our region.

2022 FAVE Categories

FAVE Arts & Culture Experience – A place or event that encourages, engages, and inspires the Greater Austin community with arts and culture experiences.

FAVE Community Minded Company – A for-profit business who has supported the Greater Austin community by giving back (through time, talent, or treasure) in 2022.

FAVE Company Culture – A company with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; employee development; and creating a rewarding and safe work atmosphere for all employees.

FAVE Eco-Friendly Business – A company that is dedicated to minimizing waste, going green, is fair trade certified, and/or utilizing sustainable materials and practices as part of their day-to-day operations.

FAVE Go-To Spot – A business that locals know for dining, drinks, relaxation, retail therapy, or other entertainment that welcomes guests to their doors time and time again.

FAVE Innovative Company – A business with a proven track record of leveraging talent, creative problem-solving, and collaboration to move their industry or business forward.

FAVE Legendary Austin Brand – Whether a business is new or has been around for decades, this e-commerce, service, or brick-and-mortar brand, based in the Greater Austin Area, is known regionally/nationally/globally.

FAVE Local Nonprofit – A nonprofit organization whose mission is making a difference addressing a critical issue in the Greater Austin community. For example, the Austin Young Chamber defines these critical issues as affordability, education, homelessness, transportation, and workforce development.

FAVE Local Source for Info – A news outlet, influencer, or other media channel for the Greater Austin area with a reputation for creating and delivering engaging, dependable content.

FAVE Small Business – A local or independently operated business with fewer than 100 employees.

FAVE Way to Keep Austin Healthy – A company or brand that contributes to Austin’s mental, financial, or physical health.

FAVE YP-Led Business – A local company with a young professional (YP) currently in a top management role (CEO, Founder, COO, etc.). The YP in a top management role for the nominated company must be 40 or under as of December 31, 2022.

FAVE ChangeMaker – A young professional (YP) who is a ripple-starter, thought-leader, do-er, ChangeMaker. This person identifies the need for change and through their efforts, creates innovative solutions to business and community challenges while inspiring others to do the same. Nominees for this award must be 40 or under as of December 31, 2022.

Benefiting the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce, Tax ID 27-0243010


About the Event
Amid the community’s renewed eagerness to explore our vibrant, growing city over the past year, Greater Austin area businesses continually raised their standards of excellence.

The 2022 FAVE Awards will highlight and celebrate the many local businesses who are committed to supporting their customers, employees, and our community through resiliency, adaptability, and innovation as we continue to redefine and embrace the spirit of our region.

About Sponsorships
Sponsorship opportunities are available and include several customizable options for your company. Austin Young Chamber is happy to create custom sponsorship packages based on your goals and budget. If one of the options isn’t quite right, or if you have a creative idea to pitch, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

For more information, please contact aubrey@austinyoungchamber.org.


ChangeMaker Award

Thought-leader. Do-er. ChangeMaker.

The ChangeMaker of the Year is a person who has achieved extraordinary business success and strengthened a deep rooted passion for community. ChangeMakers pave the way for the future by driving innovation, changing the status quo, and bringing our community closer together.

Past ChangeMaker Award Recipients

Click on their name below to learn more.

  • Malini Rajput - 2020

    Austin Market President | Capital One

    MaliniRajput

    With over 18 years experience in the financial services industry, she leads the Banks overall commercial banking strategy and community
    engagement in the Austin market.

    A native Australian, she is passionate about giving back to the local Austin community she, her husband and two children now call
    home. She serves on the boards of United Way (where she is chair-elect), Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the Thinkery. She is also
    a member of the Seton Fifty.

    Malini was nominated as one of Austin’s Profiles in Power & Women of Influence by Austin Business Journal in 2013 and 2019. She was also named to the Business Journals 2019 list of national Finance Influencers.

  • Lewis Conway Jr. - 2019

    Founder | Equally Yoked Marketing

    LewisConwayJr

    Lewis Conway Jr., is a serial entrepreneur, with almost two decades of experience in the broadcast and music industry, real-life, in-the-trenches experience as a sought after speaker and lecturer, author of three books, mentor and criminal justice organizer, his strategic vision is radically different.

    Lewis has built a cachet of servant-leadership through several campaigns in municipal and state political theaters. On July 23, 2018, Conway filed to become the first formerly incarcerated person in Texas to have their name on an electoral ballot. On November 6, 2018, he garnered 11% of vote, ultimately losing his first bid for political office.

    Prior to his political, leadership and entrepreneurial efforts, Lewis Conway Jr. spent 2,095 days in Texas prisons and 4,012 days on parole for Voluntary Manslaughter.

  • Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch - 2019

    Owner | Lincoln-Goldfinch Law

    KateLincolnGoldfinch

    Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch is the owner of Lincoln-Goldfinch Law, with offices in Austin and Waco. She was the recipient of an Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2008, completed at American Gateways. Her project served the asylum-seeking families detained at the Hutto Detention Center. After her fellowship and during the federal hiatus from family detention, Kate opened a boutique immigration practice, where she offers family-based immigration and removal defense, including humanitarian cases such as asylum, U Visa, and VAWA.

    Kate serves as the pro bono liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association TX, OK, and NM chapter and serves on the boards of Casa Marianella and the Civil Rights and Immigration Section of the Austin Bar Association. She regularly mentors and trains attorneys in an effort to encourage pro bono work outside of the immigration bar, including hosting a monthly pro bono trip to the Karnes Family Detention Center. She was active in working to reunite separated families during the Zero Tolerance policy implemented by the Trump Administration during the summer of 2018 and she has appeared on news outlets such as the BBC, MSNBC, the New York Times, and National Public Radio as an immigration expert.

    Her most important accomplishment of all is her family: her daughters Nora and Winslow, and her husband Josh.

  • Karen Ranus - 2019

    Executive Director | NAMI Austin

    KarenRanus

    After 30 years as a volunteer-run organization, Karen Ranus became NAMI Austin’s first Executive Director in 2014. During Karen’s four-year tenure of dynamic leadership and commitment to program growth, NAMI Austin has increased the number of persons participating in its programs by more than 3000%, grown its staff from 2 to 7 and more than doubled its budget. Her passion for NAMI Austin’s mission and work stems from her own family’s mental health journey, having almost lost a daughter to suicide in 2011. Encountering families like her own through NAMI, she recognized the powerful role of no-cost education and support programming for families and individuals living with mental illness as well as the schools, places of worship, workplaces and communities where they live, work, play and learn.

    Her vision of changing the mental health conversation is reflected in the most recent and successful programming she developed which focuses on providing people with the information and simple tools they need to have positive and proactive conversations about mental health at home, school, work and in faith communities. In addition, her commitment to developing partnerships with law enforcement has ensured officers in Austin Police Department and Travis County Sheriff are receiving mental health training rooted in a deeper level of empathy, compassion and understanding for persons in mental health crisis.

    Karen holds invited positions on the Board of the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council, the Travis County Behavioral Health & Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, the University of Texas Center for Youth Mental Health Advisory Committee, the Austin State Hospital System Redesign Steering Committee and the Psychiatric Stakeholder’s Group. Most recently, she was appointed to serve as a co-chair of the Austin Police Department’s Mental Health Stakeholder’s Group. She has been featured as a guest columnist on mental health issues in the Austin American-Statesman, Austin MD Magazine and The Daily Texan and is a frequent speaker in the community on mental health topics. Because she firmly believes that storytelling is one of the most powerful ways our community can overcome the stigma and shame associated with mental illness, she often shares her own family’s journey and inspires others to do the same. Karen’s deepest commitment is to changing the mental health conversation and create the potential for people impacted by mental illness to feel empowered and confident in getting the help and support they need to live healthy and productive lives.

  • Katie Ford - 2018

    Katie Ford

     Executive Director | Truth Be Told

    Click here to learn more about Katie


  • Casey McPherson - 2018

  • Laura Maniccia - 2018

    Laura Maniccia

    Owner Pediatric Healthcare Connection

    Click here to learn more about Laura.

  • Chelsea Elliott - 2017

  • Sam Killermann - 2017

  • Laurie Loew - 2016

  • Mike Nellis - 2016

  • Gregario Casar - 2015

  • Heather McKissick - 2014

    Heather McKissick

    Vice President, Community Impact and Business Development | University Federal Credit Union

    Click here to learn more about Heather.

2021 Event

Congratulations to the 2021 FAVE Award Winners!

  • FAVE Arts & Culture Experience: ZACH Theatre
  • FAVE ChangeMaker: Faiez Rana
  • FAVE Community Minded Company: L’Oca d’Oro
  • FAVE Company Culture: Bumble
  • FAVE Eco-Friendly Business: Samsung Austin Semiconductor
  • FAVE Go-To Spot: The Trail Foundation
  • FAVE Innovative Company: Silicon Labs
  • FAVE Legendary Austin Brand: Kendra Scott
  • FAVE Local Nonprofit: Central Texas Food Bank
  • FAVE Local Source for Info: Austin Monthly Magazine
  • FAVE Small Business: TMC
  • FAVE Way to Keep Austin Healthy: A+ Federal Credit Union
  • FAVE YP-Led Business: Swoovy

Congratulations to the 2021 FAVE Award Finalists!

Introducing the 2021 FAVE Awards Emcee - SaulPaul

SaulPaul is a GRAMMY Nominated Musician with a Message. He has also presented 3 TEDx Talks, performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and been featured on America’s Got Talent. His life story of transitioning from tragedy to triumph has been told on screen via the documentary Tower to Tower as well as via his memoir Be The Change.

Most recently, SaulPaul founded Change Water, a eco-friendly bottled water company that donates 50% of the profits to the local community with each case of water is sold. Whether via art, entrepreneurship or community service, SaulPaul is committed to #BeTheChange.

2021 FAVE Categories

FAVE Arts & Culture Experience – A place or event that encourages, engages, and inspires the Greater Austin community with arts and culture experiences.

FAVE ChangeMaker – A young professional (under the age of 40) who is a ripple-starter, thought-leader, do-er, ChangeMaker. This person identifies the need for change and through their efforts, creates innovative solutions to business and community challenges while inspiring others to do the same.

FAVE Community Minded Company – A business who has supported the Greater Austin community by giving back (through time, talent, or treasure) in 2021.

FAVE Company Culture – A company with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, employee development, and creating a rewarding and safe work atmosphere for all employees.

FAVE Eco-Friendly Company – A company that is dedicated to minimizing waste, going green, is fair trade certified, and/or utilizing sustainable materials and practices as part of their day-to-day operations.

FAVE Go-To Spot – A business known for dining, drinks, relaxation, retail therapy, or other entertainment that welcomes guests to their doors time and time again.

FAVE Innovative Company – A business with a proven track record of leveraging talent, creative problem-solving, and collaboration to move their industry or business forward.

FAVE Legendary Austin Brand – Whether a business is new or has been around for decades, this e-commerce, service, or brick and mortar brand, based in the Greater Austin Area, is known regionally / nationally / globally.

FAVE Local Nonprofit– A nonprofit organization whose mission is making a difference in the Greater Austin community.

FAVE Local Source for Info – A news outlet, influencer, or other media channel for the Greater Austin Area with a reputation for delivering engaging and dependable content.

FAVE Small Business – A local or independently-operated business with fewer than 100 employees.

FAVE Way to Keep Austin Healthy– A company or brand that contributes to Austin’s mental, financial, or physical health.

FAVE YP-Led Business – A local company with a Young Professional (YP) currently in a top management role (CEO, Founder, COO, etc.). Nominees for this award must be 40 or under as of December 31, 2021.

Thank You to Our 2021 FAVE Sponsors

AscensionSetonBrownDistCo

Thank You to Our 2021 FAVE Partners