For his work helping others develop their professional careers, Middle Tennessee State University professor Colby Jubenville has been named the 2015 YP Nashville Impact Award winner.

Jubenville, a special assistant to the dean for student success and strategic partnerships at MTSU and principal of Red Herring Innovation and Design, will be given the award at a ceremony set for July 30. Awarded by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, it honors an individual dedicated to community leadership and development of young professionals.

“After receiving numerous nominations from Nashville’s young professional community, it is evident Dr. Colby Jubenville has made a tremendous impact on the lives of our emerging leaders,” said Amanda Mazzo, from Mazzo Media and chairwoman of YP Nashville. “He is dedicated to empowering the young professionals around him and pushing them to exceed above and beyond their highest expectations.”

Mazzo said Nashville has become attractive to young professionals in the past few years and having mentors and leaders like Jubenville are important to Middle Tennessee’s future and the future of its leaders.

“It’s clear Dr. Jubenville’s legacy is carried on throughout every mentee, colleague and student he has reached,” said Mazzo, who is also nominated for the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards.

Jubenville wouldn’t be the leader and mentor he is without some help from others when he was young, he said.

“We tell kids they can be what they want to be but not how to do it,” he said.

Jubenville said he had great coaches and teachers who made him have conversations he didn’t want to have, who pushed him to things he didn’t want to do and didn’t think he could do. And that’s the kind of leader he tries to be.

The son of educators, he said he learned the value of an education and hard work as a child.

He also learned that defining moments in his life were also teachable moments from his parents, like when his father told him “you can work for me for free or get a job.”

As a sixth-grader, Jubenville went to his neighbors and started cutting yards, then recruited others to help with the labor as he drummed up more business, he said.

“Once you know your dominant focus, you can move toward that goal,” Jubenville said.

His dominant focus was to coach others through teaching and speaking, which he does in classes in the sport-management graduate program at MTSU.

In his years at MTSU, he has partnered with Learning Through Sports and created ventures like The Center for Sport Policy and Research and the Journal of Sport Administration and Supervision.

Now he works in the classroom as well as on special assignments that increase student success and improve strategic partnerships and fundraising.

At the same time, Jubenville works as the principal at Red Herring. The company specializes in helping businesses and individuals raise their profile and develop their brands.

“I found my voice early in life, and I wanted to coach and teach on an ever increasing stage … Sometimes I wonder if I picked this or did it pick me,” he said.

Contact Michelle Willard at 615-278-5164 and on Twitter @MichWillard.

Locals honored by Nashville Chamber

MTSU professor and entrepreneur Colby Jubenville isn’t the only Rutherford counian to be honored by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville.

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville also named two Rutherford County residents as finalists for the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. The program recognizes individuals under the age of 40 who have made significant accomplishments professionally and contributions to their community.

Meagan Flippin, president of the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, was named as one of the 75 finalists for the 2015 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. She was also nominated in 2014.

Jaclyn Pritchett was also nominated. She works a senior organization development specialist with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in Wilson County, but lives in Rutherford County.

“These young professionals possess strong leadership skills, and their commitment to the community is important to the future prosperity of the Nashville region,” Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ralph Schulz said in a statement.

The NELAs ceremony will be July 30 at Lipscomb University, and a reception for the finalists will be June 24 at The Cordelle in Nashville.

The finalists, chosen by a committee of community leaders and industry experts, selected five finalists in 15 industries, including architecture, education, financial services and technology. Decisions were based on essay responses, professional achievements, demonstrated leadership and community impact.