Marian Young named recipient of 2015 Jerry Allen Courage in Leadership Award

Sep 15, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Sept. 15, 2015) – Marian Young, CEO of BrightFields, was awarded the 2015 Jerry Allen Courage in Leadership Award by Mark Zweig, Founder and CEO of Zweig Group on Thursday September 3, 2015 at Zweig Group’s Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference in Boston, MA.

The award was inspired by Jerry Allen, mentor to Mark Zweig and the innovative and inspirational leader who lead the Fort Worth-based Carter & Burgess through a period of extraordinary growth. Allen, who was an incredible athlete and in fantastic physical condition most of his life, was struck down by colon cancer at age 62. In his honor, The Jerry Allen Courage in Leadership Award is given each year to someone working in an AEC firm who has demonstrated in a unique way, personal courage in their actions that have impacted their firm.

Young overcame many personal and professional hurdles to revolutionize her environmental consulting firm, BrightFields, and grow it from seven employees in 2003 to 45 in 2015.

Young said, "I know the caliber of each person on the BrightFields Team, and the intelligence, passion and dedication that they bring to work every day. Each person contributes their time, talent, hard work and individual creative personality to our collective knowledge, growth and success. I am very proud to work alongside every single one of our employees. We teach and inspire each other as we work on environmental cleanup efforts that are our responsibility and legacy to future generations. Together, we serve our clients and communities, we improve our environment and create success for our company."

At the same event, BrightFields was recognized by the Zweig Group, as number 72 on Hot Firm list, a list which ranks the fastest growing firms in the A/E/P and environmental consulting industry, and number three on the 2015 Best Firms to Work For list in the environmental category. This is the fifth time BrightFields has been named to Zweig Group’s fastest-growing list.

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About Zweig Group

Zweig Group, three times on the Inc. 500/5000 list, is the industry leader and premiere authority in AEC firm management and marketing, the go-to source for data and research, and the leading provider of customized learning and training. Zweig Group exists to help AEC firms succeed in a complicated and challenging marketplace through services that include: Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Planning, Valuation, Executive Search, Board of Director Services, Ownership Transition, Marketing & Branding, and Business Development Training. The firm has offices in Dallas and Fayetteville, Arkansas.