ITHACA, N.Y.—Tompkins Connect has announced the winners of the 7th Annual Fab5 Awards, a young professionals awards event sponsored by Tompkins Trust Company that highlights achievements and the impact made by professionals aged 21 to 40.

This year’s Fab5 committee asked for community nominations of individuals who would receive a “5-star” review.

The winners of this year’s event are: Not-for-Profit Leader of the Year Meryl Phipps at the Village at Ithaca; Business Leader of the Year Mike Wilber at Ithaca Beer; Rookie of the Year Gavin Mosely at NYSEG; Entrepreneur of the Year Tess MacQueen at Pine Point Medical; and Volunteer of the Year Hei Hei Depew at Cornell University.

“Fab5 is a unique event that showcases the great work young professionals are doing in our community,” said David Walton, Event and Program Manager at the Tompkins Chamber and member of the Fab5 planning committee. “The last several years have been challenging in many ways, but it has been inspiring to see so many people step up and help each other out.”

The Tompkins Connect Fab5 Awards are in partnership with the Tompkins Chamber and co-sponsored by Communiqué Design & Marketing, Cayuga Medical Center and the Triad Foundation. The Fab5 committee would like to thank the Ithaca Voice, this year’s media sponsor, production sponsor Well Said Media, and Cornell University and Warren Real Estate for their sponsorship as well.

Members of the community are invited to celebrate this year’s young professionals at the free virtual celebration scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, March 7. The celebration will include interviews with the winners so attendees can get to know them and learn about the work they’ve done in the community.

Zoë Freer-Hessler

Zoë Freer-Hessler is the digital editor/reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Joining in November 2021, she has covered a wide range of topics related to local news. She can be reached at,...