Think Apex Awards

Think-Apex-Awards-Logo-updateThe Think Apex Awards allow town officials to recognize businesses, individuals, and non-profit organizations for their dedicated service to others and the Apex community as a whole. Honoring community members for their dedication and invaluable contributions to our community strengthens our commitment to one another as the Peak of Good Living.


2022 Think Apex Awards Honorees

Winners Group Shot

The 2022 Think Apex Awards nominees and winners gave back to Apex in multiple ways in 2021, uniquely impacting those around them. On April 12, 2022, town officials recognized them for their dedicated and outstanding service to others and the Apex community.

Top Thinkers:

  • Individual or Group: Tayon Nicole Dancy
  • Individual or Group - Youth: Indya Nivar
  • Non-Profit: Western Wake Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 
  • Business: NC Tutors & Educational Services

Honorable Mentions:

  • Individual or Group: Dr. Jodi Reed and Jason Lendhart
  • Individual or Group: Miguel Guerra
  • Non-Profit: Endless Sports
  • Business: Melissa Ragan, Owner of The Ragan Realty Team
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Previous Think Apex Awards Honorees


2021 Top Thinkers:

  • Individual or Group: Food Pantry at St. Mary A.M.E. Church
  • Non-Profit: Eye Shine Foundation
  • Business: Carolina Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

2021 Honorable Mentions:

  • Individual or Group: Conrad Hardy
  • Non-Profit: Apex Farmers Market
  • Business: Whole Brain Escape

2020 Top Thinkers:

  • Individual or Group: Stephen West
  • Non-Profit: Apex Public School Foundation
  • Business: Apex Fencing Academy

2020 Honorable Mentions:

  • Individual or Group: Hector Cuales
  • Non-Profit: Apex Chamber of Commerce
  • Business: Common Grounds

2019 Top Thinkers:

  • Individual or Group: Rick Gardner
  • Non-Profit: Apex Sunrise Foundation
  • Business: The Rusty Bucket

2019 Honorable Mentions:

  • Individual or Group: Stacy Kivett
  • Non-Profit: Peak Lab Rescue
  • Business: Neighbor Boy

2018 Top Thinkers:

  • Individual or Group: Tahira Abi Hyman
  • Non-Profit: Citizens Assisting Police in Apex (CAPA)
  • Business: Apex Dental Group

2018 Honorable Mentions:

  • Individual or Group: Kris Taft Miller
  • Non-Profit: Peak UMC
  • Business: Stylish Living

2017 Top Thinkers:

  • Individual or Group: Sydney Ann McCoy
  • Non-Profit: Jordan Lutheran Church
  • Business: Werking Design and Decor

2017 Honorable Mentions:

  • Individual or Group: Eduardo Rodriguez
  • Non-Profit: Apex Sunrise Rotary
  • Business: Neighbor Boy

2016 Top Thinkers:

  • Individual or Group: J.C. Knowles & Kyle and Megan Denis
  • Non-Profit: St. Mary A.M.E. Church & Western Wake Crisis Ministry
  • Business: Academy for the Performing Arts & Promotional Partners

2016 Honorable Mentions:

  • Individual or Group: Christine Hilt
  • Non-Profit: Apex Festival Commission
  • Business: Pathways Treatment Center