Think Apex Awards

Think-Apex-Awards-Logo-updateThe Think Apex Awards allow town officials to recognize businesses, individuals, non-profit organizations, and youth 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.

The 2024 Think Apex Awards Are Now Accepting Nominations!

Do you know a business, individual, non-profit, or youth that has uniquely given back or positively impacted the Apex community in 2023? Help shine a light on those community members by nominating them for a Think Apex Award now through February 29th!  

Nomination requirements:

  • Must live in Apex (for individual, group, or youth nominees)
  • Business must be located in Apex (for business or non-profit nominees)
  • Age of youth category is Kindergarten through Senior year of High School
  • Past recipients of the Top Thinker Award ARE NOT eligible to be nominated again (see list below).
  • Past recipients of the Honorable Mention ARE eligible to be nominated again (see list below).

Note: This is not an award based on “customer service” or any other aspect of an individual’s profession.

Click here to access the online nomination form

Previous Think Apex Awards Honorees

2023 Top Thinkers:

  • Individual or Group: Doris Battle
  • Individual or Group – Youth: Scott's Ridge Elementary School Chorus
  • Non-Profit: Peak Beginnings 
  • Business: Kwench Juice Café

2023 Honorable Mentions:

  • Individual or Group: Bob Lampman
  • Non-Profit: Apex Rotary Club
  • Business: Creech Chiropractic

2022 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

2022 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

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