A graduate recruiter at one of city’s biggest financial services employers has been crowned Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2013.
Twenty-seven-year-old Sean Sales works for Deutsche Bank at Brindleyplace, which has hired dozens of new sales trading staff as part of its plans to shift front office roles away from London.
The German bank has grown its Birmingham workforce from 30 in 2006 to 1,300 today.
Mr Sales, who was also elected Deutsche Bank Birmingham employee of the year, also won the HR, recruitment and training category.
Nicola Fleet-Milne, chair of BYPY organisers Birmingham Future and managing director of FleetMilne Property, said: “The judging panel were impressed by Sean’s fresh approach to attracting new talent into the city and ensuring that he practices what he preaches, getting involved in initiatives and leading his peers with confidence.”
Other category winners included Jamie Partington, corporate solicitor at law firm Higgs & Sons, in the legal category and David Roberts, co-founder and chief operating officer at payment app company Droplet took the financial services title.
Gary Blowers , director of strategy at marketing agency VIVA Aspire, collected the communications award.
Taking the top spot for the entrepreneurs was Daniella Genas , chief executive of not for profit events management company Aspire4U.
Mark Leonard , project manager at Mace, which has worked on the Birmingham Gateway project was the winner in the property and construction category.
Each year BYPY recognises an ‘Inspiring Leader’ and this year the title went to Trevor Foster , a director and co-shareholder at Nexus Professional Network.
The Aspiring Talent category, aimed at 16-23 year olds, went to University of Birmingham student Kashif Mehboob .
Ms Fleet-Milne, said: “All three finalists were very impressive, but Kashif had that extra level of understanding about the challenges facing the city, and a very clear vision of how to deal with them.
“Kashif will be both an excellent ambassador for the city and a very welcome addition to the ranks of winners at Birmingham Future.”
Ian Cooke, chairman of BYPY and member networks manager for ACCA UK, said: “2013 has been another great event, unearthing a brilliant set of talented young professionals in the city.
“The city is rich with young people determined to succeed and do well not only for themselves but for this great place that we live, work and play in.”
More than 830 guests attended the awards ceremony at the ICC, which were hosted by Sky News presenter Sarah-Jane Mee.
Last year’s Birmingham Young Professsional of the Year was Atkar Islam, chef director at Lasan restaurant.
• Photo shows winners from Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2013. From left: Mark Leonard, David Roberts, Gary Blowers, overall winner Sean Sales, Daniella Grenas, Kashif Mehboob and Jamie Partington.