This year’s LYPA Rising Stars are, from left, Carrie Patterson, Maggie Mick, Ellie Clark, Rock Daniels, Patrick Robinson, Dr. Ryan Stanton, Fielding Rogers, Fausto Sarmiento and Jana Smoot White.

Pictured: This year’s LYPA Rising Stars are, from left, Carrie Patterson, Maggie Mick, Ellie Clark, Rock Daniels, Patrick Robinson, Dr. Ryan Stanton, Fielding Rogers, Fausto Sarmiento and Jana Smoot White.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 26, 2012) – Bluegrass Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Consultant Fausto Sarmiento was recognized Tuesday as a 2012 Rising Star at the Lexington Young Professionals Association’s (LYPA) 10th Annual Rising Stars dinner held at Malone’s in Lexington.

“We are proud of Fausto and his contributions to the community,” said KSBDC State Director Becky Naugle. “This recognition is a real honor and Fausto is very deserving.”

Sarmiento was one of 10 young professionals recognized for their commitment to positively impacting the community through professional and non-professional service and achievement. Each recipient received a trophy commemorating their achievement. Nominations for the Rising Star Awards are submitted by community members, and honorees are selected by a diverse panel of community business leaders.

Sarmiento joined the Bluegrass SBDC in May 2012 after spending more than five years providing banking solutions through a consultative business-to-business sales program. Sarmiento is dedicated to serving the community, volunteering with the Lexington Young Professionals Network, serving as International Host for the University of Kentucky International Hospitality Program, and participating in the 2012 Minority Business Expo, to name a few. In 2008 he was selected as a Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader and received the Hispanic Contractors Association of Georgia’s Residential Banker of the Year Award. In 2005, Sarmiento received the First American Bank and Trust’s Quality Service Award.

The LYPA was founded in July 2000 with the mission to create an organization for local professionals between the ages of 21-40, with an emphasis on personal, civic and professional development. During the past 10 years, LYPA has grown into an organization of more than 600 young professionals. For more information on the LYPA, visit www.lypa.org.