In early April, the Knoxville Chamber announced 24 finalists for its 2014 Pinnacle Business Awards, which recognizes and celebrates outstanding businesses and businesspeople in the East Tennessee area. Our very own Joseph Nother was nominated for the Young Entrepreneur Award. This award recognizes young professionals, 40 years of age or younger, who started a non-franchise business in East Tennessee and have taken their business from early growth to some maturity.

This is his fourth year being anonymously nominated for the award; he was a finalist in 2011 and, again, this year. About the nomination, Joseph said, “It's inspiring to think about Designsensory's growth from 2011 to 2014, both in terms of revenue and headcount. We were essentially a quarter the size then.“

The finalists for 2014 were Devin Driscoll of Next Level Training, John Sharpe of StaffSource, and Joseph Nother. The awards gala was held in early May, with several DSers in attendance. Although Joseph didn’t win the award, he said: “Success in anything is never a solo affair. Glad to have been joined by my betters. Team DS tirelessly makes the magic happen every day. For them, my family and my lovely wife Elizabeth Nother, I am always grateful. Congratulations to the other finalists, and especially John Sharpe, who won the Young Entrepreneur Award this year.”

Joseph extends a special congratulations to Randy Boyd who won the Haslam Leadership Award. Designsensory has the privilege of working with him on multiple campaigns and projects, including the Drive to 55 campaign.