First Tennessee trust officer earns volunteer award

Sandra ClarkOur Town Leaders

First Tennessee vice president and trust officer Amber Young was one of six individuals honored at the Volunteer East Tennessee regional awards breakfast and ceremony at Bridgewater Place in April. She was named “corporate volunteer of the year.”

Other honorees were Linda Nelson, Remote Area Medical, capacity building volunteer; Terry Mosley, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, civic volunteer; Dewayne Irwin, Blaine Volunteer Fire Department, direct service volunteer.

Jim Cundall, volunteer flight coordinator for HonorAir Knoxville, was named outstanding adult volunteer, while William Burnett, who volunteers with the YWCA GameChangers, was named outstanding youth volunteer.

“Volunteer East Tennessee is inspired by the work of all the nominated volunteers and is honored to share their stories and celebrate their service,” said Alyson Gallaher, executive director of Volunteer East Tennessee. Community members submitted over 120 nominations for the fourth annual Volunteer Recognition Awards.

Amber Young is based in First Tennessee’s downtown office at 800 S. Gay St. Contact info: 865-971-2136 or She has worked in financial services since 2005 and currently is focused on providing professional investment, personal trust and estate management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee.

Young’s award came from her involvement with United Way of Greater Knoxville where she serves on the board of directors. As a 10-year volunteer, she has helped with fundraising, created videos and led investment committees (which make grant decisions).

She also has volunteered with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, YWCA, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Salvation Army. She is a member of Smoky Mountain Estate Planning Council and Knoxville Estate Planning Council. She is head dance coach for William Blount High School, her alma mater.

Young was a UT majorette and is a private instructor for UT’s head majorette. She also enjoys travel and is an independent travel consultant.

“Young is a lifelong resident of our area and brings a vibrant, passionate and skilled approach to any activity she’s involved in,” wrote Dave Miller, East Tennessee president for the bank, when Young was nominated for the News Sentinel’s 40 Under 40 program.

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