Alexandria Abell of PNC Bank Named Kentucky Chamber's First-Ever Young Professional of the Year

April 24, 2024

Alexandria Abell of PNC Bank Named Kentucky Chamber's First-Ever Young Professional of the Year

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —At the Inaugural Kentucky Young Professionals Summit on Tuesday, the Kentucky Chamber announced Alexandria Abell, Vice President and Commercial Banking Relationship Manager at PNC Bank, as the Chamber’s first-ever Young Professional of the Year.  

The Kentucky Chamber's Young Professional of the Year Award was created to recognize leadership, innovation and service in an individual's career and community. 

In her role at PNC, Abell provides lending solutions, cash management services, risk management strategies and innovative ideas to serve companies throughout Kentucky. Throughout her ten years at PNC, she has held various leadership positions in both retail and business banking, and most recently served as a Minority Business Development Officer, in which capacity she worked with emerging businesses in diverse communities throughout Kentucky to support their growth, development and sustainability.

“As a banker and community champion, I am committed to fueling growth for local companies and contributing to the vibrancy and success of Kentucky’s business landscape,” said Abell. “I am honored to receive this meaningful recognition and am grateful for the support and collaboration of colleagues, community leaders and mentors who help create impact each and every day.” 

Abell has long volunteered her time to provide financial education and support to members of the community. Early in her career, Abell helped underbanked and unbanked individuals through organizations including Volunteers of America and Russell: A Place of Promise. Currently, she serves as the development director for Lighthouse Academy at Newburg in Louisville, a free afterschool program for elementary and middle school students that provides homework assistance and tutoring. 

She currently serves on the board of the Academy of Music Production Education and Development (AMPED), is a member of the business development committee for OneWest, and serves on the advisory council for the Louisville Central Community Center Business Intelligence Community.

Abell was recognized as a 40 Under 40 honoree by Louisville Business First in 2023 and received the Corporate Honored Volunteer award during the 2022 Bell Awards celebration for her community service.

“Alex is much more than a banker. She is a connector, helping provide resources, services and ideas to help business owners and leaders innovate and grow. Because of her deep level of engagement in financial education and economic development initiatives, she is well known throughout the region, and it is not uncommon for me to hear glowing remarks from business and civic stakeholders about the extent of her impact,” said Kristen Byrd, PNC regional president for Louisville, in Abell’s nomination. 

Following the nominations for the Kentucky Chamber's Young Professional of the Year Award in January, finalists were selected to compete in a social media contest to determine the winner of this first-ever award. 

All of the contest finalists were recognized during the Inaugural Kentucky Young Professionals Summit, which includes Teddy Abrams, Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra; Seth Cutter, Vice President of Public Affairs of the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG Airport); Colby Hall, Executive Director of Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc. (SOAR); Shelley Porter, Director of Engineering of Kentucky American Water; and Reuben Watson, Director of Outreach and Advancement of Sunrise Children’s Services.