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Business Weekly announces Forty under 40 winners

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The Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly announced the winners Friday of its fifth-annual Forty Under 40 awards that honor 40 individuals under 40 years of age who are making a difference, either on the job or in the community.

“We had a record number of nominations this year, about 150, which made it quite challenging for the judges, because in reality every single nominee was impressive and worthy of the honor.”

These young professionals were chosen by a panel of distinguished judges for their achievements in the workplace and volunteer involvement in their communities.


The following is the Business Weekly’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2014: Tiffany Ann; Laura Antil; Jacob Benedict; Justin Berger; Kim Bowers; Tomra Cardin; Crystal Church-Stavitzke; Amanda Cope; Billy Davenport; Julie Townsend; Adam Drummond; Brent Eastom; Brandon Ferrell; Corey Ford; John Foxworthy; Adam Henry; Frank Howard; Jermaine Jackson; Zubair Khan; Mark Leu; Rudy Mahara Jr.; John Minnich; Andy More; Joe Noorthoek; Jake Pickett; Rachel Rayburn; Mandy Reber; Christy Sandmaier; Marla Schneider; Tommy Schoegler; Brad Shank; Alex Smith; Carrie Snyder; Lanah Hake Tarango; Tom Trent; Andrea Trevino; Julie Townsend; Jami VandeVelde; Kimberly Wagner; Kryste Wallen; and Erica Wehrmeister.


The winners will be honored at an awards dinner from 6:30-10 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Ceruti’s Banquet & Event Center, 6325 Illinois Road, Fort Wayne. Tickets are $40 each, or tables of eight are available for $320. To purchase tickets, visit FWBusiness.com or call (260) 426-2640.

In addition, a special publication in the March 21 issue of Business Weekly will feature profiles of each of the Forty Under 40 honorees.

“We had a record number of nominations this year, about 150, which made it quite challenging for the judges, because in reality every single nominee was impressive and worthy of the honor,” said Terry Ward, COO of KPC Media Group Inc., which is the publisher of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

“We take great pride in shining a spotlight on the business community in northeast Indiana, northwestern Ohio and southern Michigan.”

“That says so much about the pool of young professional talent in this region. We take great pride in shining a spotlight on the business community in northeast Indiana, northwestern Ohio and southern Michigan, and these 40 young professionals are just a small sampling of the significant contributions being made by young business leaders who have chosen to live and work here, and invest their time and talents in making this community even better.”

The panel of judges noted how inspired they were reading the nominations and learning about the positive contributions being made every day in the region by individuals who work to improve their communities with their intellect, influence and sweat equity. The panel of judges was: Justin Clupper, Graduate Retention Program, Greater Fort Wayne Inc.; Tammy Klimek, programs manager, Community Harvest Food Bank; Palermo Galindo, Hispanic liaison, mayor’s office, city of Fort Wayne; Molly Rommel, marketing director, Barrett and McNagny LLP; and Terry Housholder, publisher and CEO, KPC Media Group.

“…These 40 young professionals are just a small sampling of the significant contributions being made by young business leaders who have chosen to live and work here, and invest their time and talents in making this community even better.”

40 Under 40 event sponsors are Steel Dynamics Inc. and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Businesses, organizations and individuals can get involved, including special section advertising, sponsorships, honoree gift donations and event tables, by contacting Maryann Ulmer at (260) 426-2640, ext. 324, or mulmer@kpcmedia.com.

Ryan Schnurr is a photo and video journalist for INFortWayne.com.