Last week, the Michiana Forty Under 40 Class was revealed. The 2017 class represents the 11th Michiana Forty under 40 class. This program is an annual collaborative effort between the South Bend Regional Chamber, the Young Professionals Network South Bend, the Elkhart County Community Foundation and other chambers of commerce across the region.
The program recognizes 40 regional business and professional leaders who have achieved success before the age of 40. It was developed originally to shine the spotlight on 40 of the area’s most talented and dedicated young executives, professionals and leaders who demonstrate career success and community engagement.
This year’s class includes a broad collection of individuals from a variety of industries: higher education; health care; food service; manufacturing; computer science; banking; government; financial services; legal, business services; retail; utilities; early childhood and K-12 education; engineering; insurance; construction; accounting and real estate.
Organizers of the first class wondered if the program could sustain over time. Would there be enough young professionals to recognize each year? Eleven years and 400 honorees later, there is no shortage of talent. The recognition has become highly sought after. This year, 200 nominations were received for the 40 slots.
Recipients were selected based on the following criteria: initiative and dedication in pursuing their career; proven success and achievement in their job/career; investment in and service to others through their involvement in civic, charitable and/or religious organizations; and passion for their community that motivates them to give back because of that passion.
In addition, nominees had to be under the age of 40 on May 16, and live and work in Michiana (LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Starke and Marshall counties in Indiana; and Cass and Berrien counties in Michigan). Anyone in the region could complete a nomination, which are received in the spring of each year.
A committee from across the region annually reviews and scores the applications received, performing what has become a very difficult task of narrowing the list of 200 down to 40.
So why does this all matter? It should give us all confidence that our area has a “deep bench.” That we have leaders in virtually every industry and in each community in the region stepping forward to make a difference. That we have young people who have chosen to stay right here to launch their careers and plant roots instead of fleeing for larger metro areas or warmer climates.
The next few years are critical to our region. As we seek to attract young people, new families and businesses to our region, it will take a team effort from across the region. You’ll see members of this class play a vital role, especially as they join with their peers who were selected before them and work collectively to promote and grow the region.
Congratulations to this year’s class! We’ll celebrate their contributions at a recognition luncheon on Tuesday, May 16, at the Gillespie Conference Center. If you would like to join us for the celebration, visit sbrchamber.com. The list of this year’s honorees is below.
The 2017 class of Forty under 40 honorees will be honored May 16 at the Gillespie Center. They are:
Jenna Bauer, Saint Mary’s College
Hayley Boling, Boling Vision Center
Dawn Brockey, Culver Coffee Co.
Joshua Cameron, Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory
Emanuel-Cristian Caraman, Bethel College
David Cieslak, Aunalytics
Kristen Collett-Schmitt, University of Notre Dame
Ansley Covey, 1st Source Bank
Ryann DeMoss, Beacon Health Foundation
Katelan Doyle, Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Kyle Everett, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Dawn Farmer, Saint Mary’s College
Anne Fischesser, Faegre Baker Daniels
Dustin Geyer, Ranch Fiberglass
Latorya Greene, Saint Joseph Health System
Alexandria Hall, Ivy Tech Community College
Andrew Helfrich, Barnes & Thornburg
Angela Johnson, Faegre Baker Daniels
Erik Johnson, J2 Marketing
Brian Krider, Ben’s Soft Pretzels
Brian Main, Town of Bremen
Ashley Molyneaux, Elkhart Education Foundation
Ali Oesch, Ali Oesch Jewelry
Oluwaferanmi Okanlami, Memorial Hospital of South Bend
Andrew Polaniecki, Holy Cross College
Mark Robinson, Indiana Michigan Power
Dusten Roe, Beacon Health System
Dan Rousseve, TCU
Emily Rupchock, Early Childhood Alliance
Jennifer Sears, Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp.
Emily Smith, Naissance Inc.
Clinton Squadroni, Worldwide Express
Shawn Stevens, Edward Jones
Bryan Tanner, Lawson-Fisher Associates
Katie Tryniecki, Gibson
Matthew VanSoest, Ancon Construction Co.
Tammy Weisweaver, B Present Studio
Andrew Wiand, enFocus
Daniel Wolfson, RSM US LLP
Rudy Yakym III, Bradley Co.