JA Names 'Best And Brightest' Finalists

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Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Inc. has announced its annual "Best and Brightest" list. The organization says it will honor the young professionals in 10 industry categories at a ceremony next month in Indianapolis. The 2013 Indy's Best and Brightest finalists are:

Accounting

Kurt Beier - Blue & Co., LLC

Chris Belleville - Deloitte

Adlai Chester, CPA - Mainstreet Property Group

Jason Patch, CPA - Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP

Jay Preston - Ernst & Young LLP

Aaron Reddington - Angie's List

Tricia A. San Nicolas - Buckingham Companies

Jeff Sealey - Novia Care Clinics

Gregory A. Wasiak - Dauby O'Connor & Zaleski, LLC

Rick Wittgren, CPA - BKD, LLP

Banking & Financial Services

Tisha Batthauer - CNO Financial Group

Bryan K. Brenner - FirstPerson

Brandi Craig - Fifth Third Bank

Dax Denton - Indiana Bankers Association

Charles Gearhart - Salin Bank

Latonya L. Gaither - Teachers Credit Union

Joseph Nierman, MBA - WestPoint Financial Group

David Norris - Hylant

Mandy M. Parris - Chase

Matt Sutika - State Farm Insurance

Education & Nonprofit

Erica Buchanan - MSD Lawrence Township

Molly Wilkinson Chavers - IndyHub

Amy Dunham - NCAA

Jill Gordon - Indiana Grantmakers Alliance

Marlin Jackson - The Fight for Life Foundation Inc.

Jeffrey A. Jourdan, MA - Ivy Tech Community College

Tiffany Kyser - EdPower/ Tindley Accelerated Schools

Matt MacGregor - Timmy Global Health

Alison Martin-Books - Mentoring Women's Network

Eric Schlegel - Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc.

Government

Alicia L. Antonetti-Tricker - Crowe Horwath LLP

Tony Elliot - Town of Fishers

Scott A. Fadness - Town of Fishers

Oscar A. Gutierrez - City of Lawrence

Jamison Hutchens - City of Indianapolis, Office of Sustainability

Elia James - City of Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security

Lindsay Jancek - Indiana Senate

Kyle Walker - Marion County Republican Party

Valerie Washington - Indianapolis Department of Public Safety

Steve Wolff - City of Indianapolis

Health & Life Sciences

Gebra Cuy?n Carter - Eli Lilly and Company

Sarah Dansker Cotterill - American Health Network

Anthony L. Javorka - Community Physician Network

Alyssa Lobo - Hologic, Inc.

Kathy Mayberry - AgReliant Genetics, LLC

Mark Mayer - Eli Lilly and Company

Dr. Matthew Priddy - Priority Physicians

Dr. Gregory D. Smith - Indianapolis Museum of Art, Conservation Science Laboratory

Jeff Wells, MD - OurHealth

Dr. Kristal Williams - Butler University

Law

Tavonna Harris Askew - Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County

Tracy N. Betz - Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Aaron Dixon - Ice Miller LLP

Stephanie T. Eckerle - Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

Joshua Fleming - Frost Brown Todd, LLC

Mario Garcia - Brattain, Minnix & Garcia

Michele L. Jackson - Harden Jackson Law, LLC

Sarah Jenkins - Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Rafael Sanchez - Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLC

TaKeena M. Thompson - Cohen & Malad, LLP

Manufacturing, Retail & Services

Phil Daniels - Tactic

Nathan Frampton - Fanimation, Inc.

Stephanie Layton - Pearson Education

Pat McDonald - DEFENDER Direct

Seth Morales - Morales Group Inc.

Terina Perry - Lucas Oil Products

Anthony Piazza - BCforward

Trena Roudebush - Cantaloupe.tv

Christopher P. Ruley - DEFENDER Direct

Eric Tryon - Allison Transmission, Inc.

Media, Entertainment & Sports

Gabe Amick - Indiana Sports Corp

Tiffany Benedict Berkson - HistoricIndianapolis.com

Roxanna Caldwell - WFYI Public Media

Sabrina Cook - BLASTmedia

Nichole Freije - Emmis Communications/Incite

Marcus Hall - ExactTarget, a salesforce.com company

Jenn Hoffman - Pivot Marketing

Nick Inzerello - USA Football

Michael Lake - Pacers Sports & Entertainment

Terri Steeb Gronau - NCAA

Real Estate Development & Construction

Robert S. Bray, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C - American Structurepoint, Inc.

Keith Cole - Mitsch Design

Jenell Fairman, P.E., LEED AP BD+C - CORE Planning Strategies, LLC

Mike Goins - TMG Construction Management, Inc.

J.D. Graves - CBRE.

Becca Manolov - Buckingham Companies

Corrie Meyer, AICP, RLA, LEED AP - Schmidt Associates

Antone Najem - EDU Property Group

Brooke Augustine Sipe - Alliance Commercial Group

Michael W.M. Weishaar, SIOR - Cassidy Turley

Technology

Jason Becker - RICS Software and DyKnow

Tuong-Vi Donoho - Eli Lilly and Company

Traci L. Dossett - Software Engineering Professionals

Tom Fisher - Interactive Intelligence, Inc.

Crystal Grave - Snappening.com

Ben Klopfer - eImagine Technology Group

Jenn Lisak - DK New Media

Dan Randolph - Dow AgroSciences

R.J. Talyor - ExactTarget, a salesforce.com company

Jason L. Zielke - Precise Path Robotics, Inc.

September 24, 2013

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc. announces its finalists for the 10th annual Indy's Best and Brightest event presented by KPMG LLP. The event will honor 100 of central Indiana's most outstanding young professionals, age 40 and under, in 10 different industries. The Chair of the 2013 event will be Dr. Kathleen Lee, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College, Central Indiana.

An awards program and reception will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center to recognize these outstanding young professionals. All 100 finalists will receive an award and the winners in each category will be announced. Approximately 500 people are expected to attend.

"KPMG is proud to serve as a presenting sponsor for this noteworthy event for the 10th consecutive year. We understand the importance of honoring these young professionals, who also serve as outstanding role models and mentors for the youth of our community," said Mark Shaffer, Partner of KPMG LLP.

"Junior Achievement is instrumental in preparing youth to excel as leaders and entrepreneurs, a cause that I'm very passionate about," says Dr. Lee. "It's very rewarding to see our shared goal come to fruition, and I look forward to honoring the young professionals through this exciting and important awards program."

The Best and Brightest event was created by Junior Achievement to recognize up and coming talent and the next generation of leaders in our community. Finalists in each category are judged on professional accomplishments, civic contributions, character and leadership qualities. The finalists to be honored at the event are listed below, as well as on our website, www.indysbestandbrightest.org.

The categories honored include the following: Accounting; Banking & Financial Services; Education & Nonprofit; Government; Health & Life Sciences; Law; Media, Entertainment & Sports; Real Estate Development & Construction; Manufacturing, Retail & Services; and Technology.

Sponsorship opportunites are currently available; please contact Tabitha Uhlenhake at Tabitha@jaindy.org or 252-5900 ext. 107. Proceeds from Indy's Best and Brightest benefit Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc.

About Junior Achievement (JA)

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches four million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional six million students served by operations in 119 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org or www.jaindy.org for more information.

Source: Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Inc.