Dozens Tabbed 'Indy's Best And Brightest'

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Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Inc. has announced Indy's Best and Brightest award finalists. The honors recognize 100 professionals under the age of 40 in 10 industry categories.

An awards program is set for October 15 at the Ivy Tech Community College and Culinary Center in Indianapolis. It is the twelfth year for the event. Finalists are selected for professional accomplishments, civic contributions, character and leadership qualities. Junior Achievement says Best and Brightest recognizes "up-and-coming talent and the next generation of leaders in our community."

This year's finalists are:



  • Matt Bowser - Crwe Horwath LLP
  • Pete Buck - Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP
  • Brandon Cook - Greenwalt CPAs
  • Brad  Cornelius - Sun King Brewing Company
  • Kiahna W.  Davis - Indiana Mentor - IDD Division
  • Nicole Fishback - BKD, LLP
  • Jason Miller - Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP
  • Aaron Reddington - Hulman & Company
  • Andrew Rinzel - BKD, LLP
  • Sean Rizer - Somerset CPAs, P.C.

Banking & Financial Services

  • Evan Bedel - Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc.
  • Angela Carr Klitzsch - JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Charles R. Gearhart - Salin Bank
  • Megan Linnemeier - 40|86 Advisors
  • Kyle Sanders - Legacy Consultants Group
  • Katie Smardo - Lake City Bank
  • Karma Smith - CNO Financial
  • Michael  van Vierzen - KeyBank
  • Amelia West  - Goldstein Group Financial Advisors, LLC
  • Mark Wise  - Northwestern Mutual-Wise Financial

Education & Nonprofit

  • Jamilyn Bertsch - The Center for Inquiry at Indianapolis Public School 27
  • Marisol Gouveia - Indianapolis Zoo
  • Tom Hanley - Nine13sports
  • Justin Kirk  - Delta Upsilon International Fraternity and Foundation
  • Emily Masengale - Christel House DORS
  • Nashara Mitchell - Indiana University
  • Tom Oestreich - MSD of Washington Township
  • Jason Roth - Ivy Tech Community College
  • Robert Shula - IPS Education Foundation
  • Nickolas Williams - Indiana University Foundation


  • Kelly Carter - City of Indianapolis
  • Jason Dudich - Office of Mayor Gregory A. Ballard, City of Indianapolis
  • Mark Fisher - Indy Chamber
  • Jacqulyn Gantzer - Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's Office of Education Innovation
  • Brianna Herndon - American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • Douglas W. Huntsinger - Indiana State Fair Commission
  • Jeffrey M. Lauer - City of Westfield
  • Carlos May - Office of Mayor Gregory A. Ballard - City of Indianapolis
  • Alaina Shonkwiler - City of Noblesville
  • Ashley Marie Ulbricht - City of Carmel

Health & Life Sciences

  • Laurie Dippold - Anthem, Inc.
  • William Feest - Anthem
  • Carissa Hawkins - The Milk Bank
  • Theresa Hunter - Indiana State Department of Health
  • Marissa  Kiefer - Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health
  • Brian Kremer - IU Health Physicians
  • Liz Leising - Indiana University Health, Academic Health Center
  • Kyle McGregor, PhD - Indiana University
  • Ryan  Nagy - Academic Health Center, IU Health
  • Lori  Stonecipher - Community Health Network


  • Todd R. Bradford - Allison Transmission, Inc.
  • Adam C. Cobb - Ice Miller LLP
  • Marva Deskins Hamilton - Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP
  • David Duncan - Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
  • Tavonna Harris Askew - Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County
  • B. Ronan Johnson - Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
  • Abby Langebartels - DEFENDERS
  • Sara Manske Powell - Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP
  • Matthew D. Neumann - Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
  • TaKeena M.  Thompson - Cohen & Malad, LLP

Manufacturing, Retail & Services

  • Dan Abeln - DEFENDERS
  • Lauren Bauer - G. Thrapp Jewelers
  • Jeronna Bolden - ICON, LLC
  • Mary Browning - LeadJen
  • Nathan Frampton - Fanimation, Inc.
  • Lauren K. Howard - Celadon Trucking
  • Adriana Llames Kogelis - DEFENDERS
  • Tony O’neill - Highline Search Group
  • Heather Pirowski - Retro101
  • Eric Smith - One Click Ventures

Media, Entertainment & Sports

  • Leslie Bailey - Indianapolis Star
  • Katie Gearlds - Marian University
  • Sean Hallett - Indy Fuel
  • Andrew Hayenga - Bohlsen Group
  • Dayna Pawelak - Pacers Sports & Entertainment
  • Nicole Pence - Fox 59 News
  • Abby M. Reckard - Well Done Marketing
  • Maris Schiess - Matchbook Creative
  • Ryan Vaughn - Indiana Sports Corp
  • Joel Zawacki -Indianapolis Indians

Real Estate, Development & Construction

  • Kyle Bach - Annex Student Living
  • Desma Belsaas - Schmidt Associates
  • Jenell Fairman, PE - CORE Planning Strategies, LLC
  • Brandon Farley - American Structurepoint, Inc.
  • Bart Johnson - Zee and Associates
  • Tim King - Guidon Design
  • Lauren Kriner - Lauth Group, Inc.
  • Wes Podell - PK Partners, LLC
  • Susan Rembusch - Relocation Strategies
  • Andrea Sponsel - HKS Inc.


  • Grant Dawson - Director, IT Operations - T2 Systems
  • Nicole DelMastro - CloudOne
  • Angie Hipsher - Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Louise Hughes - Allegient
  • Aimee Kandrac - WhatFriendsDo
  • Terrence Kunstek - Eleven Fifty Academy
  • Stephen R. Moore - Anthem, Inc.
  • Reetal Pai - Dow AgroSciences
  • Brian Tanner - Spaceport Indiana
  • Jonathan "JJ" Thompson - Rook Security
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