Junior Achievement of Central Indiana has recognized 100 young professionals under 40 in Indianapolis with the 2021 Best and Brightest awards. The awards program was created to recognize up and coming talent and the next generation of leaders.

JA says all 100 individuals were recognized for their professional success and philanthropic impact on the community. Of the 100 honorees, 10 received additional recognition as an Indy’s Best and Brightest winner from their respective category.

The list of 2021 Indy’s Best and Brightest winners is below:

Accounting
Bud Graessle – Vice President, Treasury and Financial Planning and Analysis, OneAmerica Financial Partners

Banking and Financial Services
Molly McIver – VP, Senior Program Manager, Capital Group

Education and Nonprofit
Frederick Yeakey – Vice President, Providence Cristo Rey High School

Government
Ronnie Saunders III – Firefighter & Freelance Web Designer, Indianapolis Fire Department

Health and Life Sciences
Terri Lee – Director, Office of Women’s Health, Indiana State Department of Health

Law
Melissa Macchia – Partner, Taft Law

Manufacturing, Retail and Services
Dan Abeln – VP, Marketing Analytics and Data Science, ADT (formally DEFENDERS)

Media, Sports and Entertainment
Duchess Adjei – Head of Global Communications, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences

Real Estate, Development and Construction
Shane Hageman – President, Hageman Group

Technology
Nick Smarrelli – CEO, GadellNet Consulting Services

You can view the complete list of finalists by clicking here.

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