FORT WAYNE — Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly announced today the winners of the 9th annual Forty Under 40 Awards which honor 40 individuals 39 and younger who are making a difference on the job and in their community. These young professionals were chosen by a panel of distinguished judges out of a record-breaking number of entries.
Among the winners are Whitley County’s Madalyn Sade-Bartl, Billy Reffitt, Brad Minear and Eric Trabert.
Sade-Bartl is clerk-treasurer for Churubusco, and also serves the community through other organizations, such as the Youth Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, and more.
Reffitt owns several businesses throughout Indiana and Michigan. Locally, he opened a frozen yogurt shop in downtown Columbia City, yo2go, and has purchased multiple buildings downtown, looking to revitalize the area.
Minear is owner of Minear Real Estate in Columbia City. The business has held several community outreach events, such as hosting live reindeer for children during the holidays.
Trabert is a Columbia City High School graduate and now works for Jacob Insurance LLC in Angola.
The winners will be honored at an awards dinner on Thursday, March 23, from 5:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. The event will be held at the Memorial Coliseum Conference Center. The Memorial Coliseum is the official venue for all 2017 Business Weekly events. Tickets are $50 each. Tables of 8 and 10 are available. To purchase tickets, visit FWBusiness.com under the Events tab.
“I am truly in awe of the caliber of young professionals nominated each year and this class of 2017 is a great indication of the kind of incredible talent we have right here in northeast Indiana,” said Randy Mitchell, CEO for KPC Media Group, publisher of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.
The 2017 Forty Under 40 Awards are sponsored by Lake City Bank.
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Following are the members of the Business Weekly Forty Under 40 Class of 2017:
Lynn Altevogt, 28, Three Rivers Running Company
Amy Ballard, 38, 3rivers Federal Credit Union
Scott Beasley, 34, Northern Lakes Insurance
Rachel Bobilya, 38, Ambassador Enterprises
Edison Byzyka, 28, Hefty Wealth Partners
Bethany Copperidge, 30, Costco Wholesale
Jeremy Cronkhite, 34, Steel Dynamics
Tony Desplaines, 37, Fort Wayne Tin Caps
Thad Gerardot, 30, Lincoln Financial Group
Jonathan Gottschalk, 35, Cirrus Abs
Al Hamed, 34, Hamed Homes
Sam Hartman, 30, Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber
Jenee Johnson, 39, Junior Achievement
Joel Johnson, 39, Johnson & Cohen Orthodontics
Ryan Kay, 30, Ami Investment Management
Shubitha Kever, 38, Ipfw
Lindsay Koler, 34, Grunden Law Office Llc
Satin Lemon, 33, First Federal Savings Bank
Brad Minear, 36, Minear Real Estate Llc
Renee Miner, 36, Empyrean Events & Catering
Kevin Mitchell, 34, Faegre Baker Daniels
Brian Nordan, 39, Afdent
Jeff Ostermann, 38, Sweetwater Sound Inc.
Alex Platte, 35, Rothberg Logan & Warsco
Andrea Pyle, 35, Kendallville Housing Authority/Lamplighter
Billy Reffitt, 36, Yo2go, Great Lakes Mobile, Reffitt Investments, Sunkiss Tanning
Madalyn Sade-Bartl, 35, Town Of Churubusco
Corey Smith, 35, Smith Academy For Excellence
Phyllis Smoot, 35, Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church
Stacey Strack, 30, The Mako Group
Christine Stephan, 38, Matthew 25 Health & Dental Clinic
Angel Suttle, 35, Adams Radio Group
Emily Szaferski, 38, Barrett Mcnagny Llp
Eric Trabert, 25, Jacob Insurance Service Llc
Ben Van Order, 37, Northwestern Mutual
Adrienne Wampole, 39, Ambassador Enterprises
Andrew Welch, 38, Ivy Tech
Erin Whittle, 36, Whittle Strategic Accounting
Donnieka Woods, 33, Aging & In-Home Services Of Ne In Inc.
Mike Zawahri, 39, Parkview Health