The 40 Under 40

The Moody on the Market 40 Under 40 for 2020 – #SWM40under40

 


Hi, this is Pat Moody! Join me and local business leaders as we once again identify forty dynamic young professionals making a difference in our community.

It’s time for the 2020 edition of the 40 Under 40, a prestigious recognition program reserved exclusively for professionals under the age of 40.

Know a professional under the age of 40 making a positive impact in our community? Submit your nomination online at MoodyontheMarket.com from June 1st through June 21st, 2020. A committee will then select the Forty for 2020. Then in mid-July, I will unveil the 40 Under 40 during a special segment on News/Talk 94.9 WSJM, on 98.3 The Coast’s Social Network and detail each honoree in a special section inside MoodyontheMarket.com. Plus, all of the 40 Under 40 will be invited to attend a virtual or in-person award ceremony, where they’ll be recognized and receive a handsome keepsake of their recognition.


REQUIREMENTS: 

Starting Monday, June 1, 2020, you will find a nomination form here at MoodyontheMarket.com.

Do you know a professional under the age of 40 that is making a positive impact in our community? Fill out the nomination form and submit it. Nominations go to a committee who will select the forty for 2020. Then, in mid-July, I will unveil the 40 Under 40 for 2020 on News/Talk 94.9 WSJM with Jim Gifford, and on 98.3 The Coast’s Social Network and detail each professional being recognized and honored in a special section inside MoodyontheMarket.com. Plus, all of the 40 under 40 will be invited to a virtual or in-person reception (to be announced) where they’ll be recognized and receive a handsome keepsake commemorating their recognition.

Eligibility Requirements

40 under 40 recognizes the type of people that everyone would like to be – they’re the individuals that are going above and beyond for their team and the community, setting the gold standard for others to aspire to.

No matter the person, we’d love to hear about those stellar professionals among us that are making a difference at their workplace, excelling in their industry and making valuable contributions to betterment of Michigan’s Great Southwest. These professionals clearly stand head and shoulders above all others in the region and have been able to excel at what they do regularly. Those selected for representation in the 40 under 40 will be those that set the tone for what every person should ascribe to in Michigan’s Great Southwest.

To nominate a young professional, please keep reading and pay attention to the pointers below for a successful and competitive nomination. Nominations close Sunday, June 21st, 2020, at 11:59 PM.

The recognition event will take place on a date and time to be determined, and will also be announced to be either a virtual recognition, or an in-person ceremony. All selected professionals will also be featured in a special segment on News/Talk 94.9 WSJM, 98.3 The Coast, and will be featured inside a section at Moody on the Market.com.

To submit a nomination, click the link to go to an online survey where you will be asked to answer some important questions about the young professional being nominated. Be sure to read the following information, which explains requirements and eligibility. Don’t forget to share about your nominations and spread the word about this program on social media using hashtag #SWM40under40!

Before clicking the link to fill out the nomination form, please read the following requirements and tips for a successful nomination:

– Nominations close Sunday, June 21, 2020, at 11:59 PM.

– Young professionals being nominated must work or live in the following Southwest Michigan counties: Berrien, Cass and Van Buren and must be under the age of 40.

– Chosen young professionals are expected to attend the awards presentation, either virtually or in-person, on a date to be determined, or invite someone to accept their award on their behalf.

– Selected young professionals are expected to provide a high resolution photo, and additionally be available for a short Q&A-style interview for the recognition on Moody on the Market.com in July 2020; failure to make time to complete these assets will result in disqualification from the program.

– Self-nominations ARE permitted for this program, but all entries will be scrutinized for completeness, correctness, and honesty.

– Nominations that are not substantially fully completed or that simply feature incomplete or cursory information will be at minimum given less than full consideration or at worst, be removed from consideration completely.

–  One single nomination for your young professional nominee is requested. Multiple entries do NOT enhance a person’s chances. Nominations featuring identical responses will be removed; please refrain from repeatedly submitting the same nomination or asking others to do so on your behalf.

– Only one young professional nomination is permitted in each questionnaire. If you wish to submit more than one young professional, you must submit separate nominations for each entry.

– It is highly encouraged to submit nominated professionals that are actively engaged in best practices, have outside interests in the community that they are passionate about, and include any information you have on achievements and recognitions they have been honored for elsewhere in the community, in their industry, or among their peer groups as evidence of their own drive for excellence.

– Each essay question should be answered in complete sentences. Do not use bulleted or hyphenated lists unless they are appropriate to the question asked.

– Young professionals may only be selected for a single 40 Under 40 program within a 12 month period and may not be selected for the same program more than once. Please check the previous year winners for 2018 and 2019 on this page to make sure you are not nominating a person that has already won this award.

– Nominations must be submitted through this online process only and will not be accepted via email, or any other format, under any circumstances.

– Nominated persons will be contacted by the selection committee to verify their willingness to participate.

Judging:

– A panel of independent judges will review each nomination submitted and assign a score to each entry. This is done privately, and the judges do not share information. The scores are totaled and compared to all entries submitted to help the selection committee determine the 40 honorees. Outside of one vote on the committee from Pat Moody, the staff of Mid-West Family (WSJM Inc.) and this program’s associated sponsors and advertisers do not have any say or vote in the process. Sponsorship of this program does not guarantee that a business’s young professional(s) are automatically considered, or considered with any further weighting to win an award in the judging process.

If your young professional is chosen:

– Those who are chosen as the 40 honorees will be notified within 2-4 weeks after the entry deadline. All young professionals will be invited as guests to the 40 Under 40 Reception at a later date where they will have two seats reserved in their honor and be presented with their award (if the awards take place in-person; otherwise, you will be invited to a virtual ceremony via Zoom). In addition, the winners will be recognized in advertising promoting their recognition across Mid-West Family brands on-air, online, and in other advertising forms.


Submit Your 2020 Nomination (Open June 1-21, 2020)


The 40 Under 40 Class of 2019:

To learn more about the winners, click their name for a full interview.

Christine Aranyos

Name
Christine Aranyos

Company/Organization
Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor

Charlotte Becker

Name
Charlotte Becker

Company/Organization
United Way of Southwest Michigan

Lisa Borre-Olson

Name
Lisa Borre-Olson

Company/Organization
Wightman

Ryan Cheevers

Name
Ryan Cheevers

Company/Organization
Little Red Fern

Kelsey Cheyne

Name
Kelsey Cheyne

Company/Organization
Honor Credit Union

Scott Chrispell

Name
Scott Chrispell

Company/Organization
LECO Corporation / Manager, Electronics Research & Engineering

Heather Cole

Name
Heather Cole

Company/Organization
Be Healthy Berrien/United Way of Southwest Michigan

Daywi M. Cook

Name
Daywi M. Cook

Company/Organization
Covert Township

Amanda Craig

Name
Amanda Craig

Company/Organization
Honor Credit Union

Savannah Lorren DeVries

Name
Savannah Lorren DeVries

Company/Organization
Lakeshore Public Schools, Southwestern Michigan Community College, St Joseph Public Schools

Stacey Dodson

Name
Stacey Dodson

Company/Organization
Honor Credit Union

Heidi Duncan

Name
Heidi Duncan

Company/Organization
Duncan & Associates PLLC

Nick Gillespie

Name
Nick Gillespie

Company/Organization
Rested Pillow Mattress Company

Becky Grabemeyer

Name
Becky Grabemeyer

Company/Organization
City of Dowagiac

Brittany Grasley

Name
Brittany Grasley

Company/Organization
United Federal Credit Union

Tiffany Griffin

Name
Tiffany Griffin

Company/Organization
The Avenue Family Network, Inc.

Ashlie Guyberson

Name
Ashlie Guyberson

Company/Organization
Indiana Michigan Power - Cook Nuclear Plant

Brian Hake

Name
Brian Hake

Company/Organization
Kruggel Lawton CPAs

Stefany Holland

Name
Stefany Holland

Company/Organization
Wightman

Grace Kelmer

Name
Grace Kelmer

Company/Organization
The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College

Kaitlin Locke

Name
Kaitlin M Locke

Company/Organization
Berrien County Public Defender Office

Taurus Montgomery

Name
Taurus Montgomery

Company/Organization
Harbor Of Hope SDA Church

Mary Morphey

Name
Mary Morphey

Company/Organization
Kinexus Group

Zachary Morris

Name
Zachary Morris

Company/Organization
Market Van Buren

Sarah Moyer-Cale

Name
Sarah Moyer-Cale

Company/Organization
Village of Paw Paw

Dustin Nehls

Name
Dustin Nehls

Company/Organization
Honor Credit Union

Michael Nixon

Name
Michael Timothy Nixon

Company/Organization
Andrews University

Erika Schreiber

Name
Erika Schreiber

Company/Organization
Whirlpool Corporation

Carrie Smietanka-Haney

Name
Carrie Smietanka-Haney

Company/Organization
Berrien County Trial Court

Grant Spencer

Name
Grant Spencer

Company/Organization
Spencer Fire Trucks and Haven Harvesters

Sarah Spoonholtz

Name
Sarah Spoonholtz

Company/Organization
Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber

Ashley Spratling

Name
Ashley Spratling

Company/Organization
Michigan Rehabilitation Services (State of Michigan)

Brook Thomas

Name
Brook Thomas

Company/Organization
Children's Advocacy Center of Southwest Michigan

Jeremy Truitt

Name
Jeremy Truitt

Company/Organization
Fifth Third Bank/Young Professionals of Greater Dowagiac

Zachary Vaughn

Name
Zachary Vaughn

Company/Organization
Kinexus

Pauline Wendzel

Name
Pauline Wendzel

Company/Organization
Michigan House of Representatives

Ronnika Williams

Name
Ronnika Williams

Company/Organization
Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor/Final 48 Project

Rose Willson

Name
Rose Willson

Company/Organization
Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Malkam Wyman

Name
Malkam Wyman

Company/Organization
Round Barn Brewery and Public House


The Inaugural 40 Under 40 Class of 2018:

To learn more about the winners, click their name for a full interview.

Ceile Wipper

Name
Ceile Wipper

Company/Organization
JLL/Whirlpool

Gretta Volkenstein

Name
Gretta Volkenstein

Company/Organization
Berrien County Strong-Community in Action/Coldwell Banker Advantage

Kylie Svorec

Name
Kylie Svorec

Company/Organization
United Federal Credit Union

Jill Svoboda

Name
Jill Svoboda

Company/Organization
Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan

Jamie Quigno

Name
Jamie Quigno

Company/Organization
Kinexus

Chris Packard

Name
Chris Packard

Company/Organization
D.C. Cook - Indiana Michigan Power

Matthew Moersch

Name
Matthew Moersch

Company/Organization
Moersch Hospitality Group

Matthew McDaid

Name
Matthew McDaid

Company/Organization
Section 1776

Chris Mason

Name
Chris Mason

Company/Organization
Watermark Brewing Company

Nicki Britten

Name
Nicki Britten

Company/Organization
Berrien County Health Department

Kenny Lomonaco

Name
Kenny Lomonaco

Company/Organization
Lakeland Health

Patrick Bosse

Name
Patrick Bosse

Company/Organization
Holt Bosse

Rommel Johnson

Name
Rommel Johnson

Company/Organization
Eurisko!

Julia Appel

Name
Julia Appel

Company/Organization
St. Joseph Public Schools- E.P. Clarke Elementary

Patrick Bakeman

Name
Patrick M. Bakeman

Company/Organization
Bakeman Barbers “the King of Cuts”

Jamie Kastelic

Name
Jamie Kastelic

Company/Organization
Spero-hope, LLC

Rachel Wade

Name
Rachel Wade

Company/Organization
United Way of Southwest Michigan

Nick LaFond

Name
Nick LaFond

Company/Organization
Anytime Fitness, St. Joseph

Brooke Totzke

Name
Brooke Totzke

Company/Organization
Heritage Family Farms LLC

Sekenah Tennison

Name
Sekenah Tennison

Company/Organization
Possibilities Network

Lazaro Lopez

Name
Lazaro Lopez

Company/Organization
U.S. Coast Guard Station St. Joseph

Trish Gardini

Name
Trish Gardini

Company/Organization
Dugout Dolls

Shelley Wilkinson

Name
Shelley Wilkinson

Company/Organization
Lakeland Health Marie Yeager Cancer Center

Kristin Wier

Name
Kristin Wier

Company/Organization
LOGAN, Autism Learning Center SWMI

Alan Smaka

Name
Alan C. Smaka, PE

Company/Organization
Wightman & Associates

Dan Peat

Name
Dan Peat

Company/Organization
Kinexus

Simona Pappalardo

Name
Simona Pappalardo

Company/Organization
Whirlpool Corp

Patricia Muellen

Name
Patricia Muellen

Company/Organization
Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce

Ben Baker

Name
Ben Baker

Company/Organization
Wightman & Associates

Josh Cosner

Name
Josh Cosner

Company/Organization
Kinexus

Chris Britton

Name
Chris Britton

Company/Organization
First Church & New Heights CCDA

Kerry Wright II

Name
Kerry M Wright II

Company/Organization
Evergreen Real Estate

Lars Petzke

Name
Lars Petzke

Company/Organization
RE/MAX by the Lake

Ryan Ogle

Name
Ryan Ogle

Company/Organization
PGA of America

Jason Marquardt

Name
Jason Marquardt

Company/Organization
Abonmarche Consultants

Zack East

Name
Zackerie (Zack) East

Company/Organization
Mid-West Family Broadcasting / WSJM Inc.

Kaylee Ganus

Name
Kaylee Ganus

Company/Organization
Honor Credit Union

Olivia Starks

Name
Olivia Starks

Company/Organization
Starks Family Funeral Homes

Kristin Harrington

Name
Kristin Harrington

Company/Organization
Youth Solutions, Inc.