Wednesday, January 28, 2009

2009 Austin Under 40 Awards Finalists Announced

The Austin Under Forty committee has announced the 2009 Finalists for the 11th Annual Austin Under Forty Awards! Five finalists were chosen in each of the ten categories and are listed in alphabetical order below. The finalists will be formally recognized at the awards presentation scheduled for February 27, 2009 at the Austin Music Hall. Finalists were selected on the basis of excellence in their professional field and commitment to the Austin community.

I am proud that several of my friends, including four of my classmates from the 2008 Leadership Austin Essential Class , are finalists: Jay Ellwanger, Trey Halbert, Adrienne Longenecker, and Rebecca Bray.

Additionally, my co-worker, Corey Blahuta (Managing Director of vcfo's Austin Office) is also a finalist!!

Additionally, Additionally - Chad Goldwasser, the co-author for my next book: "Some Assembly Required: A Networking Guide for Real Estate Professionals" (New Year Publishing, Spring 2009) is also a finalist!!

I was a finalist years ago when I was young enough to be part of this very cool program. Now I sit in the back with the over 40 crowd and drink cocktails and cheer for my friends!!!

Good luck to everyone!!

Arts & Entertainment

Amy Davis Coplen, KXAN-TV NBC Austin
Rochelle Rae, Rae Cosmetics
Carolyn Schwarz, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
Joseph A. Stallone, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Roxanne Wilson, KPEZ-FM 102.3 The River

Business & Entrepreneurship

Zach Anderson, TicketCity
Joshua Dana Baer, OtherInbox
Natalie Kennedy, Kennedy Creative
Kyle Parks, Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP
Scott Thomas, Intelechy Group

Community Service

Brandi Marie Clark, Austin EcoNetwork
Ellen Patricia Jefferson, EmanciPET/Austin Pets Alive
Adrienne Longenecker, Capital Area Food Bank of Texas
Heather Summers Parsons, Texas CASA
Jennifer Ransom Rice, Texas Senate, Senator Florence Shapiro

Financial Services

Corey Blahuta, vcfo
Trey Halbert, McQueary Henry Bowles Troy
Dawn Ambuehl-Sadek, A+ Federal Credit Union
Stuart Vick Smith, Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP
Tom Wiley Wilkinson, PMB Helin Donovan

Government & Public Affairs

Matthew Durkin Curtis, Capital Metro
Amy Nicole Holloway, Avalanche Consulting
Mike William Martinez, City of Austin Council Member
Shannon Phillips Meroney, AETNA
Jeff Lee Rose, Deputy First Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Texas


Jay Ellwanger, DiNovo Price Ellwanger & Hardy LLP
David Michael Gonzalez, Sumpter & Gonzalez, LLP
Michael J. Nasi, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Brooks Schuelke, Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP
Tai Cu Tran, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP

Medical & Healthcare

Chad Paul Dieterichs, MD, Capitol Anesthesiology
Kenneth Lambrecht, Planned Parenthood, Texas Capital Region
Dustin L. Reid, Restora Austin Plastic Surgery
Matthew Thompson, Medical Management Solutions
Marc Jason Zimmermann, American Physicians Service Group, Inc.

Real Estate

Tausha René Carlson, Marathon Real Estate
Scott Flack, Live Oak Gottesman
Chad Goldwasser, Goldwasser Real Estate
Holly Mace Massingill, Keller Williams
Mark Adrian Villanueva, Marcus & Millichap

Technology & Sciences
Rebecca Anne Bray, Klotz Associates, Inc.
Gregory Lee Harrington, Dell
Brett Hurt, Bazaarvoice, Inc.
Kathy Kempff, Charity Dynamics
Jeff McAdams, HigherOut

Youth & Education

Heath Hignight, Cockrell School of Engineering, UT
Michelle Krejci, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders
Karen LaShelle, Theatre Action Project
Rene O. Sanchez, Austin ISD, High School Principal
Julie Shannan, Girlstart

Clearly this will be a wonderful event. Austin is fortunate to have so many great young leaders who will help shape our city for decades to come.

Have A Great Day.


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