COLUMBIA, Mo.–The Columbia Business Times, a monthly business publication based in Columbia, Mo., has named its 2014 Class of 20 Under 40, presented by Stephens College. Each year, 20 local business professionals under the age of 40 are selected for their business acumen, innovation and involvement in Columbia’s business community.

“We live in a global society with change and innovation all around, and only through a willingness to try to think and be different can we truly evolve,” said Susan Bartel, dean of the School of Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communication at Stephens College. “This [is a group of] effective multitaskers with a focus on getting the job done more than counting hours.”

This year also marked a record-breaking number of nominations, ultimately selecting the final 20 out of nearly 100 applicants.

“It was a difficult choice, because Columbia has so many wonderful young professionals,” said Sarah Redohl, managing editor of the Columbia Business Times. “We feel that these 20 truly value personal and professional growth, but also care about the growth of Columbia and the vibrancy of its business community.”

The honorees include the following business professionals:

  • Beau Aero, president of Columbia Safety & Industrial Supply
  • Andrea Benna, assistant director of compliance with the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Jennifer Bukowsky, founding attorney at Bukowsky Law Firm
  • Brian Cunningham, business development coordinator at Moresource Inc.
  • Lily Dawson, owner and designer at Lily Dawson Designs
  • Emily Holdman, co-founder of The Remarkables
  • Rachel Holman, CEO of Les Bourgeois Vineyards
  • Katelyn Jones, vice president of business development for 3 Interactive
  • Matt Kitzi, partner at Armstrong Teasdale LLP
  • Cale Kliethermes, general manager and owner of Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling
  • Kari Laudano, owner and project manager of Logistique Studio
  • Izzy Leatherman, HR manager at CNW Management LLC
  • John Meyer, executive vice president of customer experience with Veterans United
  • Monica Pitts, chief creative director of MayeCreate Design
  • Caleb Rowden, Missouri state representative
  • Joel Sager, owner of Joel Sager Fine Art and PS Gallery
  • Sean Siebert, founder and CEO of Invent Yourself LLC
  • Amanda Signaigo-Owens, owner of Tiger Family Chiropractic
  • Peter Stiepleman, assistant superintendant of Columbia Public Schools
  • Dale Wright, executive director for advancement at the Trulaske College of Business

Please join the Columbia Business Times and Stephens College in honoring these 20 outstanding young professionals Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Kimball Ballroom of Stephens College. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a table of 10 with premier seating and two bottles of wine from Les Bourgeois Vineyards.

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