Austin Under 40 is shining a light on the most influential young professionals in Austin with the announcement of its 16th annual Austin Under 40 nominees. Selected for their professional contributions as well as their community involvement, the 70 nominees represent a wide swath of Austin industries, from business and entrepreneurship to culinary arts and hospitality.
Buzzworthy names you'll likely recognize include Colin Pope, who serves as editor in chief of Austin Business Journal, Camille Styles of CamilleStyles.com, Chef Paul Qui of Qui and East Side King, community leader Alex Winkelman from Citizen Generation.
Nominees and guests will gather on Friday, April 4 at the Austin Music Hall for an awards gala presented by UFCU where winners in the 14 categories (listed below) will be named, as well as one "Austinite of the Year." The annual event benefits the Austin YMBL Sunshine Camps and YWA Foundation, which send thousands of low income, high potential youths to summer camp, support mentoring and tutoring activities, and supply educational scholarships.
The full list of Austin Under 40 nominees for 2014 is as follows:
Arts, Sports, Media & Entertainment: Matthew Hinsley, Austin Classical Guitar Society; Colin Pope, Austin Business Journal; Camille Styles, CamilleStyles.com; Matt Swinney, Austin Fashion Week; Shawn Ullman, FeelRich.com
Business & Entrepreneurship: Leon Chen, Tiff’s Treats; Nadim Elias, HT Staffing; Chelsea McCullough, Texans for Economic Progress; Mousumi Shaw, Sikara Jewelry; Ellis Winstanley, Tradelogic Corporation
Clean Technology and Energy: Jose Beceiro, Cockrell School of Engineering at UT; Clay Butler, The Butler Firm; Zeina El-Azzi, SunEdison; Andrew Johnston, Austin Energy; Andrea Ricaurte, CleanTX
Community Service and Nonprofit: Priscilla Cortez, Bacon Lee & Associates; David Neff, PwC; Leo Ramirez, MiniDonations; Christopher Williston, Independent Bankers Association of Texas; Alex Winkelman, Citizen Generation
Culinary Arts and Hospitality: Joanna McCreary, W Austin; Maximillian Petty, Olivia; Paul Qui, Qui; Balinder Singh, Clay Pit; Dorothy Trainer, Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin
Engineering, Architecture and Design: Matt Fajkus, MF Architecture; Allison Jaffe, Allison Jaffe Interior Design; Keri Juarez, City of Austin Public Works Department; Jon Salinas, Salinas Architecture; Will Schnier, BIG RED DOG
Financial Services and Insurance: Jeff Davidson, AXA Advisors; Adam Flagg, Upstream Investment Partners; Sara Maxwell, Locke & Ritter; Brian May, Pioneer Bank; Kit Mellem, Build A Sign.
Government and Public Affairs: Veronica Briseno Lara, City of Austin; Terri Broussard Williams, American Heart Association; Michael McGill, Office of the Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole; Rudolph Metayer, Health and Human Services Commission; Katie Naranjo, GNI Strategies
Legal: Mollie Duckworth, Baker Botts; Sara Foskitt, Foskitt Law Office; Elizabeth Hadley, GT Law; Christine Richardson, Locke Lord; Judson Sutherland, Hajjar, Sutherland, Peters & Washmon
Marketing, PR and Advertising: Shilpa Bakre, ACVB; Ashley Beall, TRIBEZA; Brian Dolezal, Hahn Public Communications; Jennifer Gooding, Prime PR; Joy Shoffler, Leverage PR
Medicine, Healthcare and Sciences: Andrea Campaigne, MD, Nurture OBGYN; Kate Henderson, Seton Healthcare Family; Aliya Hussaini, MD, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation; Jared Leger, Arise Capital Investments; Brett Matens, St. David’s Healthcare
Real Estate: Kevin Burns, Urbanspace; John Hay, Hay Darby PLLC; Corby Jastrow, Prominent Title; Kristi Simmons, AQUILA Commercial; Will Steakley, DEN Property Group
Technology and Startups: Joshua Alexander, Toopher; Mason Arnold, Greenling; Chad Bockius, CopperEgg; Joah Spearman, Localeur; Dustin Wells, Headspring
Youth and Education: Matthew Abbott, Wayside Schools; Christin Alvarado, Advancing America Foundation; Mike Braeuer, Explore Austin; Bryan Rubio, Breakthrough Austin; Emily Smith, Cunningham Elementary
Gala tickets are available for $150, tables for $1400. VIP pre-party ticket add-ons are $25 and include complimentary beverages courtesy of Deep Eddy Vodka, Duchman Winery and select local craft breweries.