Austin's young movers and shakers gathered for the big reveal of the 19th annual Austin Under 40 Awards Saturday, April 1, at the JW Marriott. The annual black-tie affair celebrates Austin's emerging leaders, as well as their mentors.
Fifteen category winners were announced from an impressive pool of 80 nominees who were selected for their career achievements and contributions to the community. Additionally, a new Austinite of the Year was crowned.
That honor went to SaulPaul, of Musician with a Message and ReRoute Music Group, who also won the Arts, Media, and Entertainment category. More than a performer, SaulPaul's mission is to engage youth audiences through interactive music to produce positive results. He encourages “education not incarceration” for at-risk youth.
All proceeds from Austin Under 40 Awards benefit the Young Men's Business League's Austin Sunshine Camps, as well as the the Young Women's Alliance Foundation, which provides academic scholarships to young women in Central Texas.
The 2017 Austin Under 40 winners are as follows:
- Architecture and Design: Daniel Goodman Carl, BSA LifeStructures
- Arts, Media, and Entertainment: SaulPaul, Musician with a Message and ReRoute Music Group
- Civics, Government, and Public Affairs: Rudolph K. Metayer, Chamberlain McHaney
- Culinary Arts, Events, and Hospitality: Mason H. Ayer, Kerbey Lane Cafe
- Engineering, Energy, Mobility, and Systems Sciences: Becky Diffen, McGuireWoods
- Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, and Start-up: Matt Stanley, Sundance Memory Care
- Financial and Insurance Services: Rich Coffey, Coffey Advisory Group
- Journalism, Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations: Maria Orozova, The MOD Studio
- Legal: Milam F. Newby, Austin, Vinson & Elkins LLP
- Medicine, Healthcare, and Life Sciences: Lauren Chauret, PTV Healthcare Capital
- Nonprofit Service: Amy E. Mills, Emancipet
- Real Estate: Mark Strub, überAGENT
- Sports, Wellness, and Fitness: Rashanna Moss, Pure Barre Austin
- Technology: Jeffrey Palermo, Clear Measure, Inc
- Youth and Education: Larkin Tackett, IDEA Public Schools
- Mentor of the Year: Ann Jerome, American Heart Association
- Austinite of the Year: SaulPaul