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Austin Under 40 reveals 2019 nominees for prestigious awards

Austin Under 40 reveals 2019 nominees for prestigious awards

Chet Garner The Daytripper
Chet Garner is nominated in Arts and Entertainment.  The Daytripper/Facebook
Emily Ramshaw
Emily Ramshaw is nominated in Journalism. Courtesy photo
Mariam Parker
Mariam Park is nominated for Culinary Arts, Events, and Hospitality.
Celeste Flores, Jackie Sekiguichi and Brittany Morrison
Brittany Morrison (far right) is nominated in Real Estate. Photo by Whitney Martin
Chet Garner The Daytripper
Emily Ramshaw
Mariam Parker
Celeste Flores, Jackie Sekiguichi and Brittany Morrison

Austin's annual celebration of young movers 'n' shakers is returning for its 21st year. Earlier this month, the Young Women's Alliance and Young Men's Business League quietly revealed the nominees for Austin Under 40, a prestigious awards program that honors Austin community figures across 16 categories who are, as the name implies, under 40 years old.

In total, 80 locals were nominated for this year's award, which culminates in a ritzy gala on May 18 at the JW Marriott. The evening affair benefits Austin Sunshine Camps and YWA Foundation, and includes a VIP cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner, dancing, and the main event — the Austin Under 40 awards ceremony.

“We are so lucky to have an abundance of individuals that are more than qualified for an award such as this,” said this year's co-chair Bre Brown. Hal Williams, who joins Brown as co-chair, echoed this sentiment, saying: "This year’s finalists are a wonderful representation of the young professionals that are leading the path in their respective career industries.”

The nominees for this year's Austin Under 40 are: 

Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Katie Coyne, Ashley Wainscott, Kim Power, Megan Lasch, and Ricardo J. Maga Rojas

Arts and Entertainment
Chet Garner, Cassandra King Polidori, Quinton Weathers, Tarik Daniels, and Danielle Benson

Civics, Government, and Public Affairs
Justin Murrill, Ellen Troxclair, Christopher Rios, Jo Cassandra Cuevas, and Dana Harris

Culinary Arts, Events, and Hospitality
John Antonelli, Kendall Antonelli, Lisa Hickey, Anthony Sobotik, and Mariam Parker

Energy, Mobility, and Transportation
Sam Sargent, Jennifer Duthie, Mica Crouse, Suzanne Russo, and Jonathon Blackburn

Financial and Insurance Services
Stephen Jeffrey, Chris Ragland, Kelley Rytlewski, Kerri Swope, and Donald Park

Innovation and Start-up
Erin Mays, Ruben Cantu, Jamie Chandlee, Brooke Waupsh, and Naomi Bourgeois

Journalism, Marketing, and Public Relations
Emily Ramshaw, Meghan E. Butler, Harold Hardaway, Hema Mullur, and Jessica Scanlon

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, Betsy Peticolas, Caitlin Haney Johnston, Elizabeth Henneke, and Danielle Ahlrich

Medicine and Healthcare
John Faught, Dr. Saya Obayan, Divya M. Varu, Sean Paul, and Pritesh Gandhi

Nonprofit Service
Mimi Marziani, Meme Styles, Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez, Derrick Lesnau, and Mike Thompson

Real Estate
Brittany Morrison, Paul Smith, Drew Griffin, Lockie Ealy, and Salma Manzur

Sports, Wellness, and Fitness
Courtney Clark, Gloria Chan, Curtis Eggemeyer, Chi Chi Randolph, and Aron Bautista

Jason Ballard, Ryan Collins, Kurt Rathmann, Jeff Schmalbach, and Caitlin Hudon

Youth and Education
Ricardo Zavala, Jennifer Garcia, Dr. Larry Wallace Jr., Larry Chauvin, and Anneliese Tanner

In addition to the business categories, AU40 also honors a person who has gone beyond typical mentor duties. This year's nominees for mentor of the year are:

Mentor of the Year
Alexis Adauto Ferguson, Gayle Reaume, Jesse Bush Butler, Sandra Spalding, and Robin Emmerich

According to Brown, it took AU40 judges more than 150 hours to cull through the list and pick the finalists. Now, these lucky nominees must wait for May to find out if they're top in their respective categories.

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