• United Way Emerald Coast Honors 40 Under 40

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    September 17, 2021
    United Way Emerald Coast’s (UWEC) Emerging Leaders is pleased to announce the inaugural class of “40 Under 40” honorees, presented by Step One Automotive Group. This award seeks to recognize Okaloosa and Walton counties’ top young leaders excelling in their workplaces and making a difference in the community. 
    This is UWEC’s first year organizing the Emerging Leaders 40 Under 40 award. Seeing the talent, leadership, and passion possessed by the community’s young professionals, UWEC created a venue to acknowledge and celebrate 40 of these bright, upcoming leaders from various industries.
    UWEC received 102 nominations for the inaugural 40 Under 40 awards. Nominee applications were reviewed by a selection committee comprised of established local leaders from the nonprofit, government, and business sectors who scored nominees in the areas of leadership, community involvement, and professional accomplishment. Honorees will be recognized during the 40 Under 40 Celebration on September 24, 2021.
    The 2021 40 Under 40 award recipients are:
    Andrew Rowe, 26, Synovus Bank
    Anthony Lanier, 33, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast
    Bernita Everett, 39, Eglin Federal Credit Union
    Bobby Parker, 30, Corcoran Reverie
    Bobby Wagner, 27, Trees On The Coast
    Brittany Tate, 33, Okaloosa County School District
    Carly Barnes, 35, Caring & Sharing of South Walton 
    Caroline Hare, 34, Shoreline Church 
    Chelsea Blaich, 32, Main Street DeFuniak Springs
    Chelsie Sapp, 31, FamiliesFirst Network 
    Christie Austin, 35, Community Bank
    Elizabeth Boswell, 38, Live Love Destin/Live Love 30A LLC
    Emily Friedlander, 33, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
    Gabrielle Kilgore, 29, Walton Area Chamber of Commerce
    Hannah Wilburn, 27, All In Credit Union
    Heather Ruiz, 37, Bit-Wizards
    Jared Williams, 35, Get The Coast
    Jenni Brunson , 37, Okaloosa Gas District
    Jeremy Radney , 33, Walton County Sheriff's Office/Emergency Services Division
    Jessica Proffitt Bracken, 36, Proffitt PR
    Johnny C. Alexander, 37, ACE50 Media
    Justina C.J. Turner, 38, Chesser & Barr, P.A.
    Kalan Wasson, 29, Fort Walton Police Department
    Karah Fridley-Young, 32, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation
    Kelly Jasen, 39, United Way Emerald Coast
    Khaliqa Wheatley, 33, Walton County Sheriff's Office
    Kilane Hacia, 29, Step One Automotive Group
    Lane Redding, 33, Progress Bank
    Leslie Moland, 37, White-Wilson Medical Center
    Marlayna Goosby, 39, Grow Your Gift Conservatory of Music and The Full Circle 
    Marlee Tucker, 25, United Way Emerald Coast
    Miranda Adams, 32, Staples
    Nathan R. Cordle, 31, Hand Arendall Harrison Sale
    Robbie Truax, 37, Shoreline Church
    Ryan Mims, 31, Florida Department of Health in Walton County
    Sarah Peavy, 38, Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson
    Shaye Smith, 33, The Center for Sales Strategy, LeadG2, and Up Your Culture
    Stefanie Fontaine, 33, Bridgeway Center, Inc.
    Sydney Harper, 31, Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County
    Teresa Imdieke, 39, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, FL., Inc.
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