There were 127 nominations this year for Inside Tucson Business’s annual recognition of Up & Comers. That’s probably a record, according to editor David Hatfield, who has been part of the project for the last six years.
“Inside Tucson Business has been honoring Up & Comers since 2002 but this is the most entries we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Hatfield said. “It makes it really difficult to select semifinalists.”
To be fair, the tally includes multiple nominations for some individuals. It also includes a few entries that didn’t make it very far into the review process. There was also one case of a nominee who was 53.
“I know Colonel Sanders didn’t start franchising his Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants until he was 65, but the spirit of this event is to honor younger people who are still early in the careers and are already taking leadership roles and making differences,” Hatfield said.
After reviewing readers’ nominations, we’ve come up with this list of 41 semifinalists who are being considered for the nine awards that will be included in a special section in the April 12 issue of Inside Tucson Business. And, yes, that is a new date. It is one week later than was originally planned but you’ll see why when the section comes out.
“This is an impressive list, it’s too bad we have to get it down to just nine people,” Hatfield said.
• Jodi Bain, 34, of Town West Realty and Prime Advisors.
• Beth A. Bank, 31, of Merrill Lynch.
• Angela Baurley, 38, chief executive and
managing partner of Affinity Financial Group.
• Dr. Marc D. Berg, 42, associate professor for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
• Stephanie Bermudez, 28, owner of Tryst Street.
• Scott H. Bryant, 39, managing principal at BerylStone Investments.
• Danielle Duarte, 30, technical recruiter with CTG.
• Ryan Eldridge, 33, director of operations for Secureone Security Services.
• Rob Elias, 31, director of marketing for Pima Federal Credit Union.
• Kevin B. Fausett, 39, vice president of sales and marketing and general manager of Vante (formerly SEBRA).
• Stephanie B. Healy, 38, president of Hospital Council of Southern Arizona.
• Ricardo Hernandez, 29, chief financial officer for Pima County Schools Superintendent Office.
• Troy M. Hoch, 41, partner with Quarles & Brady.
• Ike Isaacson, 35, commercial real estate broker with CB Richard Ellis.
• Lance Jones, 42, lead government grant writer for Simply Bits.
• Sarah A. Jones, 41, chief executive officer of Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse.
• Jon Justice, 37, morning show host on the Truth KQTH 104.1-FM.
• Garrett Kowalewski, 35, branch manager for Adecco Engineering & Technical.
• Kimberly Lax, 40, manager with Cadden Community Management.
• Paul Loucks, 39, attorney with Mesch Clark & Rothschild.
• Shelby MacDonald, 26, certified public accountant with Keegan, Linscott & Kennon.
• Ajay Madhvani, 28, commercial appraiser with AXIA Real Estate Appraisers.
• Jason McHenry, 35, owner of Sierra Transportation.
• Gabriel Noriega, 36, director of marketing and sales for Cadden Community Management.
• Frederick J. Petersen, 35, attorney with Mesch Clark & Rothschild.
• Matt Ramsey, 38, president of Login.
• Paul A. Rose, 30, vice president of Film Creations.
• Paul Roughton, 40, owner of New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Arizona.
• Julie Rustad, 31, owner of 24-7 Creative Solutions.
• Jonathan M. Saffer, 36, attorney with Snell & Wilmer.
• Mike Schmidt, 28, founder of Anchor Wave Internet Solutions.
• Cindy E. Shimokusu, 38, attorney with Quarles & Brady.
• Brent Seebohm, 32, chief executive officer of of Alpha strategY!
• Jennie Smith, 31, technical account manager with Nextrio.
• Berrett E. Stradford, 27, with University Physicians Healthcare (UPH) Foundation.
• Tom Thaller, 41, district manager with M&I Bank.
• Dr. Sal Tirrito, 39, cardiologist with Pima Heart Associates.
• Thomas Tronsdal, 40, owner of Canyon Fence Co.
• Lyra Waggoner, 27, of Lyra Waggoner Photography.
• T.R. Wenning, 40, sales executive with TJ Bednar Solar Homes.
• Lisa Wilkinson, 26, marketing communications manager with the Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation.