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Seventeen young(ish) professionals have been chosen as Inside Tucson Business’ 2014 Up & Comers.

The honor recognizes professionals early in their careers who have “demonstrated through their accomplishments, their leadership and/or their good deeds that they are likely to achieve positions of leadership or high standing in their organizations, industries or communities or who are likely to have a significant positive effect on their organizations, industries or communities during the remainder of their careers.”

A panel of past Up & Comer honorees plus ITB Editor Mark B. Evans and ITB Advertising Director Jill A’Hearn reviewed more than 60 nominations in 10 industry categories to determine the honorees. While two honorees per category was intended, three categories only had one nominee.

The honorees are:

  • Entrepreneur/Technology – Mike Schmidt, Anchorwave Internet Solutions; Greg Nickolson, Outski, Inc.
  • Bio Tech/Medicine/Health Care – Brenda Abbey, Tucson Medical Center
  • Nonprofit – Kristen Garcia Hernandez, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona; Vanessa Bechtol, Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance
  • Legal – Kasey Nye, Mesch Clark and Rothschild PC; Sherry Downer, Fennemore Craig
  • Real Estate – Michael Laatsch, CBRE; Kent Simpson, Tierra Antigua Realty Downtown
  • Finance/Insurance – Robert Campbell, New York Life Insurance; Sean Murray, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Education – Kristen Reidy, Marana Unified School District
  • Government – James MacAdam, City of Tucson, Office of the Mayor
  • Communications – Paloma Lopez-Santiago, Strongpoint Marketing; Missy Eddy, TCI Wealth Advisors
  • Construction & Manufacturing – Traver Zarling, Excel Mechanical; Joseph Bowers, Classy Closets of Tucson

ITB will publish a special section featuring short stories and bios on each honoree April 11 and will gather to celebrate the honor with them April 10 at the Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St.