Two dozen people are semi-finalists to be honored as this year's Up & Comers.
The semi-finalists were selected from among nominations submitted by readers of Inside Tucson Business. A committee of former Up & Comers and Inside Tucson Business staff members will select the nine finalists who will be profiled in a special section to be published April 8.
Additionally, this year's Up & Comers will be honored along with recipients from the past eight years, at an event the evening of April 19 at the Lodge on the Desert, 306 N. Alvernon Way. Wells Fargo is a sponsor of the event.
Up & Comers is a recognition program designed to highlight the achievements of people in the Tucson region in their 20s, 30s and early 40s who, while still early in their careers, are already making a difference, both in their work and in the community.
"It's gratifying to see the caliber of semi-finalists this year," said David Hatfield, editor of Inside Tucson Business. "Especially so this year since we had a few issues with the nomination form on our new website. So not only do we owe our gratitude to the achievements of these people but we also owe those doing the nominating our thanks for their persistence."
Here are this year's semi-finalists for Up & Comers honors:
• Jon Achilles, 30, Achilles Air Conditioning.
• Kym Adair, 34, director of marketing, Nova Home Loans.
• Jackie Alpers, 42, Jackie Alpers Photography.
• David R. Baker, 43, associate superintendent, Flowing Wells School District.
• Helen Gomez Bernard, 38, director of communications, Tucson Jewish Community Center.
• Gabriela Cervantes, 30, marketing and executive assistant, AGM Container Controls.
• Marisa Cox, 34, director of MBA admissions for the Eller College of Management, University of Arizona.
• Megan Escobar, 35, vice president, Ventura Pacific Development.
• Elizabeth Fella, 30, attorney, Quarles & Brady.
• Karen Greene, 39, librarian, Pima County Public Library, Joyner-Green Valley branch.
• Chad Goebel, 31, Goebel Interiors.
• Mark W. Heckele, 31, managing partner, Law Office of Mark W. Heckele.
• Garrett Kowaleski, 36, owner and CEO, Staff Matters Inc.
• Shelby MacDonald, 26, accountant and tax supervisor, Keegan, Linscott & Kenon.
• Maria Mazon, 29, chef, Boca Tacos.
• Christopher Patten, 38, director of systems, CyraCom International Inc.
• Dina Scalone-Romero, 39, community relations manager, Cox Communications.
• Kimberly Schmitz, 38, account director, Caliber Group.
• Daniel Stringer, 24, managing partner-operations, Total Care Connections.
• Manny Teran, 37, partner, nascentMD.
• Roberto Valdez-Beltran, 31, regional senior lending officer, Accion International.
• Doraliz Vega, 30, technical account manager, Nextrio.
• Kristine Welter, 30, director of development and marketing, Codac Behavioral Health Services
• Jake Wycoff, 33, executive director, Atria Valley Manor