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40 Leaders Under Forty

40 Leaders Under Forty is an annual celebration of emerging leaders in Greater Peoria. Through nominations submitted by the community, the region’s rising young stars are honored each year at a prestigious community reception.

2023 Recognition Event

Join leaders from across central Illinois in a celebration of leadership at Peoria Magazine’s 30th Annual 40 Leaders Under Forty recognition event. Awards will be presented to 40 regional leaders in business, government, nonprofits, public affairs, community engagement and more.

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 6 pm
  • Bradley University Renaissance Coliseum 

It’s a great way to support a nominee, catch up with friends, network and enjoy an evening with coworkers and associates. Come meet today’s rising stars whose ideas and energy are moving our communities forward!

Beer and wine are complimentary, a cash bar will be available. Business casual attire.

40 Leaders Under Forty hosted by Bradley University.

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We here at Peoria Magazine are thankful that we can have hope in our collective future, confident that our 40 view this moment in their lives as less a pinnacle than a prelude to more great things to come. Go forth and lead.  — Mike Bailey, Editor

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2022 honorees

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Nicholas Baker

Baker, Nicholas

Nicholas Baker | 32 Sales Executive, Facet Technologies;Owner of British Automotive Specialists Nick Baker began his career in the Peoria area as the operations and
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Zack Baker

Baker, Zack

Zack Baker|37  Real estate broker, Keller Williams Premier Realty As a real estate professional, Zach Baker has seen success on the two arms of the
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Taryn Bradley

Bradley, Taryn

Taryn Bradley | 36 Coordinator of Student Success and Engagement, Mennonite School of Nursing, Illinois State University; Third-year PhD student, Higher Education Administration, ISU Taryn
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Andrew Chambers

Chambers, Andrew

Andrew Chambers | 34 Alternative investments manager, family wealth advisor, financial planning specialist, Morgan Stanley Morgan Stanley branch in Peoria for 12 years, where he
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Pete Chambers

Chambers, Pete

Pete Chambers | 34 Supplier Finance Manager, Caterpillar Inc. Pete Chambers has received consistent promotions in his seven years in the Corporate Treasury Department at Caterpillar,
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Surya Teja Chaturvedula

Chaturvedula, Surya Teja

Surya Teja Chaturvedula | 38 Interventional cardiology physician; Director of the Structural Heart Program, UnityPoint Health Peoria Dr. Chaturvedula provides cardiac care to patients with
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Manuel Angel Cintron

Cintron, Manuel Angel

Manuel Angel Cintron | 29 Researcher, National Institutes of Health; Medical student, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP) Manuel Cintron works as
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Stephanie Schachtrup Coad

Coad, Stephanie Schachtrup

Stephanie Schachtrup Coad | 38 Project manager, structural designer, architectural designer, Muller & Muller, Ltd. (M2) Stephanie Schachtrup Coad works on building projects for transportation,
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Lauren Dalfonso

Dalfonso, Lauren

Lauren Dalfonso | 35 Senior territory manager, ZOLL, Cardiac Management Solutions Division For the last four years, Lauren Dalfonso has promoted ZOLL’s suite of cardiac
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Dilbeck, Lacey Jaye

Lacey Jaye Dilbeck | 37 Material planning analyst, Caterpillar; Illinois Air National Guard former active-duty U.S. Air Force In her work for Caterpillar, Lacey Jaye
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LaKeisha Faggett

Faggett, LaKeisha

LaKeisha Faggett | 38 Service network capability and performance manager, Caterpillar In her new position, LaKeisha Faggett is responsible for global service training, technician development
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Nathan Frank

Frank, Nathan

Nathan Frank | 35 Advertising sales manager In his work managing a sales team at Adams Outdoor Advertising, Nathan Frank drove revenue streams and worked
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Kate Green

Green, Kate

Kate Green | 34 Executive director, Home for All Continuum of Care, Heart of Illinois United Way Kate Green implements and oversees efforts to reduce
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Hanson, Keith

Keith Hanson | 39 Assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP); Pediatric hospitalist, Children’s Hospital of Illinois As
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Arius Hounwanou

Hounwanou, Arius

Arius Hounwanou | 33 Graphic designer, Cullinan Properties As senior graphic designer at Cullinan Properties, Arius Hounwanou is responsible for creating schematic design concepts during
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Mitch Johnson

Johnson, Mitch

Mitch Johnson | 33 Co-founder and laboratory director, Veloxity Labs, LLC Mitch Johnson launched Veloxity, a biotech laboratory in Peoria that recently was named the
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Christopher J. Jump

Jump, Christopher J.

Christopher J. Jump | 33 Associate attorney, Davis & Campbell LLC Christopher Jump’s law practice focuses on representing and advocating for businesses, public bodies and
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Renae Stenger Kerrigan

Kerrigan, Renae Stenger

Renae Stenger Kerrigan | 33 Curator of science, planetarium director, Peoria Riverfront Museum (PRM) Arguably the most dynamic and influential science educator in the Peoria
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J. Scott Kriegsman

Kriegsman, J. Scott

J. Scott Kriegsman | 39 Attorney, Kriegsman Dunn James Kriegsman is an attorney practicing in personal injury law, workers compensation law, municipal law, estate planning, estate
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Cole McDaniel

McDaniel, Cole

Cole McDaniel | 29 Executive director, Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development (SRPED) As executive director of the Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development in
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Aaron McLean

McLean, Aaron

Aaron McLean | 37 Physician assistant, hospitalist, UnityPoint Health Central Illinois As a physician in the UnityPoint network of area hospitals, Aaron McLean is known
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Ryne E. Meardy

Meardy, Ryne E.

Ryne E. Meardy | 39 Senior master sergeant, United States Air Force; Facilities engineer, Caterpillar As senior master sergeant with the United States Air Force
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Brinda Mehta

Mehta, Brinda

Brinda Mehta | 37 Pediatric hematologist and oncologist, OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois; Assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, University of Illinois College of Medicine (UICOMP)
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Kendra Moultrie-Belk

Moultrie-Belk, Kendra

Kendra Moultrie-Belk | 30 Access services coordinator, Illinois Central College In her position at ICC, Kendra Moultrie-Belk provides students with disabilities the accommodations they require
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Spencer Null

Null, Spencer

Spencer Null | 34 Engineer, director of product development, Natural Fiber Welding (NFW) In his capacity at Natural Fiber Welding, a start-up company that invents
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Heather M. Bean Oyler

Oyler, Heather M. Bean

Heather M. Bean Oyler | 39 Broker/realtor, Oyler Real Estate with Re/Max Traders Heather Oyler has a passion for causes such as the Peoria Symphony,
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Zachary M. Oyler

Oyler, Zachary M.

Zachary M. Oyler | 38 Realtor, At-Large Peoria City Councilman As one of his nominators said, “Councilman Oyler is a stunning example of servant leadership
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Scott Phegley

Phegley, Scott

Scott Phegley | 39 Media manager, Stanley Steamer Scott Phegley’s career primarily has been spent in the insurance industry, specializing in restoration and claim adjustment,
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Kari Rauh

Rauh, Kari

Kari Rauh | 33 Director of workforce solutions, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council “A qualified and available workforce is a region’s most important economic development
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Frances Reyes

Reyes, Frances

Frances Reyes | 36 Director, Domestic Violence Family Centered Services, Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA) Frances Reyes began her career in social services as
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Shelbey Simone Roberts

Roberts, Shelbey Simone

Shelbey Simone Roberts | 29 Television journalist, WMBD-TV/WYZZ Shelbey Simone Roberts is the evening news anchor for WMBD-TV/WYZZ, while also reporting on health care issues
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Jay H. Scholl

Scholl, Jay H.

Jay H. Scholl | 39 Attorney, Davis & Campbell, LLC Jay Scholl represents businesses and their owners in a wide range of complex matters, from
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Shelley Sharpe

Sharpe, Shelley

Shelley Sharpe | 35 Accounting manager, Risinger Brothers Transfer, Inc. Shelley Sharpe prepares monthly financial statements, coordinates the annual audit, and is the project manager
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Tim Shelley

Shelley, Tim

Tim Shelley | 31 News director, WCBU, Peoria Public Radio Tim Shelley supervises WCBU’s full-time newsroom staff, as well as a team of correspondents and
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Timothy W. Spears

Spears, Timothy W.

 Timothy W. Spears | 32 Commercial portfolio manager, Busey Bank Tim Spears’ duties at Busey Bank include managing and monitoring the investment portfolios of many
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Hank Stickelmaier

Stickelmaier, Hank

Hank Stickelmaier | 34 Manager of talent acquisition, RLI Insurance Company Hank Stickelmaier leads the specialty insurance company’s search for workforce talent, partnering with recruiters
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Laura Sutter

Sutter, Laura

Laura Sutter | 34 Assistant vice president, RLI Insurance Company Laura Sutter oversees both the home office and actuarial support division for a significant number
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Mikayla R. Vincent

Vincent, Mikayla R.

Mikayla R. Vincent | 39 Client services manager, strategic business development for the Midwest, CORE Construction Mikayla Vincent is a business strategist at CORE, one of
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Andrew Weeks

Weeks, Andrew

Andrew Weeks | 37 General manager, N.E. Finch Company Andrew Weeks leads all aspects of project pricing/estimating, project management, field operations and customer service for
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Ashley L. Whitlatch

Whitlatch, Ashley L.

Ashley L. Whitlatch | 32 Advanced practice nurse, OSF HealthCare Ashley Whitlatch is responsible for providing high-quality care to her patients. In addition to maintaining
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