40 Under 40 Winners

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Meet The Class of 2023

The 40 Under 40 Awards are an economic development initiative that DCI sponsors in partnership with Jorgenson Consulting, Inc. Every two years, we take submissions from influential leaders in the economic development profession who are working to support their communities, organizations and the industry itself. A selection committee sorts through the nominations and selects 40 young leaders or entrepreneurs who have demonstrated strong leadership, innovation and forward-thinking. The award winners are celebrated and recognized in January at the IEDC Leadership Summit for their excellence in economic development.

Alia Abbas Economic Development Officer and CEO & Founder
Steven Anthony Executive Director of Business Development
Portia Bailey-Bernard Senior Vice President
Amanda Blackwood President & CEO
Christopher Bruno Director of Economic Development
Janel L. Carothers Senior Vice President, Business and Economic Development
James R. Charles Community Development Director
Monique Claiborne President & CEO
Daniel Clark Vice President & Director of Business Development
Becca Cruger Director of Workforce Development
Taylor Davis Senior Director of Community Development & Partnerships
Casey Evans DeBellis Senior Director, Business Development
Komal Doshi Director of Mobility
Meryl Fisackerly Chief Operating Officer
Fernando Garcia Senior Vice President of Business Development
Michael Harding, Jr. Vice President, Business Investment
Michael Harris Director of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
Steph Ison Senior Venture Associate, JobsOhio Growth Capital Fund
Samanta Jovanovic CEO
Shannon Landauer President & CEO
Cameron R. Law Executive Director
Matt McLaren Sr. Director of Business Recruitment
Emily McVey Vice President, Animal Health Corridor
Donnie Miller Sr. Director of Business Recruitment, Life Sciences and Technology
Brendan Murray Senior Manager, Business Development
Jayson Newell Senior Director, Business Development
Amanda Obidike Founder
Katy Parker Senior Manager, Business Recruitment
Stevie Phillips Economic Development Representative
David Rogers Vice President of Economic Development
Michael Sage Deputy Director & Regional Economic Development Manager
Joe Sobieralski President & CEO
Toni Sprenkle Executive Director
Amanda Taylor Vice President, Business Investment
Tiffany Thacker Director of Grants
Jack Thomas Vice President, Economic Development
Victor Valle, Jr. Senior Vice President
Cara Weber Vice President
Cornell A. Wesley Chief Economic Development Officer, Department of Innovation and Economic Opportunity
Rickelle Williams Assistant City Manager

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