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The CBT announces 2015’s 20 Under 40

The CBT announces 2015’s 20 Under 40

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 10.23.53 AMCongratulations to the Columbia Business Times 2015 Class of 20 Under 40, presented by Stephens College. For the second year in a row, the CBT received a record-breaking number of nominations from the Columbia community.

Twenty young professionals between the ages of 21 and 39 were selected for this year’s award based on their success in their chosen field, mentorship of others and leadership in the community.

“It is our absolute pleasure to provide a platform for outstanding talent to be recognized for their hard work and passion,” said CBT Publisher Erica Pefferman. “Not only does it provide accolades to our recipients for a job well done, but it provides inspiration to the next generation they can achieve great things where their gifts lie…whether it’s in business, the arts, politics or educating our youth.”

This year’s class includes people from a variety of backgrounds and industries:

  • Josh Burrell, chief strategy officer at Lift Division
  • Emily Clapp, recruitment generalist at Veterans United Home Loans and owner of Belle Bash
  • Aimee Davenport, environmental attorney at Evans & Dixon LLC
  • Nathan Fleischmann, director of annual giving at Columbia College and owner of Stadium Shoes
  • Nicole Galloway, treasurer of Boone County
  • John Hall, CEO of Influence & Co.
  • Danielle Harrison, business banking relationship manager at Commerce Bank
  • Eric Johnson, principal of Hickman High School
  • Caleb Jones, state representative of the 50th District
  • Kip Kendrick, state representative of the 45th District
  • Leighanne Lamb, vice president of real estate lending at Landmark Bank and manager of Landmark Home Mortgage Center
  • Caroline Leemis, owner/interior designer at Caroline Leemis Design LLC
  • Lydia Melton, owner of Günter Hans
  • Eric Morrison, vice president of business development at Providence Bank
  • Sidney Neate, relationship manager at Boone County National Bank
  • Elizabeth Palmieri, cofounder and artistic director of GreenHouse Theatre Project
  • Rachel Payton, deputy state director of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation
  • Candice Rotter, associate media director at True Media
  • Don Seitz, owner of Modern Property Group
  • Josh Tennison, director of human resources at Independent Stave Company

The 2015 class will be honored for their contribution to our community at a gala January 22, 2015, in Kimball Ballroom at Stephens College. Tickets can be purchased at

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