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20 under 40 Through the Years: A Timeline

20 under 40 Through the Years: A Timeline

20 under 40 has a deep legacy of highlighting change-makers and influencers in our community. While our records are incomplete due to a variety of factors, including archiving methods changing, we do know that the first class was selected in 2001. It was known then as 40 under 40 and was held every other year. Over time, it became 20 under 40 and has been celebrated yearly. 

The current format of 20 under 40 began in January 2014 and has stayed consistent in celebrating the unique people that make our community thrive. Honorees have included not just entrepreneurs and businesspeople, but also teachers, artists, police officers, firefighters, politicians, and religious leaders. 

Each 20 under 40 class is interviewed, photographed, and featured in the magazine with the goal of learning who they are beyond their LinkedIn profile. The celebration culminates in a black tie gala in their honor. Videos featuring past classes can be found on the COMO Magazine website.

You can be a part of forming future classes by nominating someone deserving. Our nominations for the next class will open in August 2022.


Class of 2001

Andrew Beverley

Craig Brumfield

Jim Cherrington

Jill Cox

Rob Dunscombe

Ann M. Echelmeier

Jeffrey T. Echelmeier

Michael Flanagan

Brian Forrest

Anna Hargis

Susan Hart

Tim Hickman

B.J. Hunter

Paul Jackson

Steve Knorr

Sabrina McDonnell

Elizabeth Mendenhall

Mario Moccia

Brian Neuner

Ed Orr

Mark Palmer

Joe Priesmeyer

Marci Reimler

Suzanne Rothwell

Bob Schaal

Paige Scott

Teri Smith

Chris Stevens

Lili Vianello

Cindy Whaley

Class of 2003

Catherine Atkins

Tom Bradley

Marnie Clark

Bill Costello

Paula Elias

Renee Hulshof

Michele Kennett

Wendy Knorr

Trish Koetting

Candy Neuner

Sarah Reeseman

J. Michael Roach

Dan Ruether

Greg Trachsel

Wendy Wiederhold

Greg Wolff

Tonya Wolff

Class of 2005

Gregory Baker

Sonja Derboven

Mendy Diel

Heather Dimitt-Fletcher

Sarah Dubbert

Cindy Frazier

Matt Garrett

Deborah Graves

Shatenita Horton

Sahba Jalali

John Keller

Rose Lloyd

Leigh Nutter

Gena Patton

Steve Powell

Rob Quinn

Michael Radzin

Brian Smith

Keri Tipton

J. Alan Weber

Class of 2007

Larry Atterberry Jr.

Shawn Barnes

Michelle Baumstark

J. Scott Christianson

Shelly DeVore

Kate Essing

Steve Hollis

Jocelyn Kilgore

Jennifer Thomas

Emily Thoroughma

Class of 2009

Jay Alexander

Brent Beshore

Jerry Dowell

Cameron Dunafon

Alex George

Mike Grellner

Michelle Kemp

Todd McCubbin

Mike Messer

Jack Miller

David Nivens

David Tyson Smith

David Townsend

Lindsay Young Lopez

Class of 2011

Amanda Barnes-Tolson

Kerrie Bloss

Kate Boatright

Susanne Bylund

Anne Churchill

Kellie Ann Coats

Camren Cross

John Fabsits

Kris Farmer

Mills Menser

Erik Morse

Freddy Spencer

Michele Spry

Travis Tucker

Tim Weiss

Class of 2014

Beau Aero

Andrea Benna

Jen Bukowsky

Brian Cunningham

Lily Dawson

Emily Holdman

Rachel Holman

Katelyn Jones

Matt Kitzi

Kari Laudano 

Izzy Leatherman

John Meyer

Amanda Owens

Monica Pitts

Caleb Rowden

Joel Sager

Sean Siebert

Peter Stiepleman

Dale Wright

Class of 2015

Joshua Burrell

Emily Clapp

Aimee Davenport 

Nathan Fleischmann

Nicole Galloway

John Hall

Danielle Harrison

Eric Johnson

Caleb Jones

Kip Kendrick 

Leighanne Lamb

Caroline Leemis

Lydia Melton

Eric Morrison

Sidney Neate

Elizabeth Palmieri

Rachel Payton

Candice Rotter

Don Seitz

Josh Tennison

Class of 2016

Sonya Addison

Lyria Bartlett

Barbara Buffaloe

Caleb Colbert

Jon Galloway

Tyson Hunt

Curt Kippenberger

Madeleine LeMieux

Matt McCormick

Andrea Paul

Kelsey Raymond

Laura Roeder

Chris Rosskopf

Jabbok Schlacks

William Schlacks

Jonathan Sessions

Drew Smith

Steve Tuchschmidt II

Michael Urban

Stephanie Wilmsmeyer

Jim Yankee

Class of 2017

Elias Abadi

Brooke Berkey

Ada Buckman

J.D. Calvin

David Coil

Annie Doisy

Ty-Ron Douglas

Justin Dyer

Alissa Gerke

Amanda Jacobs

Nathan Jones

Kimberly Lodge

Billy Polansky

Joe Ritter

Mark Stinson

Gary Tegerdine

Nathan Todd

Brian Whorley

Loreli Wilson

Jessie Yankee

Class of 2018

Barbie Banks

Jesse Bodine

Kristen Brown

Taylor Burks

Cory Crosby

Nickie Davis

Jackie Floyd

Jaime Freidrichs

David Isaacks

Scott Lenger

Brianna Lennon

Brian Millner

Leigh Neier

Cara Owings

Nic Parks

Amanda Quick

Dan Riepe

Jesse Walters

Adam Weber

Valerie Zumwalt

Class of 2019

Judson Ball

Greg Brockmeier

Jose Caldera

Sara Cochran

Randy Cole

Josh Devine

Gabe Garcia

Chrystal Graves

Danny Hammack

Benjamin Hamrah

Aric Jarvis

Krista Kippenberger

Jay Lindner

Megan McConachie

Mike Nolan

Jaime Palmer

Arminta Phelps

Lara Pieper

Jolyn Sattizahn

Lee Sensintaffar

Liz Tucker

Class of 2020

Mason Aid

David Anderson

Taylor Bacon

Angie Bass

Matt Boyd

Heather Brown

Stacey Cole

Kyle Cook

Secily Devese

Sarah Dresser

Laura Gerding

Tommy Goran

Dr. Bridget Gruender

Galen Hassler

Geoff Karr

Cole Knudsen

De’Vion Moore

Sarah Moreau

Camille Roland

Megan Sievers

Annette Triplett

Class of 2021

Michael Aslanidis

Julia Chisholm

Erica Dickson

Aaron Emel

Ashley Emel

Jason Gruender

Kelly Hill

Kari Hopkins

Chris Horn

Jerrell Jackson

Marcus Jones

Sarah Klaassen

Wendy Moore

Garrett Pearson

Trent Rash

Josh Rein

Joe Seymour

Jeremy Spillman

Megan Thomas

Megan Walters

Class of 2022

Brandon Banks

Michele Curry

Jacob Garrett

Amber Goodwin

Stephen Graves

Mark Hoehne

Ming Hsieh

Austin Ilsley

Lauren Karr

Misty Larkins

Darren Morton

Tyson Mutrux 

Kerri Roberts

Amanda Ruyle

Jessica Schlosser

Garima Singh

Corrina Smith

Megan Steen

T’Keyah Thomas

Wende Wagner

If you have information to update this roster from past classes, please email [email protected]

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