The Young Professionals Initiative, Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Bossier Chamber of Commerce, and The Forum partner each year for the 40 Under 40 Awards Gala, an event that honors forty amazing young professionals under the age of forty throughout Northwest Louisiana.
The 40 Under 40 profiles Northwest Louisiana’s outstanding entrepreneurs, executives, managers, and professionals in public, private or nonprofit sectors. These nominees will be honored at the 9th Annual Northwest Louisiana 40 Under 40 Gala and Awards Banquet at the Shreveport Convention Center on Saturday, December 5, 2015.
Honorees are chosen based on such values as achievement, experience and innovation, vision, leadership and community involvement.
This year’s 40 Under 40 class includes:
1. Thomas Avallone, Maccentric
2. Michael Barrett, Community Trust Bank
3. William Bradford, City of Shreveport
4. Josh Clayton, The Clayton Law Firm
5. Valerie DeLatte, Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeals
6. Heather Delia, Williams Creative Group/Aspire Yoga Center
7. Jerry Edwards, Blanchard, Walker, O’Quin & Roberts
8. Ruth Frazier, CFRE, Chimp Haven
9. Trey Giglio, Universal Plumbing and Mechanical, Inc.
10. Toya Graham, Carolyn W. & Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation
11. Robert Hattan, Dept. of Veteran Affairs – Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
12. Kristen Holmes, Metro Aviation/Hitched Films
13. Chanel Jackson, Families Helping Families Region 7
14. Sherell Jefferson, Regions Bank
15. Pete John, Raising Cane’s
16. Josh Knicely, Knicely Builders
17. Brent Latin, Young Professionals Entertainment
18. Stacy Lee, M.D., LSU Feist-Weiller Cancer Center
19. Whitney Loe, ANECA Federal Credit Union
20. Jamie Lopez, Po’Folks Promos
21. Dr. Bryan Lusk, Lusk Eye Specialist
22. Chris Lyon, Perennial Media/Louisiana Film Prize
23. Robert Manriquez, DeSoto Parish School Board
24. Toby Mathew, Dept. of Veteran Affairs, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
25. Andrea McKnight, Campus Federal Credit Union
26. Grant Nuckolls, Twisted Root Burger Co.
27. Laura-Ashley Overdyke, The Community Foundation of North Louisiana
28. K. Renae Pullen, Caddo Parish School Board
29. Valerie Robideaux, Centenary College of Louisiana
30. Josh Robinson, Margaritaville Casino and Resort
31. Jessica Schiele, Cohab
32. Tony Simpson, International Sight Restoration
33. Daniel Strickland, Gremillion and Pou Integrated Marketing
34. Brittany Turner, Caddo Parish School Board
35. John Wagoner, Bossier Parish Community College
36. Jeff Warren, Dream Hunt Foundation
37. Blayne Weaver, Secret Identity Productions
38. Ryan Williams, C.E. Byrd High School
39. K. Anton Winder, Karthago Strategies, LLC.
40. Malia Wollerson, Heard, McElroy, and Vestal, LLC.