We’re thrilled to announce the 2021 winners of the 40 Under 40 Awards presented by the StarNews and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. The 40 Under 40 Awards are the Cape Fear region’s premiere event to celebrate the young professionals who are scaling businesses to new heights, making decisions that put their organizations on the map or producing a seemingly infinite stream of impactful work in our community.
We plan to recognize the 2021 honorees during an event at 5:30 pm on Sept. 30 at the Brooklyn Arts Center. Tickets are available to the public for $40 each, but space is limited to 250 attendees. Free hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.
We hope you’ll join us in congratulating the following recipients of the 40 Under 40 Awards:
Jessica Aguilar, 24, program coordinator, Juntos 4-H Pender County
Julie Andrews, 30, marketing manager, Logan Homes
Sarah Arthur, 34, manager of community engagement, Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Marissa Bryant Franks, 26, health equity outreach coordinator, Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center
LeeAnn Canady, 31, neurosurgical physician assistant, Coastal Spine Institute
Jessica Canavan, 32, assistant director of community-based family services, Coastal Horizons Center
Joseph Casares, 37, director of radiology, Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Chris DeHart, 39, owner, All About Energy Solutions
Daniel Duffy, 37, dentist and owner, Live Oak Dental
Jhaniqua Farrar Palmer, 35, Grandparent Support Network program coordinator and Advocacy and Racial Justice program coordinator, YWCA Lower Cape Fear
Jarett Gattison, 32, director, Community Boys & Girls Club
Rashad Gattison, 34, teen service director, Brigade Boy's and Girl's Club
Vanessa Gonzalez, 34, president/attorney, The Law Office of Vanessa A. Gonzalez PLLC
Chris Hoenig, 36, yacht and boat sales consultant, MarineMax
Emmanuel Ibarra, 30, owner and accountant, EL Cerro Grande, El Arriero Taqueria, Zocalo Street Food and Tequila, and Mi Cabana
Jennie Jackson, 39, market executive, Bank of America
Karin Kassab, 37, psychologist and founder, Clarity Counseling Center
Manuel Lloyd, 27, Cultural Enrichment Program coordinator, Upperman African American Cultural Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington
Lauren McKenzie, 34, executive director, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity
Elliott Miller, 35, vice president of finance, PPD
Emmanuel Mitcham, 36, marketing and communications specialist, Office of Community Engagement and Applied Learning, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Chris Montero, 35, co-founder and operations and sales director, Perfect Touch Rental
Parker Wilson, 36, founder and chief strategist, Sparked Consulting
Genna Wirth, 25, executive director, Voyage
Landon Zimmer, 39, managing partner, Zimmer Development Company
To be eligible this year, nominees had to be younger than 40 years old as of Sept. 30 and live or work in Brunswick, New Hanover, or Pender counties.
A six-member selection panel studied the nominations and met earlier this year to pick the winners. The panelists were: Natalie English, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce president and CEO; Sherry Jones, StarNews Media news director; Katelyn Mattox, NourishNC program coordinator and a 40 Under 40 honoree in 2020; Edelmira Segovia, director of Centro Hispano at the University of North Carolina Wilmington; Linda Thompson, chief diversity and equity officer for New Hanover County; Woody White, attorney, and former New Hanover County Commissioner.
The StarNews will publish individual profiles on this year’s honorees at StarNewsOnline.com on the night of Sept. 30 and in a special section in the print newspaper on Oct. 1.
2021 40 Under 40 Awards
Date and Time
Thursday Sep 30, 2021 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Brooklyn Arts Center
516 N. 4th St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
Event tickets are $40 per person.
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