WATERLOO, Iowa --- The winners have been selected for The Courier's Class of 2011 20 Under 40 awards.
Twenty men and women who live and work in the Cedar Valley were selected by a committee, which sorted through more than 70 nominations in the 10-year-old award program.
In July, The Courier began seeking nominations for the award, which honors outstanding young people in the Cedar Valley who are making a difference in their work and personal lives to make the area a better place.
The individuals will be featured in Cedar Valley Business Monthly magazine in November, and then featured on a daily basis in The Courier beginning in December.
A reception for the winners is planned for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Hawkeye Community College's Tama Hall.
The Class of 2011 20 Under 40 winners are:
Joe Barber, 35, president of Iowa Laser Technology.
Dave Becker, 35, senior vice president of Financial Resource Advisors.
Ryan Bingman, 32, director of operations, Grundy County Memorial Hospital.
Sarah Meyer-Reyerson, 37, director of the Waverly Public Library.
Amy Mohr, 34, president of the University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association.
Aram Susong, 32, jeweler with Facets by Susong.
Jordan Alborn, 27, vice president/financial adviser with FSB Warner Financial Services.
Wade Arnold, 32, president/CEO of T8 Webware.
Erica Feldick, 29, certified financial planner with Jacobson Financial Services.
Lauren Finke, 29, executive director of Volunteer Services of Cedar Valley.
Zach Shimp, 38, general manager of Target Distribution.
Jesse Knight, 36, hydraulic design engineer, John Deere.
Heidi DuCharme, 28, nurse manager, Allen Hospital Heart Lab.
Scott Gall, 38, co-owner, The Runner's Flat.
Louis Hagarty, 36, funeral director at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service.
Nadia Korobova, 33, assistant director of the UNI Office of International Programs.
Akela McDonald, 31, administrative director, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.
Shannon Closson, 39, president/CEO Casting Cleaning Inc.
Mike McGill, 33, vice president of business development, Independence Federal Bank of Savings.
Derek Sallis, 32, IT instructor, Kaplan University.