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Update from the 2008 Class of 10 Over the Next Ten Recipients!

Posted By Michelle Rahl, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Monday, September 22, 2014

Since 2007, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and Grand River Connection have annually recognized a group of young professionals who are expected to grow into this region’s business and community leaders over the next ten years. This recognition – the 10 Over the Next Ten award – now has a class of outstanding recipients that numbers 70 young professionals!

As we get ready to recognize the newest class of 10 Over the Next Ten recipients on Tuesday, September 23 at the University Club, we asked the question – What are our earlier recipients up to these days?

Here are some updates from our 2008 class of 10 Over the Next Ten winners!

Kira Carter-Robertson

Name/Age/Current City:

Kira Carter-Robertson/Age: 39/Resident of Grand Ledge, MI

Then (what was your occupation/employer when recognized):

Healthcare Administrator

President and CEO, Sparrow Specialty Hospital

Now (current occupation, title, employer):

Healthcare Administrator

President and CEO, Sparrow Specialty Hospital

What has happened since you were honored as a 10 Over the Next Ten recipient?

  • Got Married!
  • Increased involvement in Health System wide projects to include a short assignment at an affiliate hospital to fill in gaps until vacancy filled.
  • Increased involvement on both community and national boards: Capital Regional Community Foundation (Vice-Chair, Board of Directors), Dart Bank (Board of Directors), American College of Healthcare Executive Great Lakes Chapter (Board of Directors), National Association of Long Term Acute Care Hospitals (Board of Directors) and Lansing Symphony Orchestra (Board of Directors 2007-2009).
  • Received the “Athena Young Professional Leadership Award”, from the East Lansing Links Chapter in 2011.
  • Received the “Up and Comers Award”, from Modern Healthcare Magazine in 2008.

What factors have helped your development as a professional?

  • Establishing formal mentoring relationships with more seasoned senior level executives
  • Formal participation in leadership development program and assignment of executive coach 2012 – 2014
  • Organization’s commitment to professional growth and development

What is next for you?

Continue to take on increase responsibility across the Health System and seek opportunities to continue to grow and develop as a professional; as well continue to seek out opportunities to serve the community.

Advice to the newest class of 10 Over the Next Ten?

To the Class of 2014, I would like to say Congratulations and job well done.  My advice would be to share with them a short list of principals that I have learned and worked hard to implement along the way that have aided in my success as a leader.

  • Be guided by your values and beliefs. 
  • Live life on purpose for a greater purpose. 
  • Treat others with the same respect that you desire.
  • Show compassion for others in need.
  • Grow stronger with each accomplishment, and even stronger with each setback. 
  • Take accountability for your actions and don’t blame others.
  • Forgive often, but don’t forget, so you can learn from each experience.
  • Give thanks in some measurable way each day.
  • Laugh every day.
  • Reach for the stars
  • Know everything happens for a reason, and there is no better place to be than right here, right now.

"If you don't have your own plan, someone else is going to make you fit into their plan."

-Anthony Robbins


 

Brian Anderson

Name/Age/Current City:

Brian Anderson, 33, Midland, MI

Then (what was your occupation/employer when recognized):

Center City Director, Lansing Economic Development Corporation

Now (current occupation, title, employer):

President and CEO, Middle Michigan Development Corporation

What has happened since you were honored as a 10 Over the Next Ten recipient?

Since 2008, my wife Kasey and I have had three beautiful children and relocated our household to Midland in support of her career with The Dow Chemical Company. In 2010, I accepted the role of President and CEO with Middle Michigan Development Corporation, a regional economic development firm based in Mt. Pleasant. Shortly after our move, we both completed our Masters of Business Administration coursework at Northwood University. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t draw upon the experiences and relationships I built in Lansing, and because of that, perhaps the most difficult part of leaving the community was missing out on the incredible energy of the individuals who’ve elevated the community. Not being a part of that in a community I love deeply is one of the biggest conflicts of my life.

What factors have helped your development as a professional?

Having incredible mentors like Bob Trezise and an aggressive, unrelentingly positive leader in Mayor Bernero has had more to do with any personal success I’ve realized than anything I can single out. Without them and the incredibly talented individuals of whom I had the pleasure of working alongside, I’d never have been put in a position to receive the award or go on to manage my own organization.

What is next for you?

I hope to find contentment, being a father and husband is the most important job I will have in my life and managing a professional household pulls a person in all kinds of different directions. There are so many professional aspirations that I struggle with, I think I personally want to find ways I can be impactful on the world around me without “something having to give.” That means sacrificing some professional opportunities in order to satisfy personal values, so I hope I can find satisfaction in that balance between personal and professional lives. I look back to 2008 and it seemed so easy when anything was possible; now the great challenge is operating within a narrow margin and finding happiness.

Advice to the newest class of 10 Over the Next Ten?

When I first received the award, I hid it away in a box. I was embarrassed by it and didn’t feel I was worthy compared to those whom I’d been chosen alongside. I finally put it on the mantle when I came to realize that they don’t give you the 10 Over the Next Ten award because of anything you’ve done, it is all  about what you can do. This isn’t an award to compliment achievement, it is given to potential. To be truly worth of this award it should be your catalyst, you can’t rest on your laurels now. Get to work; everything for which you’ve received this award is out in front of you.



Camron Gnass

Name/Age/Current City:

Camron Gnass, 38, Lansing, MI

Then (what was your occupation/employer when recognized):

Traction (was called Vision Creative, but same entity), founder and creative director

Now (current occupation, title, employer):

Same

What has happened since you were honored as a 10 Over the Next Ten recipient?

  • Awarded Outstanding Alumnus of Holt High School (2014)
  • Co-founded the Capital City Film Festival (2011)
  • Co-curated TEDxLansing (2010)
  • Co-curated IgniteLansing (2009)
  • Founded a sports publishing company in 2008 producing a monthly magazine and a book
  • Completed 6 years on the board of the Small Business Association of Michigan
  • Currently a Board Member of Impression 5 Science Center & Holt Education Foundation
  • Instructor at Michigan State University in the Advertising Department

What factors have helped your development as a professional?

Curiosity

What is next for you?

Expand the reach for my business. Find continued ways to make help the community a better place to be.

Advice to the newest class of 10 Over the Next Ten?

Don’t let your job title or the company you work for define your involvement in the community or business world. Don’t let naysayers project what could or couldn't happen; only you know what you are capable of.




 Congratulations to the entire 2008 class of 10 Over the Next Ten recipients!

Tags:  10 Over the Next Ten award  business leadership  community leadership  Grand River Connection  update  young professionals 

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