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Region’s Best Young Professionals Recognized at 10 Over the Next Ten Awards

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Region’s Best Young Professionals Recognized at 10 Over the Next Ten Awards

The eighth annual 10 Over the Next Ten awards were held September 23 at the University Club of Michigan State University. This event recognizes Greater Lansing region’s top young professionals who are expected to grow into the business and community leaders over the next decade. The event was co-hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) and Grand River Connection.

Special thanks to our Alumni Sponsor Independent Bank and our Host Sponsor, the University Club of Michigan State University!

Media Note: The 10 over the Next Ten awards will take place tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the University Club. Media attendance is encouraged.

Following are the recipients of the 2014 10 Over the Next Ten awards:

Jeffery Hertrich is the assistant general counsel for Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. He supports the various business units within his company with corporate legal matters across the country. Governor Snyder recently appointed Jeffery to the State Board of Professional Surveyors. He enjoys volunteering for local charities in his spare time.

Joe Manzella works as a senior account executive for Truscott Rossman. He has been a graphic designer for the firm and has served as the system planner for the Capital Area Transportation Authority and manager of Regional Programs for the Lansing Economic Area Partnership. Joe has been extensively involved in politics both as a consultant for candidates in Metro Detroit and as a candidate himself. He has run for Lansing City Council and the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees.

Katie Lynwood is an attorney with Bernick, Radner, & Ouellette, PC in Lansing. She specializes in estate planning, probate, trust administration, and family law. She is a member of the Ingham County Bar Association and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. She was recently named a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of estate planning and probate.

Kelly King serves as the executive director of the Downtown YMCA Wellness Center. She has served with the YMCA of Lansing for fourteen years in various positions. She is also a member of the Promotions Committee for Downtown Lansing Inc., an organization dedicated to revitalizing downtown Lansing. Kelly and her dog, Boga, are members of Therapy Dogs International. Together, they visit assisted living facilities and the Ingham County Animal Control Outreach Center.

Ken Szymusiak is the managing director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship (IEI) at the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. The IEI supports entrepreneurship within MSU through the development of curriculum, events and business plan competitions. Prior to his position with IEI, Ken served as co-director of the New Economy Division at the Lansing Economic Area Partnership where he worked to develop a culture of entrepreneurship in Lansing region.

Mindy Biladeau serves as the executive director of Downtown Lansing Inc. She is also the coordinator of Silver Bells in the City. Before working in Lansing, Mindy worked in Howell, MI as the Main Street manager for the Howell Downtown Development Authority. She holds undergraduate degrees in political science and psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master’s of Public Administration from Michigan State University.  

Nichole Martin has been the Ingham County Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative (MYOI) coordinator since 2012. There she advocates to the community about the successes and needs of children aging out of foster care. Since her start, MYOI has grown from three participants to fifty-four. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and psychology from Carthage College as well as a Master of Arts in forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Sarah Anthony is an Ingham County commissioner for District 3 on Lansing’s Southside. She serves as vice chair of the Finance Committee. She is also a member of the Human Services Committee and chair of the Ingham County Commission Democratic Caucus. In addition to her work as a commissioner, she is the director of Finance and Strategic Partnerships at the Michigan College Access Network where she maintains and develops college access programs around Michigan.

Steven D. Japinga is chief of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs for State and Federal Government Relations for the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS), a trade association that represents 15,000 physicians statewide. Steven’s specialties include healthcare policy, insurance and grassroots advocacy. Before working with MSMS, Steven was the managing director for Capitol Strategies Group, a lobbying group that has represented firms like Johnson & Johnson and Michigan State University.

Suban Nur Cooley is the managing editor of Capital Gains Media and a graduate research assistant at Michigan State University. Suban moved to the Lansing area in 2006 and has worked as a reporter, editor and in event planning. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Canberra (Australia) and is working on a master’s degree in Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing from Michigan State University.

The winners of the 10 Over the Next Ten awards were judged based on their professional achievement, community involvement and personal success.  Applicants were required to be 35-years-old or younger, professionally centered in the tri-county area (Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton) and with a minimum of two years working in the Mid-Michigan Community.

The mission of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) is to be the preeminent business advocacy organization in the Greater Lansing region by collaborating for economic growth, creating new opportunities for our members and upholding pro-business ideals through the advancement of sound public policy. More information about LRCC and its programs and services can be found on any of its social media platforms, including, Facebook, Twitter (@Lansing Chamber), Linked In and You Tube.

The Grand River Connection seeks to develop a stronger network to support Lansing and East Lansing's young and vital workforce. Our diverse, non-partisan group provides fun, social, and professional connections that encourage economic growth and community involvement where we live, work, and play.

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