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10 Over the Next Ten: Recognizing the Region’s Top Young Professionals

Sunday, October 1, 2017  
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Ten of the Greater Lansing region’s top young professionals were honored at the 11th annual 10 Over the Next Ten awards. Each candidate was selected based upon professional achievement, community involvement and personal success - all indicators that he or she will contribute to the community significantly over the next 10 years. Co-hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and Grand River Connection, the event was held on September 26th at the University Club of Michigan State University. Congratulations to this year’s honorees.

Pictured from left to right: Corey Rees, Danielle Lenz, Josh Holliday, Ashlee R. Willis, Dan Wilkinson, Cameo King, Nick Nauta and Julie Holton

Cameo King is with the team at MacDonald Broadcasting company as a reporter for WILS 1320 AM, Power 96.5, and Mike 101.7 FM. King has received three Michigan Association of Broadcasters awards. She was also selected as one of twelve journalists to participate in a German and American journalist exchange program. King’s professional work also extends into youth empowerment. She managed multiple city-wide youth focused projects as well as advocated youth through policy advocacy and policy work. King is the visionary and founder of Grit, Glam & Guts. Grit, Glam, & Guts Teen Conference is embarking on its 5th year as a movement of empowerment for teen girls across the state of Michigan. Every year, through interactive workshops, indepth honest discussions, and practical teaching, the Grit, Glam, & Guts conference touches the lives of hundreds of young women throughout the state. Most recently the growing partnership with the Residential College of Arts in Humanities at Michigan State University, Grit, Glam & Guts has produced spring and fall programming for teens at Lansing’s Eastern High School and the Lansing Art Gallery.

Josh Holliday is the Tri-County Development & Placemaking manager for Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) where he joined the team in December 2016. He works closely with LEAP members as well as the private and public sectors throughout Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties, providing economic development assistance specifically to the tri-county area. Prior to LEAP, he served as the program manager for the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, coordinating, marketing and implementing smARTS – a professional development program for creatives, overseeing six funding initiatives that provided more than $275,000 in grants, along with implementing and managing placemaking driven initiatives throughout the region. Additionally, he planned the annual Creative Placemaking Summit, which brought residents and community leaders together to discuss art and placemaking.

Julie Holton serves as the chief marketing officer at Fraser Trebilcock. Under her leadership, the firm has dramatically expanded its marketing efforts, including the launch of an award-winning website, honored by the Legal Marketing Association in 2015. The Firm’s Board of Directors has also entrusted her with high-level projects that include a new business development initiative for their attorneys, as well as involvement in the hiring committee and technology team. During Holton’s nearly five years at Fraser, the firm has grown its client and community connections by establishing educational programs including a series of seminars on Health Care Reform and the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Series. Fraser Trebilcock has also greatly expanded its community involvement, by both financial contributions and volunteer-hours, with a variety of area non-profits.

Danielle Lenz injects energy and enthusiasm into every aspect of her life. As the director of public relations and social media at Edge Partnerships, she brings fresh ideas and a love for new technology. Lenz graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication. Before coming to Edge, she served as marketing coordinator at Classic Travel and a public relations, marketing and sponsorship intern for Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority. Edge’s clients look to Lenz to learn about the newest strategies in technology and choose the best for online marketing. She is currently directing social media accounts for several of Edge’s loyal clients. Lenz has a love for event planning and is currently spearheading Edge Events. She began her event planning at an early age volunteering at the Tom Izzo Sparrow Health Classic golf outing and has since added some of Michigan’s best celebrations to her impressive resume.

Nick Nauta founded Nick Nauta Financial in 2015 with the mission of helping people achieve their deeply held life goals through financial planning. He believes that financial planning should be the roadmap his clients take to living a successful life. His client’s financial plans should incorporate their values, inspirations, and lifelong goals for living the best life possible. Once they have the plan in place, Nauta is dedicated to helping his clients put their resources in the best position to support all of the things that are important to them so that they can aspire to achieve the things that give their life meaning. His financial planning philosophy was born from years of study at Northern Michigan University where he graduated with a double major in Financial Management and Economics. Nauta is a lifetime learner dedicated to enhancing his ability to help his clients achieve their goals. He has completed several certifications in financial planning and continued to pursue a greater knowledge to serve his clients.

Luan Nguyen currently serves as a dispositions relationship manager at Cinnaire, which is a community development finance institution that supports community stabilization and economic development by developing and nurturing partnerships with investors and mission-focused organizations. They provide creative loans, investments, and best-in-class services to partners. Nguyen is responsible for all aspects of analyzing, negotiating, and deal closings with partners as they move towards a year-15 disposition of their partnership interests in LIHTC developments. Nguyen has been recognized by his company and others as one of the emerging leaders in the industry. Within his own organization, Nguyen has embraced several leadership roles with new and existing staff as a leadership coach and Staff Engagement Committee (SEC) member. He is responsible for rolling out department wide projects as the asset management project team lead.

Corey Rees works as a designer and business development specialist for ASL architecture | design. He has been involved with unique projects and worked nationwide with highend retailers like Montblanc, Coach, Burberry, and others. Rees has worked with the American Institute of Architects Mid-Michigan Chapter and with the ACE Mentor Program of America to promote careers in architecture to young professionals and high school students. He is currently involved in making connections as an Ambassador for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. Rees also sits on Lake Trust Credit Union’s Board of Directors as an Associate Board Member. During his time at ASL, the company won the Merit Award for a design at the Atlanta International Airport. Rees has worked on projects for K-12, State of Michigan, MSU, office buildings, retail and restaurants. He is proud to be with a company that has completed a store within the new World Trade Center. The firm recently finished a mixed-use building in Williamston and is working on Gillespie Company’s Esker Square project in Holt.

JJ Ubonwan Saeung is an associate dentist with Schaefer Dental Group and Volunteers of America. She started practicing dentistry with the focus of complex health, TMJ pain therapy, and oral surgery since early 2015. With community health being one of her top priorities, she was able to be connected with the local chapter of Volunteers of America and be honored to be a part of executive board that brought about the recent Delta Dental Clinic (420 N. Larch St, Lansing, MI), in which she is one of the original dental teams to provide urgent dental care to the homeless and underserved adults and children of Greater Lansing area. It is rare for young dentists to be able to dedicate their time to helping low-income patients. Saeung feels fortunate that she is able to treat various ranges of patients throughout Lansing and greater area through private practice setting, as well as the public health setting. She prides herself in using her skills in treating the medically complex to provide the best quality care she could offer, regardless of income status.

Dan Wilkinson is a commercial loan officer with Dart Bank. As a community banker, Wilkinson has been able to successfully help many local businesses and individuals reach their financial goals by offering exceptional advice, support, and service. Wilkinson has built many strong relationships and connections with a variety of business owners in the region and will continue to do whatever it takes to provide financial assistance to promote the growth of the Greater Lansing region. As a community banker, he is able to personally assist his clients realize their goals by discussing financial strategies critiqued to their unique goals. Wilkinson loves being able to drive down the street and see new businesses that he has supported - everything from apartments, to salons, coffee shops, and an urgent care facility. His greatest accomplishment has been his career progression as a community banker and he hopes to continue to grow professionally and in doing so better the community that he loves.

Ashlee R. Willis, owner of Michigan Premier Events and Lansing Mosaic has been an active member in the Lansing area and has been recognized throughout the community for her exceptional leadership, professional achievement and personal dedication to the community. Willis loves the entrepreneurial scene in Lansing and wanted to help highlight the diversification of business owners in Lansing. Lansing Mosaic is an online publication highlighting a diverse range of small business owners and entrepreneurs in the Lansing region showcasing their unique products and sharing their journey in business. Her business is writing content and in her videos she is interviewing entrepreneurs. Her interview videos have captured an audience reaching more than 28,000 viewers. Willis is part of numerous organizations such as the Old Newsboys of Lansing as Board of Directors, Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, Greater Lansing Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Aitch Foundation Hidden Key Fashion Show Committee - just to name a few. Willis was also the instructor for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce 1st Young Entrepreneur Academy.

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