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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Studying patterns shows character traits Forty is a good sample size of the Gwen Clayton population to show us patterns and Business Weekly Editor

character traits that are common among today’s young leaders. In the 2018 cohort of the Business Weekly’s Forty Under 40, we see that 35 percent of awardees were women and 10 percent were younger than age 30. All were older than age 20. Based on responses to the questionnaires that Business Weekly sent to all 40 of this year’s awardees, we found some common traits in the 2018 talent pool.

of our population group – was a veteran’s spouse.

• 75 percent said they were physically active, either in some type of sport, yoga or working out at the gym. • 62.5 percent cited elders in their families, such as parents or grandparents, as being main influences on their lives and careers. • 47.5 percent claimed a non-family member served as a mentor at some point. • 37.5 percent were avid readers of either fiction or nonfiction. • 30 percent proclaimed having some type of spiritual faith that guided them. • 25 percent were active in the arts, whether it was fine arts, performing arts or literary arts. • 7.5 percent had served or were currently serving in the U.S. military, and one person – 2.5 percent

From this year’s patterns, we learn that it’s important to be healthy. We see that leaders in our families and communities help us hone our skills and encourage us to succeed. Members of this year’s class feel part of something bigger than themselves. Creative outlets give us a chance to balance our left and right brains. And patriotism gives us pride in our country. As we honor this group of amazing individuals, it’s important to recognize the common threads woven into each of their lifestyles. These factors shape a person’s character and are the values we pass along to our children and other protégées. As the editor of the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, it is my privilege to present you with the Forty Under 40 class of 2018.

George O. Witwer Publisher Emeritus Terry G. Housholder President Randy Mitchell Chief Executive Officer S. Rick Mitchell Chief Financial Officer The Forty Under 40 is a special publication of Fort Wayne Business Weekly, KPC Media Group Inc. ©2018 All rights reserved.

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JOSH ANDERS............................................................3

MAXIMILIAN MAILE .................................................26

BAILY BEISWANGER .................................................4

KRISTIN MARCUCCILLI ............................................27

ALLISON BERGDOLL..................................................6

BRYAN MATHIESON..................................................28

JASON BLUME ...........................................................7

MELISA MCCANN......................................................30

BRADLEY BRINER ......................................................8

BRYAN MERIWETHER ...............................................31

GREG CLARK ...............................................................9

MARIA NORMAN .......................................................32

STEPHANIE COLEMAN .............................................10

AARON PENCE ...........................................................33

MEGAN CRITES ..........................................................11

WILLIAM RAMSEY.....................................................34

ADAM DAGER.............................................................12

PINKY SAUNDERS .....................................................35

CARL-PHILIP DORISSANT ........................................13

TYLER SILVEUS...........................................................36

HEATHER DREBENSTEDT .........................................14

JAMA SMITH..............................................................37

LESLIE FRIEDEL ..........................................................15

JAMI THOMAS ...........................................................38

AARON GAROFOLA....................................................17

MARK VANDEVELDE .................................................39

ANDIE HINES ..............................................................18

DOMINIC WARDELL ..................................................40

ROBERT JOHNSON ...................................................20

JAY WATTS .................................................................41

CALEB KIMMEL ..........................................................21

THERESE WILLIAMS .................................................42

RICK KINNEY...............................................................22

JARROD WILSON.......................................................43

ERIC KJENDALEN ......................................................23

MILES WILSON ..........................................................44

ANDREW LAMPING ..................................................24

JARED WURTZEL .......................................................45

RON LEWIS .................................................................25

JOHN ZARSE...............................................................46

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AGE: 37

JOSHUA ANDERS

Employer: The Pointe Church Title: Worship and Creative Arts Pastor Education: Enka High School, Enka, North Carolina Associate of Theology, Trinity Baptist Bible College, Asheville, North Carolina Bachelor’s Degree in Science – Religion/Music, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia Master of Arts in Worship and Leadership, Liberty University Theological Seminary Community organizations with which you are involved: The Pointe Church; Next Level Worship International U.S. and Zambia, Africa; Highland Lake Baptist Camp; Christmaspalooza annual indoor Christmas carnival Hobbies: Watching all the superhero movies, researching new tech, video gaming, going to concerts and theater, travel, reading, building LEGO sets with my kids Why are you in northeast Indiana? In 2014, The Pointe Church was conducting a nationwide search for a worship and creative arts pastor. My best friend, who attends The Pointe, suggested to church leadership that they ask me to serve in an interim position as they continued their search for a permanent leader. When the church offered me the interim role, I moved my family to Fort Wayne on a step of faith knowing that God would guide my steps. After I led worship for several weeks, the church felt I was who they were looking for so they ended their search and offered me the permanent position. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? Every week, I have the privilege of doing what God created me to do: leading people into the presence of God in worship. One of my greatest joys is helping other staff members and volunteers discover their greatest potential. I love developing leaders!

What does success mean to you? True success for me is described perfectly in the Scriptures: Jesus said the greatest among us are servants. While sometimes it is hard to do, I make it my daily goal to serve others with a patient, humble heart and extend grace to everyone around me. Instead of trying to find something significant to do, I do my best to join God in whatever He is doing and invite others to come along. Because God is always successful, I get to ride along on His coattails. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was a kid, I wanted to be a lawyer, an architect and a professional singer. As a teen, I dreamed of becoming an actor and musician. And while the desire to be an attorney and architect faded, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as an actor, musician and singer. And I’m still dreaming about what God might do with me next! Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My first paycheck was from ChickFil-A in the Biltmore Square Mall in Asheville, North Carolina. I listened patiently to customer’s food orders, ran the register and said “It’s my pleasure” a lot! Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? Growing up, my biggest fan was my mom. She supported my dreams and traveled with me across the southern states as I had the privilege of living out my passions upon the stage. And she even moved to Fort Wayne to continue her support. Beyond my mom, I am thankful for our church leader and pastor, Ray Harris, who has encouraged me to follow my God-given passions and dreams. He has also modeled how to empower others and develop the team of people around me. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? Every year, I plan and lead hundreds of volunteers to host the largest Christmas carnival in northeast Indiana: Christmaspalooza. Over the years I have led the carnival, it has quintupled in size and now reaches more than 5,200 families with children from all over our community. In my role as a worship and creative arts pastor, I recently traveled to Zambia, Africa, to teach more than 200 worship pastors how to lead people into the presence of God. I loved the experience of bringing the passion we have for God in Fort Wayne to the far corners of the globe. Page 3


BAILY BEISWANGER

AGE: 26

their lives (I don’t think I understood what that actually meant at that time). Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My first paycheck came from Frenchtown Township (Monroe, Michigan). I was an umpire for little league baseball.

Employer: Micropulse, Inc. Title: HR Manager Education: Monroe Jefferson High School, Monroe, Michigan, in 2010. BSBA with a concentration in Human Resources, Indiana Tech, in 2013 MBA, Indiana Tech, in 2015 I was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate for both degrees

great internship related to HR, which led to a full-time position. When I accepted that position, I started to call northeast Indiana “home.” In addition, my husband was born and raised in northeast Indiana and we are both established in this area – Whitley County specifically.

Community organizations with which you are involved: I am a member of the Whitley County Junior Achievement Board of Directors, a trustee at South Whitley United Methodist Church and I teach two Boot Camp classes each week at the Whitley County YMCA. I am also a Sword Select Ambassador for Sword Endurance Products.

What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I enjoy the HR profession because it has variety. I am able to interact with multiple areas of the business including operations, finance, payroll and benefits, etc. I feel I am able to make a positive impact on the company and the employees. The ever-changing responsibilities keep me going – no two days are alike and there is always something to learn.

Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading books and magazines, and trying new teas. I frequently exercise and have found a love for running. Most recently I have entered the world of triathlon.

What does success mean to you? To me, success means making a positive impact in some way, shape or form. Oftentimes that means aligning individual perspectives in order to reach a common goal.

Why are you in northeast Indiana? I originally came to northeast Indiana for college. While attending school at Indiana Tech for my undergraduate degree, I was able to land a

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Like many other children, I wanted to be a veterinarian because I wanted to work with animals and save

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Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? It would be unfair to list just one person – I have had great support from family, managers, peers and past professors. They have all helped to shape and form the person I am today and without even one of them, my path may have been a little different. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? While there are many things I am proud of (i.e. degrees, certifications, etc.), I think a big accomplishment for me has been gaining an understanding of how to effectively use perspective taking, which is perceiving a situation or concept from an alternate point of view. The concept itself has changed the way I enter some conversations. In fact, there are a handful of conversations that have happened in the past where I wish I could’ve used this tool. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? The sum of many similar, small mistakes are just as dangerous as one large mistake. I can explain some of mine in one word: assumption. It is easy to assume what is on the minds of others without actually hearing it directly from them. It is also easy to assume that others know what is on my mind without me actually telling them. While I haven’t mastered this concept, I have taught myself to realize when I am telling myself “stories” and not focusing on facts, which has helped tremendously.


We are all very proud of you Robert! - The S.C.O.B.Y. (s) Looking forward to putting Fort Wayne on the map in 2018 with you. -Tom “Be careful what you say around me, I know people with Photoshop.”

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ALLISON BERGDOLL

AGE: 37

did. Although I ended up taking a different path in life, I still think my grandmother would be proud. She believed that a smile could change the world, and I am so lucky that I get to help create them every day. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? I started teaching swimming lessons at 12 years of age as a volunteer. When I turned 15 years old, they put me on the payroll. My sisters and I all worked hard to earn certifications as lifeguards and water safety instructors and eventually started a swimming lesson business in our backyard. In a way, I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit.

Employer: Dupont Orthodontics (self-employed) Title: Owner/Orthodontist Education: Valparaiso High School Valparaiso University, Bachelor of Science Indiana University School of Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Surgery Residency, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Master’s Degree Community organizations with which you are involved: Kids First Cleft/Craniofacial Team, co-director; Isaac Knapp District Dental Association, member and previous liaison to the board; Indiana Dental Association, member of the House of Delegates, Council on Membership and Council on Communications; American Dental Association, member of the House of Delegates; Indiana Association of Orthodontists, president; American Association of Orthodontists; Young Dentist Committee; speaker on dental health in community schools and various children’s programs; Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Hobbies: Running, cycling, hiking, skiing, traveling, spending time with my husband and two children Why are you in northeast Indiana? I am originally from northwest Indiana, Page 6

but my husband is from east central Indiana. We decided on northeast Indiana as a good halfway point between our families and because it is a great community to raise our children. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? My favorite part of my profession is that I get to see dramatic transformations – not only in my patients’ smiles but often in their personalities too! It’s the best feeling to see the boost in someone’s self-confidence as we improve their smile. What does success mean to you? Success is not a destination. It is a journey of constant improvements. Whether big or small, we can celebrate each milestone along the way as a success. Other times, we have setbacks that require strength and perseverance and overcoming these can even be successes. Sometimes in life, we even have to decide to change direction entirely and seek out new successes. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was 6 years old, my grandmother passed away from cancer. It was the hardest thing for me to cope with. I decided that I wanted to be a doctor and to find the cure for cancer so that no one else would have to go through what she Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? It’s difficult to choose just one person because I am thankful to so many people who have helped me along the way. If I have to pick one person, it would be my husband, Ryan Bergdoll. I never imagined myself as the sole owner of my orthodontic practice, but he encouraged me to take a leap of faith and has supported me every step of the way. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? I was incredibly honored to be elected to the House of Delegates of the American Dental Association. This position allows me to represent more than 161,000 member dentists across the country in our legislative and governing body. I am so proud to be a voice for women in our profession, for young dentists and for specialists within the dental field. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? I think my biggest mistake thus far was thinking that I could (and should) do everything myself. During all of my years of schooling, I had to do almost everything on my own. It was hammered into me and I had pride in doing it that way. I had to learn to delegate and outsource certain tasks so that I could focus on the areas where my talents were most needed.


AGE: 36

JASON BLUME

Employer: Trine University Title: Executive Director of Innovation One Education: East Noble High School, 1999 Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Trine University 2004 Master of Science in Engineering Management, Trine University 2017 Community organizations with which you are involved: Boy Scouts of America District Eagle Scout Advancement Board, Cub Scout Pack 3115 (Avilla) volunteer leader, Avilla Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, Steuben County Economic Development Corporation board member, Steuben County Enterprise Center Advisory Committee, Delta Chi Fraternity Housing Corporation at Trine University Hobbies: Running – half-marathon finisher 2:00:54, pickleball, camping, history, vintage cars Why are you in northeast Indiana? I grew up in this area and have always appreciated the calm pace of life. Northeast Indiana is so centrally located to whatever anyone could want but still provides a natural, peaceful environment in which to raise a family. This region has a strong history in manufacturing which makes us a relevant player today and has poised us to make an impact tomorrow. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? Running Innovation One at Trine University has allowed me to have an ideal blend of my passions of technology, business and northeast Indiana. Investing in businesses, students and future ideas will make this area a great place to be for years beyond my career. What does success mean to you? Success is measured by the positive

impact that a person has been able to have on the community around them: children, peers, industry, etc. I will know that I have been successful if someone in the future comes to me and tells me that I made a difference in who they became. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to design a car, be a history teacher or sail for the U.S. Coast Guard. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My first true paycheck came from working at Pizza Hut in Kendallville. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? I strongly believe in the proverb that it takes a village to raise a child. There have been many mentors and supporters who have shaped me into the person I am today, resulting in my career advancement: my wife, Melissa; my parents, John and Carol; Boy Scout leaders; instructors; fraternity advisors; peers; and supervisors. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? There have been many technical achievements and peak performance Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

measures throughout my career. The successes I value the most are seeing a student, intern or employee grow from an inexperienced novice into a confident, proficient young professional. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? Mistakes are how all of us grow. There have been far too many to point at a single error. Admitting the mistake early and asking for help is the best lesson that I can share. Any organization that truly values their employees will appreciate this more than any scrambled action. What are your current professional goals? I plan to apply and hope to be admitted as an inaugural candidate in Trine University’s Doctorate of Leadership program. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? Hearing the world around us exposes the needs around us. Truly listening, learning and adapting to those needs create relevance. That is how I try to grow as a professional. I am always learning from every encounter I have. Page 7


BRADLEY BRINER

AGE: 30

what I actually did. I learned that if you aren’t always progressing you are regressing and someone else out there is putting in the work to be better than you. What are your current professional goals? To grow our automotive group’s reach in northeast Indiana. And to do so in the right way, by being transparent and doing business with integrity. I also have aspirations to lead our State Automotive Dealers’ Association or National Auto Dealers’ Association one day.

Employer: Shepherd’s Chevrolet Buick GMC Title: General Manager Education: Manchester High School Manchester University – Bachelor of Science, Accounting and Marketing Community organizations with which you are involved: Kendallville Chamber of Commerce Hobbies: Family, friends, golf, cars Why are you in northeast Indiana? I was born here, and my family has deep roots in the area. I enjoy the pace and the Midwestern way of life. I chose to stay here for college and to continue in the business community to try and make northeast Indiana a better place. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? My childhood occupation of choice flip-flopped between a professional athlete and an attorney. I think it had something to do with the paychecks or the fact that I thought I was a good arguer. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My first job was working for my Page 8

grandfather and uncle at our dealership in North Manchester. My job was to do all of the things outside that no one else wanted to do in the middle of an Indiana summer. I painted curbs, mowed grass, pulled weeds and occasionally was rewarded by being allowed to wash a few cars. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? My mother, bar none. She is the most selfless person I know. The success and happiness of her children was always her No. 1 priority. There was never a moment where she was not there to cheer for my successes or to be there to console me during my failures. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? Being entrusted to carry a family business into its third generation. It is truly an honor to be able to do so and honor my grandparents. My uncle, Tom Shepherd, built something that is truly special and I am honored to be a part of it and be entrusted with its future. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? Thinking at a young age, and after a short tenure, that I knew more than Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? I try to learn something every day, no matter how small. If you aren’t progressing and putting in the work, someone else is and that someone will end up beating you down the road. I do a lot of reading various publications in my industry, getting ideas and best practices from people all over the country. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? This is one of my biggest struggles. Being in the retail automotive industry, the hours can be long. I have a beautiful wife and daughter at home who would probably like me there more often, but they are very supportive of my career. I like to try to do as much of my community involvement activities during the day (i.e. lunch hours) so that when I leave work I can devote all of my time to my family. What do you do to relax? One of my favorite books is by Fredrick Eklund called “The Sell.” Fredrick is a high-end real estate agent in the Manhattan area, and the book is an insight into his life, both personal and professional. One thing I took to heart from the book is how to relax when you work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment for long hours. When I get home, I try to turn my business world completely off and focus on spending quality time with my family.


AGE: 39

GREG CLARK

Employer: Sweetwater Sound Title: Senior Vice President, CFO Education: Concordia Lutheran High School B.S. in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from Indiana University Kelley School of Business Community organizations with which you are involved: Concordia Educational Association board member, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne Audit Committee member Hobbies: As this chapter of my life is full with family and work commitments, my hobbies are not getting much attention these days. I enjoy spending my free time with my wife Erin and our daughters Emily, 12, and Hannah, 10. We enjoy traveling, hiking, sports, cheering on the Hoosiers and home projects together. I do look forward to the day when I have more time to devote to my golf game. Why are you in northeast Indiana? I grew up here in Fort Wayne while my wife was raised in southern California. After graduating from college and getting married, we sought out a destination for ourselves, and chose Raleigh, North Carolina. We loved our first four years as newlyweds and young professionals in North Carolina but were drawn back to Fort Wayne after our first daughter was born 12 years ago. The support we have from family and friends, the opportunities for education and community involvement make us enthusiastic fans of northeast Indiana. It truly is a great place to live and raise a family. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? While part of my profession is to report the historical numbers and results, I derive the most satisfaction from utilizing that financial information to help identify and solve underlying problems, improve operational efficiencies and to help set strategic directives for opportunities ahead. What does success mean to you? Success is fully utilizing your gifts and

talents to serve others in your work, home and community life while never sacrificing your integrity or character. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Architect. While I never entered that field, I do put those desires to create, design and build to work in the way I approach my work at Sweetwater. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? After years of mowing lawns around my neighborhood, I got my first official paycheck from the Scott’s grocery store on Maplecrest Road. I worked there throughout high school, first bagging groceries and then stocking shelves. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? I am extremely fortunate to have worked under and alongside so many talented individuals throughout my career that had significant roles in my career path. My biggest support has always come from family, first from my parents for instilling into me and modeling the importance of Christian faith, love of family, education, hard work and care of others. In addition, my wife, Erin, has always been by my side throughout my career with the encouragement needed when the path was not clear, Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

the job seemed too difficult, the pressure too much or the hours too long. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? I am proud of the work that I have accomplished thus far at Sweetwater with the development of our accounting and finance team along with my role on the executive leadership team. I consider myself extremely fortunate to work at this outstanding company and alongside so many talented people. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? In my early days as a supervisor/ manager, I made mistakes in the way that I coached younger teammates. My expectations for work quality and outputs were often rigid and unrealistic. I am thankful for their patience with me as I grew to understand my role in supporting them in their vocation and found ways to teach, mentor and train. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? I have kept my CPA license active and participate in continuing education opportunities year-round. I also find significant growth in collaborating with other professionals and leveraging from their skills and experiences. Page 9


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AGE: 39 who helped you advance in your career? My husband has been my biggest supporter. Taking on a job that requires travel and sometimes hours outside of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. when you have children means someone has to be there to physically care for the children when I cannot. Before even applying for my current position we had a real heart-to-heart about what it meant for our family and he was 100 percent supportive without hesitation. I couldn’t be as successful at my current job without him.

Employer: Visit Fort Wayne Title: Group Sales Manager, Sports Education: Northrop High School Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University Community organizations with which you are involved: Sports Indiana, Northeast Indiana Hospitality Association, Emmanuel Lutheran Church Hobbies: My family – any time outside of work is spent with my husband and caring for my three children. Why are you in northeast Indiana? Fort Wayne is where I was born and raised, and after living away for 10 years in Washington, D.C., I returned to be closer to family. With schoolaged children and my current job position, we are now deeply rooted in the community and I could not see us living any place else. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? At Visit Fort Wayne, I get to highlight all the wonderful things our city has to offer. Every day is focused on spreading the word to potential clients and tournament planners Page 10

about why our community is so great. I love when new clients and planners discover Fort Wayne, host their sporting event and then rave about what a great experience it’s been. Spreading that Hoosier hospitality across the sports world is incredibly rewarding. What does success mean to you? The meaning of success has changed throughout my career based on what is happening in my life. Today, success is doing the best that I can, operating with integrity and professionalism. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was little, I was so sure I was going to be a professional singer. It wasn’t until college that I realized that for me a career in singing wasn’t the best choice. Looking back, I am so glad I was able to be open to what my path may be. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My first paycheck was from Discovery Zone. It was an indoor play center and I was a birthday party hostess. I loved that job! Who was your biggest supporter Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? In 2017, Fort Wayne was awarded five NCAA Championship events. Being a part of that team with the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and putting together the winning bids has been my biggest accomplishment thus far. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? I find mistakes happen when I get too complacent with my job responsibilities. I have learned to take my time and not forget to get a second or third set of eyes on something important – it honestly helps me create my best work. Also, another mistake that is so easy for me to make is getting upset over small situations. When I lost my mom at age 32, it really changed my outlook on life and made me become a much stronger person. I always strive to not let the small stuff consume me because I know that in the grand scheme of things that isn’t what is most important. What are your current professional goals? My goal is for Fort Wayne to be an exemplary city for hosting adaptive sporting events. With the help and encouragement from my CEO Dan O’Connell, Visit Fort Wayne is hoping to showcase our city to different types of sporting events and I like that we are focused on more than the traditional sports we may think of.


AGE: 37

MEGAN CRITES

Employer: MKM architecture + design Title: Associate Education: Fairview High School, Sherwood, Ohio The Ohio State University, Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture Community organizations with which you are involved: N.E.W. Workshop Fort Wayne, AIA Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Design Review Committee, FWCS Career Academy Advisory Board Hobbies: Sewing, running and mountain hiking. Why are you in northeast Indiana? Besides being near our family, it’s a great place to raise our kids, live and work. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I enjoy listening to my clients and learning about their environment by what they do and what works for them. Having this knowledge is crucial to understanding which answers will work best for them in the built environment. Solving this building puzzle is only part of the equation. Working alongside the client to educate, collaborate and advocate for them is equally important and gratifying. What does success mean to you? Learning, improving, working hard and never giving up. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? An architect

Making time for family and to give back to the community is fulfilling and important to me.” What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? Repeat clients What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? From about the age of 12 I’ve been living by the motto, “no regrets.” Would I have gone about something differently? Yes, but humility, apologies and learning are all invaluable parts of life.

Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My father, for mowing the lawn and trimming the shrubbery. I was 10.

What are your current professional goals? Continue to grow and learn

Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? My husband and parents

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search, study and constantly replenish my learning tank. But getting outside of my shell and getting in front of other professionals and learning about what is going on outside of my world helps me to stay current. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? Communication with my family and with my MKM team is vital to achieve balance. Taking time to participate in field trips and school programs for my children is very important. Alongside work and family, I have set up a community outreach program for local sophomore students to learn about non-traditional employment opportunities for women. Making time for family and to give back to the community is fulfilling and important to me. What do you do to relax? Read or run What book would you recommend? “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg What would you tell your high school self based on what you know now? Ask more questions Page 11


ADAM DAGER

AGE: 39

11- to 13-year-old using my Beckett’s to value the cards. My stepdad taught me how to use Lotus in 1991 so I could keep stats from newspaper box scores for the Cincinnati Reds.

Employer: All-American Stores and DAGCOElectronics.com Title: Founder/Owner Education: Leo High School Indiana University, Fort Wayne Master’s school dropout Community organizations with which you are involved: Junior Achievement, Lakewood Park Christian Softball Coach, Northeast Indiana Fusion Travel Softball founder/coach, Cornerstone Youth, GiGi’s Playhouse, A Heroes’ Holiday, Forgotten Children Worldwide, Northeast Indiana Muscular Dystrophy Association Hobbies: Coaching, teaching, family veg-out nights, family vacations and golf sometimes Why are you in northeast Indiana? My wife and I ask ourselves this very question often – especially during the winter months! In all seriousness though, I would say because we were both born and raised right here in Fort Wayne and Leo. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I love the freedom and flexibility. I love being creative in marketing my business. I love being able to work with people from all walks of life, including several Page 12

friends and family members —and of course my wife, Lisa. I love serving the public, interacting with them and being involved in my stores’ communities. I love being able to champion and build my brand. What does success mean to you? Success to me is about how I personally view myself. The beauty is that even failures can become a success if you can make an adjustment and move forward. Perspective is everything. Life is a long, long game of successes and failures and adjustments. I teach the girls I coach that success should always come in the form of accomplishing goals you have set for yourself and that in life, the best success is personal happiness. Personal happiness is accomplished through goals! As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? My Grandpa Donald Dager owned Superior Paint Products, Inc. on Dewald and Lafayette in Fort Wayne. I worked there many Saturdays growing up with my dad, Mike, and younger brother, Nick. I always thought I’d be an owner there someday! My grandpa sold out in 1990 to Devoe Paint and that was that. I always pictured myself as an entrepreneur. I was always a little different. I would inventory my baseball cards and calculate my net worth in cards as an Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? I earned my first paycheck from Benee Foods (Leo Country Market, which was formerly called Eichel’s Super Valu and Leo IGA and were grocery stores in Leo). I was a carry-out boy there and was hired when I was 15. I road my bike around 2 ½ miles to get there and formed a great relationship with one of the two owners there. He would feel bad for me and throw my bike in the back of his truck and give me a ride home from work on hot summer days. He went on to start in the convenience store business and hired me in 1995 as his first employee. From there the rest is history. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? My wife, Lisa, and I were cheerleaders together in high school. She still is my biggest cheerleader to this day. She also keeps me in check, which is a full-time job. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? My biggest accomplishment to date is finalizing the purchase of my LaOtto location on December 18, 2012. This was the birth of All-American Stores. Today, we own six locations around the Fort Wayne area. We own a Subway franchise location in LaOtto, and even a car wash on Dupont Road in Fort Wayne. However, the hiring of key staff and having my wife highly involved and invested is tantamount. I am not where I am today without my staff and my wife. What are your current professional goals? I would like to continue to grow All-American Stores into a larger chain of stores. I am in the process of purchasing our seventh location and it has a Subway restaurant inside. I would also like to double current online sales for DAGCOElectronics.com in the next year or two.


AGE: 38

CARL-PHILIP DORISSANT

Employer: Android Industries Title: Quality Manager Education: Institution St Louis de Gonzague Purdue University Fort Wayne Indiana Institute of Technology Community organizations with which you are involved: Coaching boys’ soccer at Bishop Dwenger High School, member of the industrial advisory committee for the Purdue University Fort Wayne industrial engineering technology school, board member of Sandy Pointe Estates Hobbies: Soccer, reading Why are you in northeast Indiana? Working and raising my family What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I enjoy that my profession allows me to teach through training and coaching, being part of problem solving and, more importantly, contributing to customer satisfaction What does success mean to you? For me success is when you establish a goal, you achieve it and you sustain it. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Engineer Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My first paycheck came from United Technology and I was an intern. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? My family

I enjoy that my profession allows me to teach through training and coaching, being part of problem solving and, more importantly, contributing to customer satisfaction.” What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? I helped develop an automatic process to detect on-line defects by performing a leak test. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? Not getting involved in investment early in my professional career. I thought investments only revolve around a 401K. I should have looked more into how to invest in the stock market. Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

What are your current professional goals? Have a successful launch for current GM/Android new program, become vice president of quality and launch my own consulting firm. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? Reading and off-site training; I always want to sign up for new training to understand the new developments in the industry. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? This is one of my toughest tasks to manage all the time, but I believe commitment is key to managing to everything. If I am not working, coaching or participating in a meeting, I am with my family. What book would you recommend? “Talent is Overrated” by Geoff Colvin What would you tell your high school self based on what you know now? Always stay humble, don’t be afraid to fail; failure helps you learn and grow. Always give back. Page 13


HEATHER DREBENSTEDT

AGE: 39

What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? My biggest accomplishment so far has been the steady stream of referrals from our current clients. That tells me that our clients are pleased with our ability to help them plan for retirement and confident enough to refer their friends and family to us as well. In our business, trust is everything and the referral lets us know that our clients believe it when we tell them that we have their best interest at heart.

Employer: Summit Consultants, Inc. Title: Asst. Branch Manager Education: Bishop Luers (1996) Hillsdale College (2000) Capital University MBA (2005) Community organizations with which you are involved: Rescue Mission, St. Joseph Catholic Church Hobbies: Health and wellness coach, spending time with hubby and fur kids Why are you in northeast Indiana? I was born and raised in Fort Wayne but left after college to experience life in a bigger city (Columbus, Ohio). While I enjoyed my time in corporate America and living in a bigger city, I came to appreciate being closer to family as I grew older. I also have a better appreciation for our low cost of living. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I enjoy helping our clients plan for the retirement of their dreams. It is very fulfilling to have met someone 10 years prior and then watch them in that first year plan a special trip, spend time with their family or whatever it was that they were dreaming of. Page 14

What does success mean to you? Success to me is having a client base that is focused on living and not worrying about their financial future. We strive to take the mental weight of preparing for retirement off their shoulders so that they can do what they need to do to stay on the path that we agreed would give them the best chance of what success looks like to them. Our clients’ success is my success. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I believe as I got into high school that I wanted to be an athletic trainer or physical therapist, involved in a professional sports organization in some way. Who helped you advance in your career? I have been fortunate to have several great mentors in my career. The first was a vice president while I worked at Nationwide. I was right of college and he gave me some great advice for a future at Nationwide, where I worked for six years before coming back to Fort Wayne. The other would be my dad who wisely told me that being self-employed, while not without risks, would give me the best chance at influencing my outcomes in the future. Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? My biggest mistake was taking a job right out of college with a firm that was out of business six months later. I was enamored by the glitz of the advertising agency and despite some red flags, I took the position. I was out of a job in a new town with a lease and new car payment. I worked two jobs over the Christmas retail season while looking for a new start. From that point forward I was more diligent about the strength of the company I was signing on with and went to the opposite extreme by hiring on with Nationwide, a Fortune 100 business. What are your current professional goals? My current professional goals are probably different than most. As a family firm, we will transition the management of the branch to my care over the next several years and my goal would be for a smooth transition. We are highly regulated and staying compliant is critical. It is important that I keep our firm on task as we grow into the future. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? Since we are highly regulated, we have hours and hours of continuing education. I also have several publications I read on a regular basis, in addition to attending meetings by our broker dealer and investments firms we utilize.


AGE: 36

LESLIE FRIEDEL

Employer: Lutheran Life Villages Title: Vice President of Research and Service Development Education: East Noble High School – Class of 1999 Bachelor of Social Work, University of Saint Francis – graduated 2004 Master of Social Work, Indiana University – graduated 2009 Community organizations with which you are involved: Indiana University School of Social Work advisory committee, Women’s Care Center fundraiser committee Hobbies: Looking at real estate, planning vacations regardless if I ever take them, enjoying family experiences Why are you in northeast Indiana? I was born and raised in Avilla. My parents still live there. Northeast Indiana is an amazing place to grow up and an amazing place to raise our family. Auburn is an amazing community. We have seen a lot of growth and momentum happening in our downtown. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I didn’t realize when I started working with seniors just how much I would get back from the relationships. There is so much wisdom, humor and life experiences I get to encounter on a daily basis. In my current role, I love that I get to go out and find programs or services that can enhance those lives we touch. What does success mean to you? Success means something different in all aspects of my life. Success means being a loving wife, a positive role model as a mom and adding value to the organization in which I serve. Success means I am able to do these things while being humble, kind and with a lot of laughter. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My first paycheck (we will use the term “paycheck” lightly) came from my parents. My parents owned the Pop N Corn popcorn shop in Avilla. I used to

work many weekends washing dishes, working the drive-thru and buttering popcorn. When I was 15 I ventured out to work at the Dairy Treat in Avilla. I still enjoy popcorn and ice cream more than any grown adult should. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? My biggest supporters (I have to make this plural) are my husband, sister, parents and the current CEO of Lutheran Life Villages. My husband Adam has grown with me as a professional. I never particularly enjoyed supervising people and he would always tell me, “Someday you are going to look back at this point in your career and laugh.” He would say that I am exactly what people need and I have a way about me that can inspire people. I still play this on repeat in my head when faced with difficult situations. My parents and my sister have always listened and encouraged me when I was unsure of myself or had a challenge I didn’t think I could handle. Alex Kiefer has also been a huge influence and supporter of mine. Alex has always worked alongside me and pushed me to do things outside of my comfort zone (for example, use the keyboard differently when navigating Excel). In all seriousness, I wouldn’t have the career I have without his belief Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

in me and putting me in roles to allow me to grow. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? My biggest accomplishment so far in my career is being able to do what I love every day. I have been given so many great opportunities within Lutheran Life Villages. God definitely had an amazing plan for me back when I applied to be a social worker in this organization in 2007. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? My greatest mistake is the time I thought it would be a good idea to have platinum blonde hair! In all seriousness, I think my greatest mistake was early on in being a supervisor. I thought everyone was motivated and encouraged just like I am. I have learned to ask a lot more questions to gain perspective. This has been instrumental in all of my relationships, professional and personal. What are your current professional goals? I am currently working on my PMP (project management) certification. I am hopeful that I can use tools I take from this course to ensure future projects I work on for Lutheran Life Villages are successful. Page 15


Special thanks to the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum on Fairfield Ave. in Fort Wayne where our Forty Under 40 winners were photographed. The Karpeles Museums are a national chain with thirteen museums in the U.S., specializing in the preservation and display of original, historically significant documents and manuscripts. Admission is always free of charge.

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The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum has two locations in Fort Wayne. Fairfield Hall 2410 Fairfield Ave. (260) 456-6929 Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM. Closed Sundays, Mondays, and Holidays. Fairfield Hall’s current exhibit includes a collection of Charles Dickens’ manuscripts, contracts, illustrations and original printing plates for illustrations of his stories and Egyptian Sandstone Carvings (1570 B.C. - 1342 B.C). Piqua Hall 3039 Piqua Ave. (260) 449-9551 Tuesday-Friday 10 AM to 4PM. Saturdays by appointment only. Closed Sundays, Mondays, and Holidays. Piqua Hall currently features a collection of early maps depicting the west coast of the United States. Most date prior to the creation of the United States. The museum also includes an exhibit of handdrawn city maps by German cartographer SebastianMunster (1488-1552) including Jerusalem, Florence, Rome, Vienna, and Heidelberg. www.karpeles.com

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AGE: 37

AARON GAROFOLA

Employer: Women’s Health Advantage Title: Chief Executive Officer Education: Bedford North Lawrence High School – 1998 Bachelor of Science from Oakland City University – 2006 Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University – 2011 Community organizations with which you are involved: Indiana Hospital Association Northeast District; former vice president, Wells County Area Chamber of Commerce; Rotary International Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, weight training, fine dining Why are you in northeast Indiana? Born in southern Indiana, I moved to Fort Wayne in 2011 pursuing my career in health care.

employees made flower arrangements, etc.; then on to delivery when I was old enough to drive.

What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? My connection to health care has always been about service. Whether it is serving our patients, our employees or our providers, I have always taken great pride in using my talents to serve others.

Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? My grandmother. She was a small business owner for many years, and while I didn’t realize it growing up, she taught me so many life lessons along the way that helped me as I matured and pursued my passions.

What does success mean to you? Having the ability to provide a great life for my family and the ability to help others achieve their full potential and reach the goals they have set for themselves.

What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? Having the privilege to serve my country.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Honestly, I wasn’t sure. I had many interests but was not determined to pursue one specifically as the one thing I would “do.” It wasn’t until the discipline of the military and an acute health condition my daughter experienced at just 1 week of age that I knew what I wanted to be. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? From my grandmother’s flower shop. I did everything! Receiving and cleaning the flowers for storage in the cooler, constantly sweeping the floors as the

What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? Not taking full advantage of mentors that I have had throughout my early career. Looking back, I was blessed to have had access to some brilliant minds that I could have learned so much more from if I had taken the time. What are your current professional goals? Growth! Both at my primary employment and at both of the businesses I am a co-owner of, I am focused on growing those organizations. There are opportunities that are unique to all of them that are very exciting and challenging that I Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

hope to be successful at taking advantage of. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? Watching for timing and opportunity to improve your position. In any industry, things are always changing – nationally, regionally, locally – and you have to take advantage of those small windows of opportunity to remain relevant. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? I treat each of those as emotional capital bank accounts. I try to invest quality time into each of them every chance I get so that on the days I have to make a withdrawal, the check doesn’t bounce on that relationship. What do you do to relax? I’m a typical guy – give me a beer and some sports to watch and I’m all set. What book would you recommend? “Zero to One” by Peter Theil, the co-founder of PayPal. It’s a great book for entrepreneurs that explores the creation of something new versus copying existing businesses or concepts. From the preface: “The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system…the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them.” Page 17


ANDIE HINES

AGE: 39

clients. On the Own Your Success side, my biggest accomplishment is creating a supportive community that elevates the presence of entrepreneurial women in Fort Wayne. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? My greatest Red Tree mistake was taking on a client that my gut told me I shouldn’t have. I ended up firing the client, and the lesson was to listen to my intuition.

Employer: Owner, Red Tree; Founder, Own Your Success Education: Concordia Lutheran High School University of St. Francis – Bachelor of Fine Art Community organizations with which you are involved: YWCA, USF Alumni Cabinet, Ft. Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Founders Collaborative Hobbies: Reading, yoga, watching movies, cooking and baking, playing with my dog, spending time with my daughter Why are you in northeast Indiana? I’ve called Fort Wayne home for most of my life. I love everything about this area (except maybe winter): arts and culture, beautiful parks and rivers, a thriving economy that supports entrepreneurialism, easy travel to my family in other states and the best friends a girl could ask for. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? People. I love helping my Red Tree clients grow their businesses through effective marketing and events. And I love helping my Own Your Success members build successful, sustainable businesses. Page 18

What does success mean to you? Success to me means joy. In the end, it’s not about the bottom line, the number of locations you have, or a level of achievement that other people think you should reach, it’s about what fills your soul. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I always knew that I wanted to do something creative – I was always painting or drawing. My career led me down a natural path from that into marketing and events. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My first job was at Dairy Queen, and my favorite thing to do there was to concoct new Blizzard recipes. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? One of my biggest supporters was Tim Borne from Asher Agency. He expressed his confidence and appreciation of my work during my time there and mentored me when I started Red Tree in 2014. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? On the Red Tree side, I would say my biggest accomplishment has been growing my book of business to more than 85 Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

What are your current professional goals? My big goal for 2018 is to open a downtown office for members of Own Your Success. This will be dedicated offices for businesses owned by women with shared amenities and meeting spaces. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? I’m constantly reading books, meeting with other professionals and searching for content online related to both Red Tree projects and Own Your Success initiatives. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? To me, it’s about work and life blending. There is no bottom line or sum total of the day’s/week’s/year’s activities. For me, it’s about how it all fits together. Sometimes that means my daughter joins me for board meetings. Sometimes that means work stuff gets bumped to the back burner for self care. It’s staying agile and shifting your schedule and expectations depending on the greatest need. What book would you recommend? My favorite book lately was “The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are” by Brené Brown. I’ve been through a lot of life-stuff over the past year, and it really resonated with me. It’s one that I feel I could go back to again and again and get different lessons each time.


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ROBERT JOHNSON

AGE: 39

of Crossroads Kombucha’s life, but the constant struggle to keep up with demand despite investing zero dollars in advertising costs is a major one. The fact that word of mouth alone has gotten us this far is a testament to the quality of our product.

Employer: Crossroads Kombucha Title: Founder/CEO Education: Franklin Academy High School, Malone, New York Howard Payne University, Brownwood, Texas Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, Tempe, Arizona Community organizations with which you are involved: Greater Fort Wayne donor, Indiana Grown member Hobbies: When I had more free time, I enjoyed playing the guitar. I haven’t picked one up since April 2016! I also love to travel, read and explore new places around the region with my family. Why are you in northeast Indiana? I relocated to Fort Wayne from Arlington, Texas, in September 2011 as a new hire with Sweetwater Sound. They became my model for what a great company is and can become. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I love the artform of creating something from nothing. While the process of crafting a beverage like kombucha can appear simple on the surface, there are so many details that go into it, such as enhancing the taste, creating unique Page 20

flavor profiles and standing out from the competition. Each facet is completely thrilling to me. Whenever I hit on a new flavor, it truly does excite me! As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Too many things to remember! For a while I wanted to be an astronaut who explored the universe and other uncharted territories. I wanted to be a musician for many years, followed by a music producer. Never in my life did think I would start my own business. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? I earned my first actual paycheck during my first semester in college. I worked the front desk at the school library, where I checked books in and out during the afternoons and evenings. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? I could name a few, but the greatest and most important supporter I have is my wife. Without her encouragement and patience, I would not have gotten very far as an entrepreneur. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? There have been quite a few accomplishments over the last two years Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? My greatest mistake in my adult life was thinking I was supposed to fit inside a certain box and conform to someone else’s standard. For too long I compared myself with others, which only stifled my own personal growth. I wasted quite a few years walking a path that was never meant for me, which only left me frustrated and confused as I struggled to figure out what was wrong with me. Breaking out of that mold was what eventually brought me success in life. What are your current professional goals? Three of my current goals include becoming the Midwest’s largest kombucha manufacturer by the end of 2019, becoming more efficient in our day-today operations and being able to provide a stellar work environment for our employees. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? One of the vows we made early on was to never cut corners. Not only do we strive to set the standard in taste but also in the quality and efficiency on the production side. By raising the bar so high, we believe we will be a model for other kombucha manufacturers to follow and try to emulate. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? My family life is completely intertwined with my work. On any given day, you might find my wife and/or our two kids helping out around the facility (I don’t even have to ask them). During the warmer months we all like to jump in the car and head out on delivery runs together, taking pictures of the new and interesting places we find.


AGE: 37

CALEB KIMMEL

Employer: World Baseball Academy, Inc. Title: Chief Executive Officer Education: Homestead High School – Class of 1999 Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) from Valparaiso University in 2003 Community organizations with which you are involved: World Baseball Academy (501c3 nonprofit) CEO, The Pointe Church missions director, Indiana Tech College of Business advisory board member, Boys & Girls Club volunteer, Upward Basketball coach Hobbies: With the busyness of life nowadays, I simply enjoy playing with my kids. International mission trips also hold a special place in my life. Why are you in northeast Indiana? I was born and raised in Fort Wayne. As a child and young adult, I always desired to move somewhere with warmer temperatures and near the ocean. However, as my professional career began there were some unique opportunities that presented themselves for me to stay here in my hometown. I have grown to greatly appreciate Fort Wayne and am proud to be a hometown kid hopefully making a difference in our community. My wife, Kristen, and I are privileged to raise our three children here in northeast Indiana. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I have always had a passion for mentoring and developing young people. The opportunity to combine my passion of baseball with a mentoring opportunity has created a tremendous platform for impact within our World Baseball Academy operations. At even a deeper level, we have been privileged to include the international missions experience of traveling around the world combined with the passion of youth development and baseball. My profession has now provided me the outlet to impact nearly 5,000 young people annually in our own community and even around the world.

What does success mean to you? Success for me is when I can help a young person begin to recognize that life is not all about ourselves. When an individual begins to recognize their God-given gifts and abilities and then aligns that with their passion it’s a powerful equation for impact. Those “aha” moments where young people begin to recognize the needs of those around them is what drives me to influence and encourage our next generation of young people. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Of course, I wanted to be a pro baseball player! Ken Griffey Jr. was who I pretended to be while playing baseball in the backyard. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? When I was 16, I was able to work for my friend’s father who had a barbecue and catering service. My first paycheck came from helping cook and serve barbecue out of a gas station parking lot. I probably would have worked for free because the food was so good! Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? My father, Brad Kimmel, has been a tremendous supporter to my career. Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

My pastor, Ray Harris, has positively challenged my leadership potential in ways that many may not have been willing to risk. Steve Sotir, Dick Emerick, Lee DeTurk are three men who invested, believed and encouraged me to grow into the man I am today. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? At this point in time, World Baseball Academy has now completed the largest donor-funded youth sports project in the history of Fort Wayne. The transformation of the Ash Centre Campus into a true community asset and the growth of programming that now serves thousands of kids is something that should be sincerely recognized as a real impact for Fort Wayne. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? Many times in life when you have successful moments or “big wins” you can be in a vulnerable position to allow pride or arrogance to enter your life. I have learned I need to safeguard myself from these vulnerabilities and remind myself that this life is not about me. God has provided these opportunities and I need to humbly submit to His plans and make sure I’m leading for the right reasons. Page 21


RICK KINNEY

AGE: 36

Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? $5 per-head basement show. Promoter, drummer, event organizer. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? Chuck and Lisa Surack What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? Securing over $7 million in funding to renovate and operate the Clyde Theatre.

Employer: Even Keel Event Productions Title: General Manager, Clyde Theatre Education: New Haven High School Recording Workshop, Chillicothe, Ohio

reading, finding/repurposing abandoned buildings, seeking truth

Community organizations with which you are involved: Mentor with Ball State University Entrepreneurship Center. Committee member with Fort Wayne Save GE Campus Coalition, a small citizens coalition organized in 2016 by Fort Wayne 5th District City Councilman Geoff Paddock whose initial purpose was to save the 30-acre Fort Wayne General Electric campus from the wrecking ball and brainstorm ideas for a full redevelopment. In 2017 the committee teamed up with Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. Cross Street Partners is now managing a proposed $440 million development of the 1.2 million square feet of abandoned industrial building space. Volunteer for Junior Achievement, volunteer for Save Maumee, volunteer for Fort Wayne Indoor Skate Park.

What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? Seeing people pump their fists in the air to their favorite song and the energy that exists within the walls of the concert halls when the headliner hits the stage. There’s nothing more rewarding than giving people the experience of a lifetime and creating a safe, inclusive space where the most powerful forms of expression are allowed to flow freely.

Hobbies: Drummer for Moser Woods, gardening, hiking, attending concerts, reading, exposing industrial polluters with the goal of full remediation, studying renewable energy, traveling, Page 22

Why are you in northeast Indiana? This region is full of opportunity, amazing innovative people and lots of fresh water.

What does success mean to you? Being able to give back to my community. Keeping my physical, mental and spiritual health while remaining in a headspace where I am humble and thankful for all the things I have. Maintaining lifelong friendships, having a family someday and always doing what’s right. Having a heated attached garage would also be cool. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A drummer or a baseball player Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? Allowing my health to become second to my career. If you don’t sleep and allow traumatic stress to consume your life, you’ll get really sick and watch your hair turn a funny white color. What are your current professional goals? I’d like to get better at remembering people’s names, learn how to become a better leader and create a professional environment where talented individuals are empowered to grow and fulfill their own dreams. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? Go to all the shows, listen to all the music, read all the books/magazines, keep an open mind and talk to all the people on the street. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? There really is no perfect balance. Managing our company always comes first, then followed by time with my dog, friends and family. Taking time off to travel is extremely important because it brings a renewed sense of appreciation for my work, among other things. What do you do to relax? Take long walks in one of the many parks here in Fort Wayne or camp in a new place with big trees and lots of fresh air.


AGE: 36

ERIC KJENDALEN

Employer: Bill’s Professional Towing & Repair Title: Service Manager Education: Prairie Heights High School Two years at Tri-State University (Trine), studied computer science Community organizations with which you are involved: Orland Tigers Youth League, president and coach of baseball and football; and Prairie Heights Wrestling Club Hobbies: family time, anything sports related (football, wrestling and baseball) and all things Notre Dame Why are you in northeast Indiana? I was born and raised in the area, love the atmosphere, greatly enjoy being involved in local communities, enjoy the lifestyle it presents my family and just a short drive away to bigger cities. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I love the opportunity to help people in a time of need. I also enjoy being able to build relationships with each and every customer. What does success mean to you? Setting goals and then achieving said goals, while continuing to build relationships, leading and helping everyone around you become better. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Computer programmer Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? Scott’s Foods in Angola. I bagged groceries, retrieved carts and did customer service. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? My wife, Becky Kjendalen; my

parents, Jim and Barb Kjendalen; and my in-laws Bill and Tina McClanahan, among whom Bill is the business owner.

I learned that it is easier to stay on top of things and ahead of them rather than being behind all the time.” What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? Being selected as the NAPA Autocare Center of the year out of the Fort Wayne Distribution Center for 2017. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? Not putting forth my best effort in high school. I learned that it is easier to stay on top of things and ahead of them rather than being behind all the time. What are your current professional Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

goals? Continue building the business but more importantly build relationships every day with our customers. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? Being heavily involved with the community (several community fundraisers, assisting non-profit organizations), staying up to date with technology and changes within the profession. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? I do the best that I can with each given day. I typically work until 5, run to practice and coach until 7:30 p.m., and then spend the last hour or so with the family before bedtime for the kids. Unfortunately, my wife does not get the attention that she deserves most of the time. What do you do to relax? Spend time with my family What would you tell your high school self based on what you know now? Whatever you do, please put forth your best effort. Nothing is ever given to you, one must go out and earn it. Page 23


ANDREW LAMPING

AGE: 29

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Employer: Cyclone Social Title: CEO/Founder Education: South Side High School University of Indianapolis Community organizations with which you are involved: VP of Marketing for the Boy Scouts of America Anthony Wayne Area Council Hobbies: I am a huge Notre Dame Football fanatic. Fun fact: Before I started Cyclone Social I ran the largest Notre Dame football fan account on social media called The Irish Turning Point. Why are you in northeast Indiana? I was born and raised in Fort Wayne. I came back to Fort Wayne after college as a stepping stone to get back to Indianapolis or move up to Chicago, but I started my company here and never looked back. I love northeast Indiana for the accessibility to other markets (three hours from tons of major cities). Fort Wayne is a tightknit community and it is easy to get connected with other business leaders and professionals. What is it about your profession that Page 24

you enjoy and why? Everything! I love the world of entrepreneurship and marketing. I am challenged every day to think outside the box and strategize new, exciting ways to take on business challenges. One of the unique things about Cyclone Social is that we do not work with direct competitors. This means that I’ve had the opportunity to work in more than 100 different industries, strategizing and solving unique business problems for a multitude of different businesses. I love the fact that every day is different. What does success mean to you? For me, I work hard for three reasons: my family, my friends and my God. Success to me is bringing joy and love to their lives. I don’t call it “making money” I call it “fundraising.” Every day I go to work to help make the lives of my people better. As long as I’m doing that, I’m successful. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My first paycheck came from refereeing soccer games locally. However, that technically wasn’t a paycheck as I was paid cash on the sidelines after every game. So technically my first paycheck was as a lifeguard for the Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? There are so many people who have helped me advance in my career. I remember chatting with my parents after college, saying, “I am going to start a business” and they said, “Go for it. Now is the time!” They never batted an eye or told me to give up. They always supported me, no matter what. Once I started my business, I met Melissa Jaegle who became my mentor. She took me under her wing and has supported me every step of the way. She has been phenomenal and I am blessed to have amazing support from tons of different business mentors. Every one of them has played an integral part in my career thus far. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? I started a business with $0 in my pocket, out of my bedroom, with no real connections in this city; I am celebrating my fifth year in business, setting another record year of 300 percent growth and hiring more employees every day. I would say my biggest accomplishment thus far is the fact that I’ve passed the five-year mark and we are still growing rapidly. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? The greatest mistake I made was in the balance of my business life and personal life. I told my girlfriend at the time “I am married to my business” and every day I put my business first. It took a toll on my relationship, my family and my friends. Luckily, she read me the riot act a few months later, got me to step out of business mode every waking minute and focused me on a happy work-life balance. She is now my fiancée and I am excited to marry her in July this year!


AGE: 37

RON S. LEWIS

Employer: The Lewis Influence Title: Co-Founder Education: Lafayette High School, St. Louis, Missouri Associate Degree, General Studies from Meramec Community College, St. Louis, Missouri Bachelor’s Degree, Broadcast Communication from Barry University, Miami, Florida Master’s Degree, Sport Management from Barry University Doctoral Degree, Global Leadership, Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne (current) Community organizations with which you are involved: Junior Achievement and Jobs for America Graduates Hobbies: Speaking, fitness and reading Why are you in northeast Indiana? After graduating from Barry University, I accepted my first job in Fort Wayne at the YMCA and started my family. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I love having the opportunity to work and inspire people. What does success mean to you? Success means living my passion every day of my life. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? As a child I wanted to be a comedian; I loved the feeling of making people laugh. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My first paycheck came from working in construction in high school. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? Overall, my family collectively helped advance my passion for speaking and teaching into a career. Each person in my family has played an integral role in my success.

Success means living my passion every day of my life. “ What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? My biggest accomplishment of my career is the leap into entrepreneurship. I always wanted to serve others in a unique and passionate way and now I’m living that dream every day. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? My greatest mistake was not having a clear understanding of my own strengths. What I learned was that you can’t successfully support others until you effectively support yourself. What are your current professional goals? My current professional goals are to finish my doctoral education and expand The Lewis Influence into the education and corporate sectors. Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? I am constantly reading, researching and working on my craft to be the best and most innovative speaker/trainer in the world. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? Honestly, I don’t strive for balance. I have realized that in order to be the best you must be willing to sacrifice. I’m constantly staying and enjoying the opportunities that are afforded to me. What do you do to relax? To relax I work out, meditate and spend time laughing with my children. What book would you recommend? The books I would recommend would be “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and “Strength Finder 2.0.” Both of these books changed my life. What would you tell your high school self based on what you know now? I would tell my high school self that failure is a part of success. Leadership is ownership, you can’t give what you don’t have, be grateful for what you do have and patience and passion will be the key to unlocking your personal greatness. Page 25


MAXIMILIAN MAILE

AGE: 35

from? What was your job then? Steelcase, Inc. They are one of the largest manufacturers of office furniture. I hung parts on the assembly line for them. It was great money, and you learn a lot on a factory floor. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? My parents and my wife have always supported the constant barrage of ideas and trials I’ve had. There are many influencers in my life, but without a doubt they have all been the most supportive, constructive and fundamental.

Employer: Parkview Health System Title: Director of Virtual Health Education: Kent City High School, Kent City, Michigan DePauw University, Greencastle IPFW, Fort Wayne (MBA) Community organizations with which you are involved: I serve on the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center Advisory Board in Fort Wayne. Hobbies: Kayaking, woodworking, exploring and developing new technology innovations, spending time with my family Why are you in northeast Indiana? Northeast Indiana is a great place to live and work. The people are friendly, cities are welcoming and safe, the cost of living is low, and there are lots of things to do in the communities here. It is nice for us to be located so close to our families while having the ability to pursue the interests in our careers. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I love getting up and coming to work to advance innovation in the health care sector. This is an industry that impacts us all, and most of us have stories to tell about an experience that was perfect Page 26

or an experience that missed the mark. It is a really exciting time to be in health care – if you like change! Technology is helping to fundamentally change an industry, while providing care in all new ways to customers and patients. Helping to shape that in our own communities is exciting and fuels my drive to have an impact. What does success mean to you? Let me start by saying I think my answer would have been much different 10 years ago. Now, for me, success is finding happiness. This applies to work, home life or life in general. It isn’t easy to recognize the blessings we have, especially in a world that continually markets to us that we need more or compares us to others. I don’t think the definition of success is your title, money or accomplishments, but rather the amount of happiness that you create in your life and in others. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Ever since I was young, I wanted to be a CEO of a company or an entrepreneur that started my own company. Having the ability to be involved in so many different parts of a company has always appealed to me. Where did your first paycheck come Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? I think my biggest accomplishment thus far is finding a role in a company that creates a drive in me every day. Parkview is a great organization to work for with so many opportunities. I’ve been really fortunate that they are supportive of innovation and ideas. I’ve won two different innovation awards while at Parkview, which I’m proud of, as well as this Forty Under 40 award. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? I don’t know that I can look back and point out mistakes but there are definitely things I’d like to not do again. Every instance, regardless of the outcome, is a great learning opportunity. There have been times I’ve hired the wrong person, shared information too soon or not negotiated a deal with the best outcome, but you learn every time from those. What are your current professional goals? I’m excited to continue to develop strategies that facilitate better and easier health care. In the coming years, I hope to remain part of that movement and help to be a catalyst with transparent pricing, remote visits and overall mobility when it comes to receiving your care.


AGE: 35

KRISTIN M. MARCUCCILLI

Employer: STAR Financial Bank Title: Chief Operating Officer Education: Marion High School (2001) University of Notre Dame (2005) IU Kelley School of Business – MBA (2010) Community organizations with which you are involved: Arts United, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Greater Fort Wayne Inc., Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership ROC, Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana Chamber, Indiana Technology & Innovation Council Hobbies: Traveling with family, cooking and binge-watching the Food Network, skiing, lake weekends, tailgating at Notre Dame football games, golfer-in-training –five years running. Why are you in northeast Indiana? This is the place to be. Not only is this home for most of my family, it is where so many doors have been opened for me. This is a community that cares and a community that is thriving – we have the amenities of a large city but the heart of small town. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? There is certainly passion tied to working in your family’s business and being part of a 75-year-old legacy that my grandfather started in 1943. STAR offers me the perfect balance of technology and analytics, but importantly it has given me an opportunity to form relationships with colleagues, clients, business owners and other community bank partners. No two days are alike, and the fast-paced world of banking delivers an awesome challenge. What does success mean to you? To me, success is deciding to have your heart committed to what you do every day. It’s choosing to do what’s right, it’s a lifelong journey of learning and it’s finding how to inspire others. As a child, what did you want to be

when you grew up? Taxi driver! I loved the idea of meeting so many new people – and for the record, I’ve since changed my mind. Traffic just isn’t for me.

to believe I’ve learned from all of them. I’ve stumbled the most when it comes to patience and listening, and I’ve realized that nothing is more important than mastering the art of both.

Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? If mowing lawns counts; most paid me in cash. But, my first official paycheck was from STAR Financial – I evaluated teller training modules for HR and tested Cisco phones for IT when I was 15(ish).

What are your current professional goals? To continue to build upon the legacy of STAR while introducing new and innovative technology and ideas that will propel us another 75 years.

Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? My parents; they’ve taught me the importance of having an “open door policy” – open many doors, explore many adventures, find out what I’m passionate about and where I can make the biggest impact. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? Learning how to balance business and family in a family business. I work with family every day, and we still manage to celebrate holidays together (with minimal yelling). What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? I’ve made many mistakes but I’d like Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? Commit to lifelong learning, which can come in many forms. Build relationships across generations, read, Tweet, attend conferences/seminars, volunteer and always study the very best. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? Not well! I’ve learned it’s important to set reasonable expectations, learn how to say no, be flexible and efficient with my time, and always remember to make time for family, friends and fun. What would you tell your high school self based on what you know now? Two things – trust your gut and, at the end of the day, people will always matter the most. Page 27


BRYAN MATHIESON

AGE: 37 Thereafter, I always knew that I wanted to serve my country in some capacity. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? From an early age I was highly motivated to make money; some jobs that accomplished this were mowing lawns, shoveling snow or delivering papers.

Employer: Lutheran Hospital Title: Executive Director of Trauma Surgery Education: 2018: Masters of Business Administration from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette 2016: Post-Master’s in Healthcare Modeling & Simulation from the Naval Post-Graduate School, Monterey, California 2007: Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion 2002: Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Purdue University, West Lafayette Community organizations with which you are involved: I have a unique opportunity to be a small part of Fathers for the Community, which is an organization aimed at inspiring underprivileged youth through positive actions, kindness and by breaking down cultural barriers exemplified by community role models and mentors. Also, I am a member of the Military-Civilian Committee with the Trauma Center Association of America, which is committed to potentiating ongoing military-civilian trauma center collaboration. Hobbies: I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family in a variety of activities Page 28

including skiing, biking, hiking and traveling nationally and internationally. Why are you in northeast Indiana? Although being born and raised in Detroit, after meeting my wife here we have decided that there is no better place we want to raise a family. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I have had the pleasure of caring for people who are critically ill for the last 10 years, but now have moved on toward strategic development of the trauma system as a whole. Being in this position allows me the opportunity to utilize my clinical skills in a business-minded model for higher-quality patient care. What does success mean to you? Professionally, it is watching the trauma system work as planned, then seeing the patient that beats the odds of his or her injuries and walks back into your clinic. Personally, it is providing opportunities for my family that I never dreamed of having when I was a child. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Initially, I had high hopes of playing baseball for the Detroit Tigers, but then quickly realized how unathletic I was. Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? It is difficult to delineate this honor to one person, but overall my biggest supporter has been my wife. She has motivated me and stood by me through each decision, good and bad. Next, from a clinical development standpoint, Dr. Ray Cava taught and guided me through the intricacies of critical care and trauma surgery. Lastly, Lt. Col. Joseph M. Shipp is the mentor who trained me how to lead other airmen and how to put service before self. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? I have been so blessed in my career that it is difficult to pinpoint just one. First, it was developing and implementing a 24/7 Advanced Practice Provider model for trauma surgery. More recently, it was being asked to lead the military’s medical relief coordination efforts for Hurricanes Irma and Harvey in Washington, D.C. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? Even though many things have not worked out as planned, I would never consider them a mistake. Moreover, they were amazing opportunities to learn from. The only “mistake” would be not learning from these opportunities. What are your current professional goals? In the next few years, I would like to grow the trauma program and expand the high-quality care that we provide. Hopefully, this will lead to increased responsibilities and advancement. Furthermore, I hope to attain the rank of lieutenant colonel in a timely fashion.


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MELISA MCCANN

AGE: 39 Ervin, Executive Director Amos Norman. For me to get to the point I am now in my career: my husband, my parents, some incredible teachers and Indiana University, Bloomington. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? Realizing how to re-create myself during different seasons of life. My career is not solely who I am, so being confident in myself and my identity during times when my title wasn’t necessarily as big or important. Learning that greatness is found in the “simplicity” of life. Living and loving passionately and 100 percent genuinely no matter what season of life I find myself in. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? Sometimes being too cautious or timid instead of stepping out courageously. I think part of being human is to feel fear or second guess yourself at times, but being aware of that and then overcoming that fear is crucial. Also, devaluing some of my natural gifts because they feel ordinary to me, but in reality the world needs them and they are very special.

Employer: YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne/ Owner, Melisa McCann Music Title: Community Outreach Director Education: Munster High School, Munster – Academic Honors Diploma Indiana University, Bloomington – BA Musical Theater Performance (IMP), double minor in telecommunications and Spanish

What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? Working for the YMCA for the past four years has enabled me to tap into the heartbeat of the city and its people. It has allowed me to use my gifts in the highest capacity to really make a tangible impact on people every day. I love connecting people to resources that enhance the quality of their lives.

Community organizations with which you are involved: Member, The Chapel; board member, Fort Wayne Ballet; member, FW Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

What does success mean to you? Success means balance in every area of my life: relationships, marriage, children, physical health, finances, career and, most importantly, spiritual health. Success means I’m fully using my God-given talents and sharing those gifts with those I am blessed to interact with.

What are your current professional goals? To use my position as community outreach director to do an amazing job connecting impactful organizations to the people that need them and pioneering innovative programs for the YMCA. I’m also a musician entrepreneur and bringing people together through music is also a huge dream/ professional goal of mine.

Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My dad, Dr. Jorge Benavente’s family optical business in Munster, Benavente Optical. I was an office assistant, answered phones and helped people pick out their glasses.

What do you do to relax? Clean house (seriously, it can be therapeutic at times), veg out on the sofa with my family, the occasional massage or facial, vacations, hang out with my husband and sleep.

Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? In my current YMCA career: CEO Marty Pastura, Executive Director Tabitha

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A business woman, performer, wife, and mom, of course.

Hobbies: Exercising, cooking extravagant meals, traveling, watching movies with my kids, ironing my husband’s shirts Why are you in northeast Indiana? Our family moved here in November 2011 after my husband, Patrick McCann, switched careers back into education from serving in the Army 82nd Airborne at the military base at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Being that I was pregnant and with a 1-year-old in tow, we decided to move back to an area close to family. He is originally from Wabash, and we have great family support here. Page 30

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AGE: 35

BRYAN MERIWETHER

Employer: Summit City Pharmacy Title: Pharmacist/Owner Education: Paul Harding, Bishop Luers, graduated 2000 Butler University, PharmD in 2006 Community organizations with which you are involved: African-American Healthcare Alliance (board member), Dorothy & Dea Foundation (board member), Apple Tree Home Health Care Services (board member), Fort Wayne Urban League, Fort Wayne Community Schools, WeFam Inc., Girlz Rock, Bloom Project Inc. Hobbies: Golf, tennis, basketball, boating, volunteering Why are you in northeast Indiana? I was born and raised here in Fort Wayne. I did not want to be too far from my mother and I see value in living and working in my hometown. I am in a position to make a difference in people’s lives and I want to do that right here in Fort Wayne. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? Pharmacists are positioned to help people every day and I enjoy helping people. Whether it’s getting the right medication to the right patient at the right time or simply smiling at a patient, we can always help someone feel better. It’s an honor to always have pharmacists rank as one of the most trusted professions and I enjoy the responsibility that comes with that trust. What does success mean to you? Finding a way to live my life for others and being at peace with my impact on this world. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A sports broadcaster or meteorologist and a good father and husband. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? Fort Wayne Newspapers. I was a paperboy.

Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? My mother. She has always encouraged me to be the best me I can be. I have met a lot of people in the community because of her. When I meet people, I often hear, “Nice to meet you, I love your mom.” What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? Having the courage to leave behind a guaranteed salary with health benefits to go into business for myself and open my own pharmacy. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? Allowing doubt to slow down progress. I overanalyze everything and often suffer from paralysis by analysis. I learned to trust that proper preparation prevents poor performance. What are your current professional goals? Finding more ways to grow my current business to provide jobs and have a positive impact on people’s lives. I also Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

want to invest more in real estate. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? Pharmacists have continuing education requirements. I subscribe to different industry publications that help me meet these requirements and stay current. I stay relevant by keeping my licenses and certifications active as well as listening to patients and other health care providers to learn what’s new and in demand in health care. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? There’s no wife and kids for me to rush home to so I find myself working all the time. It is important to me to be involved in the community, especially anything involving kids, so I make time. I have a good support team that helps make sure I carve out time for what’s important. Finding a better work-life balance is something I am constantly working on. What do you do to relax? Going to the gym helps me relax but I think I am most relaxed when cruising on a boat in the lake or ocean. Page 31


MARIA NORMAN

AGE: 36 Isaacs was my next boss; she created an environment where employees could flourish. She was confident in your capacity to get the job done, which is very empowering as an employee. Julie Litmer-Schwaller is my current boss and she listens to her employees and wants your opinion because she sees you as the expert. I’ve been lucky in all my positions because each boss wanted to grow me as a person and as an employee. Each one of these women have helped support me as I’ve advanced in my career. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? Being voted onto the Fort Wayne Community School Board of Trustees has by far been the coolest thing to ever happen to me. We are doing great things in Fort Wayne when it comes to public education. I am so excited to give back to the community in this capacity.

Employer: IPFW Title: Student Information Systems, Business Analyst Education: Elmhurst High School, Fort Wayne Bachelor of Arts, DePauw University, Greencastle Master of Public Management, Indiana University, Fort Wayne Community organizations with which you are involved: Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of Trustees, 2017-present; IPFW The BIG Event transportation coordinator, planning committee 2014-present; Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Brew & Wine Too planning committee 2015-present; YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne volunteer, 2016-present; Pine Hills City Church set-up crew and hospitality team, 2017-present; Community Harvest Food Bank volunteer, 2017-present; Vincent Village volunteer for Reading program, 2017-present Hobbies: Spending time with my family, baking, cooking, sewing, painting, any kind of craft, reading books. Why are you in northeast Indiana? My family is here and it’s a great place to raise a family. Page 32

What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I love education, it can truly transform people’s lives. I also love the people that I work with at IPFW; across campus there are good people that really care about students getting a great education. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I was the typical child; it changed every day: a teacher, a marine biologist, a doctor, a pathologist. I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up, I just know that I want to make a difference in the world. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My first paycheck was from Wendy’s. Working in fast food is so much fun, it is fast paced and high energy. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? I’ve always had strong female bosses, which in retrospect I do not see as coincidence. Jolane Rohr was my first boss; she taught me the basics of being a professional and honed my skills within college admissions. Carol Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? Don’t be afraid of failure. I used to be one of those people who were safe in their bubble. Fortunately for me, my husband saw that I was not reaching my full potential and with his encouragement I was able to build up the courage to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? Luckily I have a great support system in place. My husband is also very involved in the community so he gets it. We also have great parents, who are always willing to spoil our child whenever need be. I’ve also got into the habit of just bringing Elijah (my 7-year-old son) along to meetings and volunteer opportunities. It’s never too early to instill a public-servant heart into someone. What would you tell your high school self based on what you know now? Education will change your life, dig deep and work hard. Be a good person. Stand up for those who cannot stand for themselves. Do not be afraid.


AGE: 36

AARON PENCE

Employer: Three Rivers Distilling Company Title: Co-Owner/Vice President, Sales and Marketing Education: Avon High School, Avon A.A.S. Avionic Systems Technology and A.A.S. Aircraft Maintenance Technology, Community College of the Air Force, Montgomery, Alabama B.S. Organizational Leadership, Indiana Institute of Technology, Fort Wayne M.B.A. with a concentration in management, Indiana Institute of Technology, Fort Wayne Community organizations with which you are involved: 122nd Fighter Wing, Indiana Air National Guard, Living Faith Missionary Church, Indiana Tech College of Business Advisory Board, Indiana Tech Alumni Association, Ribbon Chicks Breast Cancer Support Group, American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink Campaign, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Hobbies: Playing with my daughters, disc golf, kart racing, spending time around the fire pit. Why are you in northeast Indiana? I was born in Bluffton and spent my first few years in Ossian. I grew up in Avon, on the west side of Indianapolis for most of my life. I was attending Purdue University when Sept. 11, 2001 hit, and I decided to join the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne. I spent a couple years commuting from Indy to serve on drill weekends and loved the city. I ended up moving here for a full-time job at the 122nd Fighter Wing and marrying my wife Kelly, who is from Berne. We decided to raise our family in Ossian because we both love the simplicity of country life. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? People. I am a social creature who thrives on good conversation. I genuinely love people, their stories and what makes them tick. I am lucky enough to work in the whiskey world, and most good stories start with good whiskey. I

have been blessed to make friends with so many people in northeast Indiana because of Three Rivers Distilling Company, and I look forward to those I have yet to meet. What does success mean to you? Setting an example to my daughters about what it means to love with all your heart, work with all your effort and play with every ounce of energy you have left. I have been blessed with an amazing family, an extended military family and friends that stand by me through thick and thin. They deserve all the love I have to give. I have been given talent and work ethic that allows me to chase my dreams and I believe that anything short of my best effort is cheating the good Lord that gave me those attributes. Finally, I am still a kid at heart who cannot wait for the next recess. Play time is very important and I will teach my daughters to always appreciate the enjoyments that life provides. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? From my earliest days, I always wanted to be a pilot. I remember making sure I answered all the questions correctly in the career assessments so that the results always ended up being a pilot. My father and I both have a passion for making things fly and the feeling that Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

you get when you overcome gravity. While that dream has not yet been realized, I have been fortunate enough to work around the aviation industry with my time as an aircraft mechanic and now as an aircraft maintenance officer at the 122nd Fighter Wing. I do have plans to get my pilot’s license before my 40th birthday. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? I earned my first paycheck from McDonald’s when I was 15 years old. I worked as a cashier, and I loved the satisfaction I got when I saved those paychecks for my first car. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? I have been so fortunate to have many engaged mentors throughout my career, too many to list here. Hands down though, my wife, Kelly, has been my biggest supporter through it all. When we first met, I started going back to school just because I thought there was no way she would ever be with a guy that didn’t show initiative. From then on, she has supported me through multiple leaps of faith in my career progression, a master’s degree program, multiple military assignments and the crazy idea to be a part of a startup craft distillery. I owe her more than I could ever repay. Page 33


WILL RAMSEY

AGE: 37

cause I did not think I would have had adequate time to devote to teaching. Looking back, rearranging some priorities would have left me with adequate time. Any time an opportunity presents itself now, I look not only at how much time I have but also at how much time I could have if I delegated or handled current obligations differently.

Employer: Barrett McNagny LLP Title: Partner Education: Snider High School Bachelor of Art in English, IPFW Juris Doctor, Mauer School of Law, Indiana University, Bloomington Community organizations with which you are involved: Science Central board of directors, IPFW English Department advisory committee, Allen County Bar Association appellate section vice-chair and trial lawyers executive committee Hobbies: Golf, cooking Why are you in northeast Indiana? I was born and raised here and returned here in 2008 based on a great job offer for me and IPFW’s master’s in nursing education program for my wife. The city and area have provided, and continue to provide, opportunity for personal and professional growth for my family and for me. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? Every client with whom I work has some sort of problem. Although there are rarely perfect solutions for these Page 34

problems, I enjoy leaving my clients in better situations than they were in when we began working together. What does success mean to you? Reaching a point of contentment, fulfillment and happiness in one’s personal and professional life. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A Chicago Cub Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? The Towne House Retirement Community. I worked in the health center kitchen all through high school and college. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? Rachel Ramsey, my wife

What are your current professional goals? At some point, I would like to publish a full-length law review article and take an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. A more immediate and ongoing goal of mine is to help as many students and young professionals (lawyers and non-lawyers) as possible with career development. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? Speaking or presenting on legal topics; writing articles for legal, business and medical publications; and being as involved as possible in the local and state bar associations. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? Great question! Keeping a balance is difficult some weeks so I try to enjoy specific moments and, in those moments, devote total attention to family, social or community events. What do you do to relax? Listen to music and sit on my back deck (or a balcony overlooking the ocean, if available).

What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? Making partner at my law firm.

What book would you recommend? Fiction: “The Count of Monte Cristo.” Non-fiction: “I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story” (even for non-fans of baseball).

What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? I turned down an opportunity to teach a law school writing class be-

What would you tell your high school self based on what you know now? Be more involved in school groups, activities and clubs, and wear jeans that actually fit.

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AGE: 34

SHALONDA “PINKY” SAUNDERS

Employer: Sew Pinky, Lutheran Hospital Title: Owner, Patient Access Education: Lindblom College Prep High School, Chicago Westwood College of Technology, Chicago Ravenscroft Beauty College, Fort Wayne Ivy Tech, Fort Wayne Community organizations with which you are involved: NAACP FW, Willing Workers Ministry Hobbies: Napping, sewing, working out and playing videos games with my nieces Why are you in northeast Indiana? Fort Wayne has provided me with the life and opportunities that I otherwise wouldn’t have had if I stayed in Chicago. This city is where I’m supposed to be. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? There is no better feeling than knowing that I’m making a little girl feel like the princess she was born to be. I enjoy giving girls the feeling and experiences that my parents couldn’t afford when I was that age. What does success mean to you? Success means happiness. If you’re not happy with the things in your life, then you must re-evaluate them. You cannot be truly successful if you’re not happy. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a teacher and a writer. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My first paycheck came from my elementary school when I was 14. It was a summer job and I was working in the office filing papers. It was for $47 and that moment formed my independence. Who was your biggest supporter who

helped you advance in your career? My main supporters are my family and friends. But my biggest supporter is my 6-year-old niece Twinkey. She pushes me and always encourages me to do my best.

your profession? I stay current by doing tons of research. That usually consists of watching cartoons with a group of wild 6-year-old girls but it’s always a fun experience.

What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? My biggest accomplishment has been starting a business from scratch. I had no experience, didn’t get any loans and not many people believed I could do it. But I did and I’ve been able to make a brand for myself.

How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? It’s one of the hardest things to balance, but I try to set days and times to give everyone the time they need. I make sure family is taken care of first then schedule everything else accordingly.

What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? My biggest mistake has been second guessing myself when I feel that I’m not as accomplished as some of my peers. I have to learn that I can only walk on my path in life and I can’t compare that path to the one someone else is on. What are your current professional goals? My current professional goal is to open my own store. Having an online store has been amazing but it’s time to take things to the next level. How do you remain current/relevant in Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

What do you do to relax? I have become a professional napper, so I nap to relax or I watch some much-needed television. What book would you recommend? Besides the Bible? I would recommend Daymon John’s book “The Brand Within: The Power of Branding from Birth to the Boardroom.” What would you tell your high school self based on what you know now? I would tell my high school self, I know things may seem rough now but whatever you do don’t give up. The depression will fade, the self-image issues will fade and your faith/trust in God will grow! From that, everything else will fall into place. Page 35


TYLER SILVEUS

AGE: 37

responsible for the times I get this right. Our business has been incredibly successful in a very short amount of time. I have seen too many people in that position lose perspective on what really matters and in the end lose the things that matter most. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? Pride is constantly my biggest mistake. Pride has caused me to say or do things that damage relationships inside our company and as a leader this is very toxic. Most of the mistakes I have made professionally have their root in some form of pride. Employer: Silveus Insurance Group Title: CEO Education: Lakeland Christian Academy Taylor University, Fort Wayne campus (did not finish degree) Community organizations with which you are involved: I am involved and take part in a number of community organization and not-for-profits. I limit my board participation to Intercession Group and FarmersFirst. I am fortunate to be able to participate in the founding of both organizations. Hobbies: Time with my lovely wife and five children on vacation, the lake or by the pool or wherever or whatever else we are doing alongside family or friends. My hobbies are more to do with people than any single activity. It doesn’t matter as much what I am doing as much as who I am able to do it with. Why are you in northeast Indiana? I was born and raised here and have never left. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? My profession exists with the goal of helping farm families protect and prosper in the lifestyle they have enjoyed for generations. This is extremely fulfilling. Page 36

What does success mean to you? Success is that each and every person connected to or in contact with our company is healthier (mentally, spiritually, physically and relationally) because of the amazing collection of people we call Silveus Insurance Group. This is about customers, employees, agents, vendors and any other individual we have the privilege of engaging with in some way. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? The pancake house in Warsaw, In. I was 13, I think and my job was to bus tables. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? My wife was and is my No. 1 supporter and encourager. In addition to that both of my parents and my siblings have made an incredible impact in my career path at our family company. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? I would say that throughout my career I have successfully put my wife and children first and I feel like in our culture this is a huge accomplishment. I certainly don’t believe I did this on my own. My personal faith journey has fostered this core belief in me and is Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

What are your current professional goals? Our company has growm from fewer than 15 people to more than 200 in about 15 years. Our growth curve is steepening and my goal is to provide the environment and people necessary to see excellence continued. The current owners of the business will someday sooner or later leave the business; this presents challenge and opportunity. I want to see the company structured in such a way that ensures stability and health for the future, whatever that may be. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? I worry about this one and constantly try to self-evaluate my abilities against the needs of the organization. I read a fair amount and submit myself to “coaches” who I look to for my personal growth. What do you do to relax? I love to run or walk in the woods. I love long airplane flights alone to read or veg out with a movie. What book would you recommend? For leadership, “The Way of the Shepherd” by Leman and Pentak. For inspiration, “Fearless” by Eric Blehm. For fun, I am enjoying Hemmingway novels lately.


AGE: 38

JAMA SMITH

Employer: The Salvation Army Title: Director of Resource Development Education: DeKalb High School IPFW Community organizations with which you are involved: The Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center, The Salvation Army, Riley Hospital for Children, Northeast Indiana Mothers of Twins and more Hobbies: Writing is something that has always been a passion for me. The Journal Gazette honors me with columns from time to time, as well as two Golden Pens and previous Writer of the Year. Being a mother of five, my most cherished hobby is simply finding time to nap. I could gold medal in napping were it ever to be made into an Olympic sport. Why are you in northeast Indiana? I’ve always loved the generosity of the Fort Wayne community. We’re a fast-growing city but still have that close-knit citizenship within. It has been an amazing place to watch my children grow up in, as well as to grow professionally in. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I love working for an organization that is so flexible with what the community needs and the ability to create programs specifically crafted as such. Because of this, my job is never boring. One day I could be dropping off a care package to a family in the NICU and the next dressing up as a character from Harry Potter for one of our interactive fundraisers. Above all, the relationships that I’ve built, both from people who have blessed me by allowing me to assist in their lives and with the army of volunteers who continually give their all so selflessly, have been the motivation of my profession. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Honestly, a wife of one of the two Coreys. I was sure one of them would propose, and since Corey Feldman is still alive, I figure I still have a shot of fulfilling that dream.

Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? I was a waitress at Richard’s restaurant. I endured endless teasing from my friends for working at the “old people” restaurant, but in truth I’m a sucker for anything I can pour gravy on, so it was a perfect fit during my teenage years. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? My husband (which now makes me feel slightly guilty for listing marriage to Corey Feldman as a future possibility. But he knew where I stood on this when he asked me to marry him, and doesn’t seem threatened as of yet). We met at The Salvation Army and worked together for years before we saw each other romantically. We ride to work together, take on projects together, go home together. I know many couples who can’t fathom seeing that much of their spouse, but we have never known any other way. It’s amazing to have someone who truly understands when you’re struggling in your career, and when they encourage you, you know it’s because they have seen both your capabilities and your obstacles yet still believe in you. That person has always been my husband and I’m grateful to have him as my most supportive colleague. What is your biggest accomplishment Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

thus far in your career? When our twins Sophia and Charlotte were born, Charlotte’s medical complications meant that she had to stay in the NICU for a period of time. It was an incredibly stressful and heart-wrenching time, feeling torn between home with our children, including our newborn, and being in the NICU with Charlotte. I remember the relief when we were able to take her home, but the sadness of seeing the other mothers I had bonded with who had no idea how much longer they would be staying as their babies struggled. It was this experience that inspired our program, Charlotte Ministries. Charlotte Ministries assists families with babies in the NICU or children with a dire diagnosis or medical illness. Charlotte Ministries provides everything from hospital care packages to rent/mortgage and utility assistance to assisting with funeral and burial expenses. Creating a program that can relieve the burden that our family experienced firsthand has had an amazing impact. It’s incredible to see a need and to be empowered to become part of the solution. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? The only thing that can be relied on is that things will always be changing, which means not falling into the this-isthe-way-we’ve-always-done-it mentality. Page 37


JAMI THOMAS

AGE: 39

narian. I love animals and I believed I would have been a good vet, but that all changed when my dog was struck by a car. My parents saw my reaction and thought it would be better if I went into another career. Even so, I have made it a point to adopt rescue dogs for personal pets and animals from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo as part of its great program. Where did your first paycheck come from?What was your job then? I spent some of my childhood growing up in western Illinois and my first paying job was detasseling corn. It was hard, hot work, but we were done every day by 1 p.m. That meant I could spend the rest of the day by the community pool or with friends. Employer: Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Title: Director of Investor Services and Programs Education: Monmouth High School, Monmouth, Illinois University of Phoenix, associate degree in business management and marketing, 2008 I’m currently three classes away from earning a bachelor’s from WGU Indiana in business management. Community organizations with which you are involved: I’m the president of the Seven Oaks Homeowners Association and have served on its board for more than eight years. I’ve also joined my family regularly for mashed potato duty at the St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen on Thanksgiving and enjoy volunteering when able at Hickory Center Elementary School. Hobbies: Walking, running, spending time on the water, reading, outings with my family including dance parties with my son Why are you in northeast Indiana? Fort Wayne is where my husband was living when we met in 2006. I actually came up for a girls’ weekend. What I didn’t know was her boyfriend at the time – now her husband – and one Page 38

of his friends were also going to be hanging out. I’m not sure I’d have come up from Muncie if I’d known that ahead of time! We all ended up heading over to the Three Rivers Festival. Little did I know that I would also be spending time with my future husband that night. We got married in 2008 and I moved to Fort Wayne.

Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? I have been lucky to have had many supporters throughout my career. My dad taught me about hard work and dedication. My husband has encouraged me to follow my passions and he is my biggest cheerleader for everything I set out to accomplish.

What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I like that GFW Inc. and its more than 1,300 investors that are helping Fort Wayne enthusiastically embrace the opportunities this community is being presented with. I love the programs we’re able to provide, especially those that help small businesses succeed. It’s energizing to work with so many creative people who are passionate about the future.

What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? At the risk of it sounding cliché, I have no reason to believe I’ve gotten anywhere close to a real “big” accomplishment as of yet. I am proud of being able to lay the foundation for greater personal and professional success in the coming years. For me, the two are closely connected because they involve shaping the community we call home.

What does success mean to you? Success to me means having an objective and being committed to follow it through to the end. Even if fulfilling that vision takes you quite a bit of time, energy and a willingness to adapt, seeing important work to the finish line is what motivates me to reach higher.

What are your current professional goals? My current professional goal is to finish my bachelor’s degree this year. It’s been a long journey and I’ve learned a lot about sticking to it, overcoming doubt and finding a good balance.

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What do you do to relax? I love summers by the lake. Listening to the water puts my mind at ease and brings a sense of calm.


AGE: 39

MARK VANDEVELDE

Employer: Oak Partners, Inc. Title: Wealth Advisor/CFP Education: Westfield Academy and Central Schools, Westfield, New York Ball State University Community organizations with which you are involved: Junior Achievement of Northeast Indiana, Jackson Township Athletic Association Hobbies: Golf, playing board games with my family and watching my beloved Buffalo Sabres Why are you in northeast Indiana? I first came to Indiana to attend Ball State University. I met my wife through a college friend and she is a DeKalb County native. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I am the son of a high school math teacher and a vice president of finance for a multinational manufacturing company, so I love numbers. In addition to that, I really enjoy building lasting relationships and friendships with my clients. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing my clients reach a long-term financial goal, such as retirement, and knowing that I helped them get there. What does success mean to you? I define my professional success as knowing that my clients, and the people that really know me, see me as being genuine in putting their interests first. My personal success comes from the bond that I share with my family and ultimately the type of men that my three sons will grow up to be. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I attended Ball State, my original major was telecommunications. My goal was to follow my childhood dream of being a sports broadcaster. My idols growing up included Bob Costas and Rick Jeanneret, the playby-play announcer for the Buffalo

Sabres. I wanted to be them. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? In the summer between my sophomore and junior year of high school, I got a job washing dishes in the cafeteria of the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, New York. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? In addition to my parents, who have always been in my corner, my wife, Jami, has always been by my side and has always been my biggest supporter. I wouldn’t be anything without her love and support. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? Becoming a certified financial planner was a big accomplishment. However, becoming self-employed and having a thriving business rises to the top for me. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? My greatest mistake was not becoming self-employed earlier in my career. What I learned about myself from that process is that I can be slow to take risk at times and I need to be more open Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

to risk in the future. What are your current professional goals? To continue to build my business in a way that is positive for my community, my clients and my family. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? I am both a certified financial planner (CFP) and an accredited investment fiduciary (AIF). Both of those are advanced designations in my profession and require ongoing training and education. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? In order to achieve balance, I have to be as efficient as I can be in all three of those areas. Because my time is divided, I have to make the most of that time, regardless of what I’m doing. What do you do to relax? My favorite sports team is the Buffalo Sabres. For several years, I have maintained a Twitter account (@SabresStats) dedicated to their statistics and have guest blogged on different websites. Going back to my love for numbers, I find it relaxing to analyze their statistics and find trends and anomalies in them. I have grown a decent following in doing so. Page 39


AGE: 27

DOMINIC WARDELL

Employer: Despos Custom Tailoring Title: Owner/President Education: Bishop Dwenger IPFW Hobbies: Pool, target shooting, watch collecting, camping Why are you in northeast Indiana? I was born and raised on Fort Wayne’s southwest side of town. I have always loved the community out in this part of town so I decided to stay out this way. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I greatly enjoy making an impact on someone’s life by just putting a few stitches here and there to better fit a garment to their frame. By accomplishing the perfect fit, the individual will feel more comfortable and confident, which will allow them to perform to the best of their abilities no matter the situation. What does success mean to you? Success is altering a pageant dress to perfection. Crafting the perfectly fitted custom suit. Teaching someone how to sew and sharing knowledge of the trade. Success is relative. To me, at the end of each job, when I see the customer smile and love their clothing that much more, that is success. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an archeologist, veterinarian or Department of Natural Resources officer. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My first official paycheck came from GameStop when I was 17. It was the perfect first job for a teenage boy who loved video games. What I didn’t realize was that job would be my building block for the love I have for retail and the service industry. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? There is no single person who got me to where I am today. It was a combined Page 40

effort through amazing mentors and skilled men and women of their craft: My grandfather, one of the best dressed and kind-hearted gentleman I have ever had the grace of knowing. My parents for their emotional and physical support. Todd Effinger and John Newton for hiring me at Joseph A. Banks and teaching me how to fit men’s clothing. Son Hoang, our tailor at Jos. A. Banks, for teaching me how to do basic alterations and pressing. David Heltzel for teaching me how a tailor shop is to be run and also how to fit custom clothing. The entire staff of Despos for teaching me how to sew even more. I would not be where I am with out everyone’s support. To honor them, I just have to work as hard as I can. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? Each satisfied customer is my next greatest accomplishment. Sure, some may be more financially rewarding than others but at the end of the day my first and foremost goal is to have the customer love their clothing just a little bit more through altering or reshaping the garment. It is a testament to our skills and craftsmanship but it also ensures a returning customer. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

from it? Not stocking enough socks and ties. I doubled my order at the most recent trade show at the beginning of February. Colorful socks and ties for all! What are your current professional goals? My short-term goal is to be the biggest tailor shop in Indiana. I believe I can obtain that goal within 10 years. Next, I would like to be known through out the Midwest, then nationwide and hopefully internationally. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? I am at the shop working every day of the week. I may be the owner but make no mistake I am 100 percent an employee as well. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? My work really is my life. It is my profession, purpose and passion. I am single and have no children so I can’t help but delve into working until the early hours of the morning. I stay close with my parents who are still in Fort Wayne. My siblings are off at school so it’s a little harder to stay connected with them but we do the best we can. In the end, Despos is my everything so I can’t help but give it my all.


AGE: 29

Employer: Manchester University/Beyond the Margins Consulting, Inc. Title: Director of CARE Initiative/CEO and Principal Consultant Education: Model Laboratory High School, Richmond, Kentucky University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky: Bachelor of Science in Middle/Secondary Social Studies Education Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky: Master of Arts in Human Services – Student Personnel Services in Higher Education Kent State University, Kent, Ohio: PhD Student in the Cultural Foundations of Education Program (anticipated defense fall 2019) Community organizations with which you are involved: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Eta Upsilon Zeta Chapter, Stonewall Democrats of Allen County Hobbies: Singing, dancing and writing Why are you in northeast Indiana? I relocated to northeast Indiana to work at Manchester University in sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking prevention. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I really enjoy working with students at Manchester University in a capacity of change and equity. They bring a lot of passion to prevention work. I love being a consultant because I get to work with community leaders, educators and administrators on topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. They bring a lot of great ideas and inform my work. What does success mean to you? Success is more than monetary and social capital gains. Success is valuing others and giving back in ways that are transformative. As a child, what did you want to be

when you grew up? As a child, I used to want to be a forensic pathologist. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My first paycheck was at McDonald’s in Richmond, Kentucky, as a cashier. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? My biggest supporter was Dr. Roger Cleveland, associate professor of educational leadership and policy at Eastern Kentucky University and CEO of Millennium Learning Concepts, LLC. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? My biggest accomplishment thus far in my career is to begin the chapter of starting a LGBTQ+ youth and community center in Fort Wayne with amazing community leaders and supporters. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? My greatest mistake thus far is anticipating change too fast and getting let down when it has not come to fruition. I learned to take things one step at a time and never waiver in advocating for what is right and just. Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

JAY WATTS

What are your current professional goals? My current professional goals are to complete my PhD by 2019 and to have UNITE Youth and Family Resource Center Corp. become a fully funded and operational nonprofit servicing Greater Fort Wayne by 2019. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? Professional development, networking and not remaining stagnant makes me relevant to my profession. I have never been one to utilize stereotypes and generalizations of a sector, company, position or groups of people to drive my work. I learn about the uniqueness and allow that to fuel me in areas of change and growth. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? This has been the hardest area in my life. I have learned how to master the art of “no” in order to maintain my sanity and to continue on my path toward being an amazing parent and balancing time for career and community. What do you do to relax? I relax by listening to music and having great conversations with friends. I also binge watch Netflix or Hulu shows when I have the time. Page 41


THERESE WILLIAMS

AGE: 34

getting home to dinner a time or two. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? Becoming a part of, and then continuing to build, a team of colleagues that genuinely enjoy working with each other and that accomplish some pretty exciting things together.

Employer: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP Title: Attorney Education: Homestead High School Indiana University-Bloomington Indiana University Maurer School of Law Community organizations with which you are involved: I’m on the board of managers of Cultural Advancement Projects LLC, and I’m a member of the Allen County Bar Association and Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. Hobbies: Traveling, baking, skiing, hiking, kayaking Why are you in northeast Indiana? I grew up here, I still have family here and I have always loved the friendliness of the people in the area. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? My practice focuses on corporate and real estate financing transactions and it’s always rewarding to see negotiations end with agreement between the parties and a smooth closing. Ultimately, what I enjoy the most are the clients and colleagues that I work with and the challenges and successes of Page 42

solving problems together. What does success mean to you? I always thought Bob Dylan put it best when he said a person is a success when he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A surgeon, and also a florist, a librarian and a travel magazine editor. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My first paycheck came from Stein Mart here in Fort Wayne. I was a cashier. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? I have been fortunate to have many supporters throughout various stages of my career. My family in particular has always been amazingly supportive. At Faegre Baker Daniels, I owe so much of my success to my mentor and to my supervisor (both conveniently named Dave), who have each spent countless hours teaching me how to be a good lawyer, especially early in my career. I think I made them late Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? Any time that I became complacent or too comfortable with the status quo, because in those moments I think I closed myself off to new opportunities – maybe nothing on the magnitude of my greatest mistake, but in hindsight I suppose I’ll never know. I learned that it’s better to stay nimble and seek forward motion and momentum in life even if it makes you a little uncomfortable at times. What are your current professional goals? I hope to continue to refine my corporate and real estate finance knowledge and expand my regional practice. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? I attend continuing legal education seminars, confer with my colleagues and subscribe to corporate and finance legal update services. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? In my experience, real balance is difficult to achieve. At any given time, I’m usually prioritizing one of these things over the others. But then I course correct and pay attention to the other areas of my life in order to bring things back into balance. What do you do to relax? Anything outdoors is great stress relief for me. What book would you recommend? “Dave Barry’s Greatest Hits”


AGE: 38

JARROD M. WILSON

Employer: Indiana Michigan Power Title: Network Supervisor Education: Carroll High School Harrison College – Bachelor’s of Business Management Trine University – Master of Business Administration and Master of Leadership Science Community organizations with which you are involved: Junior Achievement, United Way, Veterans Connect, Leadership Fort Wayne Hobbies: Snowboarding, golf, Tough Mudder and Spartan races Why are you in northeast Indiana? My family is from Fort Wayne and this is a great community to raise my family. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? Working in the utility industry serves a bigger purpose. It allows me to be part of developing and maintaining a strong electric infrastructure to serve our customers’ needs. What does success mean to you? Success is helping people around me achieve and fulfill their expectations. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a real estate developer. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? Richard’s Restaurant as a busboy on Washington Center Road, Fort Wayne. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? My wife, she is amazing and has always supported me in everything I have taken on in life. What is your biggest accomplishment

My employer values a work-life balance that involves community involvement. There are many times that I will get my family engaged in many of the events so we can do them together.”

thus far in your career? My development as a leader has been my biggest accomplishment and taking the opportunity to learn from others around me. What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? There are too many to list but this has taught me to keep taking risks and it will pay off. Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

What are your current professional goals? My current professional goals are to be more involved in the community by being on boards and continue to develop skills and leadership to support Indiana Michigan Power. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? Continue training, classes and surrounding myself with people that care about my development. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? My employer values a work-life balance that involves community involvement. There are many times that I will get my family engaged in many of the events so we can do them together. What do you do to relax? Hang out with family What book would you recommend? “The Power of T.E.D.” What would you tell your high school self based on what you know now? So many things, starting with “start making a difference now.” Page 43


MILES D. WILSON

AGE: 36

Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career?

My wife has been by my side through all of the ups and downs. She is the reason I get to be as active in my community as I am. Without her support I would not be where I am today.

What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career?

Honestly, I am just getting started. People before me have done so much I am still trying to carve out my place. Personally, my biggest accomplishment is my wife and my three kids.

What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it?

Not being aggressive enough in getting what I wanted. What I learned is to just go get it. We can never get back wasted time. Employer: Sheets & Childs Funeral Home Title: Owner/Operator Education: New Haven High School Ivy Tech Community organizations with which you are involved: Christ Community Church, Churubusco Rotary, Churubusco Chamber of Commerce and Churubusco Youth Foundation Hobbies: Watching/participating in my kid’s activities and working to make my community a better place to live, work and play

My wife has been by my side through all of the ups and downs. She is the reason I get to be as active in my community as I am. Without her support I would not be where I am today.”

Why are you in northeast Indiana?

This is the area where I was born and raised. This is where I believe our generation can do the most good.

What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I get to serve people at the worst time in their lives and try to make the process easier.

What does success mean to you?

Leaving things better than I found them Page 44

What are your current professional goals?

To grow my funeral home to serve more communities. We are in the process of opening anew funeral home in a neighboring community.

How do you remain current/relevant in your profession?

I try to go to as many different professional development things as possible. By not being owned by a corporation I can do new things that are on the market.

How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement?

It is very hard. It is only possible with a good support system, which I have with my wife and family.

What do you do to relax?

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I like doing nothing, just being home with my family and not having an agenda.

I wanted to be in the family business. I wanted to be a vault guy.

What book would you recommend?

Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then?

What would you tell your high school self based on what you know now?

My first paycheck came from a restaurant near my home, 469 Italian Eatery. I was a cook. Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

The Bible

Don’t wait for opportunities to find you, go find them. Also, don’t be afraid to say yes when it sounds scary.


AGE: 30

JARED WURTZEL

Employer: PNC Wealth Management Title: Vice President, Investment Advisor Education: Wawasee High School Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne — Bachelor of Science degree in finance and a minor in economics Community organizations with which you are involved: I am a board member with McMillen Health. I serve on the Finance and Investment Committee of the Kosciusko Community Foundation. I also participate in the Real Men Read program for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana. Hobbies: I enjoy spending time outdoors – golfing, hiking and snow skiing – as well as spending time with my family. Why are you in northeast Indiana? Upon graduating in 2011 from IPFW, my wife and I moved to Florida, where we resided for almost three years. However, we both missed living in the Midwest and being closer to our family and friends. We are lucky to live in an area such as Fort Wayne that has so much going on and has such a bright future. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I really enjoy the personal gratification I receive by helping individuals and families who do not have the time and/ or knowledge of managing their investments. What does success mean to you? Receiving a thank you from a client. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to be a veterinarian, however I found my skill set was better suited in finance. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? My first paycheck came from Tom Farms in Leesburg, Indiana. In fact, I still have it and it was for $130.21. My first job was de-tasseling corn.

Do your job to the best of your ability and let the chips fall where they may. Some people try to fight the steering of the ship instead of enjoying the ride.” Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the friends I made in college, which has led to a lasting support group that continues to encourage me. I have been, and will always be, grateful to have spent several years working under Patrick Chasey and I continue to look to him as my mentor. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? Not losing passion for coming into work every day and loving what I do. What has been your greatest mistake Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? When it comes to making career/ investment decisions making sure I remove emotion and approach it from a logical and educated standpoint. What are your current professional goals? Finish my certified financial planner (CFP) designation and continue to be a student of the market. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? I enjoy reading weekly research pieces on the market and conversing with co-workers and friends. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? I work to live, not live to work. What do you do to relax? I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two dogs. What would you tell your high school self based on what you know now? Do your job to the best of your ability and let the chips fall where they may. Some people try to fight the steering of the ship instead of enjoying the ride. Page 45


JOHN ZARSE

AGE: 33

pretty much just tells me what I’m doing wrong and how to fix it. It’s almost like I got to cheat my way out of making a lot of those expensive first year business owner mistakes. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career? Starting a business with no sales and growing it to the size that it validated the purchase of Specialized Printed Products.

Employer: Specialized Printed Products Title: President/Owner Education: Alexandria Monroe High School – 2003 Purdue University – 2007 Community organizations with which you are involved: St. Vincent DePaul Parish,

co-spiritual director

Hobbies: Exercise, guitar, golf, audio-

books, water skiing, grilling fine meats, bowling, hide and seek with my daughter Why are you in northeast Indiana? I followed the woman of my dreams and convinced her to marry me. What is it about your profession that you enjoy and why? I love the fact that we get orders on Monday and they go out the door Tuesday. I love the fast-paced, short-turn, extremely efficient system we have here. Printing used to be an artform. Now it’s a mixture of art and technology and I love to bridge the two. What does success mean to you? Professionally, I haven’t defined that yet, but I know I’m not there. On a personal level it is using my gifts to help Page 46

other people. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to manage a hotel or a casino. I love how the hospitality industry revolves around good customer service. I’ve also always been intrigued (as think most entrepreneurs are) by games of strategy and chance – that’s where the casino part comes in to play. Where did your first paycheck come from? What was your job then? Yule Golf Course – I started when I was 13 years old and helped run the clubhouse. I had to be there at 5:30 every morning in the summer and pull the carts out of the barn. I remember I had to sit on a stool to run the cash register because I wasn’t tall enough to see over the counter. Who was your biggest supporter who helped you advance in your career? My father. He has been in the printing industry his whole life. He taught me that customer service is just as important as a quality product. He also ran production for me so I could focus on sales and growing my business. It’s been a huge asset to be able to call him up when I have certain issues and he Forty Under 40 • 2018 • fwbusiness.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

What has been your greatest mistake thus far and what lessons did you learn from it? I typically stick to the sales side of my business. When we get really busy I jump over and help out on the production side. I learned very quickly that my team (and also my dad and his team) make production look much easier than it actually is. I’ve been helping out in the back of the shop for a year now and am getting better at it, but they still won’t let me use the paper cutter. Apparently I can cause jobs to be reprinted in a hurry when I try to use the paper cutter. What are your current professional goals? I don’t know if there is an award for “Best Places to Work” in Fort Wayne, but if there is, I want SPP to win it. How do you remain current/relevant in your profession? Take five minutes to listen to sales reps. I know it’s their jobs to sell me on new products, but if you can find the one or two that want to help your business and not just make commission they can be a huge asset. Tell them it’s their job to bring you knowledge and then filter what is good and bad. How do you balance your career, family life and community involvement? There is no balance; family and God always come first. I will say though that growing my business and working long hours directly benefits my family. I make it a daily goal to always be home by 6:30 so that I get to be with my wife and daughter for dinner.


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