Honorees were selected based on their entrepreneurial spirit and their contribution to the region through their business and community involvement. The Business Journal will celebrate the accomplishments of the 40 Under 40 recipients at a private VIP ceremony at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle.
Max Bardon, WhitePages.com Inc.
Daniel Black, Screenlife LLC
Chad Blevins, The Lyman Group
Alison Carl White, Seattle Works
John Chun, Preston Gates & Ellis LLP
Lisa Clarke, Advanced Digital Information Corp.
David Dandel, D.A. Davidson & Co.
Geoff Davis, Unitus
Daniel Dilorenzo, BioNeuronics Corp.
Stephanie Ellis-Smith, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas
Marc Galvagno, Air Van Lines Inc.
Kathy Gersch, Drugstore.com Inc.
David Goldberg, Mithun
Rick Hennessey, Sustainable Group Inc.
Kelly Holm, n-Link Corp.
Lawton Humphrey, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Megan Karch, FareStart
Kris Klein, Vitalent Group LLC
Thong Le, WRF Capital
Janet Liang, Group Health Cooperative
Felix Luna, Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP
Kari Magill, Rowley Properties Inc.
Debbie Mcleod, Cascade Financial Corp.
Monty Montoya, Northwest Lions Foundation for Sight & Hearing
Tom Newell, ODS Software
Alexander Pietsch, City of Renton
Eric Prager, Darby & Darby PC
Stephanie Pure, Seattle City Council Member -- Peter Steinbrueck
Lisa Quast, Philips Medical Systems
Jim Ryder, Nextel Partners
Andy Sack, Judy's Book
Donald Scaramastra, Garvey Schubert Barer
Guy Seese, Cole & Weber/Red Cell
Robin Shapiro, Health Advocacy Strategies LLC
Keith Smith, 180 Solutions
Andrew Stout, Full Circle Farm
Paul Thelen, Big Fish Games Inc.
Dan Thiessen, Salty's Seafood Grills
Aaron Weingeist, West Seattle-Highline Eye Clinic LLP
Dwight Wheaton, Cairncross & Hempelmann PS
Nominees were evaluated on specific criteria that included company revenues, business tenure, business philosophy and their solutions to the business challenges that they've faced. In the end, those nominees who stood out as outstanding typically had an "above and beyond" attitude toward their commitment to their business and the overall community.
The judges' panel was comprised of Darlene Corkrum, Virginia Mason Medical Center; Neil McReynolds, McReynolds Associates; George Northcroft, Business Relations & Economic Development for King County Executive Ron Sims; Deborah Swets, CityClub; James Williams, Perkins Coie and 40 Under 40 alumni Kyle Dierks, InfoStake, Inc.; Dayna Grubb, PED; Jonathan Hunt, Lowell-Hunt Catering and Anna Liotta, Resultance, Inc. The 40 Under 40 award program is presented by Puget Sound Business Journal and sponsored by: Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle, Merit Financial, Stoel Rives law firm and U.S. Bank.