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Posted on: October 7, 2008

[ARCHIVED] Young professionals group names Twenty Under Forty finalists

Nearly 100 were nominated by company CEOs, human resources and management professionals for the Twenty Under Forty awards program, which was initiated by the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance - the city-appointed economic development corporation - two years ago.

The program is part of a larger organization called the Young Professionals of Greater Lubbock, whose goal is to encourage a growing pool of college graduates to find careers in the Hub City as it continues to expand during the next 100 years.

"We feel this event is a way we can honor (young people) who have given back," said Gretchen Miller, who serves as the liaison between LEDA and the 500-plus member YPGL.

"These young professionals are committed to Lubbock. This is also a way for us to retain our graduates," Miller said.

This year's Twenty Under Forty finalists are:

Kelley Arencibia, Lubbock Independent School District; Richard Anthony Baker, Texas Tech; Emily Lauren Bennett, Caraway, McMahon & Co.; Anita Blakey, Communities in Schools on the South Plains; Branson Blodgett, Atmos Energy; Brain Borthwick Suddenlink Communications; Zach Brady, ZS Brady Co.

Also: Mindy Brashears, Texas Tech; Mary Jane Buerkle, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce; Jaclyn Canas Texas Tech Institute of Environmental and Human Health; Jeremy Cortez, Communities in School; Bill Curnow, Plains Cotton Cooperative Association; Tim Dallas, Texas Tech.

Also: William J. Davis Jr., TTU Health Sciences Center; Amber Dean, Texas Tech; Carrie Edwards,

TTU Health Sciences Center; Karen Esquibel, TTU Health Sciences Center; Alisa Falls, Lubbock Heart Hospital; Travis Funk, Wells Fargo & Co.; Vince Garcia, Lubbock ISD; Cindy Harper, Texas Tech; and Stephanie Howard, Lubbock ISD.

Penny Hull, Suddenlink Communications; Kendra Lansdell, Miss Social Butterfly LLC; Keith Larremore, PlainsCapital Bank; Garrett McKinnon, National Oil & Lube News; Angela Medlock, City Bank; Stacey Mincey - Parkhill, Smith & Cooper; and Christy Moreland, KCBD-TV.

Brad Neu, Lubbock ISD; Jamey Phillips, Phillips & McLaren LLP; Raquel Quigley, office of U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer; David Quinn, city of Levelland; Todd Reno, Reese Technology Center; Robert Rodriquez, Alderson Enterprises; and Victor Salazar, American State Bank.

Also: Dr. Robert Schmid, Schmid Plastic Surgery; Juliann Scholl, Texas Tech; Paul Stell, Stellar Development Co.; and Jonathon Zeigner, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper.

This year's 20 award winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Texas Tech's Alumni Pavilion.

Tickets, which are $10 per person, can be purchased Monday at the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, Wells Fargo Center, 1500 Broadway, sixth floor, or contact LEDA at 723-8246.

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