October 08, 2008 News & Features » Cover Story


Young Catalysts 

Style Weekly's Fifth Annual Top 40 Under 40

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by Brent Baldwin, Scott Bass, Amy Biegelsen, Brandon Walters Davis, Chris Dovi, Sheri Doyle, Valley Haggard, Mike Hilleary, Darren Morris, Brandon Reynolds, Melissa Scott Sinclair, Deveron Timberlake and David Timberline

When Style Weekly picked up Richmond's Top 40 Under 40 issue in 2004 — launched by our sister publication, Inside Business, years earlier — some people wondered just how long it could survive.
In a community this size, wouldn't we run out of truly remarkable young men and women if we profiled 40 of them each year?
The fears proved to be unfounded. And in this, Style's fifth anniversary of Top 40, we find it more difficult than ever to wade through the possible choices of young leaders who are successful, talented and giving back to their community.
Perhaps it's the law of increasing returns. Instead of running out, each class of recipients has inspired others, or at the least created a better region and a more fertile soil for candidates of all types, through all disciplines.
Maybe the question isn't whether we'll run out of worthy candidates. It's whether we'll have enough room to feature them all.

Read the profiles:

Scott Turner, 39; Co-Owner and Founder, Riverside Outfitters; President, TrueTimber Tree Service

Aimee Koch, 28; Development Manager, Art 180

Maciek Sasinowski, 37; Scientist, Chief Executive, INCOGEN Inc.

Timothy Davis, 37; Co-founder, Family Maintenance Counseling.

Allison Titus, 32; and Joshua Poteat, 37; Poets

Brooks Smith, 37; partner Hunton and Williams

Sarah Rue, 21; Motivational Speaker, TecAccess

Cate McManus, 32; Veterinary Epidemiologist, Virginia Department of Health

Steve Hedberg, 38; Creative Director, Richmond Magazine

Jase Smith, 32; Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator; Director on Staff, Firehouse Theatre project

Charleita Richardson, 29; President and Chief Executive Officer, Partnership for the Future

Nathan Kottkamp, 34; Associate, McGuire Woods

Annette Cousins, 27; Co-exectutive Director, Neighborhood Resource Center

Yedda Stancil, 36; President and Co-founder, Center of Integrative Medicine

Antoine Green, 29; President Ricmond Crusade for Voters

Beth Bonniwell, 31; Domestic Violence Coordinator, Henrico County Police Department

Kathy Matthews, 32; Assistant Professor, VCU; Director of Education, The Faison School for Autism

Scott Wichman, 35; Actor, Director, Playwright

Justin M. Laughter, 27; Attorney, Hirschler Fleischer; Songwriter and Musician, Silly Bus

Tanya Cauthen, 39; Owner, Belmont Butchery

Anwer Bul, 25, Founder and Director, Awer Art Project, United Families for Sudan

Brad Wells, 39; Executive Director, James River Entertainment, Sea of Sounds Production

Paul A. Levengood, 37; President and Chief Executive-Elect, Virginia Historical Society

Stephanie Grana, 39; Director and Partner The Women's Injury Law Center, Cantor Arkema

James "J.J." Minor III, 33; Job Developer, Richmond Community Action Program

John Murden, 36; Teacher, Richmond Public Schools, Community Blogger

Alane Cameron Miles, 38; Membership and Outreach Minister, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond

Evan Edwards, 28; Vice President of Product Development, Intelliject, and  Eric Edwards, 28; Chief Science Officer

Todd Anderson, 34; Senior Compliance Manager, Capital One and Mary Anderson, 31; National Account Executive, Snagajob.com

Colette D. Rivers, 37; Owner and Chief Executive Officer, A Better Place

Rand Burgess, 25; Owner-operator, The Camel Restaurant

Susan Tellier, 36; Senior Prevention Specialist, HIV Testing Coordinator, Fan Free Clinic

Jason A. Young, 33; Executive Director, Community Futures Foundation

Joseph B. Walton, 33; President, Kappa Networks

Adina Muse, 33; Director, Virginia Voter Restoration Project, ACLU

Erin Briggs, 26; Owner, Richmond Recycles; Pharmacist, Kroger and Shelly Briggs, 26; Community Activist and Co-Founder, Books on Wheels
























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