For the last 20 years, the Indianapolis Business Journal has picked a handful of entrepreneurs who all share the same characteristics – successful before the age of 40 and making a name for their companies through the spirit of entrepreneurialism. This popular publication cites the qualifications for making the class include “ the level of success nominees have achieved in their chosen field, their accomplishments in the community and the likelihood that they will stay in Indianapolis and build on those achievements.”
This year, the Forty Under 40 list is proving to be an exciting roster of some of Indiana’s finest young business innovators and leaders! Let’s take a look at some of these amazing leaders.
Matthew Conrad, founder of Love Without Boundaries, a non-profit group that fights poverty and social injustice, as well as a partner at the Indianapolis law firm Krieg DeVault LLP is at the head of his class. He is active in the community, making a positive difference in the lives of disadvantaged youth. The lesson to be learned from his example is that it takes hard work and a strong sense of responsibility to be a leader.
Another prominent member of the Class of 2012 on the Top 40 list is Wade Achenbach, Vice President of Finance & Capital Markets, Kite Realty Group, who has embraced entrepreneurialism from a very early age when he sold bubblegum to classmates in elementary school. Achenbach states that, “Understanding how you build a business, how you provide leadership and direction to a company to achieve the goals you set, and how you get there.” Being a true leader means being at the helm of your own ship, and having a plan to reach your goals.
Ranking in the Forty Under 40 list is Anika Calloway, is General Counsel, Bucher & Christian Consulting Inc., a busy Indianapolis-based IT and staffing company.. Not only is it remarkable that Calloway is a leader in the growing number of women professionals in the IT field, but that she has also been able to remain actively involved in the community helping women and children, once even collecting over 500 pajamas for kids in need on a challenge from Oprah Winfrey.
It is clear that these, and the other amazing members of the Forty Under 40 class have given so much to both their careers and the communities in which they live and work. Being a leader of today means following your passions, and putting fear aside to make a difference in the world. We look forward to what these powerhouses do in the coming years, and to future young entrepreneurs and leaders in the Hoosier state.
For more information about the Forty Under 40, please visit their main Class of 2012 page here http://www.ibj.com/forty-under-40
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