Young Professionals to Know in Columbus: Class of 2015

Everyone has heard the saying, “It’s not always what you know, but who you know.” This is true in business, in life, and in Columbus. With this in mind, we have compiled our second annual list of young professionals who you should know. This year’s group ranges in age from 22 to 45 and represents a variety of wonderful people, ideas, and organizations. They are well respected in their fields and, much like you, are looking to make their mark.

Our vision for this year’s list is to tell the Columbus story through 12 specific themes that best represent Columbus’ population of young professionals, including: Food, Fashion, Music, Networking, Community, Education, Politics, Marketing, Multi-tasking, Athletics, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. By focusing our interviews on the interests, industries, and inspirations of each of our featured young professionals, we gained a better understanding of the role that each play in the grand scheme of life in the Columbus region. We have also included their Twitter handle – if they have one – so you can directly connect with each one.

We are proud to present our Young Professionals to Know in Columbus for 2015:

Heather Aker, 29
Downtown
Program Director of Behavioral Measurement Shared Resource Company, OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center

John Algie, 33
Delaware
President & General Manager, Ohio Machine
@algiejohn

Steve Baldzicki, 40
New Albany
Owner & Founder of Big Fish Networking, Networking Leaders Alliance, & Monarch Title Services

Olivera Bratich, 34
Clintonville
Owner, Wholly Craft!
@whollycraft

Elizabeth Brown, 30
Short North
Downtown Development Manager, City of Columbus
@lizclarkebrown

Hali Buck, 27
University District
Student Involvement Coordinator in the Office of Student Life, The Ohio State University
@hali_buck

Erin Corrigan, 35
Downtown
Graphic Designer, JP Morgan Chase; Marketer, Event Organizer; President, Columbus Rotary
@Erin1213

Nate DeMars, 31
Grandview
Owner, Pursuit
@natedemars

Denis de Verteuil, 27
Franklinton
Vice President, Compton Construction

Johnny DiLoretto, 43
Upper Arlington
Director of Communications, Gateway Film Center
@johnnydiloretto

Matt Dopkiss, 29
Old Worthington
CEO, Dynamit
@dopkiss

Charles Erickson, 36
Clintonville
Freelance, Event Marketing & Consumer Engagement Specialist
@CharlesEri

Chad Paul Frye, 33
Victorian Village
Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing and Business Development
Company, Outlook Media; Publisher, Outlook, and High Street Neighborhoods
@cpfrye

Currecia Gamble, 30
Gahanna
Executive Assistant, COWIC OhioMeansJobs
@Radiance02

Tracey Gardner, 41
New Albany
Creator & Founder, Tracey Gardner Method
@tgmhotworkout

Amanda Hamman, 27
Grove City
Blogger, Girl About Columbus; Speech-Language Pathologist, RehabCare
@girlaboutcbus

Frankie Hejduk, 39
Westerville
Brand Ambassador, Columbus Crew
@frankiehekduk2

Dan Hurst, 40
Upper Arlington
Executive Director, Community Computer Alliance

Kareem Jackson, 31
Merion Village
Co- Owner, Milk Bar Boutique
@dckareem

Níel M. Jurist, 41
Olde Towne East
Public Information Manager, City of Gahanna
@NielJurist

Stacie Klein, 25
Clintonville
Atid Columbus Director, Jewish Federation of Columbus
@AtidColumbus

Brady Konya, 40
Short North
Owner & Co-Founder, Middle West Spirits, Tavern Vinegar & Workshop Co
@bradykonya

April Kulcsar, 32
Victorian Village
Manager of Music, Art, & Entertainment, Brothers Drake Meadery
@cbusapril

Andrew Lallathin, 33
Short North/Victorian Village
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Peak Property Group
@ALallathin

Ryan Lang, 35
Clintonville
Co-Founder/Head Distiller
Middle West Spirits

Adam Lehman, 28 and Allison Lehman, 26
Grandview
Owners, The Wonder Jam
@adamlehman
@alliepal

Greg Lehman, 36
Upper Arlington
Co-Owner & Distiller, Watershed Distillery
@Watershed_Ohio

Patrick Locy, 28
Grandview Heights
Director of Marketing, Gateway Film Center; Director of University Radio, Capital University

Liz Martin, 32
North East Area Community
Executive Director, Columbus SOUP; Owner & Treat Baker, Jackpot Treats; Office Manager, Chaurshong Chen D.O., Inc.
@lizlizlizm

Thomas McClure, 37
Merion Village
Founder & Executive Director, CMH Fashion Week
@tommyTime

Sara Mitchell, 26
Grandview
Communications & Engagement Manager, The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio
@sarainOhio

Reese Neader, 31
Olde Towne East
Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Forge Columbus
@forgecolumbus

Tina H. Nguyen, 28
Dennison Place
Department of Education, City of Columbus Mayor’s Office
@THNguyen28

Chris Olsen, 35
Bexley
Co-founder & Partner, Drive Capital
@chrisolsencmh

Alexis A. Perrone, 33
Clintonville
Lifestyle Manager, Edwards Urban
@AlexisAPerrone

Hannah D. Powell, 33
Executive Director, KIPP Columbus
@hannahdpowell

Varun Ramanujam, 23
Franklin Park
Marketing & Communications Specialist, Columbus Metropolitan Library
@varun_rama

Taylor Ray Orsbon, 24
Powell
Account Manager, Geben Communication
@taylorRayOrsbon

Dave Rigo, 35
Grandview
Co-Owner, Watershed Distillery
@watershed_ohio

Patrick Roehrenbeck, 45
Harrison West
Executive Director, Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus

Stephanie Rond, 40
Clintonville
Freelance Street Artist; Gallery Owner, S. Rond Creative; Arts Advocate

Nick Seguin, 29
Victorian Village
Partner, Dynamit
@nickseguin

Nicci Sprouse, 39
Upper Arlington
President & Co-founder, The Single Life
@Asknicci

Jacob Taylor, 22
Downtown/Discovery District
Owner & Director of Client Experience, CivitasNow
@JacobTaylor0

Geoff Towne, 36
Grandview Heights
Brewer & President, Zauber Brewing Company
@ZauberBrewing

Sheila Trautner, 34
New Albany
President & Owner, Taste Hospitality

Bryce Ungerott, 33
Short North
Owner & Partner, Late Night Slice, Xcelerate Media, & Oddfellows Liquor Bar
@LateNightSlice

Josh Weiker, 29
Washington Beach / Old North Columbus
Creator, Director, & Writer, Columbus Avenue; Co-Creator & Host, Damn Girl Danceparty; Hip-Hop Buyer, Magnolia Thunderpussy; Server, Dirty Franks
@spaghettiMambo

Brooke Wojdynski, 24
Short North
Executive Director, Democratic Voices
@brookewojo

Bethia Woolf, 39
Victorian Village
Co-Owner, Columbus Food Adventures & Columbus Brew Adventures
@cbusadventures

Aiko Yonamine, 43
Clintonville
Instructional Design Specialist, OSU College of Medicine; Fellow Organizer, Pecha Kucha Columbus
@aispeak

Jason Yun, 36
Hilliard
Owner, Improvement Warrior Fitness, & Yun Strength & Fitness Systems LLC
@YunTraining

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