40 Under 40

40 under 40


United Way Emerald Coast’s Emerging Leaders inaugural 40 Under 40 awards - presented by Step One Automotive Group seeks to recognize Okaloosa and Walton counties’ top young leaders excelling in the areas of leadership, community involvement, and professional accomplishment.


Congratulation to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2021:

Andrew Rowe, 26, Synovus Bank; Anthony Lanier, 33, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast; Bernita Everett, 39, Eglin Federal Credit Union; Bobby Parker, 30, Corcoran Reverie; Bobby Wagner, 27, Trees on the Coast; Brittany Tate, 33, Okaloosa County School District; Carly Barnes, 35, Caring & Sharing of South Walton; Caroline Hare, 34, Shoreline Church; Chelsea Blaich, 32, Main Street DeFuniak Springs; Chelsie Sapp, 31, FamiliesFirst Network; Christie Austin, 35, Community Bank; Elizabeth Boswell, 38, Live Love Destin/Live Love 30A LLC; Emily Friedlander, 33, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center; Gabrielle Kilgore, 29, Walton Area Chamber of Commerce; Hannah Wilburn, 27, All In Credit Union; Heather Ruiz, 37, Bit-Wizards; Jared Williams, 35, Get The Coast; Jenni Brunson, 37, Okaloosa Gas District; Jeremy Radney, 33, Walton County Sheriff's Office/Emergency Services Division; Jessica Proffitt Bracken, 36, Proffitt PR; Johnny C. Alexander, 37, ACE50 Media; Justina C.J. Turner, 38, Chesser & Barr, P.A., Kalan Wasson, 29, Fort Walton Beach Police Department; Karah Fridley-Young, 32, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation; Kelly Jasen, 39, United Way Emerald Coast; Khaliqa Wheatley, 33, Walton County Sheriff's Office; Kilane Hacia, 29, Step One Automotive Group; Lane Redding, 33, Progress Bank; Leslie Moland, 37, White-Wilson Medical Center; Marlayna Goosby, 39, Grow Your Gift Conservatory of Music/The Full Circle Foundation; Marlee Tucker, 25, United Way Emerald Coast; Miranda Adams, 32, Staples; Nathan R. Cordle, 31, Hand Arendall Harrison Sale; Robbie Truax, 37, Shoreline Church; Ryan Mims, 31, Florida Department of Health in Walton County; Sarah Peavy, 38, Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson; Shaye Smith, 33, The Center for Sales Strategy/Lead G2/Up Your Culture; Stefanie Fontaine, 33, Bridgeway Center, Inc.; Sydney Harper, 31, Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County; Teresa Imdieke, 39, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, FL, Inc.

Thanks to our event sponsors:

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Emerging Leaders is a donor network for young, career-diverse professionals from entry-level to top executives between the ages of 21-40, with the mission to engage, educate, and empower the next generation of leaders who aspire to make a positive impact in our community.  

Learn more about UWEC's Emerging Leaders and other Donor Networks here.