2017 Finalists


Architecture & Design

Patrice Rios, Designer and Co-Founder of Troo Designs KBI

Tala Matchett, Director of Business Development, Hoar Construction

Chelsea Kloss, Owner & Principal Designer, Chelsea Kloss Interiors

Jessica Love, Allied ASID, Principal Interior Designer, Urbane Design

Daniel Goodman Carl, Regional Director, BSA LifeStructures


Arts, Media, and Entertainment

SaulPaul, Musician with a Message, ReRoute Music Group

Jesse Parker Stowell, Principal, Parker|Phoenix Public Relations

Martha Lynn Kale, Owner, Mirror Mirror Salon

Danielle Benson, Owner, Master Stylist & Educator

Jamie Chandlee, CEO, Rank & Style


Civics, Government, & Public Affairs  

Gerardo Castillo, Senior Vice President & Chief of Staff, Capital Metro

Rudolph K. Metayer, Litigator, Chamberlain♦McHaney

Julie Smith, Leadership Programs Manager, Leadership Austin

Vincent Harding, Chair of Travis County Democratic Party

Natasha Harper-Madison, Founder, East Austin Advocates & Co-founder CivShop ATX


Culinary Arts, Events, and Hospitality

Mason H. Ayer, Chief Executive Officer, Kerbey Lane Cafe

C.K. Chin, Partner – SWIFT’S ATTIC | WU CHOW | GUILD

June Rodil, Beverage Director of McGuire Moorman Hospitality

Mariam Parker, Executive Director, Austin Food & Wine Alliance

Anthony Sobotik, Co-founder, Lick Honest Ice Creams


Engineering, Energy, Mobility, & Systems Sciences        

Kathleen Baireuther, Manager- Mobility Transformation, Rocky Mountain Institute

Becky Diffen, Attorney, McGuireWoods

Jennifer C. Duthie, Research Engineer, The University of Texas at Austin

Dirk Kestner, Director of Sustainable Design Walter P Moore

Virginia E. Palacios, Senior Research Analyst, Environmental Defense Fund


Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, and Start-up 

Stephanie Hansen, Founder & CEO – Bravelets, LLC

Matt Stanley, Founder, President and CEO of Sundance Memory Care

John Arrow, Founder & Chairman, Mutual Mobile

Tyler Drake, Director, ACC Bioscience Incubator

Jag Bath, CEO & President, Favor


Financial and Insurance Services

Donald Park, Senior Vice President & Chief of Staff – Vista Equity Partners

Romy Fischer Parzick, Director, Implementation & Client Experience, Netspend

Rich Coffey, Founder, Coffey Advisory Group, LLC

Lindsey K. Leaverton, Vice President, BB&T Wealth Private Advisor

Josh Galatzan, Managing Director & Founder- Meridian Wealth Advisors


Journalism, Marketing, Communications, & Public Relations     

Maria Orozova, Founder + President, The MOD Studio

Taylor King Ellison, Lifestyle Host, CBS Austin

Josh Jones-Dilworth, CEO, JDI

Kimberly Storin, VP Marketing, IBM

Jenna Oltersdorf, Principal, Snackbox



Milam F Newby, Managing Partner – Austin, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Sujata Ajmera, Partner, Strasburger & Price, LLP

Kevin Terrazas, Shareholder, Cleveland Terrazas PLLC

Adam Nagorski, General Counsel and Vice President, Global Legal Affairs, at Emergo

Christine Henry Andresen, Managing Attorney, CHA Law Group


Medicine, Healthcare & Life Sciences

Dr. Tenesha Wards, Infinity Wellness Center

Jennifer Dawson, Vice-President, Quality & Regulatory Affairs

Trina Dorrah MD, Baylor Scott & White Health, Round Rock

Lauren Chauret, Partner & Director of Operations, PTV Healthcare Capital

David Shackelford, Project Manager; Seton Healthcare Family


Nonprofit Service

Matt Glazer, Executive Director, Austin Young Chamber of Commerce

Ami Kane, Development Director, Girls Empowerment Network

Mary Van Haneghan, Executive Director of The Arc of the Capital Area

Laura Elmore Sovine, Executive Director, Austin Recovery

Amy E. Mills, Chief Executive Officer, Emancipet


Real Estate

Laura Brady, Founder & President, Concierge Auctions

Adam Nyer, President, Skybeck Construction

Mark Strub,  überAGENT® + owner of STRÜB RESIDENTIAL

Lydia Clay, Momark Development

Tim Mooney, Founder, Lead Commercial


Sports, Wellness & Fitness

Marc Tucci, Founder & CEO, Austin Sports and Social Club

Rashanna Moss, Owner- Pure Barre Austin

Aaron Ross, Professional BMX Rider, Co-Owner Burro Cheese Kitchen

Autumn Elias, Owner at Vita Wellness Massage

Blake Holman, Owner of CrossFit City Limits



Jeffrey Palermo, CEO, Clear Measure, Inc.

Suzanne King, Integrated Water Management Strategic Consultant, Global Water Works

Trevor Kale, Chief Engagement Officer – Springbox

Nina Golder, Director Sales Operations, Emerson

Tricia Katz, Senior Web Engineer, Mutual Mobile


Youth & Education

Matt Pope, Senior Program Director, E3 Alliance

Sean Duffy, Founder, EdTech Austin

Ashley Alaniz-Moyer, Executive Director, Hispanic Scholarship Consortium

Larkin Tackett, Executive Director, IDEA Public Schools, Austin

John Armbrust, Austin Achieve – Founder and Executive Director


Mentor of the Year

Alexis Adauto Ferguson, Independent Consultant, Rodan + Fields

Ann Jerome, Executive Director, American Heart Association

Kali Rourke, Mentor and Board Member, Seedling Foundation

Jesse Bush Butler, Former Chair of the HBAA Charitable Foundation

John F. Mapes, Senior Associate, Gensler