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Chamber of Commerce honors young leaders


The Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce honored our community's young leaders during the 2017 20 Under 40 Awards on Feb. 22 at Superior V in downtown Kokomo.

Sponsored by the Indiana University Kokomo School of Business, the awards honor young professionals in the Howard County community who have made an impact both personally and professionally.

The 2017 winners are Cary Mawbey of First Farmers Bank & Trust; China-Nicole Antoine of Kokomo Family YMCA; Bambi Roe of Courtyard Kokomo; Brittiani Gillem of Kokomo Family YMCA; T.J. Rethlake of The Nice Law Firm; Steve Whikehart of Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region; Ikeia Prince of Kokomo Family YMCA; Abbie Smith of United Way of Howard County; Warren Sims of All American Auto Service; Jeff Hughes of Edward Jones; Lainey Sewell of The Larison Company; David Tharp of City of Kokomo; Carman Toler of United Way of Howard County; Isaiah Baker of Baker Contracting; Taylor Thompson Dicken of Johnson’s Insurance Agency; Madison Criswell of United Way of Howard County; Natalie Guest of Meridian Health Services; Nolan Born of City of Kokomo; Sarah Pitzer of Security Federal Savings Bank; and Emily Riddle of Bucheri McCarty & Metz.

“These young leaders are excelling not only in their respective places of employment but they are also giving back to their community in immeasurable ways,” said Marla Miller, Chamber manager of membership development. “Their contributions positively influence the quality of life here in Howard County.”

Kelley Land, chair of the Kokomo Chamber Young Professionals, noted during the awards ceremony that nearly 30 percent of the 2017 winners are new to the community.

“The fact that these young professionals are choosing to make Howard County their home shows how attractive our community is,” Miller said.