FWBP honors emerging leaders at annual 40 Under 40

FWBP 40 Under 40 honorees (Photo by Tim Corey)

Have party, will travel – that could be the motto of the Fort Worth Business Press 40 Under 40 event. The annual program honoring Fort Worth and Tarrant County’s outstanding young business and civic leaders has been held in ballrooms, event centers and even, a few years ago, at a drive-in movie theater.

This year the event landed at the perfect venue for party animals – for animals of all kinds, in fact: the renowned Fort Worth Zoo. A crowd of about 500 gathered for the June 21 event at The Reserve, the zoo’s tented outdoor venue located within gawking distance of giraffes, rhinos and hippos, among other marvels of the wild.

The 40 Under 40 party wasn’t all that wild but there was no shortage of fun as the Business Press handed out awards and accolades to rising stars of the community representing a wide spectrum of businesses and nonprofits.

“Those of you being honored this evening, you are a special group,” said Richard Connor, president and publisher of the Business Press and also master of ceremonies for the evening.

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“You’re meeting a group of incredibly special people,” he told the audience.

As each honoree took the stage, the video screen next to it scrolled through pictures, affording the audience a chance to get a glimpse of the each outside of the business world – from standing on snow-capped mountains to desert terrains to a variety of family settings. The photos were greeted with spontaneous murmurs of approval including plenty of “awws,” and “how cutes.”

Connor introduced each honoree with an interesting fact or amusing tidbit garnered from questionnaires they filled out for publication in a special 40 Under 40 issue of the Business Press.

Taking note of the event’s unique setting amid one of Fort Worth’s leading tourist attractions, Connor thanked the zoo staff and offered words of praise for Ramona Bass, chair of the Fort Worth Zoological Association.

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“When I came here, if you saw the zoo, you’d think about calling animal control,” he said. “Ramona Bass raised $300 million to build (renovate) this zoo. This zoo, in my opinion, is an incredible contribution to Fort Worth.”

Coincidentally, 40 Under 40 was held on the eve of the debut of the zoo’s newest exhibit, “Predators of Asia & Africa.” It’s the third phase of a $130 million capital campaign designed not only to improve the zoo experience for visitors but to gurarantee the survival of species that could become extinct in the wild.

Connor also made a point of thanking the sponsors of the event.

“We are so grateful to them,” he said. “We couldn’t do this without them.”

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The sponsors were:

  • Presenting Sponsor: Texas Christian University
  • Gold Sponsor: Goff Capital
  • Sustaining Sponsors: Kimbell Art Museum, United Way of Tarrant County, Rod Patrick Boots
  • Silver Sponsor: Varghese Summersett
  • Bronze Sponsors: Goodwill North Central Texas, Artemis Equity, Dickies Arena, M.Gale and Associates

The complete list of 40 Under 40 honorees:

DANIELA DIMAYUGA ARROYO
Senior Tax Manager
JTaylor

MATT AUTRY
President of Oil & Gas
Valor

JENNI BARNETT
Audit Partner
Whitley Penn

SHANNON BEARDEN
Managing Director, Architect, Interior Designer
Tryba Architects

WHITNEY BECKWORTH
Partner
Kelly Hart & Hallman

ALLISON BLAKEWELL
Founder, Owner-Operator
Fort Worth Wellness

MELONDY DODDY-MUNOZ
Senior Director of Strategy & Growth
Tarrant To and Through (T3).

LESLEY DUPRE
Senior Account Director, PR Specialist
Balcom Agency

AVERY ELANDER
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Fort Worth Zoo.

LEON EVANS
Chief Financial Officer
Trinity Healthcare

DAVID FISHEL
Chief Partnership Officer, Managing Director
Higginbotham

ADAM FULKERSON
CEO
Decker Jones

TYSON GARFIELD
Assistant Professor Of Geriatric Medicine
University of North Texas Health Science Center

CHRISTOPHER GOFF
Vice President
Crescent Real Estate

TRAVIS GOFF
President
Goff Capital

JOSEPH (JOE) GREENHILL
Partner Appellate Section
Kelly Hart & Hallman

COLBY HALE
Partner, Co-Founder
High Water Strategies

LAURA HUTYRA
Vice President
M. Gale & Associates

CRISTINA JARAMILLO
Owner, President
St. Francis Veterinary Clinic

THERESA LAM
Director of Education Programs
Goodwill North Central Texas

COURTNEY LEAVERTON
Director of Community Engagement
Our Community Our Kids
ACH Child and Family Services

CHANEN LIVELY
Vice President for Human Resources
Employment Counsel
Envoy Air

BRITTANY LOVE
Assistant Professor of Geriatrics
University of North Texas Health Science Center

SAJADE MILLER
Superintendent
Rocketship Public Schools Texas

MATT MONTAGUE
Senior Managing Director
JLL

THOMAS NELSON
CEO, Founder
Trilogy Aviation Group

JEFF PARKS
Shareholder
Friedman, Suder & Cooke

ALBERTO PARRA
Medical Oncologist, Hematologist, Vice President of Finances
The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

HUNTER PARRISH
Partner
Dawson Parrish Springman

TRAVIS PATTERSON
Managing Partner
Patterson Law Group

WILLIE RANKIN JR.
Director
Institute to Advance Child Care
Child Care Associates

COLE REEDER
Vice President
Reeder Construction

KRISTINA ROBERTSON
Executive Director, Co-Founder
Project 4031

ANDREW SCHMIDT
Director of Technology
Trail Drive Management

JARED SLOANE
CEO
Accelerate DFW Foundation

MCKINZIE SMITH
Senior Vice President
CG Group

ROBERT (WILL) SNIDER
Director
Lowery Property Advisors

BEN STEWART
Executive Director, Market Team Lead
J.P. Morgan Private Bank

ANNA SUMMERSETT VARGHESE
Partner, Owner
Varghese Summersett

KARIN TAYLOR
Director of Interior Design
Quorum Architects

CHRISTOPHER TRINH
Sports Medicine Physician
Baylor Scott and White