Every Spring, throngs of young professionals gather at the Austin Under 40 Awards recognize their peers. The award winners and nominees are an always impressive list of individuals making a difference in our community, and the guests attending to honor them are just as diverse and notable.
We traveled to the event with a first time attendee who was surprised how large the awards were. The moment you opened the doors to the Austin Music Hall, you were hit with the roar of hundreds of Austin’s most connected individuals doing what they do best … socializing.
Deep Eddy provided the tasty refreshments to the social hour and then guests headed to their individual tables for a multi-course dinner from Rainey Street favorite NoVa. Dinner reviews were mixed, however the meal was a welcome retreat from the normal rubber chicken dinners at many events.
The program moved swiftly through the 15 categories of awards, with an intermission to talk about the mission of YWA and YMBL – the two organizations that put on the awards. We had two nominees at our table, and though we didn’t know each other at the beginning of the dinner, we were all on our feet when our nominees were called. In the end, it’s what the evening is all about – spotlighting and cheering on exceptional Austinites.
The 2014 Austin Under 40 Winners are:
Arts, Sports, Media & Entertainment: Colin Pope, Austin Business Journal
Business & Entrepreneurship: Mousumi Shaw, Sikara Jewelry
Clean Technology and Energy: Andrew Johnston, Austin Energy
Community Service & Non-profit: David Neff, PwC; Lights. Camera. Help.
Culinary Arts & Hospitality: Maximillian Petty, Olivia
Engineering, Architecture & Design: Will Schnier, BIG RED DOG
Financial Services & Insurance: Kit Mellem, Build-A-Sign
Government & Public Affairs: Terri Broussard Williams, American Heart Association
Legal: Judson Sutherland, Hajjar, Sutherland, Peters & Washmon
Marketing, PR & Advertising: Brian Dolezal, Hahn Public Communications
Medicine, Healthcare & Sciences: Aliya Hussaini, MD, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Real Estate: John Hay, Hay Darby PLLC
Technology & Startups: Joshua Alexander, Toopher
Youth & Education: Emily Smith, Cunningham Elementary
Austinite of the Year: Colin Pope, Austin Business Journal
* All photos by Jonathan Garza