20 Under 40 profiles

Twenty people in the region have absorbed all of their lessons in business and The Times Media Co. has taken note of their ability to be leaders.

20 UNDER 40: Tiffany Simpson

20 UNDER 40: Tiffany Simpson

Growing up, Tiffany Simpson was always the person people came to for advice. Think Lucy and her psychologist booth from "Charlie Brown.” The licensed psychologist and clinical addictions counselor says she “has been doing this since I was 7.”

20 UNDER 40: Julie Wiejak

20 UNDER 40: Julie Wiejak

“Clear eyes, full hearts can’t lose.”

20 UNDER 40: Bill Welter

20 UNDER 40: Bill Welter

What propelled Bill Welter to create Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, Mich., was his passion for golf, not to mention the country of Scotland and a young entrepreneur from Australia.

20 UNDER 40: Matt Valuckis

20 UNDER 40: Matt Valuckis

Last summer, local graphic designer Matt Valuckis was stopped in his tracks.

20 UNDER 40: Daniel Timm

20 UNDER 40: Daniel Timm

Daniel Timm took a nontraditional route to become chief of staff at the Porter County Assessor’s Office.

20 UNDER 40: Tara Tauber and Jared Tauber

20 UNDER 40: Tara Tauber and Jared Tauber

 She was just a little girl when she actually realized what her father did for a living. She was sitting in the living room of her childhood home, listening as her father would practice his opening statement for a trial he had coming up. Every once in a while, he would take his eyes off of h…

20 UNDER 40: Kasandra Tenbarge

20 UNDER 40: Kasandra Tenbarge

Kasandra Tenbarge was propelled further into community involvement when her former Munster home and neighborhood were hit by the 2008 floods.

20 UNDER 40: Jon Schmaltz

20 UNDER 40: Jon Schmaltz

Attorney Jon Schmaltz became a partner of the Valparaiso law firm Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP in 2006 when he was only 32. He grew up in Michigan City and earned his undergraduate degree at Purdue University in 1996 before attending the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis.…

20 UNDER 40: Ryan Richardson

20 UNDER 40: Ryan Richardson

Ryan Richardson wants region residents to get their hands dirty.

20 UNDER 40: Andrea Proulx Buinicki

20 UNDER 40: Andrea Proulx Buinicki

In 2011 Andrea Proulx Buinicki built upon a 16-year career in fundraising by starting her own philanthropy consulting firm, Giving Focus. The Valparaiso resident came up with the name of her firm because in her business she wants to focus on the act of giving.

20 UNDER 40: Brad Lagos

20 UNDER 40: Brad Lagos

Everything Brad Lagos does, he says is for the glory of God.

20 UNDER 40: Colleen McCoy-Cejka

20 UNDER 40: Colleen McCoy-Cejka

With a Starbucks coffee in her hand and the dreams and aspirations of her students ever present in her mind, Bishop Noll Institute principal Colleen McCoy-Cejka likes to begin her day standing just outside the doors of the school. There, she can take in the fresh air and hear the excited voi…

20 UNDER 40: Alfred Martin

20 UNDER 40: Alfred Martin

It was a pact among six young men. A pact made long before they could probably fully grasp the challenge that would await them.

20 UNDER 40: Brian M. Jackson

20 UNDER 40: Brian M. Jackson

The crash of a small plane on Fathers’ Day in 1989 set in motion a new course for Winfield chiropractor Brian Jackson’s life.

20 UNDER 40: Brandon Kroft

20 UNDER 40: Brandon Kroft

From age 13, Brandon Kroft knew he wanted to become a lawyer, even though he really didn’t understand the fundamentals of the profession.

20 UNDER 40: Bill Hanna

20 UNDER 40: Bill Hanna

On trips to Valparaiso’s Central Park Plaza, Bill Hanna quietly celebrates how the community has embraced the space – as well as his role in its creation.

20 UNDER 40: Manoj Bahl

20 UNDER 40: Manoj Bahl

Taking over another dentist’s practice presents challenges. The new dentist in town must win the confidence of existing patients and staff with his personality, style and treatment methods.

20 UNDER 40: David Hein

20 UNDER 40: David Hein

It was early in the morning when David Hein received the news. He turned on the police scanner in his home to get more details. Another shooting had taken place. The number of people killed was fuzzy. Yet, the impact the shooting would have on the community was not. And while the shooting to…

20 UNDER 40: Mitch Gaffigan

20 UNDER 40: Mitch Gaffigan

Mitch Gaffigan shuns the conventional pursuits and passions of the typical 20-year-old to focus on a series of never-ending goals.

Richardson flourishes through roles at Luke Oil, County Line Orchard, GrowNWI

Richardson flourishes through roles at Luke Oil, County Line Orchard, GrowNWI

Ryan Richardson wants region residents to get their hands dirty.

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