Greater Irvine Chamber Recognizes Orange County's Best and Brightest

Thursday, December 03, 2020

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Forty outstanding Orange County professionals under the age of 40 were recognized during the Greater Irvine Chamber’s 40 Under 40 digital awards presentation on Dec. 3, for their demonstrated leadership skills, integrity, and initiative, advancing their industries and the Orange County community.

“The Chamber is honored to recognize 40 of Orange County’s most accomplished young professionals, each a promise of continued innovation for our region,” said Bryan Starr, president and CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber. “I congratulate them all for what they have achieved, the example they set, and I look forward to their future contributions.”

Greater Irvine Chamber 2020 40 Under 40 Honorees:

Kathy Azeez-Narain, Chief Digital Officer, Hoag

April Barnes, Director of Development& Marketing, Speech & Language Development Center

Charla Batey, Communications Specialist, Cox

Kelsey Brewer, Communications & Policy Manager, Jamboree Housing

Tracy L. Carmichael, President & Chief Strategy Officer, Project Hope Alliance

Katie Cawelti, Director of Operations, Curt Pringle & Associates

Charlie Dominguez, Pneumatics Production Team Leader, Parker Aerospace

Lauren Doyle, Attorney, Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle, LLP

Elizabeth Eckman, Senior Associate, PIMCO

Becky Firey, Executive Director, American Red Cross of Orange County

Jason Ferrer, Controller, Transportation Corridor Agencies

Bianca Gilman, Campus Director of Sales, S3 Hotel Group

Mallory Grimaud, Senior Designer, Octane

Amanda Hughes, Manager of Community Relations, University of California Irvine

Hiro Igarashi, Founder & President, HiroNori Craft Ramen

Matthew Kim, President & Chief Executive Officer, SureCo Healthcare + Technology

Jeffrey LaMotte, Vice President, Val-Chris Investments

Kelley Lee, Government Relations Manager, Southern California Edison

Jonathan Mabe, Vice President of Engineering, Zillow Group

Shannon Mandich, Attorney, Jackson Tidus

Anthony Mays, Software Engineer, Google

Tom Megonigal, President, Kimco Staffing

Cynthia Mescher, Marketing Team Leader, Parker Aerospace

Michelle Miu Epstein, Principal Attorney & Owner, Miu Epstein Law

Tarana Nabizada, Wellness & Business Coach, doTERRA

Courtney Nakagawa, Sales & Event Manger, Morton's The Steakhouse South Coast Plaza Village

Nada Lena Nasserdeen, Founder, Rise Up For You

Tania Pena, Chief Brand Officer, OmniPrint International

Arthur Perez, Founder & CEO, Purpose Roofs

Sarah Sasman, Senior Executive Director, Office of Philanthropy, City of Hope Orange County

Ashley Sharp, Production Supervisor, Parker Aerospace

Bobby Simmons, Emergency Management Administrator, Irvine Police Department

Katrina Payne Smith, Associate Director, Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC Network

Michael Thomas, Director of Business Development & Marketing, Ampronix

Becca Tankersley, Executive Director, Lion's Heart Teen Volunteers and Leaders

Parsa Vahid, President, Strandlife Financial

Scott Vitebskiy, Financial Services Professional, Axiom Insurance

Adam Wood, Director of Government Affairs, Building Industry Association of California OC Chapter

Michelle Wulfestieg, Executive Director, Southern California Hospice Foundation

Future Leader: Jackie Ni, Founder, Supply Crate


Honorees were selected by a special committee from an impressive pool of nominees.

Antis Roofing & Waterproofing was the Presenting Sponsor for the digital awards presentation.

Download the digital event program here,

For more information about the Greater Irvine Chamber 40 Under 40 program, contact Jessica Welch.

Category: 40 Under 40, Business Achievement Awards