Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Recognizes 'Future 15' young leaders

Date: June 24, 2013

Story originally published on on June 17, 2013.
By: Lisha Arino

A new program produced by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce in partnership with MLive and the Muskegon Chronicle will recognize the efforts of the area's young up-and-coming leaders.

The Future 15 list is an effort to recognize young professionals in Muskegon, a group that is growing, said Cecilia Riley, communications director of the Chamber.

Riley, who came up with the idea, said she wanted to do something similar to "40 under 40" lists compiled by other chambers of commerce groups, but decided to pare that number down to 15 because of the size of Muskegon's population.

In May, the Chamber released an online and paper nomination form. The public was allowed to nominate anyone under age 40 who lived or worked in Muskegon County and excelled "within their places of employment and in the community."

About 50 nominations came in this year, Riley said.

"The nominees were outstanding," she said. "Selecting just 15 was extremely challenging."

Riley was part of the six-member panel that whittled down the nominees to a list of 15 up-and-coming leaders.

The panel's other members were: Lisha Arino, reporter for MLive and the Muskegon Chronicle; Adam Zuwerink, attorney at West Michigan Law, P.C.; Jonathan Seyferth from Muskegon Area First; Chris Annis, operations supervisor of Kent Record Management Inc.; and Sophia Logan, a learning and development specialist at Alcoa.

In future years, Riley said the panel will be comprised of past Future 15 award recipients.

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