The winners of the Business Journal’s fifth-annual Forty under 40 awards were selected from more than 100 nominees and represent new honorees not previously chosen in 2007, 2008 or 2009 and 2010.
The winners were selected by the Journal editorial staff on the basis of their leadership in companies and organizations across the North Bay.
Business leaders tell us frequently that supporting outstanding young people is critical not just to the health of our companies, but to our economy and community.Ones to watch
These 2011 Forty under 40 nominees, though not winners this year, have proven to be successful young professionals worth keeping an eye on.William Boriolo, PE, BKF/CarlenzoliAdam Cantor, Cantor Chiropractic CenterAlicia Cerruti, Pinsenti & Brinker LLPVanessa DeGier, St. Joseph Health SystemJason Glazier, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLCMichael Gossman, MBA, Sonoma County Water AgencyGabe Kearney, Kaiser PermanenteBrian Keegan, Keegan & Coopin Company, Inc.Jamie Koop, Exchange BankDeja Lightner, Nelson & AssociatesMichael Lusby, Robert Half InternationalMinnette Nugent, Alkar Human ResourcesAlfredo Pedroza, Redwood Credit UnionShane Rogers, Rogers & Young Insurance ServicesDavid Scott, Scott Technology GroupAaron Tompkins, Moss Adams, LLP
Once again, for the fifth consecutive year, the winners of these Forty under 40 awards reflect an inspiring and substantial pool of young talent across the North Bay. It is our privilege to honor them and shine a light on them for the whole community to see.
When the Business Journal launched this project five years ago, many told us we would never find 40 business leaders under the age of 40. We thought otherwise. Indeed, we have found 200. Their achievements represent both the current dynamism of the North Bay and the promise of the economy in the future.
Contained in the brief biographies that follow are incredible achievements, good humor, inspiring stories and much sage advice from people so young. Congratulations to this year’s winners and those that preceded them.
The 2011 Forty Under 40 winners were honored Thursday, April 21, at a reception hosted by the Business Journal. ---Brad Bollinger, Associate Publisher, Editor in Chief
Listed alphabetically by last name. To view the photo gallery of winners, click here.
For photo gallery, go to bottom of page 9Dustin Ballard, M.D., 38
Associate Physician, Emergency Department, and Local Research Chair/Medical Director, of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Rafael
Dr. Dustin Ballard oversees all research activities and projects at Kaiser San Rafael as Chair of the CREST (Clinical Research in Emergency Services and Treatments) clinician-based educational network.
The CREST network has ongoing investigations into stroke care, sepsis initiatives, cardiac care and EMS policies and procedures.
Dr. Ballard also provides medical directorship for the Novato Fire Department and serves as a part-time newspaper columnist (“Medically Clear”) for the Marin IJ.
Last vacation: Hiking 100 miles of the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Hobbies: Basketball, surfing, backpacking, child wrangling and (very occasionally) home plumbing.
Favorite After-Work Drink: Pliny the Elder.Andrea Ballus, 33
Owner, Sift Cupcake & Dessert Bar, Santa Rosa
Discovering how to run a multi-unit operation and creating continuity across all stores was the greatest challenge for Andrea Ballus.
With 26 employees and three locations in Santa Rosa, Cotati and Napa, Andrea’s next goal is to open a couple of additional stores in the Bay Area.
One of the most important events in her professional life was being featured on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars – and winning.
She also finds time to volunteer for local school fundraising projects and participates in the Share Our Strength Foundation and the Wish Upon a Wedding program.
Favorite book: “I Love You Stinky Face” (she has a one-and-a-half-year old child).
What you wanted to be when you grew up: A reporter.
First job: Assistant at a TV advertising agency.Robert Bradley, 37
President, Bradley Real Estate, San Rafael
When not managing all operational aspects of Bradley Real Estate’s nine offices and more than 370 employees and licensed real estate agents, Robert Bradley is busy ensuring the success of the firm’s commercial division.
Two professional accomplishments stand out among the rest – having his firm voted as being among the best places to work in the North Bay and the San Francisco Bay Area, and the fact that his company gives back to the local community with financial and in-kind donations to many organizations.