Ceremony to Honor Lansing Area’s Young Leaders

They are the up-and-comers.

The cream of the crop.

The stars who are just starting to burn their brightest.

The ones to watch.

They are the Greater Lansing area’s next generation of leaders, and they will be honored at a ceremony this month hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. The winners of the chamber’s 2019 10 Over the Next Ten awards will be announced during an event scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Sept. 24 at the University Club of Michigan State University, 3435 Forest Road in Lansing.

Held in conjunction with the Grand River Connection’s networking event on the fourth Tuesday of the month, 10 Over the Next Ten is a casual awards ceremony recognizing 10 local young professionals who are expected to make significant contributions to the region over the next decade. Award winners are judged on their professional achievement, community involvement and personal success. Nominees are required to be 35 years old or younger on Oct. 1; professionally centered in the tri-county area of Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties; and have a minimum of two years working in the Greater Lansing region. Nominations for this year’s 10 Over the Next Ten class were accepted through Aug. 12.

Past recipients of the 10 Over the Next Ten award total 120 people. Last year’s class included:

  • Tamera Carter, the Downtown Lansing Member Experience manager at Lake Trust Credit Union.
  • Katie Hamilton, a partner at Maner Costerisan certified public accountants in the tax department.
  • Katharine Japinga, deputy director of the Majority Communications Office of the Michigan State Senate.
  • Brian Johnson, an account manager for MarxModa, a statewide Herman Miller dealership responsible for new business development in central Michigan.
  • Camera Lewis, who created the social media strategy for the Michigan Department of Corrections, managing all of the department’s public-facing accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and the corrections department website and podcast.
  • Rachel Lewis, branch director for Bethany Christian Services who worked as a foster care case manager, foster care adoption specialist, pregnancy counselor and foster care home licensing specialist.
  • Greg Rokisky, marketing manager for the Michigan Association of School Boards.
  • Alexander Rusek, an associate attorney with White Law PLLC, practicing both criminal and civil litigation.
  • Stanley Samuel, director of construction for Wolverine Development Corp. whose responsibilities include all aspects of the company’s operations.
  • Christine Zarkovich, manager of business development for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce whose duties supporting local businesses by helping them grow, providing strategic advice and helping chamber members maximize the value of their leadership.

The Sept. 24 awards ceremony will be open seating. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. The event is free, but seating is limited. To R.S.V.P. for the 2019 10 Over the Next Ten awards, visit this website.


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