by Brent Baldwin, Scott Bass, Amy Biegelsen, Brandon Walters Davis, Chris Dovi, Sheri Doyle, Valley Haggard, Mike Hilleary, Darren Morris, Brandon Reynolds, Melissa Scott Sinclair, Deveron Timberlake and David Timberline
When Style Weekly picked up Richmond's Top 40 Under 40 issue in 2004 — launched by our sister publication, Inside Business, years earlier — some people wondered just how long it could survive.
In a community this size, wouldn't we run out of truly remarkable young men and women if we profiled 40 of them each year?
The fears proved to be unfounded. And in this, Style's fifth anniversary of Top 40, we find it more difficult than ever to wade through the possible choices of young leaders who are successful, talented and giving back to their community.
Perhaps it's the law of increasing returns. Instead of running out, each class of recipients has inspired others, or at the least created a better region and a more fertile soil for candidates of all types, through all disciplines.
Maybe the question isn't whether we'll run out of worthy candidates. It's whether we'll have enough room to feature them all.
Read the profiles:
Scott Turner, 39; Co-Owner and Founder, Riverside Outfitters; President, TrueTimber Tree Service
Aimee Koch, 28; Development Manager, Art 180
Maciek Sasinowski, 37; Scientist, Chief Executive, INCOGEN Inc.
Timothy Davis, 37; Co-founder, Family Maintenance Counseling.
Allison Titus, 32; and Joshua Poteat, 37; Poets
Brooks Smith, 37; partner Hunton and Williams
Sarah Rue, 21; Motivational Speaker, TecAccess
Cate McManus, 32; Veterinary Epidemiologist, Virginia Department of Health
Steve Hedberg, 38; Creative Director, Richmond Magazine
Jase Smith, 32; Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator; Director on Staff, Firehouse Theatre project
Charleita Richardson, 29; President and Chief Executive Officer, Partnership for the Future
Nathan Kottkamp, 34; Associate, McGuire Woods
Annette Cousins, 27; Co-exectutive Director, Neighborhood Resource Center
Yedda Stancil, 36; President and Co-founder, Center of Integrative Medicine
Antoine Green, 29; President Ricmond Crusade for Voters
Beth Bonniwell, 31; Domestic Violence Coordinator, Henrico County Police Department
Kathy Matthews, 32; Assistant Professor, VCU; Director of Education, The Faison School for Autism
Scott Wichman, 35; Actor, Director, Playwright
Justin M. Laughter, 27; Attorney, Hirschler Fleischer; Songwriter and Musician, Silly Bus
Tanya Cauthen, 39; Owner, Belmont Butchery
Anwer Bul, 25, Founder and Director, Awer Art Project, United Families for Sudan
Brad Wells, 39; Executive Director, James River Entertainment, Sea of Sounds Production
Paul A. Levengood, 37; President and Chief Executive-Elect, Virginia Historical Society
Stephanie Grana, 39; Director and Partner The Women's Injury Law Center, Cantor Arkema
James "J.J." Minor III, 33; Job Developer, Richmond Community Action Program
John Murden, 36; Teacher, Richmond Public Schools, Community Blogger
Alane Cameron Miles, 38; Membership and Outreach Minister, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond
Evan Edwards, 28; Vice President of Product Development, Intelliject, and Eric Edwards, 28; Chief Science Officer
Todd Anderson, 34; Senior Compliance Manager, Capital One and Mary Anderson, 31; National Account Executive, Snagajob.com
Colette D. Rivers, 37; Owner and Chief Executive Officer, A Better Place
Rand Burgess, 25; Owner-operator, The Camel Restaurant
Susan Tellier, 36; Senior Prevention Specialist, HIV Testing Coordinator, Fan Free Clinic
Jason A. Young, 33; Executive Director, Community Futures Foundation
Joseph B. Walton, 33; President, Kappa Networks
Adina Muse, 33; Director, Virginia Voter Restoration Project, ACLU
Erin Briggs, 26; Owner, Richmond Recycles; Pharmacist, Kroger and Shelly Briggs, 26; Community Activist and Co-Founder, Books on Wheels