Austin Under 40 Awards Set to Honor 2020 Finalists
Leaders across 16 categories will be recognized at a gala on May 16
By Trichelle Lee
Big congratulations are in order for an impressive group of young Austinites.
The Young Women’s Alliance and the Young Men’s Business League are set to honor 80 local leaders at the Austin Under 40 Awards on May 16. For more than two decades these non-profit and social service organizations have recognized the outstanding career achievements and community contributions of local professionals in the Austin area.
Among the finalists – selected by a panel of 140 judges in five rounds of judging – are Rubén Cantú, the executive director of the office of inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at Austin, Associate Travis County Judge Aurora Martinez, Aspire Fertility reproductive endocrinologist Natalie Crawford, MD, and Jesse Stowell, principal of Parker | Phoenix Public Relations. Gabe Erales and Nathan Ryan, who were included in Tribeza’s 2019 People Issue for their contributions to the Austin community, are also Austin Under 40 finalists.
All the honorees are under the age of 40 and will be up for the Austinite of the Year award at the black-tie gala on May 16 at the JW Marriot. The winner will join the ranks of Kendra Scott (a winner in 2013) and Andy Roddick (who won in 2012).
The mission of the YWA, which began in 1997, is to empower and support the next generation of our community’s female leaders through scholarships, mentorship and professional development. The YMBL began its philanthropic endeavor, the Austin Sunshine Camps, in 1928. Since then, the organization has helped 50,000 young people from low-income households who show great promise.
See the full list of honorees in 16 categories below, and visit the Austin Under 40 website to learn more about the awards, the YWA and the YMBL.
Arts and Entertainment:
Architecture, Engineering and Construction:
Civics, Government and Public Affairs:
Aurora Martinez Jones
Culinary Arts, Events, and Hospitality:
Energy, Mobility and Transportation:
Financial and Insurance Services:
Innovation and Start Up:
Journalism, Marketing and Public Relations:
Megan G. Holloway
Caitlin Haney Johnston
Medicine and Healthcare:
Lucas G. Hill
Jason Bradley Terrel
Mentor of the Year:
Holly Christine Hayes
Stuart Vick Smith
Lezlie Tram Le
Sports, Wellness and Fitness:
John Gunter, Jr.
Youth and Education:
Dr. Christopher Coy
Dr. Jennifer Garcia-Edwardsen