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Thirteen Drake grads receive Business Record “Forty Under 40” honors

February 12, 2016

Thirteen Drake University degree-holders were named to the Des Moines Business Record’s “Forty Under 40” class for 2016.

The Business Record issues its annual list to honor Greater Des Moines area professionals under the age of 40 who have "demonstrated impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement,” according to the publication.

“We are tremendously proud of the accomplishments of these young professionals,” said John Smith, vice president of alumni and development. “Drake alumni have a meaningful impact across the globe, but perhaps nowhere more so than in our hometown. The accomplishments of this year’s Forty Under 40 class speaks volumes about Drake’s contribution to Des Moines."

The 2016 honorees with Drake degrees are:

Sara Bonney, Master of Public Administration, 2013
Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

Peter Cownie, Master of Public Administration, 2008
Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation

Alex Duong, Bachelor of Arts in Finance, 2012
Mediacom Communications Corp.

Megan Grandgeorge, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2001
Le Jardin | Variety—the Children’s Charity

Izaah JB Knox, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications, 2002; Master of Science in Leadership Development, 2011
Urban Dreams | Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Beth Jones, Master of Public Administration, 2006
Delta Dental of Iowa

Dylan Lampe, Master of Public Administration, 2012
Sammons Financial Group

Brooke Miller Axiotis, Juris Doctor, 2012
Iowa Civil Rights Commission

Zach Nunn, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 2002
SimSpace Corp., Iowa House of Representatives

Noreen Otto, Juris Doctor, 2006
Hy-Vee Inc.

Michael Richards, Juris Doctor, 2001
Davis Brown Law Firm

Sunni Swarbrick, Master of Public Administration, 2013
Diversified Management Services

Emily Toribio, Master of Public Administration, 2012
Fareway Stores Inc.

The Forty Under 40 recipients were identified online in late January. They will be profiled in the March 18 edition of the Business Record and recognized at an event on March 30.

Twenty-eight members of the Drake community were named to the Business Record Forty Under 40 class between 2013 and 2015.