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Ten Bulldogs named to Business Record's Forty Under 40 class

February 2, 2017

Ten members of the Drake University community were named to the Des Moines Business Record’s Forty Under 40 class for 2017.

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.

“The Drake University alumni, faculty, and staff members who are honored by the Business Record this year have made a tremendous impact on our community,” said John Smith, vice president of university advancement. “Drake alumni make meaningful contributions across the globe, and as our Forty Under 40 honorees demonstrate, those contributions begin at home here in Des Moines.”

The 2017 honorees with Drake affiliations are:

Nathan Boulton, Juris Doctor (2005) and Master of Public Administration (2005), and a former adjunct professor at Drake Law School.
Attorney with Hedberg & Boulton P.C. and Iowa State Senator

Karen Karr, Juris Doctor (2008)
Attorney at BrownWinick

Kylee Krizmanic, former Delta Gamma (Alpha Lambda) House Corporation president at Drake University
Creative director for Midwest Living magazine and Meredith Travel Marketing Custom Content Studio

Brianne Sanchez, Master of Public Administration (2013)
Community Relations Manager at Des Moines University

Jill Niswander, BSBA in Accounting (2002), Bachelor of Science in Management (2002)
Director of Communications and Fund Development at EMBARC

William Scales, Juris Doctor (2011)
Member attorney at Whitfield & Eddy Law

Beth Shelton, Master of Business Administration (2007)
CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

Kim Wall, Master of Business Administration (2004)
President of dsmHack

Maggie White, Bachelor of Arts in Law, Politics, and Society (2006) and Juris Doctor (2013)
Staff attorney at EMC Insurance Companies

Alyssa Young, Master of Communication Leadership (2015)
Assistant director of internal and strategic communication at Drake University

Drake contributes greatly to the long-term economic and cultural vitality of Des Moines and the state as a whole, said Drake University President Marty Martin.

“Seventy percent of Drake students come from out of state, and more than half stay after graduation to build careers and families,” Martin said. "These alumni enrich central Iowa and the local economy in countless ways."

This year's Forty Under 40 recipients were identified online February 1. They will be profiled in the March 17 edition of the Business Record and recognized at an event on March 29.

Forty-one members of the Drake community were named to the Business Record Forty Under 40 class between 2013 and 2016.