iBi - November 2008

40 Leaders Under Forty

Class of 2008

Progress in a community is driven by the strong leadership of individuals—it is the foundation upon which we build. Every November, InterBusiness Issues dedicates an entire issue to the young leaders in central Illinois—our most outstanding 40 Leaders Under Forty.

40 Leaders Under Forty

Matthew B. Allen   OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
Ginger Johnson   TRICON/PALM
Chris Armstrong   Caterpillar Inc.
Harley Jones   American Red Cross, Central Illinois Chapter
Eric Bachman   Farnsworth Group
Andy King   Dream Center Peoria
Julie Balkema   Ultimate Interiors
Jeffrey D. Klopfenstein, MD   Illinois Neurological Institute
Michael Barber   Peoria Public School District 150
Lisa R. Lawrence   Pekin Public Schools District 108
Eric Brinker   Metro Centre
Joy Ledbetter   Methodist College of Nursing
Tenley Damrow   RSM McGladrey
Brent Lonteen   Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Andrea J. Dean   RLI Corp.
Adam R. Malcolm, DVM   Big Hollow Companion Animal Hospital
Patrick J. Dierker   CGN & Associates
Lucinda McArthur   Tazewell/Woodford County Children’s Advocacy Center
Steve Driscoll   Menold Construction and Restoration
Kip McCoy   The Heartland Partnership
John Feser   The Iona Group
Matthew J. McMillin, MD   Methodist Medical Group
Amy M. Frakes   Caterpillar Inc.
Jennifer Mellon Keffeler   Caterpillar Inc.
Michael Garcia   Illinois Central College
David Nicoll   Caterpillar Inc.
Ryan M. Gehlsen   Caterpillar Inc.
Patrick M. Phelan   Children’s Home Association of Illinois
Margaret A. Hanley   A. Lucas & Sons
April A. Privett   Caterpillar Inc.
Amy S. Hasty   OSF Medical Group
Baljit Singh, MD   Methodist Medical Center
Lorie J. Helle   OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
Michael Stein   Darkstrand, Inc.
Michael Higgins   The Wyman Group
Randy Stevens   Illinois AFL-CIO
Todd M. Hollis   Elmwood School District 322
Jamie Stringfield   Caterpillar Inc.
Jeff A. Jensen   Caterpillar Inc.
Laurie Trompeter   Belcan Corporation
40 Leaders Under Forty

Celebrate Extraordinary Leadership

Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi

Read over the many accomplishments of the class of 2008—marvel at how much they have done already—and just imagine what lies ahead.

Quotations from Colin Powell

A Leadership Primer
by Oren Harari
Eighteen leadership lessons from the playbook of former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell

40 Leaders Under Forty Help Power Peoria

Focus-Extra (iBi)
Mayor Jim Ardis - City of Peoria

Like a lot of you, I’ve had the good fortune to live in Peoria all my life, and we’ve been blessed with many initiatives extolling the virtues of volunteer community participation over the years.

I think one of the best celebrations of civic accomplishment is the 40 Leaders Under Forty program. The late David C. Wright, who founded the program with Lindsay Wood Davis, must certainly be smiling down as Jan Wright and son Jon continue the tradition he started in 1994.

Individual Leadership Shapes the Region

Focus-Extra (iBi)
Jim McConoughey - Heartland Partnership

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the 40 Leaders Under Forty award winners for 2008.

These young professionals are clearly the foundation for our community’s future growth, and their accomplishments at a young age offer a glimpse of the greatness in store for central Illinois. Undoubtedly, the best is yet to come from these 40 individuals, and we are a rich, vibrant community due to their limitless potential. Of course, I would like to offer special congratulations to Kip McCoy, managing director at the Heartland Partnership.

The First 100 Days - Success or Derailment?

Focus-Extra (iBi)
Mary Pille - Employers' Association

“He has great technical skills, but can’t seem to motivate the team without burning people out.”

“She is a great person, but I don’t think she has what it takes to succeed at high levels in this organization.”

Do either of these comments resonate with you? As organizations, we frequently promote folks into leadership roles without a great deal of consideration as to whether they have the skills to be successful in those roles. In other words, they may derail if we don’t provide them with the tools needed to make a successful transition.

A Q&A with Michael Thurwanger

Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Program at Eureka College
Michael Thurwanger of Peoria was named director of the Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Program at Eureka College in July.







What's Your Favorite?

As part of a lighthearted survey of our 40 Leaders Under Forty, we asked them to list a few of their favorite websites.

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