The fifth annual list includes some of our region's most dynamic young leaders. Some of them are charitable, some are industrious, some are entrepreneurial -- but all are successful, talented and inspiring. Thanks to the many nominations sent in by our readers, we present our fifth annual selection of the greater Atlantic City area's Top 40 Under 40. Our community is a richer one to live in thanks to them.
The Top 40 Under 40 Review Committee collaborated to review all nominations, select the 40 honorees and compile this feature while planning a special event to honor the 40 later this month at the MIXX nightclub at the Borgata.
The committee consisted of Atlantic City Weekly staffers and members of the Greater Atlantic City Jaycees - Junior Chamber of Commerce.
From the Jaycees: Colin Bell, Joy Kanter, Liz Miller Galantino (past president), Whitney Ullman (event chair).
From AC Weekly: Bill Beck, Kathy Heery, Jeff Schwachter and Lew Steiner. Listings editor Mike Pritchard also contributed to this project.
Board Member, Absecon Board of Education
At the core of Mike is a solid commitment to his community and helping others. Born on July 4, 1987 in Galloway Twp., Mike first stood out when he was elected to the Absecon Board of Education in April 2006, making history as Atlantic County's youngest-ever elected official. Since then, Mike has proven himself to be a tireless advocate for children and for honest, accountable and efficient government. Mike attends the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and is employed by Apple Computer Inc. and the Atlantic City Hilton. He is a member of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, the Absecon Lions Club, and several other community and governmental organizations. In the coming years, Mike will continue to devote himself to advocating for the best quality of life and education for Absecon and all of Atlantic County.
Kelly Edwards Batz
Certified Public Accountant
Raised in Linwood and a graduate of Mainland Regional High School, Kelly earned her B.B.A. degree from the University of Georgia in 1994. She worked for an international accounting firm in Atlanta and returned to southern New Jersey to work for a regional accounting firm. In 2004, she became a financial manager for Cape Advisors, Inc., where she manages all tax and audit work. Kelly is treasurer for the Atlantic and Cape May Counties Joint Insurance Fund, the Linwood Board of Education, and the chARTer-TECH High School. She also operates an accounting and tax consulting business for small businesses and individuals. Kelly is a member of the N.J. Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is a board member of Cape Atlantic I.N.K. and the Linwood Education Foundation. Kelly resides in Linwood with her husband Greg and two children Brandon and Riley.
Dr. Anjeanette T. Brown
Medical Doctor, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
Anjeanette received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1998. She served four years active duty in the U.S. Navy as the medical officer onboard the U.S.S Seattle AOE3. She became the squadron doctor at N.W.S. Earle and was the medical coordinator for the U.S.N.S. COMFORT, which provided support during rescue operations in New York City following 9/11. Anjeanette completed her training in general surgery at Hahnemann Hospital and finished a S.S.O. Breast Surgery Fellowship. She joined the practice of John Lorenzetti, M.D., and is the only female African-American surgeon in the area. She has published several abstracts and is a presenter for surgical conferences. Recently, Anjeanette was a featured speaker at the AtlantiCare Women's Health & Wellness Fifth Annual Breast Health Signature Event. She and husband Chef Michael P. Williams are the proud parents of Ryan.
For the ninth year, the Greater Atlantic City Jaycees and Atlantic City Weekly have partnered to pay tribute to those who have demonstrated outstanding work within our area in an array of areas and professions. Here, days before they are celebrated at a big party at Borgata's Mixx, the honorees react.
For the eighth year, 40 of our region’s most dynamic young leaders have been honored by the Greater Atlantic City Jaycees and Atlantic City Weekly.
It’s that time of year again to nominate someone who you feel is a community leader, volunteer, successful entrepreneur or executive from either the public or private sector who is under 40 years of age. Yes that’s right, it’s the eighth annual Top 40 Under 40.
“It goes to show that hard work pays off and it’s just wonderful to be noticed and awarded for what you do. It also makes me want to work hard to achieve more and help others in need.”
For the seventh year, 40 of our region’s most dynamic young leaders have been honored by the Greater Atlantic City Jaycees and Atlantic City Weekly. Some of them are community leaders and volunteers, some are entrepreneurial, others are extraordinary talented and inspiring. One thing they all have in common is that people from around the region nominated them to be one of this year’s Top 40 Under 40. Once again, we are excited to present this year’s honorees inside this annual issue. Our community is a richer one to live in thanks to them.
Looking well rested and tanned one day removed from a fortnight’s sojourn to his South American homeland, chef Lucas Manteca appears to have comfortably settled into the position of executive chef at Cape May’s Ebbitt Room....
An honoree of the 2009 Top 40 Under 40 project has died according to reports. The young Atlantic City High School grad and Rutgers student was running for City Council in Atlantic City. Here is Rasheed’s bio from our March 2009 Top 40 Under 40 issue: Dafiq Rasheed Technology Instructor, Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic [...]
For the sixth year, 40 of our region’s most dynamic young leaders have been honored by the Greater Atlantic City Jaycees and Atlantic City Weekly. Some of them are entrepreneurial, some are community driven, others are just plain talented and inspiring. One thing they all have in common is that people from around the region nominated them to be one of this year’s Top 40 Under 40. Once again, we are excited to present this year’s honorees inside this annual issue. Our community is a richer one to live in thanks to them.
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