Class of 2009

Presenting a score of 20somethings in 417-land who are changing our community and setting the pace for our future.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

A 20 Under 30 is a man or woman doing amazing things, or doing things better than others his or her age. A 20 Under 30 is also an outstanding member of the community. Once again we found 20 honorees that fit the bill and have great personalities to match, and asked them to come to their photo shoots with items that define them as professionals or as people.

We think you’ll find the Class of 2009 to truly be the class of Springfield.

(Click on an honoree's name to zoom magically to his or her profile.)

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust - Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

Laura Angst

25, Online marketing coordinator, O’Reilly Auto Parts

Her item: Her laptop

Talk to any company, and they’ll probably say their biggest challenge is figuring out how to make money online. Laura Angst tackles that task for one of the biggest companies in Springfield. The first specialist of her kind for auto parts giant O’Reilly, Laura is in charge of search engine optimization, website logistics, tracking traffic patterns and customer experience for the website, which receives around 100,000 hits per day. She’s also helped establish O’Reilly’s one-of-a-kind buy-online/pick up in-store program.

“[Online marketing] is the wild wild West. I love being able to explain the concepts to my co-workers and customers,” Laura says. “They know it’s important, but they don’t know the ins and outs.” She counts being highly organized among her assets, plus the fact that she “grew up” online. When she’s not working, Laura does freelance marketing work for a number of small local companies, and is very active at Fellowship Bible Church.

The last movie she saw: Australia

Embarrassing song she loves: “Pretty Fly For a White Guy,” The Offspring

Go-to restaurant: Touch

Beverage of choice: Moscato

Pet peeve: Springfield drivers

Celebrity crush: Hugh Jackman

First car: Plymouth Sundance, Red

Magazine she can be found reading: Women’s Health

Favorite quote: “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

 

Grant Baldwin

27, Speaker/author

His item: An old-school microphone

Imagine making a career speaking to auditoriums full of teenagers. Scared yet? Grant Baldwin isn’t. The self-employed motivational speaker and author has created his own personal cottage industry traveling the country speaking first to Christian groups, now to student organizations, mostly about the need for personal responsibility. “I’m trying to change that mentality of instant gratification,” Grant says. Lately, many of his talks have been about money and personal finance. His book, Reality Check, is available through major online retailers.

The former youth pastor still speaks frequently at North Point Church in Springfield, though his message these days is primarily secular in nature. He enjoys the travel associated with his job, but not the time away from his wife, Sheila and daughters Sydnee and Emilee.

“Being a husband and father is a lot more fun.”

The last movie he saw: Finding Nemo

Embarrassing song he loves: “Lose Yourself,” Eminem

Go-to restaurant: Ocean Zen (without the girls); Chuck E. Cheese (with girls)

Beverage of choice: Dr. Pepper or water

TV show he won’t miss: The Office

Pet peeve: People giving up

Celebrity crush: My wife? Kelly Kapowski!

First car: ’86 Honda Accord, blue

Thing he misses most from childhood: Baseball cards

Magazine he can be found reading: Inc.

Favorite quote: “Who you are is more important than what you do.”—Grant Baldwin
 

 

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

Matt Bekebrede

Owner, Vino100

His item: A bottle of wine

Listen up, whippersnapper. Matt Bekebrede was pouring drinks for Springfield players when you were still chasing cheerleaders. Matt’s been a Springfield restaurant industry mainstay for 10 years, working at country clubs (Twin Oaks and Millwood) and ritzy restaurants (Chateau on the Lake and Chardonnay).

Two years ago, he struck out on his own with Vino100.  Armed with a phonebook of contacts and a penchant for treating regulars like royalty, Matt’s made accessible wine work on the south side. Vino’s average bottle costs somewhere between $10 and $20; the store hosts anywhere from three to five events per week. “We had 40 people for our dinner series just last night,” Matt says. But he still knows just what each individual likes to drink. On the side, Matt donates wine and time to charities like DCO, Ozarks Food Harvest and the American Diabetes Association.

Next up for Matt (besides a busy family life with four children and step-children with wife Stephana): Vino100 At Home, where Vino will bring bottles to your home, educate your friends and provide exclusive purchasing opportunities for the program’s wines, which won’t be available in-store.

The last movie he saw: Race to Witch Mountain

Embarrassing song he loves: “Give You Hell,” The All-American Rejects

Go-to restaurant: Macaroni Grill. “The kids love it, the wife likes it. Does it get any better?”

Beverage of choice: Wine. “Silly question.”

TV show he won’t miss: None. “Not a TV watcher. I don’t even have cable!”

Pet peeve: Not returning phone calls/e-mails/text messages. Show some consideration!

Celebrity crush: Julia Stiles

First car: Plymouth Laser

Thing he misses most from childhood: Sports. “Can’t wait until my kids are active in soccer.”

Magazine he can be found reading: Market Watch

Favorite quote: “Do unto others as you would want done unto you.”

 

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

Chelsey Bode

25, Account executive, Pearson-Kelly Office Products

Her item: A copier (complete with loading crew)

Yes, Chelsey Bode sells office products, but you can hold all those Dunder-Mifflin jokes. This is serious stuff, including copiers and multi-task office units that cost as much as a nicely appointed Lexus. You wouldn’t let Michael Scott within 50 feet of these babies.

Chelsey manages big accounts, including the Herschend family (Silver Dollar City), Noble & Associates and Med-Pay, to name a few. “These aren’t light decisions they’re making,” she says. But she’s also good at adding new business; Chelsey’s generated 200 percent of her quotas in 16 of her 24 months on the job. “This is relationship driven,” she says. “It’s great to know when [clients] succeed, I’ve succeeded.” Chelsey hopes to continue to grow at Pearson-Kelly (her family are 50-percent owners) and build the company’s reputation.

Chelsey is an active member of Rotaract, Junior League and is on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the planning committee for Ball of the Wild. Advice? Chelsey says she’s never been afraid to have lunch with someone to get to know them and pick their brain.

The last movie she saw: Slumdog Millionaire

Embarrassing song she loves: “Shoop,” Salt-n-Peppa

Go-to restaurant: Yen Ching in Ozark

Beverage of choice: Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi

TV show she won’t miss: The Office

Pet peeve: People not doing what they say they will…

Celebrity crush: Matthew McConaughey

First car: ’95 Mitsubishi Eclipse, white

Thing she misses most from childhood: None

Magazine she can be found reading: Us Weekly

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

Crystal Brigman

24, Grassroots organizer, Planned Parenthood of Southwest Missouri

Her item: Condoms

Growing up in Aurora, a smallish town an hour or so southwest of Springfield, Crystal Brigman didn’t have much chance to be taught about birth control and women’s health. “There wasn’t a Planned Parenthood, no talk about condoms,” she says. So, she taught herself. Eventually Crystal became the go-to person for that “friend of a friend of a friend” who needed to know about emergency contraception or birth control.

It’s a lesson she’s still teaching. As the grassroots head for the regional Planned Parenthood she organizes citizen lobby days in Jefferson City, urges volunteers to write letters, generally raising interest and awareness. The best part, she says: “Getting to make friends with people who care about the same issues I do.” Crystal would love to get into policy work, and looks forward to the day when the issues she cares about aren’t hot buttons. After all, she says, Planned Parenthood isn’t an abortion clinic. “This shouldn’t be confrontational.”

The last movie she saw: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Embarrassing song she loves: “Hip 2 Be Square,” Huey Lewis and The News

Go-to restaurant: The Grotto

Beverage of choice: Schlafley Coffee Stout

TV show she won’t miss: Law and Order: SVU

Pet peeve: Misused apostrophes, people who use a decimal AND a cents sign

Celebrity crush: Barack Obama

First car: ’96 Ford Aspire, blue/purple

Thing she misses most from childhood: Playing baseball, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Magazine she can be found reading: GO Magazine

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

David Catanese

29, Political reporter, KY3

His item: BlackBerry

David Catanese is Springfield’s king of all media, as anyone who follows his blog, his Twitter posts and his telecasts can attest. A graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, David first got the jones interning for MSNBC at the 1996 Republican National Convention. He landed his first gig in frigid North Dakota, but has made his name on the Missouri politics scene, which he calls one of the most fun in the nation due to the closeness of the races and the colorful personalities he covers.

David is a new-age journalist. If he gets a juicy piece of news, it doesn’t wait for the 10 o’clock newscast—it goes on the KY3 Political Blog, which gets upward of 2,000 hits per day (more before an election). Why politics? “It’s like life,” he says. “Power, money, occasionally a little sex, drama. The best is being able to know stuff first and be the one to tell everyone else. It’s an adrenaline rush. I’m addicted.” (Ironically David’s 2007 Emmy nod was for a weather story.)

Not surprisingly, David would love to cover national politics some day, a la Tim Russert, Chris Matthews or Andrea Mitchell. “I’m an NBC guy,” he says with a laugh.

The last movie he saw: Slumdog Millionaire

Embarrassing song he loves: “Poker Face,” Lady Ga Ga

Go-to restaurant: Ohana, every Sunday

Beverage of choice: Captain and Coke with lime

TV show he won’t miss: Hardball with Chris Matthews

Pet peeve: Tardiness

Celebrity crush: Bea Arthur, RIP

First car: ’93 Toyota Camry, black

Thing he misses most from childhood: Summer swim team. “Those were the days.”

Magazine he can be found reading: Time or Newsweek

Favorite quote: "It’s not the critic who counts . . . The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

Amy Lynne Coibion

25, Internet Image Management Specialist, Branson Area Chamber of Commerce; Assistant Booking Manager, The Outland Ballroom/Remmington’s Downtown

Her item: Microphone

If there’s a band to be heard, Amy Lynne Coibion has probably heard it. The self-avowed Branson-lover spends her days managing Branson’s online image; if there’s a comment or statement out there in the blogosphere that isn’t accurate, she’ll correct it or counter it. She specifically hates the “only old people go there” argument. “It just isn’t true,” she says, “if you know the right people and places to go.

Amy Lynne’s other job is as a booking assistant for Remmington’s Downtown and the Outland Ballroom, venues that bring in many of Springfield’s top touring acts. The former roadie—and still-aspiring performer—is discriminating (“If I think their band sucks, I’m not going to book them”) and unabashed (“I love band boys”). Most of all, while she says she’s not “in love” with Springfield’s music scene, she is trying her darndest to grow it.

The last movie she saw: Across the Universe

Embarrassing song she loves: “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” Bonnie Tyler

Go-to restaurant: Applebee’s. “It’s right by my house.”

Drink of choice: Dr. Pepper

TV show she won’t miss: American Idol

Pet peeve: Liars

Celebrity crush: Owen Wilson

First car: ’08 Pontiac G5. (She just got her driver’s license at the age of 24).

Magazine she can be found reading: Any music magazine, Riverfront Times

Favorite quote: “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” John Lennon

 

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

Ryan DeBoef

29, Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

His item: Atlas Shrugged, a personal favorite

You could call Ryan DeBoef the legal man behind the man. For the last three years as a law clerk, Ryan’s task has been to serve as the sounding board for one of the highest judges in the state, the Hon. Richard Dorr (“He’s my mentor, no doubt,” Ryan says). He organizes case files, makes sure counsels have the proper documents for trial, reviews motions and briefs, and finalizes jury instructions, just a few among his dozens of tasks. The best part, he says, has been “an opportunity to see behind the curtain a little bit” and learn procedural rules most attorneys his age haven’t come across yet. The New Sharon, Iowa native attended law school at Mizzou and began his career with Husch and Eppenberger in Springfield (Ryan will actually resume his private practice this fall at Husch Blackwell—clerkships rarely last more than three years, he says). Ryan is an active member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, Rotaract, the Chamber of Commerce and serves on the advisory board for The Network.

The last movie he saw: Rachel Getting Married

Embarrassing song he loves: “Achy Breaky Heart,” Billy Ray Cyrus

Go-to restaurant: Cooky’s Café in Golden City, Missouri. “The pie is worth the drive.”

Beverage of choice: Johnny Blue

TV show he won’t miss: 24

Pet peeve: People who don’t smile. Life is too short to frown all day.

Celebrity crush: Smurfette

First car: ’84 Olds Cutlass Supreme, brown. My dad tried to convince me it was a sports car because it was a two-door coupe. Sorry dad, I’m not convinced.

Thing he misses most from childhood: Building ramps and jumping my bike off of them.

Magazine he can be found reading: 417 Magazine or GO

Favorite quote: “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

 

Ryan Faust

27, Project coordinator, Jack Ball Associates Architects

His item: His bicycle. He’s an avid rider and… hey, it’s green not to drive.

Ryan Faust is a member of a new generation of architects that doesn’t see green building as a new thing— they see it as the thing. The LEED AP-accredited architect has worked on a number of big local projects, most notably the new Springfield R-12 Hickory Hills school, as well as green schools in Rogersville, Clinton and Republic.

Ryan is the go-to sustainability guy at Jack Ball’s Springfield offices, providing input at every step, from drawing board to ribbon-cutting. “I think the best thing is we’re a small firm, so I’m allowed to be exposed to everything… where others get pigeonholed into doing a certain thing.”

Outside work, Ryan is an avid cyclist, helping lead a local bike club, the Pedal Group. He’s also the director of the local Young Architects Forum and rides on Jack Ball’s annual MS 150 team, “Hell’s Angles”.

The last movie he saw: Role Models

Embarrassing song he loves: “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” Meat Loaf

Go-to restaurant: MudHouse

Beverage of choice: Gatorade Rain or Crown and Coke

TV show he won’t miss: Man vs. Food

Pet peeve: People who talk on Bluetooth when they don’t need to

Celebrity crush: Kate Beckinsale

First car: ’92 Honda Accord, burgundy

Thing he misses most from childhood: Traveling

Magazine he can be found reading: Men’s Health or National Geographic Adventure

Best advice received: A guy once said to me, ‘Don’t wish your life away.” Try to enjoy what you’re doing.

  

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

Amanda Hedgpeth

25, Director of Budget Management, CoxHealth

Her item: Copy of CoxHealth budget

Amanda Hedgpeth is one of the youngest department heads in the history of CoxHealth. As head of budgeting, she’s the one who manages the medical giant’s nickels and dimes, allocating resources as she sees fit. The toughest part is managing supplies, with their price fluctuations due to demand and inflation. “You can’t do much about it; you need what you need for a procedure,” she says. The Missouri State MBA grad (who is also an organizer of the Junior League’s annual Charity Ball and a member of the Missouri Quality Award Board of Examiners, in addition to caring for 7-month-old daughter, Ella) wants to stay in health care at CoxHealth, eventually moving more into operational management. “[Health care] is a growing area, and I like accounting because… numbers are never wrong.” Her advice to future health care executives: Take advantage of internships and network.

The last movie she saw: Milk

Embarrassing song she loves: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper

Go-to restaurant: Flame

Beverage of choice: Amaretto sour

TV show she won’t miss: The Office

Pet peeve: People who don’t use directions correctly in speech (i.e. people who say they’re going “down” to St. Louis from Springfield)

Celebrity crush: Patrick Dempsey

First car: ’99 Pontiac Grand Am, black

Thing she misses most from childhood: Playing ghost-runner wiffle ball

Magazine she can be found reading: Parenting

Favorite quote: “Always use good grammar.”

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

Sarah Jenkins

25, mainstage performer, The Skinny Improv/freelance writer/amateur actor

Item: Books about writing

Sarah Jenkins is, hands down, the funniest woman in Springfield. Representing 100 percent of the “X” chromosomes on the Skinny Improv’s  A-team, the Tina Fey doppelgänger holds her own with the boys... and then some. Her humor is smart, but accessible—her favorite Skinny scene is Interrogation, where a member of the audience is accused of a crime and the head interrogator has to guess the offense based on crowd feedback. “You get the audience involved, and you can be cheesy and ridiculous,” Sarah says.

But it’s not just comedy Sarah makes look easy. She won the 2008 Best Actress award at the 2008 SATO 48 Film Festival (she was nominated again in 2009). She’s also a freelance writer, a two-time half-marathon runner (and shooting for a full this fall, to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association) and fledgling local commercial actor. So, chances are you’ll be seeing Sarah very soon, no matter which hat she’s wearing at the time.

The last movie she saw: 17 Again (“Should I admit that?”)

Embarrassing song she loves: “I’m Every Woman,” Shaka Kahn

Go-to restaurant: Maria’s

Beverage of choice: Mountain Dew

TV show she won’t miss: 30 Rock

Pet peeve: Grammatical errors on public signs

Celebrity crush: Paul Rudd

First car: ’91 Chevy Caprice, maroon and huge

Thing she misses most from childhood: Piano playing

Magazine she can be found reading: O: The Oprah Magazine

Favorite piece of advice: In order to be "good" you have to stop judging yourself as good or bad, and just let yourself be. That's also good advice for writing. And running. And life.

  

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

Nathan Lee

29, Director of audio production/quality assurance manager, Black Lantern Studios

His Item: Guitar and snare drum

Nary a child of the ’80s has managed to avoid the experience of getting a catchy video game theme song stuck in his or her head, be it the simple beeps and boops of Super Mario Bros., or the symphonic arrangements of a fantasy RPG. Well, meet Nathan Lee, one of the sorcerers responsible for your mental music madness.

As director of audio production for Black Lantern Studios, Nathan often uses sounds from everyday life, like a chair scraping across concrete or the sound a plastic sign makes when it’s wiggled, to serve as the sound effects for games like the Wii’s Deal or No Deal and other titles you’ve probably heard of across various platforms. And he always has multiple instruments on hand to compose the tunes that provide the background to a gaming experience. Nathan served a similar capacity for gaming giant Electronic Arts in Los Angeles, where he worked on some of the company’s biggest titles, including Lord of the Rings, LOTR: Battle For Middle Earth 2, and the 007 title From Russia With Love. He moved to Springfield in 2007 to work with his brother at Black Lantern. In his spare time, Nathan plays with DJ CEO during his weekly gigs at Tonic Ultralounge.

The last movie he saw: Point Break

Embarrassing song he loves: “Billie Jean,” Michael Jackson

Go-to restaurant: Chipotle or Jimmy John’s

Drink of choice: Xingu “It’s a Brazilian beer.”

TV show he won’t miss: The Office (on Hulu)

Pet peeve: People who don’t edge out into the intersection on a green-light left turn.

Celebrity crush: Megan Fox

First car: ’87 VW Jetta,blue

Thing he misses most from childhood: “I pretty much do all the same things now.”

Magazine he can be found reading: Game Developer

Favorite quote: “You don’t have enough RAM to understand my feelings.”

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

Dan Reiter

28, Corporate sales manager, Springfield Cardinals

His Item: Superman shirt, belt buckle and figurine. “He has always been my reminder to be the best I can be. To work harder, better, and in a
way that makes people  happy.”

As the Springfield Cardinals’ top salesperson four years running, Dan Reiter got kicked up the organizational chart a bit this off-season. It’s a big-boy job, but don’t tell him that. The freshly named corporate sales manager of one of minor league baseball’s most successful franchises can be seen bouncing around Hammons Field on game days, either filling in as on-field emcee or pressing the flesh and tossing out orders in the wake of another certain Bic-headed Cardinals exec (Kirk Elmquist, whom Dan “absolutely” considers a mentor). But it really is off the field where Dan makes his name.

In addition to managing his clients and helping the rest of the Cardinals’ staff be better sellers, Dan is active with Sertoma Club, Rotaract, the Springfield Symphony’s Crescendo organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters and more. Want synergy? Tickets make great charity boosters. “The Cardinals make it really easy to help with charities… I work with as many as possible,” Dan says.

The last movie he saw: Varsity Blues

Embarrassing song he loves: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Deep Blue Something

Go-to restaurant: Chinese food. Any.

Beverage of choice: Crown and water, Bud Light, cherry limeade

TV show he won’t miss: The Sopranos. “Haven’t had one since.”

Pet peeve: Ignorance

Celebrity crush: Tea Leoni

First car: ’96 Chevy Lumina, maroon. “The mighty Lumina!”

Thing he misses most from childhood: Little League and baseball cards

Magazine he can be found reading: Sports Illustrated or Men’s Health

Favorite quote: “You can say what you want to say if you say it with a smile.”—Dan’s dad

“No excuses. Play like a champion,” Wedding Crashers

 

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

Phil & Chris Reynolds

29 and 27 (respectively), co-owners and co-CEOs, Intuitive Web Solutions

Items: Mac laptops

20 Under 30 once included a husband-wife team, but never before a tandem of cousins. Until, that is, we caught wind of Phil (left in photo) and Chris Reynolds, business superpowers. Funny story: their original gig together was more Jonas Brothers than Lehman Brothers (okay, bad analogy). They played in a Christian band as teens; but when the band broke up, they stayed close. “If you can survive a band breakup, you can survive anything,” Phil says.

The pair’s business relationship began several years ago, writing freelance software for credit unions. By 2006, they were running Intuituve Web Solutions full-time, with a new focus on the insurance industry. Today IWS has more than 30 clients, most on the east coast. It’s a real entrepreneurial success story; at one point they were down to their last dollar when an influential client came on board, which started a domino effect that has them where they are today. Phil and Chris estimate their clients see 33 percent growth on an annual basis, and they thrive on being a part of the reason for that growth—which has in turn facilitated their own.

Chris and Phil’s job titles are identical, but their roles differ. Chris is the “idea man”, focusing on the look of the software and customer service, while Phil is the business taskmaster. “We know how to critique each other so it doesn’t cause problems,” Chris says. “We’re both headstrong, but we’re open to having our ideas shot down.”

Phil and Chris are also involved locally. Chris serves on the downtown Community Improvement District and participates in Big Brothers Big Sisters; Phil volunteers regularly for the American Cancer Society.

Chris

The last movie he saw: I Love You, Man

Embarrassing song he loves: “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” Meat Loaf

Go-to restaurant: Flame

Beverage of choice: Gin and tonic

TV show he won’t miss: Flight of the Conchords

Pet peeve: Drama

Celebrity crush: Jessica Alba circa 2000

First car: ’86 Chevy Nova, blue

Thing he misses most from childhood: Team sports

Magazine he can be found reading: Runner’s World

Favorite quote: “I’d rather be approximately right than precisely wrong,” Warren Buffett

Phil

The last movie he saw: Adventureland

Embarrassing song he loves: “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” Bonnie Raitt

Go-to restaurant: Kai

Beverage of chioce: White Russian

TV show he won’t miss:  30 Rock

Pet peeve: Drama

Celebrity crush: Kate Beckinsale

First car: ’85 Ford Ranger, red

Thing he misses most from childhood: Music

Magazine he can be found reading: The Economist

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

Jenny Reynolds

26, Vice President-Marketing, City Utilities Community Credit Union

Her Item: Camera (She’s an amateur photographer in her free time. “It’s expected of my job,” she says, “
but even as a kid I always had one.”)

With an emphasis on cutting-edge (and award-winning) design, Jenny Reynolds is tasked with reaching potential customers for City Utilities Community Credit Union through e-newsletters, events (like the credit union’s upcoming 75th anniversary) and display advertising. And does she ever. Jenny (along with a CU Credit Union’s programmer) has won first-place honors from Graphic Design USA magazine for a CU Community Credit Union direct mail campaign (2008) and its website redesign (2009). “I love business,” she says. “I love to learn and try new things. Even if it doesn’t work out, I’m optimistic and willing to put in a lot of time and creativity.”

Outside of work, Jenny is on the local board for Junior Achievement and is a member of the downtown Kiwanis club. (And yes—Jenny is the wife of Chris Reynolds, also a 20 Under 30 this year. We had no idea when we were combing through nominations… honestly. Pretty cool, huh?)

The last movie she saw: Adventureland

Embarrassing song she loves: “If I Never See Your Face Again,” Rihanna and Maroon 5

Go-to restaurant: Bambino’s

Beverage of choice: Poma liqueur and club soda

TV show she won’t miss: Flight of the Conchords

Pet peeve: Use of words that don’t mean anthing

Celebrity crush: David Beckham

First car: ’85 Ford Mustang, red

Thing she misses most from childhood: Collecting stickers

Magazine she can be found reading: Lucky

Favorite quote: “If you don’t have time to get something done, it wasn’t supposed to get done.”

 

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

Winter Skelton

26, Director of donor services, Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Her Item: Pink boots (size tiny). “You can take the girl off the farm,” says the Mt. Vernon native, “but you can’t take the farm out of the girl.”

The only thing harder these days than convincing someone to donate money is convincing donors that the money they are investing is safe—but that’s just what Winter Skelton does for the Community Foundation, the granddaddy of all benefactors to local not-for-profits and civic groups.

Winter spends much of her time speaking on behalf of the foundation to community groups in Springfield and as far away as West Plains. She also fosters relationships with active donors through summer barbecues, an annual donor celebration and the Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year gala, all in an effort to keep them giving. The strangest donation she’s received: Two cemetery plots.

When it comes to talking dollars, it helps to not beat around the bush. “I can feel comfortable with someone quickly… and donors appreciate that. Being detail-oriented is a huge strength in my office,” she says.

Winter is also an active member of the Drury University Alumni Council, the SIFE Business Advisory Board, The Network and Rotaract (incoming secretary).

The last movie she saw: Changeling

Embarrassing song she loves: “Ice Ice Baby,” Vanilla Ice

Go-to restaurant: Gad School

Beverage of choice: Wine

TV show she won’t miss: American Idol

Pet peeve: Fake people

Celebrity crush: Rob Lowe

First car: ’89 Toyota Camry, maroon

Thing she misses most from childhood: Riding horses

Magazine she can be found reading: Real Simple

Favorite quote: “The best thing about the future is that is only come one day at a time,” Abraham Lincoln

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

Kari Walden

27, Attorney, Styron & Schilling law firm; municipal prosecutor, City of Branson West

Her Item: Law books

Kari Walden is just a small-town Nebraska girl living in a southwest Missouri world. As an associate with Styron & Schilling’s Branson office, Kari specializes in real estate law—particularly the sticky areas surrounding homeowner and condominium associations. The field makes use of her undergrad degree (from the University of Nebraska) in finance and economics; she also likes the preemptive nature of the work. But she does dabble in criminal law. Kari (who lives near Spokane, between Springfield, where she spends most of her social hours, and Branson) is also the municipal prosecutor for Branson West, the growing town just west of Branson, near Kimberling City. Kari was appointed to the position by her firm, which represents the city. Most of the offenses she prosecutes are not technically major: speeding, DUI, the occasional stealing or property damage charge. But she enjoys the change of pace and those certain times she can tell she’s made an impact—and maybe a positive change—particularly in the case of a young person.

But it’s still the real estate law that gets Kari going. Currently she and a Springfield-based partner are working on an online-based resource guide for condo- and homeowner association managers. “I like being involved in [law] that’s creating something, as opposed to being involved in a dispute,” Kari says.

The last movie she saw: Seven Pounds

Embarrassing song she loves: Journey, anything.

Go-to restaurant: Arris’ Pizza (Springfield); Bleu Olive (Branson)

Beverage of choice: Pinot noir

TV show she won’t miss: Brothers and Sisters

Pet peeve: Indecisiveness

Celebrity crush: Tyson Beckford

First car: ’97 Chevy Blazer, tan

Thing he misses most from childhood: Riding a four-wheeler on our ranch and being outside.

Magazine he can be found reading: People

Best advice received: “Never settle for mediocrity.”

  

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

Kristen Westerman

29, Manager of Workforce and Business Development, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Her Item: Name tags (of each organization she’s a part of)

If Kristen Westerman wants to know what day it is, she needs only to look down and see which name tag she’s wearing at the time. Of course, that’s assuming she can remember which organization goes with which day.

As the Springfield Chamber’s head of business development, Kristen is charged with attracting and retaining employees for local firms. Hence, her biggest project: The Network, which launched two years ago with a goal of creating a community of young professionals and giving them outlets to better jobs and better connections in Springfield. So far, so good. The Network has grown to more than 300 members.

Kristen’s ability to collaborate and work with a variety of organizations and businesses are the keys to her success. Eventually, she hopes to grow The Network into its own organization, with its own board and more flexibility.

Oh, and those name tags: Kristen is not only a member of The Network, but is also in Rotaract, Junior League, and plays volleyball on Monday nights (names on shirts count as tags, right?). No word on whether 5-month-old daughter Paige made her a name tag as a Mother’s Day present.

The last movie she saw: Slumdong Millionaire

Embarrassing song he loves: “The Rose,” Bette MIdler

Go-to restaurant: Azrielle’s

Beverage of choice: Moscato

TV show he won’t miss: The Office

Pet peeve: Having dirt in the house

Celebrity crush: None

First car: ’92 Geo Prizm, blue

Thing he misses most from childhood: riding my bike

Magazine he can be found reading: 417 Magazine

Favorite quote: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand - strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming: WOO HOO, WHAT A RIDE!”

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

Sara Young

Dentist, Young Dentistry

Her Item: Toothbrush and plaster-cast teeth

Before you run screaming into the night from memories of your last root canal, give Sara Young a chance. As one of Springfield’s premier young dentists, Sara has helped grow her father’s already successful practice by offering new services like dental surgery and root canals, and a knowledge of new technology like—get this—a laser that allows dentists to do a filling without numbing the patient. And that’s not the end of it. Since graduating from the UMKC school of dentistry, she’s accumulated almost 300 hours of continuing education. “I try to keep on it,” Sara says with a laugh.

Because her office is only open four days a week, Sara spends Friday working in the Jordan Valley Health Center urgent care department, helping people who may otherwise not be able to afford dental work—especially expectant mothers. “Good oral health is important to the body, systemically, so if they don’t have good dental health it can affect the baby,” she says. She’s also on the board of the Springfield Dental Society, which oversees the public schools’ Dental Day and the Ronald McDonald House’s Tooth Truck. Sara is also a member of Junior League.

“I love people … and I’ve seen how dentistry can change someone’s overall appearance and make them feel different about themselves,” she says. “And there’s all this technology out there that’s just getting better and better.”

The last movie she saw: Family Man

Embarrassing song she loves: “Ice Ice Baby,” Vanilla Ice

Go-to restaurant: Ocean Zen

Beverage of choice: Water

TV show she won’t miss: “None I won’t miss, but I will miss Boston Legal.”

Pet peeve: Not being on time. “At least call!”

Celebrity crush: Simon Cowell. “He’s so honest and you have to love his accent.”

First car: Firebird

Thing she misses most from childhood: Taking naps

Magazine she can be found reading: All the gossip…

Favorite quote: “Never give up. Persistance is bliss.”

Laura Angst - Grant Baldwin -Matt Bekebrede - Chelsey Bode - Crystal Brigman - David Catanese - Amy Lynne Coibion - Ryan DeBoef - Ryan Faust Amanda Hedgpeth - Sarah Jenkins - Nathan Lee - Dan Reiter - Chris and Phil Reynolds - Jenny Reynolds - Winter Skelton - Kari Walden
Kristen Westerman - Sara Young

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