40 Under Forty 2011

How do you define impact? Influence? Power? Visible, tangible change that's measured by dollars or miles or jobs? Or the evident but unquantifiable stuff that makes up – and improves – a community's quality of life? Judging

by the number of nominations made to this year's 40Under40 list, there are hundreds of ways to define impact. Somehow we've managed to winnow it down to 40.

Norm Plumstead

First Vice President, Honor Bank

Tonya Wildfong

Marketing Director/Co-Owner, Team Elmer's

Trevor Tkach

Interim Executive Director, National Cherry Festival

Derek J. Bailey

Tribal Chairman, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Sam Porter

Owner, Porterhouse Productions

Brandon Darin

Constituent Relations Representative, Congressman Dave Camp

Tanya Sue Wanageshik

Tribal Attorney, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Todd Kalish

DNR Fisheries Division Unit Manager

Janie McNabb

Director of Program Development & Community Relations, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments

Ben LaCross

Farm manager, LaCross farms; chairman, American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee

Alexandra Rheinheimer

Owner, Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc and HSBTB Equestrian Festival

Colleen Brzozowski

Director of Sales, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

Megan Kelto

Online Marketing and Communications Manager, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Alex Mowczan

President of Summerside Properties, LLC (which owns and manages the Cambria Suites Hotel, the Comfort Inn and the Best Western Four Seasons)

Allison Beers

Owner, Events North

Colleen Paveglio

Marketing Director, Traverse City DDA/DTCA

Peter E. Marinoff

Chief Operating Officer, Munson Healthcare-Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital

Julie Clark

Executive Director, TART Trails

Rebecca Teahen

Executive Director, Resource Development & NMC Foundation, Northwestern Michigan College

Nate Elkins

Studio Director/ Principal, Influence Design Forum LLC

Brooke Nettz

Executive Director, Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center

Mathias McCauley

Director of Regional Planning & Community Development at the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments

Kevin Endres, PE

Owner & Realtor, Three West Commercial Real Estate & Consulting

Heather Seyfarth, AICP

Community Planner II, Land Information Access Association (LIAA)

Erik Falconer

Founder, Firm Principal, Falconer Group

Leah Bagdon McCallum

Director of Fund Development, Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Inc.

Benjamin Marentette

Deputy City Clerk, City of Traverse City

Mike Schmidt

President, Coldwell Banker Schmidt Family of Companies

Leland Michaels

Sales Manager, Cherry Capital Foods

Dr. Nikki Rothwell

Coordinator, MSU Rsearch Station

Kerry Winkler & Kandace Chapple

Co-publishers, Grand Traverse Woman Magazine

Justin Looyenga & Bryan Taggart

Principal/Financial Advisors, The Larkin Group

Kevin C. Klein, A.A.E. Airport Director, Cherry Capital Airport

Chris Bzdok

Principal, Olson, Bzdok & Howard; Mayor, Traverse City;

Adjunct Professor, MSU College of Law

Erika Erickson

Anchor/Producer, WGTU ABC 29&8

Jennifer Standfest, MSN, RN-BC

Director of Nursing Practice and Professional Development, Munson Medical Center

Phil Franzo

Director of Business Development,

Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce