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Arkansas’ “40 Under 40”

Sen. Blanche Lincoln

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Mr. President, today I honor and congratulate 40 of Arkansas's brightest young professionals who were recently named to Arkansas Business' ``40 Under 40'' list for 2010.

These young adults represent the best of our State, and I am proud to see them earn this recognition. I am particularly proud to see one of my own staffers on this list, Little Rock native Tamika Edwards. I have seen Tamika's hard work and dedication firsthand, and I know that her work ethic is shared by all of the recipients of this prestigious honor.

These honorees now join an elite group of business and community leaders, and I look forward to working with them as they continue to grow in their careers.

I also commend the editors and readers of Arkansas Business for choosing to highlight these young individuals and their efforts for our State.

Members of the 2010 ``40 Under 40'' group, as named by Arkansas Business, are:

Alexandru Biris, 36--UALR Nanotechnology Center Chris Bates, 38--The Computer Hut Allison Cox, 35--Windstream Corp. John E. Heard, 38--McGehee-Desha County Hospital Josh Jenkins, 36--Parker Cadillac Mandy Kelley, 38--Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Deanna Newberry, 38--Honeywell International Inc. Brian Vandiver, 35--Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard PLLC Michele Simmons Allgood, 39--Williams & Anderson PLC Kristine G. Baker, 39--Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrow PLC Elizabeth Bintliff, 33--Heifer International Shannon E. Butler, 32--City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock Craig Shelly, 34--USA Truck Inc. Jim Chidester, 39--Chidester Engineering PLLC Courtney Henry, 37--Arkansas Court of Appeals and Arkansas Supreme Court Audrey House, 32--Chateau Aux Arc Vineyards & Winery Sam O'Bryant III, 30--Pulaski County Government Dan Young, 37--Rose Law Firm Tom Leonard Jr., 35--PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Robert Coon, 30--Impact Management Group John Bacon, 39--eStem Public Charter Schools Chad Evans, 39--Arvest Bank Kyle Allmendinger, 33--Datek Inc. Tim Hicks, 38--Bank of the Ozarks Cristian Murdock, 39--Arkansas State University Jason Taylor, 35--First Community Bank Justin Acri, 36--KABZ-FM, 103.7 Jean C. Block, 36--Office of the Arkansas Attorney General, Health Care Bureau Chris Cranford, 37--Jones Film Video Tamika Edwards, 31--Office of Senator Blanche Lincoln Tara Smith, 31--Arkansas Department of Higher Education Brooke Vines, 37--Vines Media Shayla Copas, 36--Shayla Copas Interiors Russell Harris, 39--Entergy Arkansas Inc. Roberts Lee, 39--Meadors Adams & Lee Gwendolyn Bryant-Smith, 35--Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System Melissa Hendricks, 37--Pulaski Technical College Scott Shirey, 34--KIPP Delta Public School Kevin Keech, 39--Keech Law Firm Melissa Snell, 33--Snell Prosthetic & Orthotic Laboratory