Staff and alumni among Niagaras Top 40 under Forty

There’s no shortage of young people in Niagara helping drive the community forward.Several recipients of this year’s Niagara Top 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Awards are Brock University alumni and staff.Alumnus William Parent (BSc ’13), Brock’s hospitality event co-ordinator, says “getting the chance to work alongside and mentor current students is one of the reasons I love working at Brock.”As a student, he developed leadership and business management skills working for several areas across campus including Smart Start, the Brock University Students’ Union and for the event operations team.“As an elected member of the Brock University Students’ Union I learned the importance of governance and working as a team player.”Parent, also an active community volunteer, says giving back to the community comes naturally.“I give when I can, where I can,” he says.Sandy HoweStaff member Sandy Howe is honoured to be named one of Niagara’s next generation of business leaders. As the associate director, experiential education she educates, encourages and mentors students during hands-on learning experiences at work and during her free time.“I encourage current students and new graduates to try new experiences, break out of their scheduled lives and get involved within their communities,” she says.Niagara’s Top 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Awards will be given out by the Business Link Media Group on May 18 at Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre.Celebrate the achievements of Niagara’s Top 40 Under Forty who consistently make their mark in business and in their communities.The following are the 2016 award winners that are Brock University alumni and/or staff:Jeffrey Aird (BEd ’03)Clinic Owner and Director, Niagara Orthopaedic InstituteNeil Culp (BA ’04, MBA ’06)Associate Director, Organizational Development and Effectiveness , Brock UniversityCarlo DeSantis (BBA ’02)CEO, Emporium Carpet & Flooring – Yes, 2002Dr. Geoff Gamble (BSc ’00)Owner, Niagara Health & Rehab CentreSandy HoweAssociate Director, Experiential Education, Brock UniversityCharles KissiHead Coach Men’s Basketball, Brock UniversityJeff Letvenuk (BA ’08)Media Relations Manager, Pillitteri Estates WineryJames Little, CPA, CA (BAcc ’03)Partner, Tony DiPaola Professional CorporationTikvah Mindorff (BA ’15)Executive Director, Niagara Sustainability InitiativeJennifer Newman (BA ’11, BEd ’12)Designer, Second Dance – ConsignmentSara Palmieri(BA ’03)Programming and Marketing Manager, FirstOntario Performing Arts CentreWilliam Parent (BSc ’13)Hospitality Event Co-ordinator, Brock UniversityJulie Rorison (BA ’10)Executive Assistant to the Mayor, City of St. CatharinesSean Simpson (BA ’06, MA ’08)Owner, Simpsons PharmaSave – Yes, 2008

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