NextGen Under 30
Winners Archive

2021 Winners

Congratulations to all our Winners!


2020 Winners

Some good news for 2020!

This year is our 10 year anniversary and NextGen Under30 set another record for participants.

Congratulations to all our Winners!


Information Flyers on 2020 Events



2019 Winners


2018 Winners

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2018 Awards Ceremony Program

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NextGen Under 30
Award Winners, 2011 to 2017


2011 to 2016

Don Swift, publisher of ionOklahoma Magazine, founded the 30 Under 30 NextGen Award program in 2011. Since then, over 3,000 outstanding individuals aged 30 years and younger have been nominated for their contribution to their organizations and communities. Originally focused primarily on Oklahoma City, in 2016 the program was enlarged to the whole state of Oklahoma. The number of winners was increased to 297 winning in sixteen career categories, and category sponsors joined the program to promote nominations in their respective fields.

The 2016 NextGen Awards Ceremony filled the banquet hall at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City with 1,100 NextGen winners, employers, colleagues, family, and friends.


In 2017, the program was scaled back to 185 winners in 15 categories, along with other improvements that helped us serve the entire state. There were hundreds of applications that year, each including an essay that sometimes ran to three pages. The judges had a great challenge to choose the 2017 NextGen Under 30 Winners and the 2017 Honorable Mention Winners.

The 2017 NextGen Awards Ceremony was moved to a new home at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Norman.


In 2018, the program was once again expanded, with 267 winners in 15 categories. The Awards Dinner and Ceremony was largely redesigned, streamlining the introduction of winners and featuring charismatic speakers from around Oklahoma. About 900 winners and their friends, colleagues, and family filled the convention center’s hall.

2018 NextGen Under 30 Awards Dinner & Ceremony

2017 Winners

2016 Winners

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2016 – Sixth Annual NextGen Under 30
Award Winners at the Oklahoma State Capitol

2015 – Fifth Annual 30 Under 30
Award Winners

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Jarod Armstrong Enterprise Rent-a-Car
Crystal Bland Milo & Lily Boutique
Tyler Bolton Continental Resources, Inc.
Wesley Burt Hogan Taylor
Ryan Cargill Chesapeake Energy Corporation
James Cotter Cotter & Sons, Inc
JaNiece Cranmer KFOR
Ryan Cunningham Gaillardia Country Club
Mickey Dollens OKCPS Teacher
Lauren Ferguson Paycom Software, Inc.
Sarah Finley Addison Group
Dalton Funkhouser St. Anthony Foundation
Nathan Gardocki Nathan Gardocki Productions
Jessica Green Capital Distributing
Philip Grenier Booz Allen Hamilton
Tessa Hager Attorney Generals Office
Baird Harper MidFirst Bank
Mike Hoang KM Marketing
Jon Hocker Safe Families Oklahoma
Katherine Horn-Davis Heritage Hall
Whitney Hufnagel Heritage Trust Company
Mary Johnston First Liberty Bank
Shannon Lavicky Hall Capital, LLC
Ben Lindsey Legacy Bank
Brent Nagtegaal Armstrong International Cultural Foundation
Erika Oliveira
Jacob Oller Love’s Travel Stops
Christian Pearson MidFirst Bank
Jen Roberts Kimray Inc.
Chloe Shelby Jordan Advertising
Pervez Soomar MillennialCFO and BOK
Mitch Steichen Jones Public Relations
Katylee Strange Liquidfish
Clay Taylor Taylor Capitol Group, LLC
Ieshia Thomas IT Music Group LLC
Kyle Thompson Gateway
Peter Tran American Fidelity Assurance Company
Rachel Webb Sonic Drive In
Carlisha Williams Lighthouse Academies


Outside Oklahoma City


Ruth Addison Crowe & Dunlevy
Sarah Brown Municipal Judge
Taryn Calico Cherokee Nation
Bryce Chitwood The Artesian Hotel and Spa
Marissa Lightsey Oklahoma Baptist University
Martin Madewell Cherokee Nation
Brittney Orr The Chickasaw Nation

NOTE: September 22nd at 10:00, photo in the Blue Room at State Capital
with the Lt. Governor.


2014 – Fourth Annual 30 Under 30
Award Winners


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Anthony Hendricks Crowe & Dunlevy
Andy Campbell Nix Law Firm
Amanda Essalli Elias Books Brown & Nelson Law
Alixandra Marie Orza Chesapeake Energy
Ann Gray Gray Strategy Consultants, Inc
Ashlee Adams St Anthony Foundation
Chelsea Canada Oklahoma Dental Association
Carolyn Colby Wedel Sandridge Energy
Cory Jenkins IBC Bank
C Lauren Clark Pruitt & Associates
Canaan Duncan Cherokee Nation
David Adams Chesapeake Energy
Gina Yannarell Koch Communications
Jeff Kline Bays Law Firm
Jake Krattiger Gable & Gotwals Law
Jamie Bramble Heritage Hall
Jessica Webb Feed The Children
Katie McKnight Ernst & Young
Kelsey Quillian Renegar Riggs, Abney
Keshav Tyagi Writer/Producer/Director
Kirby Foster Devon Energy
Kristen Cory Kaisers
Kristina Evans American Fidelity
Lauren Ottaway Crowe & Dunlevy
Leif Francel Deer Creek Schools
Lincoln Ferguson AG’s office
Travis Stephens The APP Shop
Travis Brauer OK Governor’s Office
Whitley O’Connor The Curbside Chronicle Founder
Mark Pahl Pharmaceutical Professionals
Mary Ellen Knewtson Gooden Group
Matthew Bjork Development Director at KIPP Reach.
Megan Tilly OK Asst ATT GEN
Rachel Hays OCPA
Scott McGregor Scott McGregor Homes
Scarlet Le Omega Investments, LLC
Zach Summer OK Lt Governor’s Office
Steven Curry Bank of Oklahoma


Outside Oklahoma City

Katy Tipton ONE Gas
Shagah Zakerion Tulsa Regional Chamber
Lindsey Sage Bama Companies
Koshia Silver Langston University
Nicole Schultz Chickasaw Public Relations
Ryan Thorley McDonalds
Brett Knight Chickasaw Nation Youth Program Director
Cody Mosely City of Guthrie Director

2013 – Third Annual 30 Under 30
Award Winners



Adam Christensen Christensen Law Group
Allison Kennedy Jasco Products
Amy Hubble Heritage Trust Company
Anna-Marie Costello Miss United States Organization
Armand McCoy Trifecta Communications
Ashleigh Arnall United Way of Central Oklahoma
Bailey Lynn Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb’s Office
Barbara Miller Mercy Hospital
Becky Taylor Infant Crisis Services
Brian Burget McAfee & Taft
Brian Winslow Interstate Helicopters
Cameron Brewer Downtown OKC
Carly Hill Chickasaw Nation
Christopher Gilchrist American Fidelity Group
Colleen Burns St. Anthony Hospital
Dustin Akers The Alliance For Economic
Development of Oklahoma City
Erica Gray Addison Group
Heath Hornbeek Hornbeek Blatt Architects
Isaac Rocha BAMA Companies
Jason Henderson MAKO Surgical Corp.
John Riesenberg Devon Energy
Karen Tibbets Frates Insurance & Risk Management
Katherine O’Brien True North Living
Lauren Dennison Urban League of Greater OKC
Lisa Riley Dale Rogers Training Group
Macie Craven-Tims Designer/Artist
Madeline Mitchell Gov. Mary Fallin’s Office
Matthew McCombs Heritage Trust Company
Megan Parrish Community Learning Council
Michael Reel Chesapeake Energy Corp.
Miranda Wilson YMCA
Mitch McCuistian Evans & Davis
Nam Do Sonic Corp.
Paige Williams Chickasaw Nation
Paul Goodman Goodman Ventures
Phil Wheeler Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club
Phillip Mazaheri Price Edwards & Company
Sarah Glaser DRE Lighting, LC
Shelby Norman Orange Leaf
Tina Dzurisin Archdioceses of Oklahoma City
Travis Jett Fellers Snider
Travis Mason Cushman & Wakefield
Whitney Rainbolt Medallion Management


2012 – Second Annual 30 Under 30
Award Winners



Jason Acock Sonic, America’s Drive-In
Nicole Bryce-Howell OPUBCO Communications Group
Britnee Bryles KFOR/KAUT
Christa Copeland Midwest Regional Medical Center
Caitlin Dempsey Grubb & Ellis
Holly Faurot Paycom Payroll
Elizabeth Gillum Heritage Hall
Bailey Gordon Allied Arts OKC
Elizabeth Gray Walters Power International
Robert Hefner V Hefner Energy
Jason Hines Chesapeake Energy Corporation
Ashley Hurney MTM Recognition
Kyle Impson Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma
Garrett King U.S. House of Representatives
Blake Lawrence Hall Estill
Katie McDonnell Devon Energy
Abigail Ogle KSBI
Blake Patton Fellers Snider
Greta Puckett VI Marketing and Branding
Jeff Riles Phillips Murrah Law Firm
Aasim Saleh OKC Boathouse Foundation
Jessica Shadid Ackerman McQueen
Andrew Silvestri Office of Governor Mary Fallin
Christine Soileau Greater OKC Chamber
Christopher Staine Crowe and Dunlevy
Juliann Strange OKC Beautiful
Mike Turner State Representative-Elect
Chris Watkins Gaillardia Country Club
Kelly Weldon Precision Therapy Services
Laura Duprez Gaberino’s Homestly Italian Restaurant


2011 – First Annual 30 Under 30
Award Winners



Bose Akadiri American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma
Trudy Baidoo Verizon Wireless
Matt Beckham Quibids
Mandi Briggs Heritage Trust Company
Joleen Chaney KFOR
Ashlie Cornelius University of Oklahoma Career Services
Jay Doyle A-Tech Paving
Kelli Dupuy Sunbeam Family Services
Taylor Fudge Claims Management Resources
Dacia Harris The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
Lindsay Houts
Blake Jackson Chesapeake Energy Corporation
Mike Jones Scissortail Creative
Amanda Kirkpatrick Heritage Hall
Brian Kouhdari Cole & Reed, P.C.
Lacey Lett KOKI
Regan Lynn Oklahoma City Thunder
Christopher Lloyd Lloyd Entertainment Media Group
Elisa Milbourn Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
Lauren Nelson KWTV
Wyas Parker Chickasaw Nation
Emily Rothrock Science Museum Oklahoma
Chauncey Shillow Santa Fe South High School
Emily Sutton KFOR
Lauren Toppins Paycom Payroll
Even Vincent Crowe & Dunlevy
Emily Virgin State Representative
Ryan Waters Creative Oklahoma
Zach Weldon Precision Therapy Services
Kyle Austin Young Devotionality, LLC