Leadership Awards & 4 Under 40 Recognition Event

Nominate an up-and-coming leader

for LEAD Brevard’s 16th annual 4 Under 40 recognition

Nominations due to LEAD Brevard by Wednesday, July 31, 2019

LEAD Brevard’s annual Leadership Awards & 4 Under 40 recognition event and signature fundraiser recognizes and celebrates the next generation of leadership on the Space Coast while saluting Brevard’s top young professionals for their professional achievement, community impact and leadership.  4 Under 40 Nominees should possess the characteristics needed to improve the quality of life in our community through leadership and innovation. These characteristics – a combination of personal attributes, commitment to community and successful experience – demonstrate an ability to lead and innovate and they signal the potential to become a more significant leader in the coming years.

The Space Coast community is fortunate to have a wide variety of candidates who are already showing advanced leadership qualities that deserve to be recognized. Take the time today to nominate someone you know and help them get the recognition they deserve. Nominations for this prestigious award are open to all, based on the criteria below. 

IMPORTANT:  The number of nominations per NOMINEE is limited to three.  If a NOMINEE receives MORE THAN THREE nominations, the three nomination forms received with the earliest digital date/time stamp will be submitted for evaluation. 

IMPORTANT: Nominations are limited to the LEAD Brevard nomination form (click on the button above or below to access the online nomination form). No supporting documentation will be accepted.

SAVE THE DATE!  Friday, February 7, 2020: LEAD Brevard’s 2020 Leadership Awards & 4 Under 40 recognition event and signature fundraiser at the Space Coast Convention Center.  

Your nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated excellence, creativity, integrity and initiative in their business or profession.
  • Provides valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
  • Clearly serves as a role model for others personally and professionally.
  • Showcases a commitment to his/her personal/professional development.
  • Is under the age of 40 on January 1, 2020 and lives or works in Brevard County.

LEAD Brevard’s signature fundraiser; the Leadership Awards & 4 Under 40 Recognition event recognizes and celebrates the next generation of leadership on the Space Coast; saluting Brevard’s top young professionals for their professional achievement, community impact, and leadership.  Each year, the Top 12 4 Under 40 finalists representing a cross-section of young professionals working in Brevard’s businesses, public and nonprofit sectors are recognized at LEAD Brevard’s Leadership Awards. The 4 Under 40 Recipients will be revealed the evening of the event.

 At this annual signature fundraiser, LEAD Brevard recognizes the recipient of the Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award.  This award, named in memory of Rodney S. Ketcham is presented to an individual that demonstrates a history of vision, service, and leadership for the betterment of Brevard.  This individual has built a legacy of building other leaders along the way and has established a reputation of character, trust, and leadership for others to emulate.

SAVE THE DATE!  Friday, February 7, 2020: LEAD Brevard’s 2020 Leadership Awards & 4 Under 40 recognition event and signature fundraiser at the Space Coast Convention Center.


Event photos and videos from the 2019 Leadership Awards

The 2019 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award recipient, Keith Winsten, Executive Director, Brevard Zoo.  (Pictured) Keith and Marlene Winsten. 

The 2019 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award recipient, Keith Winsten, Executive Director, Brevard Zoo. Award presented by : Jen Rogers, W+J Construction Corp. and Commission Chairman Micah Loyd (LB 2012), Canaveral Port Authority.  Also pictured: Dale Ketcham (LB 1986), Chairman of the Board, LEAD Brevard, and Sue Ketcham.

2019 Leadership Awards emcee, Bino Campanini (LB 1998), Florida Institute of Technology.

 

2019 4 Under 40 recipients. (Pictured left to right) Joshua Adams, Rock Paper Simple, LB 2017; Trevor Howard, Neighbor Up Brevard; Cordell Rolle, Liberty IT Solutions and Rolle IT, LB 2018; Valeta Cameron, Brevard County Legal Aid.

2019 4 Under 40 Recipient, Joshua Adams (LB 2017), Rock Paper Simple.  Award presented by Dale Ketcham (LB 1986), Chairman of the Board, LEAD Brevard.

2019 4 Under 40 Recipient, Valeta Cameron, Brevard County Legal Aid.  Award presented by Isadora Rangel (LB 2019), FLORIDA TODAY.

2019 4 Under 40 Recipient, Trevor Howard, Neighbor Up Brevard.  Award presented by Paula Just (LB 2019), Health First.

2019 4 Under 40 Recipient, Cordell Rolle (LB 2018), Liberty IT Solutions & Rolle IT.  Award presented by Dr. T. Dwayne McCay, Florida Institute of Technology.

Past and present 4 Under 40 recipients pose at the close of the 2019 Leadership Awards.

CLICK HERE to see LEAD Brevard’s Leadership Awards Previous Recipients

Next Level Digital Media is proud to support LEAD Brevard’s mission through creative production the 2019 Top 12 4 Under 40 Finalists Introduction Video. (click the image below to watch)


Event photos and videos from the 2018 Leadership Awards

Accepting the Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award on his behalf of Mr. David Brock was Ms. Laurie Cappelli, President/CEO, Community Credit Union of Florida.  Pictured left to right: Josh Field, chairman, LEAD Brevard; Sue Ketcham; Dale Ketcham, Space Florida; Laurie Cappelli, Community Credit Union of Florida; Chairman Wayne Justice, Canaveral Port Authority; and Gary Neal, M.E.C. Contractors-Engineers.   Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications, Tim Shortt

Click on the video screen shot above to watch Mr. David Brock’s acceptance speech of the Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award.  Video by Mendx Studios.

Mr. David Brock, Community Credit Union of Florida. 

 

Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award with the 4 Under 40 Awards.  Photo credit: LEAD Brevard

(left to right) Mark Busalacchi, Orlando Melbourne International Airport; Josh Field, Chairman, LEAD Brevard; and Iris Graham accepting the 4 Under 40 award on behalf of Kyle Graham, President/Owner, Millefiori Medical Skin Rejuvenation (not in attendance).  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications, Tim Shortt 

(left to right) Josh Field, Chairman, LEAD Brevard; Kim Agee, Health First; 4 Under 40 recipient, Wyatt Hoover, Practice Manager/Commissioner, River Oak Dental and Town of Melbourne Beach.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications, Tim Shortt

(left to right) Jeff Kiel, FLORIDA TODAY Communications; 4 Under 40 Recipient, Carla McRae, Comptroller, Barn Light Electric Company and Playalinda Brewing Company; and Josh Field, Chairman, LEAD Brevard.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications, Tim Shortt

(left to right) Josh Field, Chairman, LEAD Brevard; Suzanne Sparling, Eastern Florida State College; 4 Under 40 recipient, Krista Miller, Principal, Astronaut High School, Brevard Public Schools; and Dr. T. Dwayne McCay, Florida Institute of Technology.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications, Tim Shortt

Past and present 4 Under 40 recipients pose at the close of the 2018 Leadership Awards. Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications, Tim Shortt

CLICK HERE to see LEAD Brevard’s Leadership Awards Previous Recipients

2018 4 Under 40 Top 12 Finalists Video (click image below to watch):

Video by Mendx Studios

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2017 marked the 13th anniversary of LEAD Brevard’s ‘4 Under 40′ Recognition.  300 community leaders helped LEAD Brevard celebrate the 2017 Leadership Awards on February 10, 2017 at the Space Coast Convention Center/Holiday Inn Express.

2017 4 Under 40 Recipients (left to right) Kathryn Rudloff, Abram Walton, Gary Neal, and Stephanie McLoughlin.   Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications

The 2017 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award went to Dr. George Mikitarian, president/ CEO of Parrish Healthcare.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications

2017 LEAD Brevard’s Leadership Awards held at the Space Coast Convention Center at Holiday Inn Express in Cocoa.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications

 

The emcee was Brant Menswar, managing partner of Banding People Together. 2017 LEAD Brevard’s Leadership Awards held at the Space Coast Convention Center at Holiday Inn Express in Cocoa.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications

(left to right) 4 Under 40 recipient, Stephanie McLoughlin, vice president of advertising with FLORIDA TODAY Communications; Dr. Monica Baloga, Florida Institute of Technology; Dr. Lauren Miller, UCF Cocoa and Palm Bay Campus; and Suzanne Sparling, Eastern Florida State College.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications 

(left to right) Kim Agee, Health First; 4 Under 40 recipient, Abram Walton, director of Center for Lifestyle & Innovation Management, associate professor of management with Florida Institute of Technology; and Barry Forbes, BB&T Bank.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications

(left to right) 4 Under 40 recipient Gary Neal, engineer/project manager, M.E.C. Contractors-Engineers, with Jeff Kiel, president and publisher of FLORIDA TODAY Communications.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications 

(left to right) 4 Under 40 recipient, Kathryn Rudloff, executive director, Business Voice Political Committee and Josh Field, LEAD Brevard Chairman of the Board.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications

Past and present 4 Under 40 recipients pose at the close of the 2017 Leadership Awards. Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications

 

Get to know the 2017 4 Under 40 Top 12 Finalists in this video by Sarah Walker Film:


2016 marked the 12th anniversary of LEAD Brevard’s ‘4 Under 40′ Recognition.  280 community leaders helped LEAD Brevard celebrate the 2016 Leadership Awards on February 12, 2016 at the Florida Institute of Technology, Gleason Auditorium.  Mark Komine, business leader, strategist, and performance advisor shared his insights on driving an H2H culture in business and the community during his keynote presentation.  Congratulations to the 2016 Leadership Award and ‘4 Under 40’ recipients. 

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2016 LEAD Brevard’s Leadership Awards

Zonka- Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

2016 Leadership Brevard Distinguished Alumni Award

Pictured left to right:  Marcus Harley, LEAD Brevard Chairman of the Board; 2016 Leadership Brevard Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Milo M. Zonka, Brevard County Property Appraiser’s Office (Leadership Brevard 2005); and Rob Rains, United Way, 2015 Leadership Brevard Distinguished Alumni Recipient (Leadership Brevard 1998).  Photo courtesy:  Simple Media Productions

Catanese- Ketcham Award Recipient

2016 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award

Pictured left to right: Marcus Harley, LEAD Brevard Chairman of the Board; Chairman Jerry Allender, Canaveral Port Authority; Kim Rezanka, Dean Mead Law Firm; 2016 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award Recipient: Dr. Anthony Catanese, Florida Institute of Technology; Sue and Dale Ketcham, Space Florida.  Photo courtesy:  Simple Media Productions

4 under 40 Recipients 2016

2016 ‘4 Under 40’ Recipients 

Pictured left to right: Aaron Thalwitzer, Widerman Malek, PL; Rebecca Shireman, SpaceCoast Living; Richard Yount, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida; and Jarin Eisenberg Melbourne Main Street. Photo courtesy:  Simple Media Productions

Thank you to our 2016 event sponsors:

2016 Sponsors

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