Four Butler University alumni have won 2011 Junior Achievement’s Best and Brightest Awards, which honor Central Indiana’s outstanding young professionals age 40 and under. The winners were announced Oct. 12.

Tracy Barnes (LAS/computer science), president and CEO of ENTAP Inc. won in the technology category. Taja Graham (JCFA/telecommunication arts), general sales manager for WLHK-FM (97.1), won in the media, entertainment and sports category. Juan Gonzalez (COB/MBA), vice president-senior business banking relationship manager for KeyBank, won in the banking and financial services category. Nikki Woodson (COE/graduate), superintendent of Washington Township Schools, won in the education and non-profit category.

Each year, 100 young professionals are recognized – 10 individuals in each of 10 industry categories. One person wins top honors in each category.

Thirteen Butler alumni were nominated. The full list of nominees is here:

To be eligible for an award, a finalist must:

-Be no older than 40 years of age as of October 12, 2011.
-Reside or work in one of the following Indiana counties: Bartholomew, Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan or Shelby.
-Have meaningful professional accomplishments.
-Be actively involved within the community.
-Positively affect others around them.
-Demonstrate leadership qualities in the workplace or community.

Butler was a “Shining Star Sponsor” for this, the 8th annual Best and Brightest Awards. Provost Jamie Comstock is a member of theBoard of Directors for Junior Achievement of Central Indiana.

Butler men’s basketball coach Brad Stevens won the 2010 Best and Brightest Award in the Entertainment and Sports category.

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