Indy’s Best and Brightest honored

INDIANA – Indy’s Best and Brightest honors 100 of central Indiana’s accomplished young professionals, who are making their mark in Indianapolis. 

More than 650 distinguished guests attended the awards event that took place on Thursday, March 24th at the Hilbert Circle Theatre.

Junior Achievement was honored to have Rafael Sanchez, Morning News Anchor/Investigative Reporter, WRTV, and JA Student Ambassador, Zahra, serve as the event emcees. Marshawn Wolley, CDE, CFRE, President and CEO of Black Onyx Management, Inc., and Jennifer Burk, President, and CEO of Junior Achievement, also shared remarks at the event. 

ACCOUNTING

  • ZeNai Brooks, CPA – Cummins

 BANKING & FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Amanda Rubeck – STAR Financial Bank 

EDUCATION & NONPROFIT

  • Matt Impink – EmployIndy 

GOVERNMENT

  • Portia Bailey-Bernard – Indy Chamber 

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCES

  • Natraj Reddy Ammakkanavar MD – Community Hospitals Oncology Physicians and Community Health Network Precision Genomics Program 

LAW

  • Barath S. Raman – Lewis Wagner Attorneys, LLP 

MANUFACTURING, RETAIL & SERVICES

  • Megan Custodio – Dittoe Public Relations 

MEDIA, SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

  • Meaghan Banks – Pacers Sports & Entertainment 

REAL ESTATE, DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTION

  • Adrian Russell – Shiel Sexton Company 

TECHNOLOGY

  • Lujia Zhang – Resultant
From left to right: 
Representing the event’s Presenting Sponsor, KPMG – Eric Sutphin, KPMG Indianapolis Managing Partner; ZeNai Brooks, CPA, Cummins; Amanda Rubeck, STAR Financial Bank; Matt Impink, EmployIndy; Portia Bailey-Benard, Indy Chamber; Natraj Reddy Ammakkanavar MD, Community Hospitals Oncology Physicians and Community Health Network Precision Genomics Program; Barath S. Raman, Lewis Wagner Attorneys; Megan Custodio, Dittoe Public Relations; Meaghan Banks, Pacers Sports & Entertainment; Adrian Russell, Shiel Sexton Company; Lujia Zhang, Resultant; Representing Junior Achievement – Jennifer Burk, Chief Executive Officer, Junior Achievement of Central Indiana 

For a full list of 2022 finalists, please visit our website:indysbestandbrightest.org.