Marten Brewing Co. owners Stefan Marten, left, and Pearl Marten lounge behind the bar at Marten Brewpub in Vernon on Wednesday. The pub will be hosting a craft beer seminar and tasting, led by Joe Weibe, on Wednesday, April 5, prior to the Great Okanagan Beer Festival in May. - Parker Crook/Morning Star

Top Vernon business leaders revealed

Final 10 in KPMG’s Top 20 Under 40 announced

The final recipients in the Greater Vernon Top 20 under 40 have been revealed.

The program, powered by KPMG, recognizes top young professionals and community builders under the age of 40. The final group of 10 includes a lawyer, a couple of business owners, and an acupuncturist, to name a few.

The final 10 recipients were selected among close to 60 nominations and include:

-Dr. Darcie Weglo – Owner of Creekside Dynamic Health. Weglo, empowers people to be the best that they can be, supports the Women’s Transition House and the Vernon food bank and is focused on creating Vernon’s premier multidisciplinary health centre

-Robbie Donaldson – Vice President of Chambers Groups of Companies. Donaldson is highly motivated, carries a huge responsibility of overseeing close to 500 employees and has his eye on growth opportunities for the organization

– Ranvir Nahal – Owner of Sunterra Homes Ltd, a local Vernonite with a passion for designing homes. Nahal was the recipient in 2006 of the Okanagan Tommie award as a sole Proprietorship. In 2011 with his family, he started the Guru Nanak Foundation and have raised over a quarter of a million dollars for use locally including NONA the Cancer center in Vernon and the Upper Room Mission

– Pearl Scott – Marten – A local business woman, spatial designer and real property developer. She is the founder and director of Smoke & Powder Design Inc. and Underground beverages, co-Founder and director of the Naked Pig BBQ Ltd, Marten Brewing Co ltd and co-director of Aurora West Developments and co-founder and director of Marten Holdings ltd.

– Sarah Moorhouse – The Assistant Manager of Marketing and Promotions at Okanagan Restoration Services. She is currently on the Executive for JCI Vernon and past co-chair of the hospital gala. Sarah is passionate about her community and has volunteered as the team lead for The Coldest night of the year 2017, sat on the board for Winter carnival, Teens Count Too and Relay for life.

– Stephen Russell – Owner and operator of Roost Solar and currently Okanagan’s only NEBCEP certified installer. Stephen is active in the Rotary Club of Kalmalka and vice chair on the Okanagan Science centre board

– David Scarlatescu – Owner of The Sprouted Fig with a passion for sales and a love for collaborating with other local partners. David brings a fresh, youthful perspective to the downtown restaurant scene

– Katie Matheson – Owner of Spruce salon and she is passionate about education within the Aveda network. Katie is a lead Educator within the Aveda network and mentors’ other stylists throughout Western Canada. Through Aveda Canada, Spruce salon is partnered to support clean water and sanitation projects around the world

– Jenna Roze – Acupuncturist and owner of Red Bird Acupuncture Clinic, Jenna is an educator on Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine. She created Wellness in the Park and teamed up with other practitioners to offer treatments by donation to help raise money for the Women’s Transition house and their Equine Assisted Healing programs.

– Krystin Kempton – A lawyer at Nixon Wenger LLP, with a general solicitor’s practice and growing clientele. Krystin is a self starter, involved in the community through the Canadian Women’s Bar Association Women’s Lawyers Forum mentorship program, on the Board for the Greater Vernon chamber of commerce, Director for North Okanagan Cycling Society ( NOCS) and a Director for the Downtown Vernon Association

All recipients are featured on the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce website and they will also be honoured at a sold-out special recognition event on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 at Marten Brewpub.

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