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20 Under 40

20 Under 40

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Published by Gary Ward
20 Under 40
20 Under 40

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Published by: Gary Ward on Feb 18, 2013
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Community leaders climb ladders to success. But those who pull othersup with them enjoy an added sense of richness in their own lives andenrich the lives of their communities.Each year, The State honors 20 rising business stars under the age of 40in the Midlands who are committed to improving life in South Carolina’scapital city.This year’s class is filled with young professionals who are raising upthose around them even as their own profiles rise.They mentor students because they remember what their mentorsdid for them. They help repair homes and also stock them withessentials because they want people to know that somebodycares. They carry on traditions of service – from givingmanicures in nursing homes to holding hands of the victimized – instilled by generations that came before.They do this even as they stay up until midnight working on proposals, help lead largeorganizations through transition and landcommunity-transforming economicdevelopment deals.Meet these tireless advocates whoare stepping up to lead theColumbia community intothe future – the 10thannual class of 20under 40 honorees.
 Kristy Eppley Rupon
20 rising business starscommitted to Columbia
Haley Bowers9Holt Chetwood7Wesely Donehue20Sidney Evering16Kevin Felder11Katie Fox4John Frick8Jenny Isgett19 Amanda Loveday17Heidi Johnson4Sam Johnson8Terree Korpita3Jay Schwedler15J.P. Scurry13Monica Scott6Keith Shah10Nick Stomski12 Allison Waymyers14 Alan Wilson5 Vida Yousefian18
Bios compiled by 
Kristy Eppley Rupon
Photographs by 
Kim Kim Foster-Tobin
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 Assistant vice pres-ident for sales compensationservices
Husband, Gary; step-daughters, Megan and MaryKate
BS, computer infor-mation systems, Columbia Col-lege; currently in the MA pro-gram, organizational changeand leadership program at Co-lumbia College
Community/professional high-lights:
 Volunteer with Home Works and Harvest Hope; YouthCorps board member; fund-raiser for National Down Syn-drome Family Alliance in Green- ville; United Way of the Midlands Young Leaders Society member
In her own words:
It’s very re- warding to help someone solve aproblem or gain exposure to anew idea or technique. My goal isto make a positive impact on oth-ers in whatever way I can by uti-lizing my knowledge and talent.
 What saying do you live by?
Treat others as you would wantto be treated.
 Your life changed when:
I grew up in a rural part of West Virginia where furthering one’s educa-tion beyond high school was notcommon. My parents and Imoved to south Florida when I was a junior in high school. If Ihad not been exposed to a differ-ent environment at that point inmy life, it’s hard to say where I would be today.
 What did you want to be whenyou grew up?
I still don’t know  what I want to be when I grow up! I do know that I want to con-tinue being in an environment where I feel my contributionsmatter and that I can have a posi-tive impact on the growth of others.
In a recent community serviceproject, you took service to thenext level by not only repairing ahome for a family in need but al-so cleaning, replacing house-hold items and stocking thepantry. What drives you to goabove and beyond?
I want oth-ers to know that people reallycare about their well-being.
How do you balance work andcommunity service with con-tinuing your education and hav-ing a personal life?
I generallyfocus on what needs to be doneone week at a time. If I think about everything I need to do ov-er the course of the next few months, I feel very over- whelmed. As the saying goes, theonly way to eat an elephant isone bite at a time.
 Terree Korpita

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