By Amanda DePerro
Annually since 1996, 20 Under 40 has recognized a group of local young professionals and community leaders in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan who show outstanding dedication and commitment to the region. The organization’s mission aligns perfectly with the goals of both the TRCC and EPIC, which aim to uplift business leaders and young professionals, supporting the growth and success of the Toledo Region.
Click here for more information about 20 Under 40.
About the Recipients
Board of Trustees, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce; Owner, ARK Restoration & Construction
More than a decade ago, Ambrea Mikolajczyk founded ARK Restoration & Construction with her husband, Kevin, after renovating two properties. Mikolajczyk oversees major projects, both residential and commercial, such as the Continental Baking Company Building, which received both federal and state historic tax credits. Mikolajczyk set out with a goal: to restore “undesirable” properties to their former glory, or even better than what they once were. She has helped make the Toledo Region more beautiful and bright through her work with ARK and beyond.
Chair, EPIC Toledo; Board of Trustees, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce; Senior Audit Accountant, Weber Clark Ltd.
Katie Moline has a wide array of experience under her belt. From her position as congressional aide to U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and finance director for Joe McNamara’s campaign for judge of Lucas County, in addition to her work as a member of United Way Emerging Leaders and Women’s Initiative and Females in Action, among others, Moline has proven her devotion to the region. Click here to read more about EPIC Chair Katie Moline.
Toledo Area Small Business Association; Advisory Council, EPIC Toledo; co-founder, Whitelabel
Josh Cooper had a winding yet deliberate road. From law school to now-defunct startup Givt, Cooper’s path led him to where he is today, as founder of design, development and strategy agency Whitelabel. From designing beautiful websites and building out the back end of a website, to a full suite of marketing and deployment techniques, Whitelabel is building brands not just here in Toledo, but across the country, too. Click here to read about Josh Cooper and Whitelabel’s redesign of the EPIC Toledo website.
Advisory Council, EPIC Toledo; owner, Engage Studio Architects, LLC
Erin Curley is a distinguished architect, professional and volunteer. Between being the only architect in northwest Ohio to receive a national certification as a Safety Assessment Volunteer and recipient of a multitude of awards, including the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Toledo Emerging Professional of the Year, AIA Ohio Presidential Citation and Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship, Curley has gone above and beyond in both her personal and professional lives to improve quality of life here in northwest Ohio. She has donated her time as lead volunteer architect on multiple projects as well, including the Miracle League of Northwest Ohio Concession Facility. Since 2007, she has given over 4,000 hours of community service.