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GenXYZ 2022: 12th Annual Awards

Introducing, the 2022 Top 25 Young Professionals.

Mike Taylor //June 14, 2022//

GenXYZ 2022: 12th Annual Awards

Introducing, the 2022 Top 25 Young Professionals.

Mike Taylor //June 14, 2022//


This year’s Top 25 Young Professionals vary in their backgrounds and their professional pursuits — what they have in common is a relentless achiever’s mindset, a can-do spirit and a desire to do good for others as they do well for themselves.


Some are lifelong Coloradans who couldn’t conceive of living anywhere else; others are transplants from the East and West coasts or somewhere between. 

The winners were chosen from among hundreds of entries by a panel of judges made up of ColoradoBiz magazine’s editorial board and representatives of the business community, including a past GenXYZ winner.

Nominees for this 12th annual awards program were judged on professional achievement, community involvement and challenges surmounted, with judges giving weight to each criterion at their own discretion. The panel then convened, and judges each made their cases for their 25 selections. Votes were tallied. Out of that discussion, a “Top 5” of particularly impressive nominees were selected.

For the judges, assessing the nominations and learning about the career and life pursuits of all the entrants was cause for optimism, as this group of GenXYZ honorees continues to make its mark.

Read on, to find out more about our latest class of up-and-coming movers and shakers:


Alejandra Harvey, 36, CEO | Tendit Group, Denver – Top 5

Neil Fisher, 36, Co-Founder & Co-Owner | Weldwerks Brewing Co., Greeley – Top 5

Nina Vendhan, 24, Chief of Staff & Product Manager | Studio Management, Denver – Top 5

Simone D. Ross, 39, CEO | Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Denver – Top 5

Daniel Ramirez, 30, Co-CEO | Los Dos Potrillos, Centennial – Top 5

Jessica Ostoyich, 38, Market Director | Mortenson, Denver

Ginnie Logan, 39, Program Director | Chinook Fund, Denver

Erin Beffa, 36, Threat Intelligence Practice Lead | Digital Silence, Denver

Victoria Donovan, 29, CEO | Clinically Media, Denver

Bobby W. Dishell, 29, Associate Attorney | Moye White LLP, Denver

Shawnee Adelson, 38, Executive Director | Colorado Brewers Guild, Denver

Colin McIntosh, 31, CEO & Founder | Sheets & Giggles, Denver

Anthony Halsch, 29, CEO | ROXBOX Containers, Denver

Kristin Strohm, 38, President & CEO | Common Sense Institute, Greenwood Village

Francis LeGasse Jr., 39, Managing Partner | Assured Senior Living, Wheat Ridge

Adeeb Khan, 39, VP of Corporate Social Responsibility & Executive Director | Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, Centennial

Denise Gomez, 36, VP of Strategic Impact & Integration | Rocky Mountain Communities, Denver

Rachael Yee, 33, Architect | SmithGroup, Denver

Chris Picardi, 38, Senior VP & Commercial Banking Sales Leader | KeyBank, Denver

Phil Dumontet, 34, CEO | Whole Sol Blend Bar, Boulder

David Shirazi, 31, Senior VP | JLL, Denver

Jeff Homer, 33, Founder | Ensemble Music Schools, Louisville

Kyle Endres, 39, Director of Development | We Don’t Waste, Denver

Yev Muchnik, 39, Founding Partner | Launch Legal, Denver

Robin McIntosh, 36, Co-CEO & Co-Founder | Workit Health, Denver

For a complete list of this year’s 2022 GenXYZ award finalists, click here
Discover some of the highlights, Celebrating the Trailblazers of 2022

Note: Ages given for the GenXYZ winners are as of Dec. 11, 2021, the original deadline for submitting nominations.