“20 Under 40”
Leadership Recognition Award
Twenty young adults, including five African Americans,
received a 2017 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition
Award on Thursday, September 28 at the 22nd annual 20
Under 40 ceremony. They were selected from a field of
Lamar Anderson, Director of Product Marketing at Owens
A young achiever, Anderson became a Director at a Fortune
500 company by the age of 33. Currently, he leads a business
segment at Owens Corning with $250 million in sales and 300
employees across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
In the community, Anderson serves as a board member for
Junior Achievement of Northwestern Ohio, as an Elder and
board member for the Church on Strayer, a HUB Team member
for Pickett Elementary School, on the scholarship committee
for Alpha Phi Alpha alumni chapter of Toledo, and was a past
chairman of Owens Corning’s African-American Resource Group.
Anderson was a recipient of an Evans Scholarship, has an
undergraduate degree from
Northwestern University, He returned to Northwestern to
obtain his MBA from Kellogg School of Management while
working full-time as a plant leader at Owens Corning.
He was nominated by Kristian Brown, Jose Rosales, Craig
Teamer, and Tianna Anderson.
Jeremy Holloway, Teacher/Speaker at the University of Toledo
Holloway serves as the Community Relations Director for the
UT Student Government, president of Narrow Gate Community at
UT, and a leader in the PhD program there. He serves his
community as an advisor, mentor, and leader for the
Multicultural Educators of the Future, Brothers on the Rise,
serves as an instructor with the Multicultural Emerging
Scholars Program and is a recognized minister of music in
various local churches. He has taught in South Korea,
Mexico, Argentina and Spain. Holloway was also a team
leader in Toledo for community building projects in Managua,
Nicaragua; Wonju, South Korea and Laung Prabnang, Laos.
He is a recipient of the UT Martin Luther King, Jr. Award.
He is also a mentor at Keiser Elementary through JLJ
Mentor’s Outreach, and he ran in the Glass City Marathon and
in an international marathon in Seoul, South Korea.
Holloway was nominated by Edward McNeal.
Richard Jackson, Commissioner of Purchasing for the City of
As Commissioner of Purchasing, Jackson leads the City’s
purchasing team in procuring goods and services of over $250
million a year. He holds a BS in Finance from The Ohio State
University and earned his EMBA from the University of
Jackson serves on Toledo EXCEL Joint committee at the
University of Toledo, serves on the Pickett School HUB
Steering Team and serves on the board of Alpha Xi Lambda
Chapter as Treasurer. He received the Toledo EXCEL
Outstanding alumni Award in 2016; the GFOA Certificate for
Excellence in Financial Reporting in 2014 and 2015.
Jackson was nominated by LaMar Anderson and Ebonie Jackson.
Erica Parish, Director of TRIO Student Support Services at
Owens Community College
Parish had an 11-plus year career with UPS, beginning during
college at the University of Michigan. She was featured as a
woman in leadership in this industry that has few females in
highly visible management positions. After earning her MBA
from BGSU, she entered the education field and joined Owens
Community College where she directs the federally-funded
program to help students attain an associate’s degree,
certificate and/or transfer to a four-year university.
She has been part of the Perrysburg Amateur Baseball and
Softball Commission for 10 years as a coach, league
commissioner, vice-president, and currently serves as board
president. She is also is one of the three commissioners for
the Perrysburg Women’s Softball League. A member of the
board of trustees for the United Way of Greater Toledo, she
is chairman of the Community Impact Cabinet, serves on the
governance committee and the CEO search committee. She is a
member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she serves
as the community service chairman and collegiate advisor. In
2016 she was selected to participate in a two-year
Leadership Excellence Academy and became a certified manager
in Program Improvement. She also completed a Midwest Region
Leadership Fellows program with Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
Parish was nominated by Tyran Boyd.
Kendra Smith, Executive Director of Preferred Properties,
Smith has extensive experience in real estate development,
urban planning, housing policy, and community organizing
having served as the Senior Housing Planner for the Chicago
Metropolitan Agency for Planning prior to coming to Toledo
Since moving to Toledo, she has volunteered time and
resources to the reinvestment of Toledo’s neighborhoods and
residents. She serves on the boards of MLK Kitchen for the
Poor, UpTown Association and Toledo Design Center. She is a
member of Toledo Rotary, serving on the Rotary Disability
Committee and will co-chair the Youth Services Committee in
2018. She was a participant in the 2017 Center for
Nonprofit Resources Executive Leadership Certificate
Program, the 2016 EPIC Toledo Board Accelerator Series and
presented at “Partnerships
Analysis to Impediments and Fair Housing Assessments,” a HUD
Region V Convening in 2015. She has presented at four
regional and national conferences in 2014 and has published
Smith holds degrees from Cleveland State University, Ohio
University, La Universidad Publica de Navarra in Pamplona,
Spain, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of
She was nominated by Candice Harrison.
The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals in
northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40
who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in
the community. An independent panel of judges selects the 20
candidates for recognition. It is intended that the program
will further motivate young leaders in our area. Since 1996,
440 young community leaders have been recognized through the
20 Under 40 program.
Program sponsors include Eastman & Smith; Fifth Third Bank;
Plante Moran; The Andersons, Inc.; University of Toledo
Alumni Association and Sauder Woodworking Co. The Toledo
Business Journal serves as the media partner, Leadership
Toledo serves as the community partner and The Creative
Block is the website partner. Community support is provided
by EPIC Toledo, Oregon Theatre, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo
Opera, Toledo Symphony, Toledo Zoo, Valentine Theatre and
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