Congratulations to BizWest’s 40 under 40 Award Recipients!

Kallie Cooper and Erin Jerome, at the award ceremony for BizWest 40 under 40

Annie Lindgren

North Forty News


Every year, BizWest honors forty leaders under the age of 40 from throughout Northern Colorado. These leaders are making a difference in their companies, industries, and communities. In 2021, two of these excellent leaders have shined in the Wellington Community.

Kallie Cooper took over as Executive Director of the Wellington Main Streets Program in September 2019, having no idea pandemic loomed around next year’s corner. While the Main Streets Program traditionally put on events throughout the year, instead, she became a key point of contact for downtown Wellington businesses as they all worked to get through ever-changing COVID-19 related impacts. She led a variety of promotional and fundraising efforts, applied for grants, helped disperse funding, all the while moving the Wellington Main Street Program up the ranks to the highest ‘Graduate’ level program. In 2021, as events returned, her leadership skills continued to shine in moving the program forward with various projects and initiatives around town.

“It is my privilege to serve the Wellington community, and it means so much to me to receive this award. I love making an impact and creating community, and I am truly honored,” shares Kallie.

Erin Jerome is Salon Owner and Stylist at Trim Salon & Boutique, located in downtown Wellington. Her talent and love for what she does quickly took her from ‘assistant’ to ‘owner.’ She became owner in 2020, navigating the COVID-19 related changes, supporting the local business community through a gift card program, and moving her business forward in adding to her team. Meanwhile, she volunteers for the Wellington Main Street Program helping with events and promotion projects, and spearheads a new event called ‘The Cleveland Crawl.’ In addition, she is PTO chair and volunteer coordinator at Rice Elementary, where her kids attend school, and started a food drive when she saw a need early on in the Pandemic.

“One of the things I am most passionate about is supporting my community, especially our small businesses, and I am honored to be chosen as a 40 under 40 award recipient,” shares Erin.

The award happened on October 28. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! Below is the complete list, and here is the link to the full details

Stephanie Ashley, Brinkman Real Estate

Hannah Baltz-Smith, Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority

Melody Bettenhausen, Ensight Skills Center

Karina Brum, Colorado State University

Beau Bump, Cline Williams

Jordan Butts, MidFirst Bank

Tegan Camden, SummitStone Health Partners

Sydnie Chapman, CycleBar Fort Collins

Kallie Cooper, Wellington CO Main Streets Program

Lyndsey Crum, University of Northern Colorado

Harlan David, Sunrise Community Health

Ilde Dominguez, New Horizons and Associates

Jeremy Ehardt, FNBO

Austin Elsey, FMS Bank

Scott Haberman, Eide Bailly LLP

Erin Jerome, Trim Salon & Boutique

Lindsey Johansen, Loveland Pulse

Hannah Johns, Madwire

Drew Johnson, Adams Bank & Trust

Casey Katofsky, Future Legends Complex

Jill Marx, City of Fort Collins

Quinha McBride, Studio Q Fitness

Liz McMillan, Canvas Credit Union

Anne Nelsen, [au]workshop architects+urbanists

Nick Norton, Waypoint Real Estate

Joseph Poling, Good Day Pharmacy

Jamie Rasmussen, United Way of Larimer County

Richelle Reed, Sample Supports

Katie Romberg, Community Foundation of Northern Colorado

Kim Rounds, Five Rivers Cattle Feeding

Collin Rue, C3 Real Estate Solutions

Molly Saylor, City of Fort Collins

Toni Whitney Schavone, Sellstate Rogue Realty

Meg Skeehan, Colorado State University

Abbey Steger, PFS Insurance Group

Morgan Vanek, United Way of Larimer County

Peter Vlcek, Peter Vlcek Agency – Farmers Insurance

Nicole Walusis, FirstBank

Amanda Werner, UCHealth

Allyson West, Larimer County

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