David Buuck is creating housing, employment and support opportunities for adults with disabilities at CASS Housing in Fort Wayne. Emma Taylor-Metcalf, owner of Lyn-Maree’s Boutique and co-owner of Auburn Brewing Company is involved in Downtown Auburn Business Association, Auburn Main Street and the DeKalb Chamber Partnership and says her biggest career success is maintaining happy employees and customers.

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly honored them and 38 others during its 16th Forty Under 40 event, sponsored this year by Huntington University. Business Weekly Editor Lisa Esquivel Long and KPC Media Group CEO Lou Phelps kept the night going with a few jokes — some of them even funny — as the 260 masked attendees had a chance to network before and after the event in Ceruti’s Diamond Room, 6601 Innovation Blvd., Fort Wayne.

The 40, who couldn’t turn age 40 before the ceremony to be eligible, were chosen by an editorial panel from hundreds of nominees based on their professional and community work.

“Tonight is about fun, but we’re also here to honor you, to honor our Forty under 40, both for your hard work and for your commitment to our communities,” Phelps told the crowd.

Phelps took a moment during the program to praise John Sampson, who was in attendance. Sampson, the inaugural president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, is leaving the organization March 31 after 14 years.

John Urbahns, president and CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc., spoke to the crowd about the Forty Under 40 honor, one which he previously received. Urbahns told the current 40 recipients to hang their awards in a place a prominence.

He has his hanging in his office.

“I have it hanging there not to show people what I’ve done. It reminds me every day when I look at it that I need to be a better leader. I challenge you to look at it every day and think how you can be a better leader in our community,” Urbahns said.

Business Weekly’s publisher, KPC Media Group, is owned by the George Witwer family of Kendallville. It is the largest independently owned newspaper group in Indiana. It publishes 13 daily and weekly newspapers, has four websites with 1.3 million total page views per month, and reaches over 134,000 readers.

Nominations are now being taken for the Forty Under 40 Class of 2022. The Business Weekly covers 12 Northeast Indiana counties and four in Northwest Ohio.

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