The Waukesha County Business Alliance has announced the five winners of its inaugural Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County awards program.

An independent judging panel reviewed nominees based on six criteria: community service involvement, achievement of professional goals, team mind-set, continual self-improvement, possession of leadership traits, and seeking ways to advance.

'These five Emerging Leaders are dedicated individuals who have taken their personal and professional growth to heart,' said Suzanne Kelley, president of the Waukesha County Business Alliance. 'They represent a bright future for Waukesha County and demonstrate what companies can achieve by nurturing and supporting younger professionals.'

Below are the winners, and a summary provided by the business alliance about why each was selected.

·Anne C. Fahser, financial adviser at Investors Advisory Group

When Fahser joined Investors Advisory Group, she worked with her company to develop a career path, pursuing the necessary certifications and education required to advance. Her drive to give back carried over to her involvement on several boards and committees, such as PEO International, Shorehaven and Ambassadors of Giving, and involved in the planning and coordination of a number of fundraising events.

·Andrew Gerbitz, president and founder of Andrew's Voice; teacher in the Child Care Center at YMCA Pabst Farms

Gerbitz started his own business, Andrew's Voice, which speaks to groups about having Down syndrome and encourages the community to support people with Down syndrome. He is one of only two individuals in Waukesha County with an intellectual disability to start a business. He also teaches at YMCA Pabst Farms, and sits on a number of committees and the board of directors for the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin.

·Katelyn Nye, product research manager, X-Ray-GE Healthcare

Nye has been instrumental in sharing GE's research results, which found a new process that improved detection of lung nodules by 75 percent. Her involvement and speaking engagements created a ripple effect throughout clinics around the world. Having a pacemaker herself, she has been involved with a number of groups associated with heart disease, including Camp Odayin and Heartbeat International. She is involved with GE's Girls Program, and sits on the board of directors of GE's GLBTA for the Milwaukee Hub.

·Mike Payne, commercial account executive at R&R Insurance Services Inc.

Payne exceeded all professional goals set for him, as well as getting involved internally by joining the Lean Committee in reducing excess costs for the company. His community involvement includes chairing the Waukesha County Business Alliance's Economic Development Policy Committee. He is a member of the alliance's policy board, Waukesha Plan Commission, and the Waukesha County Airport Operations Commission. Payne was also a candidate for the Waukesha County Board District 19 supervisor seat.

·Justin Pinkalla, strategic accounts manager at Terex Corporation

After high school, Pinkalla joined DUECO (now Terex) to build and repair trucks. He began setting career goals for reaching certain roles in the organization, meeting and exceeding each. He was instrumental in redeveloping the work process for a more efficient workflow on the floor. Pinkalla is closely involved with the local humane society, where he views himself as the head of maintenance projects. He is also a point person for the Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue organization.

The five winners will receive their awards at the Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County awards breakfast on Friday, May 13, at the Marriott Milwaukee West in Pewaukee. To register for the event, visit or call (262) 542-4249.

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