Daniels alumni are movers and shakers. They’re leaders and influencers. They’re award-winners. They innovate, they advance and they enrich their communities far and wide. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that four Daniels alumni were named to the Denver Business Journal’s 2018 “40 Under 40” list, which recognizes 40 individuals all under the age of 40 who represent the best in business that metro Denver has to offer.

We took a moment to catch up with these outstanding alumni to learn what they love most about their jobs, to what they attribute their success and the things that motivate and inspire them to be the best of the best.

 

Anthony Epps (BSBA 2006, JD 2009)
Partner at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
“I love the intellectual challenge of working with clients to develop solutions to complex problems. I can honestly say that I rarely have ‘boring’ days. I attribute my professional success to a loving and supportive family that truly believes in me and encourages me to be my best. I also attribute my professional success to having fantastic mentors who are always willing to give me fantastic advice. I am motivated and inspired by setting a good example for my nieces and nephews, and being the best person I can be.”

 

Phoenix Jackson (BSBA 2008)
Client Relations Strategist at 9News, Director of Client Relations at Phoenix Affect
“I have owned Phoenix Affect, my public relations, marketing and communications firm for over 12 years. It has been a joy to be a part of many businesses and organizations that have spearheaded positive and socially-focused endeavors. I love educating others on how to present themselves and their products to the public, and I love the freedom that I have experienced while working for myself. The years in business have opened the door for me to public speak and to become an author of what I know—my book, “The Spirit of Business,” is launching this spring. I have a powerful tribe of women who are my go-to for inspiration, direction and overall support. We hold each other up and cross-mentor one another when needed. These women are a key influence in my success. My direct inspiration comes from my 11-year-old son Ausar and my connection with my ancestors. They worked so hard and endured so much so that I could walk tall and stand for them. I think of them every day as I create and build.”

 

Adeeb Khan (MBA 2014)
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at TIAA
“I love my profession because it provides me access to make a difference in my community. I love Denver and the opportunity to work with so many inspiring people. Ultimately, I want to ensure that I do my part to make Denver a better place for so many who are less fortunate. I am very blessed in that I have a great family and support system around me. I love what I do and my work tends to be both challenging and rewarding. The best decision I made coming out of college was to pursue my passion. I am inspired by those who achieve great things despite facing many obstacles. I think often of my parents who were immigrants in this country and were able to achieve great business success against many odds. Growing up and watching their hard work and determination is a constant reminder of what it takes to be successful.”

 

Sarah Treadway (MBA 2009)
President and Co-CEO of Stout Street Hospitality
“The hospitality business is constantly changing. My favorite part of my day is working with our amazing team (including my big brother) to adapt and grow our brand, get ahead of the industry and make our guests happy. The team at Stout Street is a fun, dynamic, smart group. We are all very passionate about our company so it is fun solving the daily problems together. I repeat myself but I’ve been so fortunate to surround myself with people who have big ideas, aren’t afraid to challenge the norm and speak to power. It keeps us striving to be better every day. Eric, my brother, and I took over a thriving business from our father a few years ago. I’m motivated by taking his legacy and making it stronger and more sustainable. We have been able to develop our first couple hotels after his retirement and it is inspiring to enable his company to grow.”

 

The Denver Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” awards program is in its 22nd year. For 2018, the newspaper called on former 40 under 40 winners to serve as judges. Twenty-three judges scored the nearly 500 nominations that were submitted for 259 individuals. Judges assigned nominees scores from 1-10 across four categories: community involvement; leadership in business; business recognition; and general reasons for nominating. This year’s winners will be honored at a luncheon on Wednesday, March 21, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. They will also be profiled in a special report publishing Friday, March 23.