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Dean Simmons | 27

Dean Simmons | 27

Current hometown: Eustis. Occupation: Registered nurse in the emergency room for AdventHealth Apopka. My first job: I worked part time…
Ben Pauluhn | 35

Ben Pauluhn | 35

Current hometown: Mount Dora. Occupation: President, Optimus Solar, Mount Dora. My first job: Tennis racket stringer—“The Racketman.” Greatest career accomplishment:…
Melanie Walton | 37

Melanie Walton | 37

Current hometown: Mount Dora. Occupation: Chef and owner of Four M’s Kitchen, Mount Dora. My first job: Making specialty sandwiches…
Corey Pendergraft | 31

Corey Pendergraft | 31

Current hometown: Leesburg. Occupation: Director of information technology at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Greatest career accomplishment: Being promoted to…
Lauren Fickett | 31

Lauren Fickett | 31

  Current hometown: Eustis. Occupation: Realtor with Morris Realty and Investments, Leesburg. My first job: I worked at a copy…
Dr. Jennifer Paul | 35

Dr. Jennifer Paul | 35

Current hometown: Mount Dora. Occupation: Chiropractor at Etheredge Chiropractic. My first job: Associate chiropractor in Hoboken, New Jersey. Greatest career…
Kevin Yurasek | 33

Kevin Yurasek | 33

      Current hometown: Eustis. Occupation: Director of strategic communications, Lake-Sumter State College. My first job: Host at Cracker…
Ashlea Mudd | 23

Ashlea Mudd | 23

Current hometown: Leesburg. Occupation: Full-time business owner and manager of Southern Mudd Boutique, Leesburg. Greatest career accomplishment: Opening my very…
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