Crain's Chicago Business featured six Northwestern alumni in their annual 20 in their 20s list. The list includes young, millennial, Chicago-area professionals making significant impacts in their respective fields. Here's a look at the 'Cats that made Crain's Class of 2014:
Mert Iseri '11 & Yuri Malina '11
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Operating Officer, SwipeSense, Inc.
At best, hospital equipment design is unremarkable. At worst, it can be unhelpful. Yuri Malina and Mert Iseri set out to change that in 2011 with SwipeSense, a portable hand sanitizer that clips to a doctor's or nurse's clothing like an iPod. Read Mert Iseri and Yuri Malina's full spotlight.>>
Tristan Meline '07
Associate Marketing Manager, MillerCoors LLC
Craft beer may be trending among millennial males, but this 29-year-old beverage marketer believes hard cider will be the Next Big Thing. Tristan Meline has persuaded his bosses to put MillerCoors LLC's multimillion-dollar muscle behind Smith & Forge Hard Cider, the company's first in-house cider brand. It made its debut in March in one of the larger hard cider launches since Prohibition in terms of advertising spending and distribution. Read Tristan Meline's full spotlight.>>
Luke Tanen '07
Executive Director, Chicago Innovation Awards
It was enough of a challenge to arrange for Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to appear on the same stage for the Chicago Innovation Awards two years ago. But when protesters converged upon the Harris Theater before showtime, Luke Tanen, a former concert promoter, had to carve out a path for the mayor and governor that didn't cross the picketers. Read Luke Tanen's full spotlight.>>
Matthew John Bogusz '09
Mayor, Des Plaines, Illinois
It used to take eight weeks to get a new business license in Des Plaines. Now it takes two, thanks to this young mayor. Shortly after taking office last year, Matthew Bogusz "threw down the gauntlet," he says, and pushed for the change in this suburb of about 59,000 just north of O'Hare International Airport. Read Matthew Bogusz's full spotlight.>>
Zoe Damacela '14
President, Zoe Damacela Apparel Inc.
At 22, this budding fashion entrepreneur already has held court at three TEDx talks; designed lingerie for American Eagle Outfitters Inc.; landed the cover of Seventeen magazine; and been a guest of the White House, twice. All while maintaining a 3.8 GPA in history and political science at Northwestern University, where she is a senior. Read Zoe Damacela's full spotlight.>>