Our judges know what qualities and accomplishments make a 20 Under 40 Award recipient because many are   past winners! Each year we assemble five judges to review the nominations and select the top 20 nominees based on specific areas of achievement.

This year’s panel is comprised of the following professionals:

John Barofsky, co-owner Beppe & Gianni’s and chair of Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce

John helps run one of Eugene’s most beloved restaurants and still finds time to be an EWEB Commissioner and has leadership positions with Travel Lane County, the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association and the Fairmont Neighborhood Association. He serves on the City of Eugene’s Community Safety Citizen Advisory Board and on the  Street Bond Review Panel. He has also served on Eugene’s Budget and Planning Commission. City of Eugene Street Bond Review Panel

Liz Tate, regional director of sales at Merete Hotel Management

Recently named the Chamber’s 2024 Women Business Leader of the Year, Liz has over a decade of hospitality experience. She’s committed to sustainable and cultural tourism and serves as a resource of native communities in the hospitality sector. Her commitment to community service is reflected in her work with Friends of South, the School Garden Project and Relief Nursery. She was a 20 under 40 winner in 2023. 

Andrea Voorhees, vice president, employee benefits at USI Insurance Services

Andrea focuses on employee benefits and offers clients a way to integrate analytics, networked resources and strategic planning to find customized solution to attract talent and improve retention. She’s served in a variety of human resource roles with Bi-Mart, Bulk Handling Systems,Siuslaw Bank and Market of Choice. She’s active in United Way of Lane County, Delta Rotary, the Oregon Bach Festival and Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley. She was a 2019 recipient.

Chad Steinhauer, CPA, tax manager, Kernutt Stokes

Chad works with clients in a broad array of industries, primarily in manufacturing, real estate, forest products and construction. He enjoys strategizing with clients and helping them achieve their goals. He leads the firm’s manufacturing niche and represents Kernutt Stokes nationally as part of the BDO Alliance Manufacturing Roundtable. He’s on the boards of Kidsports and Forests Today and Forever. Chad is a 2023 honoree.