After sifting through nominations from all across the industry, a PPB magazine judging panel has selected the Rising Stars of 2022.

These 12 emerging leaders join a group of just over 160 professionals who have claimed the honor since the program began in 2010. The annual recognition spotlights some of the industry’s most promising up-and-coming figures based on their accomplishments, demonstrated leadership and involvement in the marketplace and their communities.

Industry professionals submitted nearly 100 nominations this year, explaining each candidate’s merits, which were independently scored to select the 2022 honorees.

This year’s Rising Stars earn unique networking and career growth opportunities, as well as a special invitation to PPAI’s North American Leadership Conference in August. Be on the lookout for each honoree in the cover story of the September issue of PPB.

Nicole Baker, American Solutions for Business

Hilary Barnes, PCNA

Johnny Beig, Dioz Group

Melissa Bettua, HPG

Derek Boyer, Proforma

Kelly Brown, Green Giftz

Melissa Gayl, BAMKO

Lane Hokanson, Goldstar

Brad Kaeser, Kaeser & Blair Incorporated

Mitch Kaeser, Kaeser & Blair Incorporated

Javier Melendez, Walker-Clay, Inc.

Indigo Shea, Sand Scripts