Auburn Alumni Association honors inaugural 20 Under 40 class

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The Auburn Alumni Association recently named its first 20 Under 40 class. This recognition was established to recognize graduates under the age of 40 who have experienced extraordinary accomplishments, significant professional achievements and/or distinguished service to others.

Those listed below were named to the class.

Stephen Smith '06, of Decatur, Georgia, graduated with a degree in political science from the College of Liberal Arts. He is associate regional counsel with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4. 

Evan Thomas '07, of Nashville, Tennessee, majored in communications in the College of Liberal Arts. He is the co-owner of the Thomas Twins Team—Nashville Realtors at PARKS Real Estate.

Allison Johnston Frizzo '09, of Dallas, Texas, majored in communications in the College of Liberal Arts. She is a managing partner at Hart Commercial. 

Brandon Young '10 of Atlanta, Georgia, earned a degree in electrical engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. He is the president and CEO of Young Management and Consulting. 

Emily Wood Traylor '10, of Auburn, earned a degree in wireless software engineering from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the Harbert College of Business.  She is the president of Eye Cloud Pro and Practice Director EHR. 

Meghan Milks Nicholas '21, of Atlanta, Georgia, graduated in international business from the Harbert College of Business. She is the vice president of Global Supply Chain.

Amanda Herron Loper '05 of Birmingham, Alabama, earned her degree in interior architecture from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. She is a principal at David Baker Architects. 

Cameron Mosley '13 of Atlanta, Georgia, majored in psychology with a minor in Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts. She is a clinician for Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta. 

Caroline Catchpold Spradlin '13 of Tampa, Florida, majored in psychology in the College of Liberal Arts. She is a commercial litigation associate specializing in construction law at the Tampa Office of Phelps Dunbar.

Christopher Martin '12, of Auburn, earned his degree in nursing from the College of Nursing. He is an assistant clinical professor in the College of Nursing at Auburn.  

Cody G. Sanders '14 of Washington, D.C., earned his undergraduate degree in political science and a master’s in public administration, both in the College of Liberal Arts. He is the director of public affairs at PLUS Communications.

Christa Cotton '10 of New Orleans, Louisiana, earned her degree in business administration in the Harbert College of Business. She is the owner and CEO of El Guapo Bitters.

Morgan Busby '05 of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, earned her degree in finance from the Harbert College of Business. He is the CEO at Financial Media Corp.

Susan Scott Carothers '05 of Montgomery, majored in marketing in the Harbert College of Business. She is the president and CEO of SC Events & Communications.

William Brandon Smith '12 of Opelika, earned degrees in plant sciences, agronomy and animal sciences, production management from the College of Agriculture. He is assistant professor of Ruminant Nutrition in Forage Systems at Auburn University. 

Ashley Gann '05 of Birmingham, earned an aerospace engineering degree from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. She currently resides in Birmingham, where she is the chief meteorologist at CBS 42.

Sami Griffith Peck '14 of Atlanta, Georgia, majored in animal sciences—equine in the College of Agriculture. She is a digital commerce senior analyst at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.

Richard Wilt '07 of Valdosta, Georgia, is a plant sciences—agronomy major in the College of Agriculture and is a director of operations for Pro-Turf.

Tate Fall '16 of Alexandria, Virginia, is a rehabilitation and disability studies major in the College of Education. She also earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the College of Liberal Arts (’18). She is deputy director of elections for Arlington County, Virginia. 

Zachary Jones '13 of Indianapolis, Indiana, majored in plant sciences—agronomy. He is a research scientist in corn breeding at Corteva Agriscience. 

Nominations for next year’s class open on Jan. 17, 2023. Anyone can nominate a deserving 20 Under 40 candidate, and self-nominations are also accepted. Visit for more information. 

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