The 1st State Bank RUBY Award is an honor bestowed upon the brightest professionals under the age of 40 who have made their mark in their professions and are having an impact throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region, according to the bank's website.
RUBY stands for "Recognizing the Upward, Bright and Young."
Among the 12 recipients for 2018, was Midland's city director of planning and community development, Grant Murschel.
"I've always kind of taken my job as being that of public service and a duty I perform on a daily basis to serve the public," he said. "And so hearing such a broad group of people that have been supportive of that is really, really humbling."
In addition to working for the city since 2013, Murschel is a member of Midland's Young Professionals of the Midland Business Alliance as well as part of the Midland Area Community Foundation.
Murschel said there are a number of people who have been influential in his career development, including former Midland City Manager Jon Lynch, current City Manager Brad Kaye and former Midland planning consultant Cynthia Winland.
"(Winland) was extremely helpful in just getting me to a place early on in my career to think about things differently and to challenge myself," he said.
Looking to the future, Murschel said he wants to work toward modernizing the community's policies and regulations regarding zoning and planning, implementing the best practices from around the country.
Another award winner was Chandler, DowDuPont transaction communications leader and public affairs growth and development leader for The Dow Chemical Co.
Chandler said in a Q&A about the award that she was honored and humbled to be a recipient.
"My individual success and recognition stems from my ability to surround myself by some of the best and brightest people in Dow - and in our community," she stated.
Chandler has been in her current role at DowDuPont since 2016, where she is responsible for developing and driving the company's communications strategy for the merger transaction and through the intended separation into the future materials science company (Dow).
She is also the committee chair of the 2018 Northwood Auto Show Gala and an active member of Life Church Midland.
In addition to Murschel and Chandler, Love, agency owner of Michael Love Agency - Allstate Insurance - received a RUBY Award on Tuesday night.
Love is not only an agency owner, but he said he has been a volunteer firefighter for Larkin Charter Township for almost five years, a teacher of fifth-grade Junior Achievement and a committee member for the Midland Area Community Foundation.
When asked why he thought he received an award, Love said, "I think my passion, my open-mindedness and determination that I've put toward growing my business, and also giving back to the Great Lakes Bay Region, obviously has stuck out and drawn some positive attention and I'm certainly honored to participate in the RUBY Award."
Love said his advice for other young professionals includes setting ambitious goals, celebrating little victories, learning from defeats and knowing that eventually hard work will be rewarded.
The other nine recipients of the RUBY awards were Jim Bailey, principal of Hemmeter Elementary School; Adam Bierlein, owner of Bierlein-Trombley Electric; Jenna Briggs, senior director of international and graduate studies at Saginaw Valley State University; Jessica Dore, principal of technology risk management at Rehmann accounting firm; Wayne Hofmann, project leader of Spence Brothers Construction; John Kaczynski, director of governmental affairs for SVSU; Justin Pomerville, business manager and financial secretary at UA Local Union 85; Erin Strang, president and CEO of Central Michigan University Research Corp.; and Tara Welch, executive director of Studio 23/The Arts Center.