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    Tribute to Tina Gray Carstensen

    by Former Representative Tom Latham

    Posted on 2013-03-05

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    LATHAM of iowa in the house of representatives Tuesday, March 05, 2013 Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate and recognize Tina Gray Carstensen for being named a 2013 Forty Under 40 honoree by the award-winning central Iowa publication, Business Record.

    [[Page E246]] Since 2000, Business Record has undertaken an exhaustive annual review to identify a standout group of young leaders in the Greater Des Moines area who are making an impact in their communities and their careers. Each year, forty up-and-coming community and business leaders under 40 years of age are selected for this prestigious distinction, which is based on a combined criteria of community involvement and success in their chosen career field. The 2013 class of Forty Under 40 honorees join an impressive roster of 560 business leaders and growing.

    Tina Gray Carstensen is a lifelong Iowa native who grew up in Newton and received her Bachelor of Arts from Central College in Pella. Since 2002, Tina has been a marketing coordinator for Shive-Hattery Architecture and Engineering in West Des Moines, a full service design firm. In this role Tina has built the marketing team and hired and trained other marketing coordinators in the firm's offices across Iowa and Illinois. Her passion for helping others has led her to become extremely involved with community organizations, including providing graphic design services for various animal rescue groups and serving as Chair of the West Des Moines Leadership Academy Board. Tina resides in the Beaverdale neighborhood in Des Moines with her husband Jay, her stepson Finn and their two cats Mo and Hershey. Her proud parents, James and Sandra Gray, continue to reside in Newton.

    Mr. Speaker, it is a profound honor to represent leaders like Tina in the United States Congress and it is with great pride that I recognize and applaud Mrs. Carstensen for utilizing her talents to better both her community and the great state of Iowa. I invite my colleagues in the House to join me in congratulating Tina on receiving this esteemed designation, thanking those at Business Record for their great work, and wishing each member of the 2013 Forty Under 40 class continued success.


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