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Young Leaders in Birmingham

— by on March 3rd, 2015

Two Washington and Lee University alumni have made the list of Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40.

Mary Drennen, W&L class of 2002, and Tripp Watson, W&L Class of 2007, were identified as leaders and distinguished individuals of the city.

As reported on the Journal’s website, Tripp, who has B.A. in economics and politics, “has been a change agent in Birmingham on several fronts. He’s been an active, progressive voice aiming to move the region forward—taking a stand on big issues like Uber.” He is also recognized for his work cultivating Birmingham’s growing entrepreneurial scene through his boutique law firm tailored to start-up businesses.

Mary, who attended The French Culinary Institute in New York City before returning to Birmingham to work for Cooking Light magazine, is co-founder and president of Nourish Foods. The Journal says the company is “helping lead a healthy eating revolution in Birmingham. Through relationships with Iron Tribe Fitness and others, nominators say she has a knack for finding innovative ways to get high-quality, healthy food to customers.”