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The Daily Transcript appreciates the time and effort put forth by the following people to select this year's Young Influentials.

Reid Carr

Reid Carr is the president and CEO of Red Door Interactive.

He is responsible for maintaining an environment where the company can recruit, retain and grow the best talent and clients.

He is the ambassador of Red Door’s core values, both inside and outside the company, as well as communicating its vision to anyone who will listen.

Headquartered in downtown San Diego overlooking Petco Park, Red Door also has offices in Carlsbad and Denver.

Among numerous awards for its work, including Webbys, Addys and other things that end in “y’s,” in 2010 Red Door was named one of the “Best Places to Work in Media & Marketing” by Advertising Age magazine, as well as a “Top Small Company Workplace” by Inc. Magazine (among companies such as the New York Jets and Patagonia).

The company has consistently been named as one of the “Best Places to Work in San Diego” by the San Diego Business Journal, and has received both the Crystal (two times) and the Marble Awards of Excellence by the San Diego Society for HR Management.

Red Door counts clients such as Petco, Cricket Wireless, Shea Homes, Charlotte Russe, Smith+Noble and Rubio’s, among others, on its enviable client list.

Prior to founding the company in 2002, Carr was the director of interactive and advertising for McQuerterGroup, a San Diego-based marketing agency. In that role, he was responsible for forming the iGroup, the organization's interactive arm.

Previous to this endeavor, Carr lived in Los Angeles and worked for PBJ Digital and TBWA/Chiat/Day.

Carr graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's in journalism and communications, with the fun people who also had an emphasis on advertising.

He now realizes that it wouldn’t have killed him to take a math class or two.

Carr writes regularly for iMedia Connection, and is a Fast Company expert blogger.

He was honored with San Diego Metropolitan's "40 Under 40" award in 2005, the San Diego Business Journal's “Most Admired CEO” award in 2007, 2009 and 2010; and in 2011 won their Exemplary Award.

In 2009, Carr was a finalist for the “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young.

In 2010, he was named to the New Leaders Council’s 40 Under 40 list, as well as named a “Young Influential” by The Daily Transcript.

In 2011, iMedia Connection named him one of the 25 Hottest Digital Marketers.

His civic involvement includes membership in the Rotary International's Club 33 and Young Presidents Organization. Carr sits on the boards of both the United Way of San Diego County and The Voice of San Diego, and is a 2010 graduate of INFLUENCE San Diego.

Lauren Walsh Forgione

Lauren Walsh Forgione is principal of Citrus Public Relations and serves as lead publicist, working to develop and execute smart communications programs for her clients. As a dedicated public relations practitioner, Forgione brings unique value to her work, creating opportunities to engage target audiences through communications that reach media, influencers and target clients/audiences. She’s known for developing programs using a multifaceted approach of traditional public relations and new communications technologies. Alongside a team of expert consultants in their respective fields, she supports clients in a variety of industries to earn the media spotlight with local and national audiences.

With experience in both agency and corporate environments throughout California, Forgione previously held client management positions at Fleishman Hillard’s esteemed San Diego office and Marston + Marston, a San Diego-based public affairs firm. She has developed and managed communications activities on behalf of major national brands in the Fortune 50, with clients including AT&T (NYSE: T), Kodak and the global finance division for General Electric (NYSE: GE); specialized tourism and educational media relations for the launch of a new exhibit, “StormStruck: The Tale of Two Homes” interactive exhibit at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort; and developed and executed media relations programs for San Diego-based entities such as Cricket Wireless, Jet Source, Jerome’s Furniture and the Little Italy Association, among numerous other recognized brands.

Forgione previously worked as director of client relations for Barker Walters, a San Diego-based law firm, where she spearheaded marketing, client development and PR strategies for six primary practice areas: development and execution of marketing strategies, co-sponsored media events planning, current and prospective client communication, seminar and special events planning, and coaching attorneys’ client relations skill sets.

Forgione specializes in offering marketing counsel and support for San Diego-based businesses and invaluable expertise to generate impact for her clients. She has served in a number of roles for Southern California business and nonprofit organizations, including: program chair, Legal Marketing Association Southern California Chapter Board; board member, Public Relations Society of America, San Diego Chapter; board member, Healthcare Communicators, San Diego Chapter. She graduated from California State University, San Marcos with a B.A. in communication and resides in La Jolla.

Lee Mills

Lee Mills is an entrepreneurial sales and marketing professional with more than 17 years of leadership experience. He is a recognized marketing expert who has had case studies published, speaks at industry conferences, was named a “Rising Media Star” by Media Magazine in 2004, and most recently won a gold medal for multivariable testing. He currently serves as vice president of marketing for MojoPages.com, “The People Powered Yellow Pages” (of which The Daily Transcript is a partner); and is also president of the iMarketers Association, a group of more than 1,200 innovative marketers in Southern California.

Mills is a board adviser to local startups including: Attachmore, a large file delivery service; Deal Current, a social commerce platform for publishers; Realtidbits, a real-time community platform for publishers; EcoPackStore, a supplier of environmentally friendly packing, food and office supplies; and most recently Chatmeter, an online reputation management company.

In his spare time, Mills serves as a Big Brother through Big Brothers & Sisters of San Diego, and finds inspiration surfing San Diego’s waves.

Chris Veum

For almost 20 years, Chris Veum, AAIA, IIDA, has been partners with Doug Austin, FAIA, MAIBC, LEED AP, and Randy Robbins, AIA, LEED AP.

Together, they serve as principals for three design firms. Veum is president of AVRP Studios in downtown San Diego, principal for AVRP Architecture in Vancouver, Canada, and principal for SAVR Inc., a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small-Business architecture firm in downtown San Diego. These companies complete architectural, interior design and planning projects for commercial, health care, residential, municipal and community clients.

Veum created a Global Strategic Alliance with other noted architecture firms throughout Europe, Australia and the Americas, affording “transportable expertise” with global reach and local touch. At the age of 27, he was the youngest architect to receive a national award from the American Institute of Architects. His clients include Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Nokia (NYSE: NOK), Mitchell International, Red Door Interactive, Petco and Sharp Healthcare.

Veum has held chairman positions for numerous organizations, including the San Diego Downtown Partnership and Young Presidents’ Organization. He was appointed to the YPO Regional Board in 2007, and is currently an elected board member of the Peninsula Community Planning Group. He is the incoming chairman of the board of a newly formed World Presidents’ Organization chapter in San Diego. He is also a founder member of the USS Midway experience in downtown San Diego.

Veum resides with his wife, Sandra, and daughter, Lauren, in Point Loma.

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