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UGA Alumni Association announces 2012 40 Under 40 from the Athens area

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Alumni Association has named Thomas J. Callaway, Jennifer L. Chapman and Peter Dale, all of Athens, as recipients of the 2012 40 Under 40 award. Their awards were presented recently at a ceremony held at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

Thomas J. Callaway (’07) is co-founder and CEO of, a retailer dedicated to the outdoor sportsman. He is a past recipient of the Outstanding Citizen’s Award presented by the Georgia Secretary of State.

Jennifer L. Chapman (’97, ’98 and ’02) is a faculty member at Georgia Gwinnett College. She serves as assistant professor of legal studies and accounting, adjunct professor of tax law and assistant dean for operations in the business school.

Peter Dale (’99) is the executive chef of The National, a restaurant in downtown Athens. He is a board member of the Boybutante Aids Foundation and received the “People’s Choice-Best New Chef for the Southeast” award by Food and Wine Magazine this year.

Chosen from more than 400 nominations, the program recognizes 40 UGA graduates under the age of 40 who are making an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors; demonstrating a commitment to maintaining a lifelong relationship with UGA; and aspiring to uphold the principles manifested in the three Pillars of the Arch, which are wisdom, justice and moderation. To view this year’s class, see

The UGA Alumni Association accepted nominations for the 40 Under 40 from February-April. The nominees then submitted additional material that was provided to a selection committee for review.

Deborah Dietzler, alumni association executive director, said it is important to engage and maintain a lifelong relationship with the university’s ever-growing young alumni population. “Of the 270,000 living UGA alums, over 100,000 qualified for this program,” said Dietzler.

More than 51 percent of UGA’s alumni earned degrees within the last 20 years.

For more information about the 40 Under 40 program, see