LIMA — Three young professionals are the finalists for the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Young Leader of the Year, which recognizes professionals under the age of 40 who are active in the community.
Martinez, 25, of Palmview, Texas, first moved to Lima to attend Ohio Northern University. After graduating in 2015, Martinez moved to Orlando to work as a performer with Disney and Universal Studios. He then moved back to Lima for a new role as director of development for the Civic Center Foundation.
Martinez is also involved with the Lima Young Professionals, Allen/Lima Leadership, Habitat for Humanity Lima chapter and the regional development directors’ roundtable.
Promoting the downtown area is one of his personal goals.
“Lima has a good group of people who are working toward redevelopment of the downtown area,” Martinez said. “I’m honored to be considered as a leader of the community. I truly appreciate the groups I’m involved with.”
Garlock, 37, has spent most of her life in the Lima area. A graduate of Delphos St. John’s high school, Garlock attended college at Central Michigan University before coming back to Lima in 2005. She’s worked for Spherion ever since and is now the staffing agency’s regional manager.
“I loved it so much that I just never left,” Garlock said.
Garlock sits on numerous boards, including the Mental Health and Recovery Services, United Way and Partnership for Violence-Free Families boards.
Nelson, 24, a Philadelphia native, is a reporter for WLIO in Lima. She previously worked as a business reporter for The Lima News and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017.
Nelson currently volunteers with Our Daily Bread and the Westside Neighborhood Association. She’s also a table leader with Alpha, a Bible study group.
Nelson plans to do more volunteer work, particularly with children and those in need.
“This has motivated me to want to give back to this community and set an example for other children and let them know that anything you set your mind to, you can achieve,” she said.
Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.