Three VPA alumni are among the seven Syracuse University alumni who appear on Forbes Magazine’s sixth annual 30 Under 30 listings of the most influential people under the age of 30. The lists, which span 20 different industries, honor entrepreneurs, breakout stars and agents of change across their respective disciplines.
Six hundred innovators in their fields garnered this honor, including the following VPA alumni:
Other Syracuse University alumni on the lists include:
- Ross Burack ’11 (food and drink list)
- Laura Foti ’13 (marketing and advertising list)
- Jacquie Katz ’09 (Hollywood and entertainment list)
- Jessica Santana ’11 G’13 (education list)
George, 27, is the artist manager for SB Projects in Los Angeles. A resident of New York City, he is credited with discovering Martin Garrix, a phenom in the Miami dance music scene, for talent manager Scooter Braun in 2013. With George’s help, Garrix blossomed into one of the top DJs in the country, earning $16 million in 2016. George studied in VPA's Bandier Program and earned a degree in the recording and allied entertainment industries.
Taggart, 27, is a musician for the electronic dance music duo the Chainsmokers, who were nominated for three Grammy awards this year, including Best New Artist for their hits “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Closer.” Taggart, a West Hollywood resident, and bandmate Alex Pall are among the favorites to win a 2017 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Taggart studied in VPA's Bandier Program and earned a degree in the recording and allied entertainment industries.
Robinson, 26, and Santana, 27, are the co-founders of New York on Tech, a nonprofit organization that aims to create and improve pathways for impoverished students and those from underrepresented populations to gain exposure to and proficiency in the fields of technology and innovation. Through immersive programs for high school students that include internship opportunities and mentoring, as well as after-school educational programming, Robinson and Santana help a forgotten segment of the population receive access to this training. Robinson, a Brooklyn resident, earned undergraduate degrees in both economics and communication and rhetorical studies before earning his master’s in information management from the iSchool.
Forbes allows an honoree to earn this distinction once in his/her career.
The designation was handed out in the following categories: Art and Style, Consumer Tech, Education, Energy, Enterprise Tech, Finance, Food and Drink, Games, Healthcare, Hollywood and Entertainment, Law & Policy, Manufacturing & Industry, Marketing and Advertising, Media, Music, Retail and E-commerce, Science, Social Entrepreneurs, Sports and Venture Capital.