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MICHELLE FUTHEY

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Executive Vp and Director for the Central West Region

Aon Consulting Inc.

St. Louis

Age: 43

Dedicated to her profession and her community, Michelle Futhey has mastered the art of balancing her passions. Since July 2006, she has served as executive vp and region director for Aon Consulting Inc.'s central west region. Ms. Futhey, who's been with Aon since 1993, now oversees 18 offices and 480 staff, and provides clients with consulting services in a variety of specialty practices including health and benefits, retirement, talent management, communications, executive compensation and global benefits. With a heart for children's causes, Ms. Futhey is an active supporter of child welfare initiatives and is a court-appointed special advocate for the State of Missouri, serving as guardian ad litem for seven children currently under the jurisdiction of the Missouri Department of Social Services.

Greatest influence: "A man by the name of Charlie Ross. He recently retired and we worked together (at Aon Consulting) for about eight years. He was an informal mentor to me and there were a lot of things that I so admired in him. He provided coaching to me and supported me. I think the big thing that he helped me with, as far as my career path, was...to be patient and take the promotion that was suited for me and not just take the first promotion that opened to me."