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THE WINDUP AND THE PITCH

STANDING IN FRONT of 33,421 fans at Target Field in Minneapolis, Lee County Assistant Manager Doug Meurer wound up and threw the ball across home plate. The crowd applauded, and he walked triumphantly off the diamond. Doug made the trip north along with his fiancée Gail Markham, founder of Markham Norton Mosteller Wright and Co. He was slated to toss the May 22 game’s first pitch as the representative for Lee County Day, which promotes the county’s relationship with the Twins; the team’s Spring Training facility is at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers. Since 2011, the county has sent officials such as a commissioner or administrator to participate at the event. “I was a little more nervous than I thought I would be,” he says. In his youth, Doug played baseball from Little League through high school so he knows the game. He was directly involved with the recent $48.5 million renovation at CenturyLink Sports Complex—home to Hammond Stadium—in his official capacity as an assistant county manager. His goal at Target Field: To pitch from the mound and send the ball across the home plate to the catcher, who in that instance was T.C. Bear, the Twins mascot. Doug made it. Although the throw was not clocked, Doug says it “had the trajectory of a shot put.” (Some call that a change-up.) “That was the closest I’ll ever be to a Major League player,” says the Denver native. Playing the Toronto Blue Jays, the Twins dropped the game 3-1.

40 UNDER 40: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

THESE DAYS, class of 2010 honoree Jama Dock is spending a lot of time in the great outdoors—Babcock Ranch, to be specific. Jama is director of marketing at Kitson & Partner’s Communities Division, which is developing the new 19,500- home town, now in its beginning phase of construction. Other Kitson properties she works with are Talis Park and Longwater. When Jama was named a 40-under-40 winner nearly six year ago, she was Fifth Third Bank’s South Florida communications officer. Now, as then, she stays busy with her family (husband, Michael, and children Cy, 13; Mia, 10; and Lance, 8), playing softball at second base in a local league and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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