It is vital to our community to highlight young leaders across all industries and walks of life. After a beyond successful inaugural year, The Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Arlington Today Magazine, has opened nominations for the second year of the 40 Under 40 program. This is your chance to honor a peer, mentee or someone you admire. It’s also an opportunity to share an inspiring story of success with a larger audience.
“To ensure Arlington’s bright future, it’s our responsibility to cultivate the next generation of business and community leaders,” said Michael Jacobson, President and CEO of the Greater Arlington Chamber, “This program enables us to showcase up-and-comers with everyone in greater Arlington.”
Arlington is the 49th largest city in the USA; we’re larger than New Orleans, Orlando and Pittsburgh. It’s critical to our success to have a pipeline of responsible, community-invested leaders to serve as our elected officials, lead our businesses and give back to our local nonprofits as board members and volunteers.
We welcome all of those under 40 to be nominated (full eligibility details are listed at the end). Think of the employees in your office as well as the entrepreneurs you interact with. Maybe, it’s a client or vendor that has impressed you; reach out to them and tell them you want to nominate them. Under 40? Ask a mentor, boss or community leader to nominate you and tell them why you feel you deserve this recognition.
After a selection committee from the Chamber evaluates all nominees, the top 40 will be announced, and each honoree will be recognized in a dedicated 40 Under 40 issue of Arlington Today Magazine as well as at a celebration dinner.
“Arlington Today could not be more excited to continue this program,” said Judy Rupay, Co-Creator of the magazine and former City of Arlington Councilwoman, “We must continue to identify future leaders and nurture their growth by connecting them to each other and our community.”
Nominations are open now and close Friday, August 4. You can find all the details at Arlingtontx.com/40under40.
ELIGIBILITY: (1) Highly encouraged to live AND work in Arlington or a city that touches Arlington (Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Kennedale, DWG, Pantego) (2) Only one person per small business will be selected as an honoree. For larger businesses or organizations (500+ employees) two nominees will be considered if they’re from different departments (3) In order to be considered eligible, nominees must be 39 years old or younger as of January 1, 2023 (4) Chosen honorees are required to attend the awards presentation Nov 16, 2023. Inability to attend the awards event is an automatic disqualification from the program. (5) Self-nominations are NOT permitted (6) Chamber membership is NOT a requirement.
Britton Merritt is Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce