The award “continues to acknowledge individuals who truly stand out in the community,” said Jonathan Key, president and publisher of Mountaineer Publishing Inc. “It shines a light on the honorees who are making an impact in their field and a difference in their community but may otherwise go unnoticed.”
“We’re once again glad to be at the DoubleTree by Hilton,” said Keri Hill, advertising and event coordinator for Mountaineer Publishing Inc. “We look forward to this event every year, and we are continuously amazed at the level of dedication we see from the professionals we interact with in the Asheville area.” Hill noted that 90 percent of the nominees this year are involved in charitable work. “Not only are they professional in their business, they also give back to their community through various means, ” she said.
All honorees have been nominated from places of employment and/or service organizations. They are all 39 years of age or younger, live or work in the greater Asheville area and show the potential to be a leader in the business community for years to come.
“The class selected for 40 Under Forty this year is an impressive one, consisting of dozens of people who have excelled in their positions and communities, ” she said. “Each year it is hard to chose 40 people because we get such outstanding nominations,” she added.
This is the seventh year the event has been held. In addition to acknowledging the accomplishments of the nominees, the event has proven to be a way for nominees to develop new friendships and build a network of contacts.
“We hold this event in hopes these young entrepreneurs will connect with each other and as a group, have a greater impact on the community than they would individually, ” Key said.
(Story courtesy of Shelby Harrell, The Biltmore Beacon, 9/27/2018)