QUINCY -- Nominations are now open for the 20 Under 40 class of 2019.
The Herald-Whig, WGEM, Quincy Chamber of Commerce, Hannibal Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals of Quincy are seeking nominations through April 15, for their 2019 20 Under 40 publication that will honor young professionals in The Herald-Whig's circulation area. Each honoree will be photographed and their accomplishments will be shared in stories throughout the special section that will publish in September.
The Herald-Whig created the annual 20 Under 40 section in 2007 to honor people younger than 40 in the area who make a difference in their communities. Readers submit the names of people who have been successful in the business world, at churches or in civic events.
Herald-Whig Marketing Manager Eric Wait said for the first time this year, honorees and three classes of previous award winners are invited to a celebration of the 20 Under 40 tradition.
"We'll honor the 2019 recipients, but we also are inviting the award winners from 2007, 2008 and 2009 to the 2019 20 Under 40 Reception and Awards Banquet, which will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Oakley-Lindsay Center," Wait said.
Starting in 2020, the 20 Under 40 banquet will be held for that year and "class" from 10 years earlier. Clearing the way for that event, this year's banquet will be the largest of all with four groups of award winners.
Latonya Brock, executive director of the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce, and McKenzie Disselhorst, executive director of the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce, believe 20 Under 40 shines a spotlight on some of the brightest emerging leaders in the area.
To qualify for the award, candidates must be younger than 40 on Sept. 29, must live within The Herald-Whig's circulation area and previously not have been recognized for this honor. Recipients will be honored in a special Herald-Whig publication in September.
"I'm excited that we have this opportunity to showcase the young professionals in our area," Herald-Whig News Editor Andrew Drea said. "Seeing my peers get recognized for their efforts is something that inspires me and many other young professionals."
Nominations may be made by going to whig.com/20Under40 and filling out the nomination form. Winners from 2007, 2008 and 2009 who would like more information about the event should contract Drea at 217-221-3360 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.