ALBANY, Ga. -- Forty of the area's top professionals and community do-gooders -- all younger than 40 years old -- were honored Friday at a luncheon recognizing their leadership, work and service to the community.
The Albany Herald and a local group of civic and community-minded young professionals known as Emerge Albany sponsored the local 40 Under 40 event. Readers of The Herald nominated those who have gone above and beyond the scope of their day-to-day work to make the community a better place.
With more than 100 nominees, the list of 40 was chosen by a group of judges based on the level of service, the type and scope of work, and other factors.
Kevin Austin, The Herald's director of advertising, said that culling down the list was a challenge, which speaks volumes about the younger members of the community who have made Albany and Southwest Georgia their home.
"After receiving over 100 nominations this year, our judges spent hours narrowing the best of the best down to 40 best. These rising stars represent various backgrounds and occupations throughout our region," Austin said. "These young leaders are among the most fascinating and inspiring people in Southwest Georgia and are steadily shaping the future in the communities they work and live in."
Barbara Rivera-Holmes of Emerge Albany told those who attended the luncheon Friday that members of her club has taken it upon themselves to create a unified front to move the community forward, recognizing that many of them will be the leaders of tomorrow.
"I'm proud to say that of the 40 selected, 19 are members of Emerge Albany, which I think says a lot about the caliber of people we have both in our club and Southwest Georgia," Holmes said.
A special section featuring all of the 40 Under 40 will be included in Sunday's Albany Herald.