ALBANY -- Forty of the Albany area's young professionals were honored by Emerge Albany and The Albany Herald as the region's top 40 Under Forty.
Nominated by their peers and selected by a group of community-minded judges, the 2012 class of 40 Under Forty honorees spanned nearly every socio-economic, racial, and occupational divide. Their one common trait -- each has already impacted his or her community and has not yet reached his or her 40th birthday.
"With this group of dedicated young people in our midst, there is a bright future ahead for the region," Albany Herald Publisher John Hetzler said. "This area is indeed fortunate to have so many young professionals bent on making the community a better place."
Past honoree Will Davis, with Emerge Albany -- the growing arm of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce dedicated to young professionals -- exalted the class members as examples of a positive force in the community.
Honorees ran the gamut of occupations, including teachers, professors, Marines, entrepreneurs, bankers, lawyers, farmers, administrators, business owners and managers, and journalists. Each was selected for having shown through his or her personal or professional life a desire to improve the community in a meaningful way.
The complete list of honorees with their biographies was published in a special section of The Albany Herald on April 29.