ALBANY, Ga. — A group of Southwest Georgians managed to earn a spot in Georgia Trend’s coveted “40 under 40” class for 2012.
Jenni Harris, the marketing manager for White Oak Pastures in Bluffton; Marcus Johnson, the head of Marketing and PR for Phoebe Sumter hospital in Americus; Mark Masters of the Georgia Water Planning and Policy Center at Albany State University in Dawson; and Sgt. JoAnn Sudduth, a legal assistant NCOIC at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, each made the list.
Each year Georgia Trend recognizes some of the state’s most prominent young leaders.
“For the 16th year, Georgia Trend presents a group of 40 outstanding Georgians under the age of 40. The honorees are making their marks in business, government, politics, nonprofits, the arts, finance and the military,” Georgia Trend Editor Christy Simo wrote on the magazine’s website.
Masters said it was an honor to be named in the publication and hopes it may draw a little more attention to the WPPC’s efforts for water planning and conservation.
“If anything, I hope it’s a reminder that there are a lot of people who are looking at the water issue, particularly in Southwest Georgia,” Masters said. “We think we have a good story to tell here at the center. We understand here in Southwest Georgia that agriculture and its responsible use of water is part of the solution to the water-use question.
“Being named a Georgia Trend 40 under 40 is certainly an honor and I am deeply humbled by my selection. Any accolades, however, are more appropriately directed to my loving and supportive family, a group of colleagues at ASU and the Water Center — who are second to none — the entire ACF stakeholders organization and, most importantly, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Southwest Georgia has a good story to tell and, to the extent I can serve as an ‘ambassador,’ I look forward to telling that story for years to come.”
Sudduth said she was grateful for the recognition.
“I am truly gracious to be selected as one of Georgia Trend’s, 40 under 40,” she said. “It was a huge surprise to know I was even nominated. I personally would like to thank Mrs. Pam Jackson for that. I am so grateful for her kindness. I am blessed to have such an amazing support system, from my creator, my husband Derek, family and friends, and everyone at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany.
“It has been a pleasure working with everyone in my community. They make every day an outstanding one. Working with people of such high caliber has made me who I am today. They are my foundation, and I send them my gratitude.”
Johnson said it was gratifying to be recognized for his efforts at the hospital.
“I am both humbled and honored to be chosen for such a prestigious group, and it is very gratifying to know that so many people appreciate what I do for the hospital and the community,” he said. “I am truly blessed.
“Hopefully, this will also shed light on so many people in South Georgia who are worthy of being named to this list as well. I want to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to support my nomination with their letters and emails, and I especially want to thank Ms. Vickie Oldham of Albany State University for nominating me. She is a wonderful asset to the community, and I am glad she is in South Georgia.”
Johnson also thanked Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital CEO Joel Wernick and the Phoebe board for extending the hosptial network to Americus.