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Young professionals honored at 40 Under 40 luncheon

In September, the Herald will name the area's first-ever 40 OVER Forty class.

Josh Boutwell accepts his 40 Under Forty plaque from Albany Herald General Sales Manager Ken Boler during Friday's luncheon. The Herald, along with Emerge Albany, celebrated the 2013 class of the area's brightest young professionals.

Josh Boutwell accepts his 40 Under Forty plaque from Albany Herald General Sales Manager Ken Boler during Friday's luncheon. The Herald, along with Emerge Albany, celebrated the 2013 class of the area's brightest young professionals.

ALBANY, Ga. — A who’s who of the area’s most active young professionals gathered Friday in Northwest Albany to receive a shower of well-deserved accolades from family and friends.

The Albany Herald’s 2013 40 Under 40 class included an ecclectic bunch of youngsters, including doctors, artists, teachers, reporters and business people.

Ken Boler, the general sales manager for the Albany Herald and albanyherald.com, told those in attendance Friday that acknowledging the efforts of the 2013 class was a “brightside” moment for Albany.

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“It was great to partner with the Albany Chamber and the community to celebrate this year’s 40 Under 40 winners,” Boler said. “This is truly a ‘Bright Side’ moment as I look out at this powerful room. The winners represent every corner of Albany, and that’s the way it’s designed to work.”

Chris Hardy, president of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, praised the group for its work both as young professionals and as community-minded workers.

“This class contains the brightest parts that Albany has to offer,” Hardy says. “These young professionals are setting a high bar; they’re working both at their jobs day in and day out, but many of them are also working diligently through volunteer committments and social organizations to make Albany a better place to live.”

During the luncheon, Boler took time to unveil the Herald’s newest effort to draw attention to those doing positive things in the community: 40 OVER 40.

“We are announcing the launch of 40 Over 40, which is slated for September to celebrate the continued work of local residents who push the community forward even as they mature,” Boler said.

At the end of the year, The Herald will allow its readers, through both its print and online editions, to vote for the area’s man and woman of the year from the pool of 40 Under 40 and 40 Over 40 winners.