Annual 40 Under 40 issue highlights region’s diverse talent

Every December, our magazine features 40 of the region’s best and brightest professionals under the age of the 40. Individually, these people highlight the diverse talent that exists in our region. As a group, they represent the characteristics which have defined our area for generations — a strong work ethic, commitment to the community and an innovative spirit.

Honorees are selected through a nomination process which includes a review of their work history, community involvement and professional achievements. This year we received well over 100 nominations from throughout the Dakotas and western Minnesota. I encourage everyone whose nominee didn’t make the list this year to nominate them again in 2014. Many of the “runner-ups” have impressive backgrounds, but also have many years left before they top that 40 mark.

I continue to be inspired and impressed by the level of talent that exists in our area, and the dedication with which young professionals tackle their many duties. Many of the nominees juggle professions that require long hours of work, yet they somehow still find time to volunteer with local organizations, mentor colleagues and raise families.

We’re proud to present this year’s Top 40 under 40 and hope that you’ll join us in applauding their success thus far and offer best wishes for continued success. Check out the full list in our December online edition.