Each year since 1996, twenty young community leaders receive the prestigious 20 Under 40 Award. A Leadership Recognition Program, 20 Under 40 showcases dynamic leaders from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan who are under the age of 40. The program recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in the community. In addition to honoring the recipients, the program is intended to help motivate young people throughout our area to become community leaders.

Each spring, we solicit nominations for potential candidates. All nominated individuals are asked to submit a profile. From these candidates, an independent panel of judges selects twenty leaders to receive the award at a Fall recognition program. Judges consist of past honorees and community leaders.