Since 1996, 20 Under 40 has recognized over 500 artists, entrepreneurs, doctors, educators, nonprofit executives, public figures, business leaders, behind-the-scenes contributors, and more. These honorees are diverse, passionate and committed difference makers that are transforming our region through their professional and community contributions.
In a typical year, we receive at least 200 candidate profiles making 20 Under 40 one of the most coveted and prestigious award programs in the Region. Past Award Recipients are a virtual Who’s Who of current leaders in our area.
The program is a celebration of those individuals, under the age of 40, who have made the decision to remain or return, and in doing so, to make an impact on the communities where they live and work.
Nominees for the award are young professionals who live and work in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. An extensive communications effort is done to obtain nominations from around the region. It is aimed at prospective nominees in 19 counties in northwest Ohio (Allen, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert , Wyandot, Wood, Williams, and 3 counties in southeast Michigan (Hillsdale, Lenawee, and Monroe).