Each year, okc.BIZ is proud to commend Central Oklahoma’s best and brightest achievers with the honors. The awards recognize those young leaders who are making a difference at work and in the community. The class of 2013 was chosen from more than 150 nominees. It takes more than just showing up to work each day to distinguish oneself professionally. This year’s class includes a diverse group of professionals from the public and private sectors as well as nonprofits.
From women climbing the ranks in the construction business to a pilot who founded his own company, this year’s honorees have faced personal and professional challenges and have persevered to be recognized as leaders by their peers and the community as a whole. Two of our honorees are familiar faces that come into your home on the evening news and help you stay safe when the weather turns ugly. Others may not be instantly recognizable but are well-known because of their extensive involvement in the community. A Rolodex with the names of this year’s honorees would be a powerful resource, as it includes a distinguished doctor, lawyers and business executives. These leaders know how to get things done, whether in the boardroom or cleaning up after natural disasters and helping those in need. In addition to recognition for their efforts, the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University is awarding a $5,000 scholarship to each of the honorees.
Jeffri-Lynn Dyer, okcBIZ publisher, sums it up best when she says, “Forty Under 40 extols the achievements and community involvement these young people demonstrate while exhibiting work/ life balance.”