Event Date & Time

Friday, March 6, 2020
6:00pm - 11:00pm

Event Location

Cape Fear Botanical Garden
536 N Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville
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About 40 Under 40

2020 marks the 10th anniversary of The Fayetteville Observer recognizing 40 of the area's top business professionals and community leaders at the 40 Under 40 awards ceremony. Those selected are featured in a special 40 Under 40 publication and at fayobserver.com. We understand the impact this hard-working group has on the future of our community. Honorees are nominated and reviewed by a panel of community leaders. They are dynamic professionals who reached unbelievable heights early in their careers. Past honorees have extensive records of serving the community and giving back to others through their time, talent and treasure.


In 2018 we introduced the Rising Star award. This award recognizes a young person, 21 or under, who demonstrates strong leadership potential, character and a genuine interest in making his or her community a better place. The recipient will show great promise as a leader of tomorrow in business, civic life, the armed forces or whatever path they take. In addition to an award, the recipient will receive a $500 scholarship.


Click on a year to see the full list of 40 Under 40 alumni:
2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

2020 Highlight Video


Red Carpet
Award Ceremony
After Party
Scenes from the night
2020 Class

Special Guest

Keynote Speaker: NC Chief Justice Cheri Beasley

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley began her judicial career as a district court judge in Cumberland County where she served for a decade before being elected to the Court of Appeals in 2008. She joined the Supreme Court of North Carolina as an Associate Justice in 2012 and was appointed by Governor Cooper to serve as Chief Justice in March of this year. With that appointment, she became the first African-American woman in the North Carolina Supreme Court's 200-year history to serve as Chief Justice. Throughout her judicial career Chief Justice Beasley has advocated for fair, independent, and accessible courts. She has mentored countless students and judges, lectured at area law schools, traveled nationwide and abroad to promote the rule of law and the administration of justice. She has served
on committees with both the American Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association to promote access to legal services for those who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. She has brought those values with her in her role as Chief Justice and is advocating for a court system that not only solves legal disputes, but also helps people better their lives. Through her leadership, North Carolina's courts are implementing 21st century technology, expanding access to drug recovery courts, and partnering with schools and faith leaders to solve critical challenges in our communities.
She and her husband, Curtis Owens, are the proud parents of twin sons, Thomas and Matthew.


Please visit between Thanksgiving 2020 and the start of 2021 for access to the 2021 nomination form