Each year, The Fayetteville Observer recognizes 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. It is important for The Fayetteville Observer to lead this charge because we identify and work with these future leaders every day.
Honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by a panel of judges. They are dynamic professionals who reached unbelievable heights early in their careers. All of the honorees have extensive records of community service and giving back to others through their time, talents and treasure.
NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR 2019 - CHECK BACK SOON FOR 2020 NOMINATION FORMS
Clicker here for 2019 40 Under 40 Nomination Form.
Clicke here for 2019Rising Star Nomination Form.
What is The Fayetteville Observer's 40 Under 40?
It is an annual program where members of the public nominate people who they believe are our area's rising leaders under the age of 40.
What is The Rising Star?
The Observer's Rising Star Award is in its second year and 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. In addition to an award, the recipient will receive a $500 scholarship.
When are the nominations?
Nominations for the 2019 class will begin in Thursday, November 22, 2018 and close on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
What are the nominee qualifications?
40 under 40 nominees must not have turned 40 before the awards gala (March 8, 2019). Nominees should have professional success, make an impact in our community and be a leader. The nominees are judged on their achievements as an active member of our community. Rising Star nominees must not have turned 22 before the awards gala (March 8, 2019). Nominees should demonstrate qualities and achievements as a youth leader in our community.
How can I nominate someone?
40 Under 40 Nomination Form.
Rising Star Nomination Form.
Who can be nominated?
You can nominate yourself, a client, a friend, a peer, student, your boss -- anyone who meets the criteria.
Can I be nominated if I am in the military?
Absolutely! We encourage the nomination of our military leaders.
What do I need to submit with a nomination?
You need the nominee's name, job title, contact information and date of birth. You also need to detail his or her community involvement with dates, and tell us why you believe the nominee deserves this honor. Please remember, your nominee will be judged based on the information you supply.
Does it help to have several people nominate the same person?
No. We ask that nominations be true nominations and not an organized campaign.
I have some great young leaders in my company. Can I nominate more than one person from my company?
Yes. You can nominate multiple managers/executives from one company. However, we will urge the judges to choose only one unless the managers/executives are from separate divisions/departments of a larger company.
The leader I want to nominate will turn 40 before the event date. Can I still nominate him or her?
No. The nominees cannot be older than 39 on the event date. We will verify the age of all the finalists. We no longer have a minimum age.
What happens to my nomination after I send it?
The nominations are reviewed by The Fayetteville Observer staff to ensure eligibility and are released to the judges. The judges will review and make a final decision.
Who are the judges and what are they looking for in a nomination?
The nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges from a cross-section of our nomination area. They look for involvement in our community and how the nominee's involvement betters our community. They take into consideration the nominee's involvement in our community outside of their career but may also look at how professional successes make an impact in our community.
Is a Nominee judged on the nomination alone?
The nomination form asks for a LinkedIn page and encourages any other online resources that might be available (links to articles, online bios, organization websites where they are listed as a committee or board member, etc.). Judges primarily take your nomination into consideration but may also choose to visit the nominee's LinkedIn page and any other online resources provided. In cases where a judge happens to work directly with a nominee, has a personal relationship with a nominee or some other conflict of interest, judges will recuse themselves.
What is required of those who make the cut?
Those who are selected must provide proof of age, answer a questionnaire and make themselves available for a photo shoot. Attending the gala is not required but highly encouraged.
If someone I nominated was not chosen, can you tell me why, and can I nominate them in the future?
If your nominee wasn't selected, it won't be because of one particular reason. You are encouraged to nominate the person next year as long as they still meet the requirements.