Nominate a young professional for The State’s annual 20 under 40 class

Meet the members of The State’s 2018 class of 20 under 40
Meet the members of The State’s 2018 class of 20 under 40

The State Media Co. is accepting nominations for its 16th annual 20 under 40 class of Midlands’ leaders.

The program honors 20 people under the age of 40 who are making a difference in their communities. Through the years, The State has recognized 300 people from all professions and all walks of life.

We need your help to select the 2019 class of young leaders. Do you know a rising business or professional star in the Midlands who is younger than 40 and is making a mark with both professional success and community involvement? If so, we invite you to nominate her or him.

Nominees must primarily conduct business in the 10 counties of the Midlands and be under age 40 as of Jan. 1, 2019.

The deadline for nominations is Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. Winners will be notified in early January. Names will not be made public until the 20 under 40 special section is published in early 2019. To nominate someone, click here.

Here’s some advice for nominations:

You must complete the entire nomination form. Incomplete forms will not be considered.

Send documents or reference letters in support of your candidate to posmundson@thestate.com. Please put “20 under 40 documents” in the subject line. You can send up to five Word or pdf documents.

After submitting the form, follow up with Associate Editor Paul Osmundson (posmundson@thestate.com) to make sure it was submitted properly.

Please include details in your nominations. Avoid just saying a nominee is a “good,” “hard-working” or “kind” person. Add examples and anecdotes.

The Midlands counties where nominees must primarily do business are: Richland, Lexington, Calhoun, Fairfield, Lee, Kershaw, Newberry, Orangeburg, Saluda and Sumter.

You can enter your nominations here: 20 Under 40 Nomination form

Still have questions? Email Osmundson at posmundson@thestate.com.