The Suspense is Building
The 40 Under Forty Class of 2011 Will Soon Be Unveiled
The newest members of what has become a fairly exclusive club in Western Mass. — the ranks of BusinessWest’s 40 Under Forty honorees — have long known of their presence on that honor roll.
And soon, the region will know as well.
Indeed, the winners will be profiled in the magazine’s April 25 edition, a large, very special volume that has become must reading and a springtime tradition in the Pioneer Valley.
Another growing tradition is the annual 40 Under Forty Gala, this year slated for June 23 at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke. It begins at 5:30 p.m. and will feature lavish food stations, circulating hors d’ouevres, and, of course, the presentation of the winners, each introduced to his or her own chosen theme song.
The Class of 2011 is, like the groups before it, diverse and quite inspirational, said BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien.
“As you read the nomination forms for these individuals and then talk with them in person, you’re struck by just how much young talent there is in the region,” said O’Brien, noting that there were more than 100 individuals nominated, with five judges awarding them scores ranging from 1 to 10 based on a combination of business accomplishments, contributions to the community, entrepreneurial spirit, and what he called “intangibles.”
“The Class of 2011, like the ones before it, represents an intriguing mix of individuals,” said O’Brien, trying hard not to reveal too much about the newest group. “Together, they show the many ways in which one can stand out and be considered a rising star in the local business community.
“There are a number of entrepreneurs across several business sectors,” he continued. “And there are several business administrators and professionals, including lawyers, bankers, and sales representatives, working for some of the leading firms in the area. There are also several nonprofit managers and administrators who are playing key roles in helping their organizations improve quality of life for everyone in Western Mass.
“And … there are a few surprises,” he went on, adding that the April 25 issue will be interesting reading for everyone who subscribes to BusinessWest.
Tickets are now on sale for the 40 Under Forty Gala. The cost is $60 per person , with tables of 10 available. To order tickets or for more information, call (413) 781-8600, ext. 100, or visit www.businesswest.com.