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2024 40 Under 40

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Editor’s Note: Time to shine – years of hard work by honorees pays off with awards

There’s something special about the 40 Under 40 awards. From the photo shoot where we gather the class to take their portraits for publication to the event when each honoree crosses the stage to accept their award hardware – it’s a big moment in the lives of these young professionals and the excitement is palpable.

I’ve heard from honorees over the years that this award was a shaping moment in their careers. Maybe it helped them land that promotion or connected them with a new, trusted friend in business. While the award may be a platform for connection and visibility, many years of dedication led to this designation.

That dedication comes first and foremost from the members of the class, but also in this story are the mentors, family members, friends, bosses and colleagues who believed in these honorees and gave them the courage to start that business or take that dream job.

Special thanks to the judging panel who selected this year’s class. And congratulations to the 2024 40 Under 40 honorees.

This celebration of young professionals is a testament to the talent we have in our region, and to the many people who foster that talent in so many ways.

Do you feel the excitement?

Springfield Business Journal Executive Editor Christine Temple can be reached at


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