SLO County — The deadline for submitting nominations for The Tribune’s eighth annual Top 20 under 40 Awards is just a week away.
The award honors 20 men and women younger than 40 who excel in both their profession and community service. To be eligible, nominees must live and work in the county year-round, be 39 or younger on Jan. 1, and demonstrate professional excellence in their field and a profound commitment to their community.
A panel of judges from the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation will evaluate and select the candidates based on their leadership, vision and commitment in both their work and volunteer activities. Only one nomination per person will be accepted.
Winners will be chosen in December, short biographies of each will be published in The Tribune in January, and an awards luncheon will be held Jan. 24 in their honor. Blake Irving, former executive vice president and chief product officer for Yahoo!, will be the guest speaker.
Previous winners have been innovative, dedicated, persevering and deeply involved in their community. Some have founded their own firms, while others have played key roles in their nonprofit organization, private business, public agency or university.
To nominate an individual, visit www.SanLuis Obispo.com and click on the link to “Top 20 under 40.”
Be prepared to provide background information and specific accomplishments of the nominee.
The deadline to submit a nomination is the end of Nov. 9. For more information, contact Tribune Executive Editor Sandra Duerr at 781-7901 or sduerr@thetribune news.com.
— Tribune staff report
Former publisher moves to Merced
Jason Cross, a former News Media Corp. West Coast group publisher who oversaw operations at the twice-weekly Paso Robles Press and Atascadero News, has been named advertising director and publisher at the Merced Sun-Star, a McClatchy newspaper.
Cross, 34, will begin his combined duties Monday. He spent the past 10 years with News Media Corp., which owns small community newspapers across the country.
“Jason is sure to be an energizing, engaged leader at the Sun-Star, and I think the community will be very fortunate to count him as a resident,” said Modesto Bee Publisher and President Eric Johnston, who has overseen Sun-Star operations for the past three years.
Cross was a three-year member of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce board of directors and has served on its executive board. He specialized in the development of digital products and interactive marketing strategies, including the use of mobile technologies.
— Merced Sun-Star
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Twin Cities Community Hospital recently received the Get with the Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.
The recognition signifies that the hospital has reached the goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology. This marks the fourth year that the hospital has been recognized with the award.
— Tribune staff report