Top 20 Under 40 nominations are now being accepted

The 2011 winners of The Tribune's Top 20 Under 40 Awards.
The 2011 winners of The Tribune's Top 20 Under 40 Awards. The Tribune

The Tribune is seeking nominations for its eighth annual Top 20 Under 40 Awards to honor San Luis Obispo County’s best and brightest young leaders.

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, demonstrate professional excellence in their field and a profound commitment to their community.

"We're seeking individuals who are making a difference through their leadership, vision and commitment in both their work and volunteer activities,” said Executive Editor Sandra Duerr.

A panel of judges from the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation will evaluate and select the candidates. 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.

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.

Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 9 here: Be prepared to provide background information and specific accomplishments of the nominee.

For more information, contact Executive Editor Sandra Duerr at 781-7901 or

Photos: To see pictures of the 2012 Top 20 Under 40 award winners, click here »

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