Recognizing Mississippi`s Top 40 Under 40 business leaders is one of my favorite annual undertakings. Consistent with the certainty of death and taxes is the inescapable fact that us “gray heads” will eventually be turning over the reins of leadership to younger folks. Those of us who are blessed with having jobs that we enjoy do not cherish the idea, but must admit it is inevitable.
For the last six years, the Mississippi Business Journal has sponsored the Top 40 program to recognize emerging leaders in every field of endeavor. It has been my privilege to participate in the selection process for the last four years. It is an inspiring experience. Reviewing the accomplishments of hundreds and hundreds of “difference-making” young people from around the state is humbling and encouraging. We can feel secure that the future of Mississippi is in good hands.