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Prestigious Top 40 Under 40 back for seventh consecutive year

Do you have what it takes?

One of Mississippi’s most prestigious awards programs is back for a seventh consecutive year.

Top 40 Under 40 recognizes the state’s 40 up-and-coming business leaders under the age of 40.

In order to qualify for consideration, individuals must have been born after Dec. 1, 1959, and have lived and worked in Mississippi for at least two years. Nominations should be returned to the Mississippi Business Journal no later than Oct. 15, 1999. A nomination form appears on page 29 of this week’s MBJ.

Individuals selected as recipients of the 1999 Top 40 Under 40 award will be profiled in the Jan. 3, 2000 issue of the Mississippi Business Journal. A luncheon will be held in their honor Jan. 13, 2000.

The Top 40 Under 40 program seeks to identify and recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to Mississippi’s overall economic progress, often working at their own local levels.

“We believe the Top 40 Under 40 program is a wonderful way to salute the achievements of Mississippi’s young business leaders,” said Joe D. Jones, CPA, publisher of the Mississippi Business Journal. “Through the Top 40 Under 40 program, we are delighted to help pay tribute to up-and-coming businesspeople for their contributions to Mississippi’s economic progress. These are the people who are going to help lead Mississippi into the future.

“Top 40 Under 40 has become the standard by which successful, innovative young Mississippi businesspeople are identified and recognized.”

Since its inception in 1993, the Top 40 Under 40 program has recognized more than 200 Mississippi business leaders who are playing active day-to-day roles in moving the state’s economy toward the 21st century.

But Top 40 Under 40 is anything but a single-business awards program said Jones. Recipients have come from virtually every walk of life.

“The key to the program’s success is that individuals are nominated by friends or business associates who best know their professional and civic involvement,” he said. “We have found that all of the Top 40 Under 40 recipients have involvement that go well beyond normal working hours. Their days are extended by a large number of civic and community activities.”

And, he pointed out, nominees do not have to be business owners or sole proprietors. “We’ve certainly had business owners and executives, but we’ve also had outstanding nominees in the past from governmental agencies, non-profits and a wide variety of professions.”

After the Oct. 15 deadline, all nominations will be screened by an independent committee, first, to be sure they have not yet reached their 40th birthday, and, secondly, for their business and community involvement.

The luncheon for the Top 40 Under 40 award recipients will be held in conjunction with the 17th annual Mississippi Business EXPO in Jackson. EXPO 2000, Mississippi’s largest business-to-business trade show slated for Jan. 12-13, 2000, will feature the latest in products and services.

KICKING OFF EXPO 2000

The first annual Salute to Business and Industry award program, sponsored by Trustmark National Bank and the Mississippi Business Journal, will kick off EXPO 2000. A breakfast honoring the recipients is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2000, at the Trade Mart in Jackson to launch EXPO 2000.

According to Jones, the Salute to Business and Industry program is designed to recognize the businesses and industries in Hinds, Rankin and Madison counties that have contributed to the metro economy and quality of life.

The five-part selection criteria includes:

• community investment

• quality of life

• labor/management relations

• leadership

• recognition.

Commercial and industrial categories with small, medium and large designations provide for fair competition for every company.

A nomination form for the Salute to Business and Industry award program is on page 23 of this week’s issue.

For additional information on Top 40 Under 40, the Salute to Business and Industry award program or EXPO 2000, contact MBJ special events director Linda Jacobs at (601) 364-1015 or 1-800-283-4625 or e-mail lkj@msbusiness.com.

Contact MBJ editor Jim Laird at jlaird@msbusiness.com.

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