Baton Rouge: Meet this year’s rising stars in business, government and everywhere in between.
Business Report has unveiled its 2016 edition of the Forty Under 40, a list of the Capital Region’s 40 best and brightest people who aren’t quite over the hill yet.
Whether they’re working late into the evening to complete a big assignment, getting up early to ready their kids for school or jetting out of town to take a much-needed vacation, this year’s class is anything but idle.
Some of them are employed in the private sector, some of them work for the government, and others are their own bosses—but all of them are working to make the Capital Region a better place to call home. On top of juggling the demands that come with budding careers and growing families, they make time to volunteer for nonprofit organizations across the Capital Region, and sit on the boards of some of the most influential organizations and companies.
Culling down the list of nominees for this year’s Forty Under 40 class was no small task. Business Report received a near-record 434 nominations for 215 unique candidates. A panel comprised of community leaders and our staff took on the difficult challenge of choosing the 2016 class, which features a diverse mix of young professionals who are passionately pursuing their dreams in a wide variety of fields.
In the accompanying stories, you’ll get a feel for why each of the honorees has been included in this year’s Forty Under 40 class, what makes them tick and what challenges they’re planning to take on next.
In extensive question-and-answer sessions, each shares with us what they feel their greatest accomplishments have been thus far, as well as lessons they’ve learned the hard way and aspects of their jobs most people don’t know about. They also dish on their favorite places to dine in Baton Rouge, the best vacations they’ve ever taken and their greatest hopes for our city.
Business Report will recognize and celebrate all of this year’s honorees at a special event on Dec. 1.