Their ambitions and accomplishments can be a bit humbling to many of us, but it is nearly impossible not to admire the dynamic young professionals who contribute so extraordinarily to the Atlantic City area’s prosperity in a wide range of ways.
For this reason, Atlantic City Weekly joined forces with the Greater Atlantic City Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) in 2005 to establish the Top 40 Under 40 — a campaign designed to recognize outstanding volunteerism, community service, cultural enhancement and exceptional work ethics in sectors of society such as business, government, education, healthcare, hospitality and others. The common bond among all 40 of the individuals honored each year — nominated at ACWeekly.com over a six-week period by their colleagues, family and peers, and selected by a five-person review committee composed of Jaycee members and Atlantic City Weekly staff — is that all are under the age of 40.
It is an invariably tough annual task to pare the entire field of nominees down to a mere 40, and no year was more difficult than this one. Nearly 170 young movers and shakers were nominated in 2016, and several most-deserving nominees did not make this year’s list. For that reason, and for the first time in the event’s 12-year history, 10 of the 40 nominees were given special consideration based on background familiarity, word-of-mouth recommendations and further research conducted by the review committee.
All 40 honorees will be feted at the 12th annual Top 40 Under 40 party in the Event Center at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on Friday, March 18.
The Top 40 Under 40 serves as proof of how abundant the Atlantic City area is with successful, charitable, community-oriented young people who make our region a richer one in which to live.