AC Weekly's 2016 "Top 40 Under 40"

ATLANTIC CITY_NJ_MARCH_18: AC Weekly held is 2016 Edition of the "Top 40 Under 40" in the Event Center at The Borgata Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, NJ on Friday March 18, 2016. Photo: Tom Briglia and Mike Manger/ PhotoGraphics ATLANTIC CITY, NJ: Singer,song-writer and actor Jessie McCartney performed on stage at The Pool After Dark, Harrah's Atlantic City on Saturday August 8, 2015: Photo: Tom Briglia/PhotoGraphics ATLANTIC_CITY_NJ_MARCH_11: The 79th Annual Maxwell Football Club Awards were held at Tropicana Casino Resort, Atlantic City, NJ. College Player of the Year - Derrick Henry, University of Alabama. 57th Bert Bell Award - NFL Player of the Year - Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers. 27th The Earl “Greasy” Neale Award - NFL Coach of the Year - Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers. 21st Annual Chuck Bednarik Award - College Defensive Player of the Year- Tyler Matakevich, Temple University 27th Annual George Munger Award - MFC Collegiate Coach of the Year - Dabo Swinney, Clemson University. The Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award- Leadership, Dedication & Inspiration -Captains for the United States Military Academy, Captains for the United States Naval Academy and the Captains for the United States Airforce Academy 15th Annual Brian Westbrook Tri-State Player of the Year presented by Philadelphia Insurance Company -MFC Tri-State Player of the Year Award - Joe Callahan, Wesley College 18th Annual MFC Tri-State Coach of the Year presented by Philadelphia Insurance Company - Matt Rhule, Temple University 26th Annual Francis “Reds” Bagnell Award - Contributions to the Game of Football - Joe Browne, Executive Vice President, National Football League. 9th Annual MFC National High School Player of the Year Award presented by adidas- Jacob Eason, Lake Stevens High School 31st Annual MFC Jim Henry Award - Tri-State High School Player of the Year - Brandon McIlwain, Council Rock North High School 13th Annual Tropicana Broadcast Award - Tony Siragusa, FOX on Friday March 11, 2016 Photo:Tom Briglia/PhotoGraphics 79th Annual Maxwell Award – College Player of the Year – Derrick Henry, University of Alabama 57th Bert Bell Award – NFL Player of the Year – Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers+ 27th The Earl “Greasy” Neale Award – NFL Coach of the Year – Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers 21st Annual Chuck Bednarik Award – College Defensive Player of the Year– Tyler Matakevich, Temple University 27th Annual George Munger Award – MFC Collegiate Coach of the Year – Dabo Swinney, Clemson University The Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award– Leadership, Dedication & Inspiration –Captains for the United States Military Academy, Captains for the United States Naval Academy and the Captains for the United States Airforce Academy 15th Annual Brian Westbrook Tri-State Player of the Year presented by Philadelphia Insurance Company –MFC Tri-State Player of the Year Award – Joe Callahan, Wesley College 18th Annual MFC Tri-State Coach of the Year presented by Philadelphia Insurance Company – Matt Rhule, Temple University 26th Annual Francis “Reds” Bagnell Award – Contributions to the Game of Football – Joe Browne, Executive Vice President, National Football League 9th Annual MFC National High School Player of the Year Award presented by adidas– Jacob Eason, Lake Stevens High School 31st Annual MFC Jim Henry Award – Tri-State High School Player of the Year – Brandon McIlwain, Council Rock North High School 13th Annual Tropicana Broadcast Award – Tony Siragusa, FOX ATLANTIC_CITY_NJ_MARCH_04: Hip hop promoter and radio personality Isaac Freeman III better known as "Fatman Scoop" performed at The Pool After Dark, Harrah's Atlantic City on Friday March 4, 2016: Tom Briglia /PhotoGraphics

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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.

Meet the 2016 Top 40 Under 40 finalists »

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.

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