This year's group of Forty Under 40 winners all have fascinating stories to tell, which we will share with you below. Fascinating for us was the diversity of their answers when we asked them to describe themselves in one word. We received 33 different answers for possibly the toughest question they faced.
We also received more than 230 nominations in an effort to recognize personal and professional accomplishments of younger residents of the community. Prominent members of the business community were involved in the annual selection process of Forty Under 40, which began in 1994.
Though most gave unique answers when asked which one word describes them best, and each honoree has a distinct role in the community, all have one thing in common: They are our 2012 winners for Forty Under 40.
Heather Dupree Kirkpatrick
John Ryan Nader
Stafford Olivia Palmieri
Rick Ward III
Kay Wilbert Gaudin
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