Finest Under 40 Category Descriptions

For complete rules on nominations and voting, please visit the Program FAQs.


The 2022 Finest Under 40 event showed the Steering Committee that great people are working everywhere in our community. A revised list of categories brought out a stronger class of nominees that are a better reflection of the young professional population in our community. Although they are equally important, rather than focusing on personal characteristics the attention has shifted to the area’s industries and rising professionals who are at every career stage; entry-level through executives and decision-makers. 

Each of the categories below has occupations listed to help provide some type of framework; this is not an all-encompassing list. If you have an individual that fits a category that is not listed, choose “Other” on the nomination form and create your own!


BEST IN ARTS, PERFORMING ARTS + CULTURE Some examples include: Performer, Artist, Actor, Tattoo Artist, Photographer

BEST IN BUSINESS Some examples include: Sales + Marketing, Entrepreneur, Consultant

BEST IN CIVIC + MUNICIPAL SERVICES Some examples include: Municipal employee, Attorney

BEST IN EDUCATION Some examples include: Teacher, Childcare provider, Higher education or Training professional

BEST IN FINANCIAL SERVICES Some examples include: Bank Teller, Lending + Underwriting, Accountant, Financial advisor

BEST IN HEALTHCARE + FIRST RESPONDERS Some examples include: Medical Professional (CRMA thru MD), Veterinary Tech, Police, Fire, EMT, Pharmacy

BEST IN HOSPITALITY Some examples include: Bartender, Server, Hotel Staff, Chef, Baker

BEST IN INSURANCE + REAL ESTATE Some examples include: Insurance Agent, Real Estate Agent

BEST IN MISSION-BASED ORGANIZATIONS Some examples include: Non-profit employee, Volunteer, Board Member

BEST IN TRADES Some examples include: Automotive Tech, Construction, Plumbing, Electrical, Information Technology, Cosmetologist/Barber

BEST IN TRANSPORTATION Some examples include: Delivery Driver, Uber/Lyft driver, Public transportation driver, Class C Driver