The State Journal’s 2014 class of Generation Next: 40 Under 40
Posted: Mar 05, 2014 3:31 PM ESTUpdated: Mar 07, 2014 4:21 PM EST
It seems as though West Virginia is full of tales about the “brain drain,” or the lack of a talented, qualified workforce. Here at The State Journal we believe in promoting the good stories we know are quietly being told throughout our hills and valleys every day.
This week, The State Journal highlights its ninth class of Generation Next: 40 Under 40, an annual award designed to shout from the mountains those stories of the incredible things professionals younger than 40 are doing throughout West Virginia.
This year’s honorees are native and adoptive West Virginians. They show leadership in various ways every day. They have created their own companies, helped other companies grow and have assisted community organizations flourish and change lives. The members of the class of 2014 have made commitments to West Virginia and the communities they call home.
“This year’s class of Generation Next winners shows us the true Mountaineer spirit,” said Ann Ali, managing editor of The State Journal. “These are the people who wake up early and stay late, but still find the time to volunteer and give back.”
This year’s class includes car dealers, marketing directors and entrepreneurs. Some of them work for large corporations while others work for family-owned businesses, but they all have a dedication to the state, its citizens and local communities.
As West Virginia takes on new challenges, the state will turn more and more to Generation Next — West Virginians who have demonstrated their commitment to building a better state.
The State Journal could not produce Generation Next: 40 Under 40 without the gracious support of its sponsors — Custom Business Solutions, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP and Huntington Bank.
By being sponsors, Custom Business Solutions, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP and Huntington Bank are helping to highlight and congratulate West Virginia’s young leaders who strive every day to make a difference in the state. The three sponsors see the huge role that members of this year’s class of Generation Next: 40 Under 40 play now, and they know this year’s honorees will be movers and shakers in the state for years to come.
“We are so thankful to Custom Business Solutions, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP and Huntington Bank for agreeing to be this year’s sponsors for Generation Next: 40 Under 40,” said Sean Banks, sales manager for The State Journal and WOWK-TV. “Through their commitment to the program, all three sponsors are giving back in their own way to the members of this year’s class who have dedicated their careers so far to helping the state, their communities and the businesses where they work.”
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