40 Under 40 2014

0 Posted by - September 26, 2014 - Uncategorized

Photos by Mark Wemple | Videos by Alex Mahadevan | Design by Nicole Thompson


Every year when our list of the 40 business leaders under the age of 40 comes out, I get asked the same question: How do you choose who’s on the list?

The simple response? We pick dreamers and doers.

Keep that in mind as you read the following stories and browse our website devoted to the winners, BusinessObserver4040.com. You’ll see that this year’s winners fit those criteria.

You’ll see that our 40 under 40 winners have big dreams. Some are dreams they’ve accomplished, such as building a successful business, or starting a family or even completing an ultramarathon.

But you’ll also see lots of dreams waiting to be realized. They range from the simple, like helping a nonprofit grow,  to the complex — like franchising their business nationally.

We look for dreamers and doers because these are the types of people who make the largest impact in the business world. Not only can they craft a vision for what they want, they know how to pool their resources to get it accomplished. They don’t talk about what they wish they could do or had done — they take action and make it happen.

You’ll see this in our winners’ stories. Several quit well-paying jobs to start their own business, like Emily Stroud, who traded her career as a pharmaceutical sales rep to create her own line of tote bags. Others worked from the bottom to the top, like Miranda Monahan, who began as a front-desk receptionist. Now she’s CEO of M-Powertech, a fast-growing $4 million electronic waste company.

We also look for people who are entrepreneurial in their work, even if they don’t own their own business. People who take charge, take chances and work hard to make their dreams a reality.

When we think of a group of young people you need to know in business, these are the ones with whom a connection opens opportunity and possibility.

Isn’t that what the next generation is supposed to be all about?

— Kat Hughes


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