Florida Top 20 Under 40

Honoring Jacksonville’s Most Influential Young People

WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

Someone who stands out among the rest. Nominees should have achieved personal and professional success, have a record of community service and have given back to others through their time, talents and donations.

A Top 20 Under 40 Award recipient is someone who deserves recognition in the community. Nominees must be 39 years or younger by December 31, 2017. Nominees must spend the majority of their time working in Florida.

Please take this opportunity to nominate an overachiever who deserves this tremendous honor!

Florida Black Pages presents the 2016 Top 20 Under 40 Awards, saluting the best and brightest men and women under the age of 40 in Jacksonville, Florida.

We embarked on this challenge because we understand the impact this hard-working group has on the future of our community. It is important for The Jacksonville First Coast Black Pages to help in this charge, because we identify and work with these future leaders every day.

Recipients of the Top 20 under 40 Award will be profiled in the 2016 – 2017 Florida Black Pages, at the Top 20 under 40 Awards Reception, and throughout the 2016-2017 Black Expo Tour.

Nominate someone you think is a quality Top 20 Under 40 candidate today! Deadline to submit a nomination is September 7, 2016 at 11:59pm.

*Please note that self-nomination is accepted. You are encouraged to include the nominee in this nomination process.

2016 nominations are officially closed.
HOW CAN SOMEONE BE CONSIDERED?

What are the nomination criteria?
Nominees must be 39 years or younger as of December 31, 2017.
Nominees must spend the majority of their time working in Florida.

What are the nominee qualifications?
Nominees should have professional success, a record of community service and giving back to others through their time, talents and donations.

When can I nominate someone?
The 2016 nomination period opens August 7, 2016 and closes September, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

How can I nominate someone?
Nominations will only be accepted through our online submission process.

Who can be nominated?
You can nominate yourself, a client, a friend, a peer, your boss; anyone who meets the criteria.

Can I nominate myself?
Yes. Self-nomination is acceptable.

Can I nominate multiple people?
Yes, you can nominate as many people as you like.

Can I be nominated if I am in the military?
Absolutely! We encourage the nomination of our military leaders.

Can multiple employees of the same company be nominated?
Yes. However, only one recipient from a company will be chosen.

Can I nominate someone who has already received a 20 Under 40 Award from another organization?
Yes.

Can I co-nominate two or more business partners for one award?
No. Only individuals can receive The Florida Black Pages’ Top 20 Under 40 Award. Please enter one name per application.
(If two names appear on an application, it will be disqualified.)

Does it help to have several people nominate the same person?
No. We ask that nominations are true nominations and not an organized campaign. The Selection Committee, made up of community advocates, will make the final decision.

HOW ARE THE TOP 20 CHOSEN?

What is the judging process?
A panel of independent judges scores all nominations individually.

What is the judging criterion?
The Florida Black Pages’ Top 20 Under 40 nominees are judged on their business success and their achievements as an active member of our community. The information submitted in a nomination is the only criterion in which the nominee will be judged. Please consider the following: proofreading for grammar and spelling; submitting social media pages for judges to review; completing each area of the application with as much information as possible and not leaving fields empty; a minimum of one high quality photo. “Selfies” are not encouraged. Applications without a photo submission is considered incomplete, and will not be judged.

What are the judges looking for under professional expertise?
Judges are looking to assess whether the nominee is outstanding in their field of expertise, educational credentials, awards and distinctions, and community involvement. Judges look for people who actively participate and take leadership roles in the community over those who simply hold membership in various groups. Be sure to include detailed information about the results of the volunteerism.

Are everyone’s references contacted?
No, your references will only be contacted if a judge requires more detailed information on a specific item.

When will I know if I am an award recipient?
Recipients will be notified by email no than September 16, 2016 of their award. The names of The Florida Black Pages’ 20 Under 40 Award Recipients will also be announced via digital media, and published in the Florida Black Pages.

Will everyone be informed, regardless if they are an award recipient?
Yes, both recipients, non-recipients, and those who submitted a nomination will receive an email.

If someone I nominate was not chosen, can you tell me why, and can I nominate him/her in the future?
We receive many outstanding applications each year. The selection process is not quantitative/point-based process; nominees are not eliminated based on any particular criteria. If your nominee is not selected, we encourage you to nominate them again next year.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM SELECTED?

What is required of those who make the cut?
Those that are selected are asked make themselves available for an interview and photo shoot as a group. Honorees are also expected, but not required, to participate as a volunteer at the Florida Black Expo. There will be a reception honoring the Top 20 Under 40 in conjunction with the Florida Black Expo kick-off reception on October 6, 2016.

Can I tell all of my friends and family that I am in the Florida Black Pages’ Top 40 Under 40?
We know that you’re excited and we don’t expect you to keep your selection as a complete secret, but we want the announcement of the list to be a surprise. We ask that you please refrain from advertising your selection to The Florida Black Pages’ Top 40 Under 40 in any form, including Facebook, Twitter, etc. until it has been officially announced. Failure to abide by this rule may result in your removal from the list.

Is my information kept confidential?
If you are not selected, your information will be kept confidential. Please note that the names and company names of the 20 selected recipients will be published in Florida Black Pages and online at blackpagessouth.com. Honorees will be required to provide a short biography to be used for publishing.

Names and company names of non-recipients will not be published unless notified. No other information provided in the nomination will be published or sold.  Contact information will be used to update recipients about the next steps in the awards process.

How can I become more involved with the 20 Under 40 Awards?
We have a number of sponsorship opportunities available for The Florida Black Pages’ Top 40 Under 40 Awards. For more information, please contact Brenda Frinks at FBEPlanner@gmail.com.

I still have more questions!
If you have more questions regarding Florida Black Pages’ Top 20 Under 40, please contact DeVona Mitchell at Mitchell@blackpagesusa.com.

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