One of the most exciting jobs in the wood industry is talking to the winners of the 40 Under 40 Awards.Their energy is infectious and their stories compelling.
|At Advanced Cabinet Systems, Whitney Bowers Pyle, VP, won the Wood Industry 40 Under 40 this year; her brother Phil Bowers, president, won last year.|
That theme of connecting and networking is another reason the 40 Under 40 program is really great. Winners are invited to receive their award among their peers, and for the first two programs, most have said they intend to be there: 32 of the 40 winners in 2016 got to Atlanta to receive their award; and for 2017 the number looks to be about the same. That is impressive since in some cases these individuals have never traveled to a trade show before.
Another change with the 2017 group is the networking. Many of the Class of 2016 have stayed in touch, and about dozen will stage a reunion at the 2017 awards. Winners in the awards program tell me that the chance to meet their own generation of peers is a compelling reason to attend the awards event. This has resulted in some sibling pairs as winners: