Albany Under 40

What is Albany Under 40?

Albany Under 40 honors and celebrates the Albany Area’s emerging professionals. Ideal candidates are successful in their professions and passionate about community. Albany Under 40 celebrates young professionals who have distinguished themselves in their respective industries and who, through their stewardship, are helping create a stronger, healthier community and region.

Individuals may be recognized in these categories: Architecture, Engineering, and Construction; Arts and Entertainment; Civics, Government, and Public Affairs; Culinary Arts, Events, Tourism and Hospitality; Defense & Military Affairs; Energy, Mobility, and Transportation; Financial and Insurance Services; Innovation and Start up; Journalism, Marketing, and Public Relations; Legal; Manufacturing, Logistics & Distribution and Fulfillment Centers; Medicine and Health Care; Nonprofit Service; Service Industry; Sports, Wellness, and Fitness; Technology; and Youth and Education. The awards serve to commend individuals for their leadership and achievements and to recognize the talented professionals of the area.

Candidates must be under the age of 40 at the time of the award ceremony (August 16, 2018). Nominate a candidate now.

Please join us on August 16, 2018, to celebrate the future of the Albany Area while mingling amongst accomplished and influential leaders.

2018 Albany Under 40 Categories

Architecture, Engineering, and Construction – Roles include, but are not limited to architects, interior designers, general contractors, engineers and landscape architects.

Arts and Entertainment – Roles include, but are not limited to, artists, fashion designers, filmographers, photographers, musicians, actors, curators, fine artists and festival coordinators working in digital media, film, television, and entertainment, as well as fashion and the arts.

Civics, Government, and Public Affairs – Roles include, but are not limited to, community relations, foundation representatives, corporate social responsibility leaders, community/public affairs managers, endowment representatives, economic developers, community engagement practitioners, elected officials (non-judicial), department and agency staff, campaign managers, lobbyists, and coalition builders.

Culinary Arts, Events, Tourism and Hospitality – Roles include, but are not limited to, chefs, farmers, event planners, brewmasters, distillers, winemakers, hotel owners and managers, restaurant owners and managers, food writers/bloggers and professionals in tourism-related fields such as attractions.

Defense and Military Affairs –Roles include, but are not limited to, civilians working on a military installation, defense contractors, military personnel and officers, and advocates or developers of programs and initiatives that support our military and our servicemen and women.

Energy, Mobility, and Transportation – Roles include, but are not limited to, engineers, city planners, transportation professionals, scientists, analysts, researchers, and professionals specializing in clean technology and environmental sciences.

Financial and Insurance Services – Roles include, but are not limited to, accountants, financial consultants, insurance brokers and agents, actuaries, CFOs and others with financial roles within their organization.

Innovation and Start-up – Roles include, but are not limited to, any industry professional who has started a business, and social entrepreneurs.

Journalism, Marketing, and Public Relations – Roles include, but are not limited to, broadcast journalists, print journalists, writers, editors, producers, news reporters, radio and television personalities, creative directors, advertising, marketing, public relations, media relations, crisis communications, speech writing, and presentation skills training.

Legal – Roles include, but are not limited to, attorneys, legal assistants and legal support services (i.e. legal research, software, supplies sales agents and developers) in the private sector or government agencies.

Manufacturing, Logistics & Distribution and Fulfillment Centers– Roles include, but are not limited to food production managers, manufacturing engineers, computer integrated manufacturing, production managers, plant/site managers, logisticians, procurement officers, supply chain professionals and call center managers.

Medicine and Health Care – Roles include, but are not limited to, doctors, nurses, assistants and administrative leaders in all fields of medicine and health care, scientists, biologists, chemists, lab technicians and research professionals.

Nonprofit Service – Roles include, but are not limited to, nonprofit executive directors, development directors, religious leaders, outreach coordinators, case management, social workers and advocacy professionals.

Service Industry – Includes, but is not limited to, professionals in retail, transport, distribution, food services, business-to-business services, professional services, residential and commercial services, real estate agents, real estate brokers and real estate developers.

Sports, Wellness, and Fitness – Roles include, but are not limited to, trainers, athletes, business owners, counselors, spiritual advisors, yoga instructors and coaches.

Technology – Roles include, but are not limited to, scientists, engineers, coders, analysts, researchers and software developers.

Youth and Education – Roles include, but are not limited to, teachers, administrators, education advocates, volunteers, school counselors and tutors.

Nominations and Selections 

Finalists will be considered from among those professionals who are nominated. To nominate a professional, click here. Nominations must be received by 11:59 p.m. on June 14, 2018. Nominees will be notified of their nomination and will receive the application materials. Nominee applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on June 29, 2018. Award category finalists will be notified on July 23, 2018. Award category winners, selected from among the award category finalists, will be announced at the Albany Under 40 Awards Reception on August 16, 2018. One overall Albany Under 40 Awards winner, selected from among the category winners, will be announced at the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce’s 109th annual dinner on January 24, 2019.


Sponsorships are a great way to support programs and to promote your business. To learn more about sponsorships for Albany Under 40 Awards, please contact Donna Gray at

Sponsorships include tickets to the Albany Under 40 Awards Reception as well as recognition in Albany Under 40 Awards print and electronic media leading up to and at the event.

In-kind food and beverage sponsorships may be available. Media sponsorships are also available.

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