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Celebrating 20 years of Forty Under 40


For the past 20 years, the Business Record has celebrated Forty Under 40. The honor has long recognized up-and-coming business leaders and the powerful impact young professionals make in Greater Des Moines. 

Each of these 800 past Forty under 40 honorees not only were inspiring when they were nominated, but also went on to greater success. They were honored  for both their business accomplishments and their involvement with civic or philanthropic initiatives. We look forward to continuing this tradition of celebrating and elevating these leaders. 

As part of the 20th anniversary, we asked our audience to vote on who had the greatest positive influence on the community among each of the 20 classes. This publication takes a closer look at each of those 20 individuals nominated as the most influential leader in their class. We asked each leader to reflect on his or her career so far to provide inspiration for all of us. 

Congratulations to all past Forty Under 40 nominees and those voted as most influential leaders in their class. We hope you enjoy reading their reflections. 

–Emily Barske, associate editor

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