40 Leaders Under Forty FAQ

When are nominations accepted?
Nominations will be accepted beginning August 1, 2017 until 4:30 pm CST on Friday, September 8, 2017.

How do I submit a nomination?
Submit online at peoriamagazines.com, via email to 40leaders@peoriamagazines.com, via fax at (309) 693-3546, or mail to 4736 N. University Street, Peoria, IL 61614.

Who can I nominate?
Anyone, including yourself, who is 39 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2017.

Can I nominate someone who lives outside the Peoria area?
We ask that all nominated individuals live within Peoria Magazines' eight-county area of primary coverage: Fulton, Logan, Marshall, Mason, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford counties. 

Can I nominate more than one person?
Yes, you can nominate as many people as you’d like.

Who serves as judges for 40 Leaders Under Forty?
An independent panel of community and business leaders.

What criteria do the judges use to select the winners?
Nominees should have a recognized record of extraordinary achievement and a track record of leadership experience in their professional and/or volunteer lives.

Do multiple nominations affect my chances for winning?
No.

When will the winners be selected and notified?
The winners will be selected and notified by Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

I nominated someone last year and he/she wasn’t selected. Can I nominate him/her again this year?
Yes. In fact, many nominees don’t win the first year they are nominated.

How do I find out if my nominee was selected for this year’s class?
All nominators will be notified within a week of judging regarding the status of their nominees.

Will you tell the person I nominated if he/she was selected?
We will only contact the nominees selected for this year’s class. Nominees who were not selected this year will not know they were nominated unless you tell them.

Will my company/organization know that I am receiving the award?
Yes, your company/organization will be notified and offered the opportunity to purchase a table to recognize your achievement.

What is expected of the winners?
Winners must work with Peoria Magazines' staff to ensure the accuracy of the information we have received. They must also have their photo taken during selected dates at the end of September and attend the awards ceremony on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

Do the nominators have to attend the awards ceremony?
It’s not required that nominators attend the event, but many choose to do so.

What should I wear to the awards ceremony?
Business attire is appropriate.

Is dinner served at the awards ceremony?
No. There will be an hour of heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails prior to the program.

May my children attend the awards ceremony?
As alcohol will be served at the event, we ask that you only invite guests ages 21 or older.

Do the winners have to give a speech?
No. Winners will be called to the stage one by one as presenters read short biographies of them. They are not expected to speak at the event.

I am in this year’s class. Do I need to purchase a ticket?
No, you and one guest will be seated at a special table with the rest of this year’s class. Your family and friends may purchase tickets, but they will not be seated with you.

How do I buy tickets to the awards ceremony?
We will begin selling tickets to the awards ceremony after the nomination deadline has closed and the winners have been selected.

My question was not answered on this page. Can you help me?
Please call us at (309) 683-3060 or email your question to 40leaders@peoriamagazines.com.