Albany-Area Chamber honors 'Under 40' finalists

    Albany-Area Chamber honors 'Under 40' finalists./ Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

    The Albany-Area Chamber of Commerce announced the Albany “Under 40” finalists and the category winners for 2018.

    This is the first year that they're honoring young leaders and professionals in this way.

    There was a total of 300 nominees, and 36 finalists were picked.

    On Thursday, 12 category winners were picked.

    President and CEO Barbara Rivera-Holmes said it's important to identify young leaders that are making a difference in the community.

    "We're looking for young professionals that are certainly doing wonderful things within their professions, but really giving back to the community, being a part of the community, being young visionary leaders for what we can be in the future,” Rivera-Holmes said.

    From the 12 category winners, the panel will choose one overall winner.

    That person will be announced at the chamber 109th annual dinner in January 2019.

    The 12 category winners are:

    Arts, Entertainment Culinary Arts, Events, Tourism, & Hospitality: Chloe Hinton, Albany Museum of Art

    Civics, Defense, Government & Public Affair: Kerrie Davis, city of Albany

    Financial &* Insurance Services: Allison Ray, PeoplesSouth Bank

    Innovation & Start Up: Brianna Wilson, Southern Point Staffing

    Journalism, Marketing & Public Relations: Matt Reed, GeorgiaCEO

    Legal: William J. Godfrey, W.J. Godfrey Attorney At Law

    Manufacturing, Service Industries, Energy & Architecture: Mike Gonzalez Pro Outdoor

    Medicine & Healthcare: Clifton Bush, Albany Area Primary Healthcare

    Nonprofit Services: Mary Martinez-Allen, Lily Pad SANE Center

    Sports, Wellness & Fitness: Dr. Kiani Rodriguez, Marine Corps Community Service

    Technology: Kenyetta Nesbitt, Albany State University

    Youth & Education: James Little, Dougherty County School System

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