The Tri­bune’s 2018 Top 20 Un­der 40 awards

The Tribune (SLO) - - Top 20 Under 40 Awards - STO­RIES BY CAS­SAN­DRA GARIBAY [email protected]­bune­ PHO­TOS BY JOE JOHN­STON AND DAVID MIDDLECAMP

Twenty young San Luis Obispo County res­i­dents were se­lected from a field of nearly 100 nom­i­nees as win­ners of The Tri­bune’s 14th an­nual Top 20 Un­der 40 Award.

The com­pe­ti­tion honors young pro­fes­sion­als who do ex­em­plary work in their ca­reers and in their com­mu­ni­ties. To be el­i­gi­ble, nom­i­nees must be un­der the age of 40 on Jan. 1, 2019, and live in San Luis Obispo County year-round.

A panel of seven judges, led by for­mer Tri­bune Pub­lisher and se­nior strate­gist for AMF Me­dia Group Chip Visci, se­lected the win­ners.

This year’s judg­ing panel also in­cluded Pres­i­dent and CEO of South County Cham­bers of Com­merce Jo­ce­lyn Bren

nan; WhiteFox De­fense Tech­nolo­gies CEO Luke

Fox (a 2017 Top 20 Un­der 40 win­ner); SLO Cham­ber of Com­merce’s Direc­tor of Eco­nomic Ini­tia­tives and Re­gional Ad­vo­cacy

Melissa James (a 2016 Top 20 Un­der 40 win­ner); chief oper­at­ing of­fi­cer of Martin Re­sorts, Mar­garet

John­son; PG&E Direc­tor of Strate­gic Ini­tia­tives

Tom Jones; and Mar­ket Pres­i­dent of 1st Cap­i­tal Bank Anita Robin­son.

“These 20 young pro­fes­sion­als have made our com­mu­nity a bet­ter, more vi­brant place to live and work,” the judges said. “Ex­celling not only in their day jobs, each one gives gen­er­ously of their time and tal­ent to help oth­ers. We look for­ward to how much more they will ac­com­plish in the years to come.”

An awards lun­cheon will be held in their honor Thurs­day, Feb. 7, 2019. This year’s key­note speaker at the event is Cara Crye, pres­i­dent and CEO of San Luis Obispo-based Farm Sup­ply. Crye was a Top 20 Un­der 40 award win­ner in 2015.

The Tri­bune con­grat­u­lates the win­ners and ex­tends its thanks to all who took part in mak­ing the 2018 com­pe­ti­tion a suc­cess.

JOE JOHN­STON jjohn­[email protected]­bune­

The 2017 Top 20 un­der 40 lun­cheon was held at the Madonna Inn.

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