What is the Bainbridge Under 40: Young Professional of the Year Award?

Bainbridge Under 40 honors and celebrates emerging professionals in Bainbridge and Decatur County. Ideal candidates are successful in their professions and passionate about community. Bainbridge 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.

Candidates must be under the age of 40 at the time of the award ceremony (June 13th, 2019). Nominate a candidate now.

Please join us on June 13th, 2019 to celebrate the future of Bainbridge while mingling amongst accomplished and influential leaders.


Nominations and Selections 

The Chamber encourages the community to nominate individuals they feel meet the requirements of the Young Professional of the Year. Nominations must be received by 11:59 p.m. on April 26, 2019. To nominate a professional, click here.

The individuals nominated will receive an application via email. This application will be due on May 10th, 2019. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and determine finalists from each of the below categories. These finalists will make up the final slate of nominees for the Young Professional of the Year Award. Award category finalists will be notified on May 17, 2019. Finalist will be invited to the 94th Annual Awards Celebration on June 13th, 2019 where the The Bainbridge Under 40 Young Professional of the Year winner will be announced.


2019 Finalists - 

Ashley Godwin, Ashely White, Bejamin Harrell, Heather Thomas, Jenni Wade, James Robinson, Megan Wimberly, Randee Eubanks, Sean Johnson, Stephen Whittaker & Vanessa Sheffield


2019 Bainbridge 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, agribusiness, 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.