Southeast Texas will honor the best and brightest young professionals under the age of 40 for their academic achievements, professional success and community involvement with the 40 Under 40 awards.

Young professionals are a vital asset to our region and it is very important to recognize and acknowledge those who are making great strides in shaping our community's future. The emphasis is on leadership, whether it's in business, law, real estate, non-profits, education, health care, arts and entertainment or other industries. Let's not forget about our entrepreneurs! Focus is also placed on the nominee's community involvement.

Think of your friends, family, colleagues, clients -- anyone who matches the criteria -- and nominate as many as you like. Nomination forms must be submitted by someone other than the nominee.

To be eligible, nominees work must be based out of Jefferson, Orange or Hardin County and must be 39 years old or younger. All applicants must have at least one reference in addition to the individual nominating the candidate.

Deadline: Friday, August 18, 2017

An independent panel of judges will select the 40 honorees. They will be recognized at a reception held at the Jefferson Theatre, Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 5-7 pm. They'll also be recognized in November EventsBook. (Candidates will be required to attend a photo shoot and may be asked to participate in other aspects of a media campaign such as television and radio.)

Nominee's eligibility criteria:

• Recognized industry leader with a consistent take-charge attitude
• Business acumen
• Sharp business-like approach to efficiency, change
• Respect of colleagues
• Community service
• 39 years of age and under on August 18, 2017

Nominations must be submitted online.

Visit http://events.southeasttexas.com/40under40/ - to nominate!