Top 40 Under 40: Class of 2019
Colonial Heights and Hopewell/Prince George Chambers Introduce a Pilot Program to Recognize 40 Under 40 Individuals
After Hours Hosted by Sonabank
Colonial Heights, Va. – The lobby of Sonabank’s Colonial Heights Branch was packed with nominees and chamber members who were there to support individuals with a passion for our community. Members and guests enjoyed locally sourced refreshments and winners were awarded with an embossed portfolio and a 40 Under 40 window cling for the “Class of 2019.”.
Ann Cabell Williams, Chief Retail Officer of Sonabank, set the tone by emphasizing the importance of local businesses and local initiatives that make a difference.
Becky McDonough, CEO of HPG Chamber and John Brandt, Executive Director of Colonial Heights Chamber thanked everyone for the great turnout and explained that this was a pilot program that can be expanded in the future with other partners. “Getting it off the ground this year was the priority and it was simply easier to do with a short deadline and only two organizations working out the logistics.” “We know we can improve on the process next year with such positive response.
The idea for the program came from David Clifton, Virginia American Water Company Operation’s Manager which is how we arrived at our Master of Ceremonies Choice, Leslie Steves, PE and Senior Superintendent of Operations, Virginia American Water, and a member of our under 40 area professionals.
Leslie recognized each winner and asked for each one to share their passion which ranged from youth activities and animal welfare to foster parenting and safety with all sorts of community and professional activities in between.
Thanks to our media partner, the Progress-Index and Hopewell Herald Prince George Post each winner will have their own spotlight in the newspaper until everyone’s story has been shared.
The Finalists are:
David Bogese, Jr.