2023 Nominations are open and extended through April 16!

This marks the 14th year of this event. Rising Business Stars always reach for the best. Some 260 of our community’s (Eugene/Springfield, Oregon) high achievers were honored with 20 under 40 status since the awards began in 2008.

Today’s emerging business leaders change our community through innovation, creativity and hard work. The 20 Under 40 Awards recognizes 20 rising stars committed to career excellence and engaged in making the Eugene-Springfield area a better place. These young leaders already have done amazing things – and they’re just getting started.

People who recognize their impact submit the nominations. A panel of judges, including past winners, selects the top 20 each year.

“Each of the winners have contributed to strengthening our local economy and our community,” said Matt Sayre, managing director of Onward Eugene and a 2016 winner. “The awards are as much about what the winners are going to achieve, as it is about what they have already accomplished.”

2022 Awardees: Learn more about the 2022 class of 20 Under 40 Rising Business Stars in the video above. Congratulations to all those honored.

20 Under 40 Awards: Inspire Community - Lead, Act, Give

Ralph Parshall, general manager of Mercedes-Benz of Eugene, first conceived of the 20 under 40 Awards in 2008. Winners show excellence in their careers, put a priority on community service and want to make their community the best it can be.

“I find joy in seeing the impact past winners make on our community. Every year I’m inspired when I read through the nominations. It’s always a very difficult decision to pick just 20 people to recognize.”

—Ralph Parshall, General Manager

Mercedes-Benz of Eugene

Collaborators Inspired to Recognize Young Professionals

“The Eugene Chamber is committed to lifting up the accomplishments and empowering young professionals to step boldly into leadership positions in our community. We appreciate the recognition of our region’s rising business stars through the 20 under 40 awards program and are excited to come on as a formal partner to help produce this exciting event with Mercedes-Benz of Eugene. Our chamber is launching a whole new suite of young professional programming this year, and this event will be a great addition.” 

—Brittany Quick-Warner, President & CEO

Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce 

KEZI 9 News is thrilled to be a partner in this event to recognize the best and brightest young professionals in our community.

—Mike Boring, Vice President & General Manager

KEZI 9 News – ABC


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