Another decade begins

Some 200 rising stars have been recognized since 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.

As we enter the second decade of the awards, Mercedes-Benz of Eugene is pleased to welcome The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce and KEZI 9 News as collaborators. This year’s event will be Tuesday, December 4.

“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. As we enter the next decade, I welcome The Eugene Chamber and KEZI 9 News as collaborators.”

—Ralph Parshall, General Manager

Mercedes-Benz of Eugene

Welcome new collaborators

“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


Start thinking now about rising stars who have these characteristics:

  • Potential to impact community’s future
  • Successful in their chosen field
  • Make a significant contribution to their company or employer
  • Character, involvement and achievement are consistent themes in their lives
  • Committed to professional excellence and the community
  • Involved in community activities
  • Innovative


  • Must be 39 years or younger as of December 31, 2018
  • Must represent characteristics of leaders (see above)
  • Must be aware of their nomination


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