Nominations

Nominations open June 7 and are due by July 19. Our community includes Eugene/Springfield, OR

To nominate a star, submit the following:

  • Nomination form
  • Copy of nominee’s resume, which should include community service. (Be sure the nominee knows about the nomination!)
  • One-page description of why you think the nominee should be selected. Be specific – the judges may not know your nominee as well as you do.

Only one nomination accepted per nominee: If a nominee receives more than one nomination, the one received first will be used in the judging process. Please avoid submitting multiple nominations.

When nominating, consider these common traits of winners:

  • Successful in their chosen field
  • Significant contributors to the success of their company or employer, with the potential to impact the community’s future
  • Good examples of character, involvement and achievement, all consistent themes in their lives
  • Committed to professional excellence and the community
  • Involved in community activities
  • Innovative

“It’s an incredible feeling to be acknowledged, to be seen by others, and to be known as a leader in our community. It definitely helped inspire me to continue to do community work,” said Liora Sponko, 2015 winner and senior program manager, Oregon Cultural Trust.

Qualifications:

  • Nominees must be 39 years or younger as of Dec. 31, 2024.
  • Judges score the nominations using this scale:
    • Career achievement to-date (20 points)
    • Commitment to excellence in career (10 points)
    • Leadership within company and/or industry (10 points)
    • Commitment to business growth (10 points)
    • Involvement in community activities (20 points)
    • Leadership in community organizations (10 points)

“The truth is that awards aren’t always given just to recognize what people have done. You’re likely not receiving this award entirely for what you have done. Though for many of you, you’ve done a lot,” Eddie Martinez, co-owner Eugene and Springfield Lock & Safe Co. and 2016 winner.


Matt Powell (2008 winner) and Tanya Powell (2015 winner)

Jared Mason-Gere (2014 winner)

Holly Stanley (2014 winner)

Angie Marzano (2015 winner)


“But the truth is that awards aren’t given just to recognize what people have done. You’re likely not receiving this award today for what you have done. Though for many of you, you’ve done a lot. You are receiving this award for what you are about to do,” said 2009 Winner Todd Edman of Lunar Logic.

Todd Johnston (2010 winner)

Stephanie Seubert (2011 winner)

Britni Jessup (2016 winner)

K.C. Huffman (2011 winner)


“It gave me that extra edge I needed to keep challenging the status quo and to keep persevering when people would tell me ‘that’s impossible,’ or ‘that can’t be done,’” said Caroline Cummings, venture catalyst for Oregon RAIN of winning the award in 2008.