The Association Forum and USAE weekly newspaper are pleased to announce that applications are open for the fifth annual Forty Under 40 awards. This prestigious program recognizes 40 accomplished association or non-profit professionals who are under the age of 40, demonstrate high potential for continued success in leadership roles and exhibit a strong passion for - and commitment to - the association management and nonprofit industries.

​Considering applying? Here are the eligibility requirements:

  • 3+ years of employment at a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6), or association management organization.
  • Current employment at a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6), or association management organization.
  • Plan to continue in roles that aid the future of the association and nonprofit community.
  • Exhibit characteristics that demonstrate continued success and leadership skills.
  • Under the age of 40 as of December 13, 2017.
Please contact awards@associationforum.org with any questions.

2017 Award Winners





"Being a Forty Under 40 honoree has had a significant impact on my career in the association space. The program has allowed me to expand my network, build my non-profit knowledge base further, and raise my profile within the association community. The Forty Under 40 program should be on every association young professional’s career bucket list."

VJ Mayor, CAE

Senior Director of Communications

National Confectioners Association


“In the association community there are truly some amazing and talented individuals. To be considered among the top of the class is humbling and an honor. It has also connected me to a whole new group of individuals that I can lean on for support in my role and career.” 

Katie K.Riggs, CAE, CMP

VP,  Client & Conference Services

Raybourn Group International


"This award deepened my interest to become more involved but more importantly opened doors to make it happen. I have taken advantage of Association Forum's Forty Under 40 forum, continuing education events, networking events and joined a committee. I continue to feel honored; it was one of the highlights of my year!"

Tessa Gatz, MA

Marketing and Branding Manager

American Academy of Periodontology  



"The Forty Under 40 program is a great recognition for professionals in association management organizations. Association Forum and USAE created an amazing program that isn’t just receiving a plaque at a two day event, but is a resource throughout your career. I personally felt the opportunity to meet and network with others across the nation was an invaluable experience. The connection not only to the 2016 class but all past and future recipients is a badge of honor that I’ll wear proudly!”

Matt Fairbanks, MS, CPRP

Education & Membership Director

Illinois Park and Recreation Association

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