2018 Forty Under 40

Applications for the 2018 Forty Under 40 class will be open until July 25, 2018

Association Forum and USAE weekly newspaper are pleased to accept applications for the 2018 Forty Under 40 program. This prestigious competition will provide recognition to 40 accomplished association or non-profit professionals who are under the age of 40 and younger, demonstrate high potential for continued success in leadership roles and exhibit a strong passion for - and commitment to - the association management and nonprofit industries.


  • 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.
  • Previous recipients of a Forty Under 40 Award are not eligible to apply. Previous applicants are encouraged to reapply.
  • Under the age of 40 as of December 12, 2018.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete all required fields in the application form (you will be able to save your application to complete it later).
  • Upload a current resume.
  • Upload two letters of recommendation from individuals who can support your application for the award on company letterhead.
  • Upload a copy of a valid I.D. (for age verification).


Please contact awards@associationforum.org with any questions.

Previous Award Winners

View the 2017 Forty Under 40 Winners and view their cohorts from 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.





"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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