Waco Under 40

Waco Under 40 celebrates dynamic young leaders under the age of 40, from McLennan County. The Waco Under 40 luncheon, with presenting sponsor Bird-Kultgen Ford, is a rare opportunity for the best and brightest from a diverse group of professions to gather and receive much-deserved recognition.

The Waco Under 40 Luncheon has a three-fold mission:

  • Engage the community in identifying the local leaders under the age of 40 and encourage young citizens of Waco to step up and become the future leaders Waco needs.
  • Provide an opportunity for professional and personal development with a guest speaker.
  • Create an atmosphere that will foster and encourage mentor/mentee relations and spread awareness about the importance of investing in the next generation of leaders.

Nominees represent not only the young leaders who demonstrate a tremendous positive impact in their respective industries, but who also go beyond the call of duty by volunteering their personal time to give back to the community and strive to make Waco a better place to live. 

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The 2020 Waco Under 40 luncheon will be held at Knox Hall at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum on Thursday, July 30 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served promptly at 11:30 a.m. Guests will enjoy a keynote from a guest speaker, following which we will hold the honoree recognition ceremony. 

Waco Under 40 Honorees

Congratulations to our 2019 Waco Under 40 honorees!

The Waco Chamber is proud to announce the inaugural Waco Under 40 Honorees!

  • Travis Cheatham, Indian Spring Middle School
  • Lauren Dreyer, SpaceX
  • Bryan Fonville, Central National Bank
  • Traci Marlin, Midway ISD
  • Cuevas Peacock, Grassroots Community Development
  • Hermann Pereira, Connally Career Tech ECHS
  • Hector Sabido, Waco City Council
  • Lindsey Skinner, Pattillo Brown & Hill LLP

Check out the full list of 2019 nominees. Although these individuals were not selected as honorees,  being nominated shows great dedication and leadership to the Waco community. Waco Under 40 was created to recognize dynamic young leaders who have distinguished themselves in their careers and our community, and the community nominated them for exemplifying these qualities.

Nomination Process

Each spring, nominations open for potential candidates. After the nomination period closes, all nominees will be contacted by a member of the Greater Waco Chamber’s special events team to complete an application. Once completed applications have been collected, The Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce will form a Review and Recommendation Committee comprised of community leaders to review the nominations and make recommendations regarding the individuals they believe should receive recognition as honorees. The Review and Recommendation Committee will submit its recommendations to the Executive Committee of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for consideration and action. 

Each nominee’s application and supporting materials will be scored on their leadership in their industry, as well as their leadership and impact in the greater Waco community.

Stay tuned - nominations for 2020 will open on April 15!

  • Nomination guidelines:
    • Nominees may not be self-nominated
    • Nominees must be under the age of 40 at the time of the luncheon (July 30, 2020)
    • Nominees must work in McLennan County
    • Nominees are committed to professional excellence and improving the community
  • Nominees will be evaluated using these criteria:
    • Career Achievement
    • Community Service
    • Involvement, Innovation and Leadership

For questions, contact Amanda Haygood at 254-757-5611.

Thank You to Our Presenting Sponsor

Thanks to our additional sponsors: