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 Chamber will use this event to recognize rising young leaders who have distinguished themselves in their careers and in the community. In addition to honoring the recipients, the event is also intended to help motivate young people to become community leaders and provide an avenue for those over 40 to celebrate, encourage and share knowledge with the young leaders of Waco. 

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 inaugural Waco Under 40 luncheon will be held at the Phoenix Ballroom on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Check the event for more information.


Each spring, nominations will be solicited for potential candidates; which is a three-step process. First nominations are received from the community. Then, after the Waco Chamber receives the nominations, all nominees must complete an application sent directly to them by the Chamber. Lastly, from these candidates, an independent selection committee comprised of community leaders will select honorees to receive recognition at the Waco Under 40 luncheon in September.

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

Nominations will be accepted May 15 through June 20.

  • Nomination guidelines:
    • Nominees may not be self-nominated
    • Nominees must be under the age of 40 at the time of the luncheon (September 12, 2019)
    • 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