By Michelle Higgenbotham, associate publisher
Forty Under 40 was the first awards program established by Springfield Business Journal and this is our 18th year of recognizing outstanding young leaders in Springfield and the surrounding communities. Chances are, you probably know one or more of this year’s recipients as well as many of our previous recipients. Through both their professional lives and their volunteer service, these individuals are extremely involved in the communities where they reside. They represent the future of local business and we are proud to be able to acknowledge their contributions.
Each of these individuals was nominated by one or more of our readers, and they were selected based on contributions to their chosen field and overall community involvement. While their employment, educational backgrounds, and affiliations are varied, they have all made an impact in the community.
It is thanks to the ongoing commitment of our sponsors, Security Bank and the University of Illinois Springfield MBA Program, that we are able to recognize a new class of outstanding young businesspeople each year. We are also honored to have the Honorable Sue Myerscough, United States District Judge, as our keynote speaker for this year’s reception.
Thank you to all of the readers who took time to submit nominations and helped insure that these very deserving individuals would be recognized for their professional and community achievements.
The Honorable Sue E. Myerscough is a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Following law school, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Harold A. Baker of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Beginning in 1981, Judge Myerscough was in private practice with the Springfield law offices Giffin, Winning and then Hinshaw & Culbertson until her appointment in 1987 as an Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial Circuit. In 1990, Judge Myerscough was elected Circuit Judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit. She was elected Presiding Judge of the Sangamon County Circuit Court in December 1994 and Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in December 1996. In 1998, Judge Myerscough won election to the Fourth District Appellate Court, where she served as Presiding Judge in 2002 and 2009. In June 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Myerscough to a seat on the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, replacing retiring Judge Jeanne E. Scott. She was confirmed by the United States Senate and received her commission in March 2011.
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