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40 Under 40 Application

Please fill out the following survey to be considered for IB's 40 Under 40 (40 professionals under the age of 40). Our editorial team evaluates submissions once a year and looks forward to your submission!

Applications should be completed and submitted by the individual applying. If you have a good candidate in mind for the 40 Under 40, please forward them this online application form. IB must have a completed application form to consider a candidate. Third party nominations are not accepted.

PLEASE NOTE BEFORE FILLING OUT APPLICATION: If selected for the 2021 40 Under 40 class, any information you include in your application may be used in a brief (200 words or less) profile that will be published online at and inside a feature article in the March 2021 issue of In Business magazine. IB will not get approval on these editorial profiles before they are published, so please do not include any information in your application (or in your testimonials) that you are not comfortable having appear in print. If you need a compliance department to review any information included about you in your printed profile, you MUST get approval from them ahead of time before you submit your online application.  

2021 application deadline: Friday, November 13, 2020. Applications received after that date will be kept on file for consideration the following year.

Applicants must be under the age of 40 on 3/1/21, and must work in the counties of Dane, Columbia, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock, and Sauk to be eligible.

Questions? Contact Publisher Jon Konarske at

Please be as detailed as possible when filling out the application.
Full Name
Birthday (Mo/Day/Yr  e.g., 10/10/80)
E-mail Address
Legal Company Name
Business Description (20 words or less)
Street Address
ZIP Code
Phone Number
Cell Phone Number
Web Site
Spouse/Partner Name (if applicable)
Education: For all undergraduate and graduate degrees, include the institution, degree, year graduated and major.
Provide at least one example of how you have contributed to your current company or organization's growth, innovation, or profitability over the past 12 months. 

What is the biggest challenge that you've had to overcome thus far in your professional career and how did you overcome that challenge? What was the end result and what did you learn as a result?

Do you currently belong to any area trade or professional organizations? Please indicate all, include position (member, treasurer, board director, etc.), and any specific impact you've had with the organization. 

Please list any community or civic organizations that you currently belong to. Include your position (member, treasurer, board director, etc.), and how you've specifically helped the mission. 
What specific career achievement makes you most proud? (Note: We're looking for an example of when your own effort or a decision you made positively impacted you professionally. This is your chance to wow the selection committee! "Working with a great team," or "finding a work-life balance," will not be considered unique, individual achievements by the selection committee.)
What personal, non-work-related achievement have you accomplished? (Note: Please refrain from answers like, "raising children." While admirable and noble, we're looking for something more unique.)
Tell us about your very first job (where you received a paycheck) and what the experience taught you. 
What is the best piece of business advice that you've ever received, from whom, and how has it impacted your career?

Do you have any hobbies?

Do you have a hidden talent that others may not know about? Explain.


Optional: Attach a written reference letter from a supervisor, client or colleague on why the IB Editorial team should consider you for selection in the 2021 40 Under 40 class. Up to three reference letters are allowed, and you can upload them below.

 Please check this box to release any of the information provided in this application (or testimonials) for IB editorial use in a brief profile (200 words or less) that would highlight some of your career accomplishments, if you are chosen as one of the 40 selections for the 2021 class. By checking this box, you also are signing off that any compliance department (if applicable for your company) has approved that all of the information included above can be used by the IB editorial team in an editorial profile. If you do not check this box before submitting your application, it may hinder your chances of making the final selection.   



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