Not too early to think about 2017

From the pages of In Business magazine.

Each year when the calendar flips to September I always ask the same question: “Where did the summer go?” And it’s usually quickly followed by the question, “Where did the year go?” Perhaps you’re like me in that the end of summer usually means that it’s time to start focusing on the upcoming year. So, with 2017 in mind, I thought it would be appropriate to spend some time talking about a couple of IB’s annual award and recognition programs that kick off the New Year.

In February, IB will hold its fourth annual Executive of the Year awards recognizing area executives based on their leadership, innovation, and company success in 2016. We are excited to announce two new award categories for the 2017 program: Startup Executive and Family Business Executive. These will be added to the existing six categories of Small Company, Medium Company, Large Company, CFO of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and the Executive of the Year.

For more details on this program or to nominate your top executive, go to We are accepting applications through Nov.15.

In March, IB will announce its 40 Under 40 class. Each year, the competition is fierce for these 40 spots, and we encourage any young professional to fill out the application as thoroughly as possible. The more we know about you, your professional accomplishments, and your civic involvement, the better your chances. We’ve been averaging close to 200 applications the past few years, so it’s an extremely high honor to be chosen for one of the 40 spots. To be considered for this recognition, you must be under the age of 40 on March 1, 2017, and you must work in or around the Greater Madison area.

The application can be completed online at, and we’ll accept applications through Nov. 16. We ask that individuals self-nominate and fill out the applications themselves. Unfortunately, we cannot accept endorsements or third-party nominations in place of a completed application form by individuals vying for this recognition.

The Executive of the Year Awards and the 40 Under 40 are two of the highest honors that you can receive as a Greater Madison business professional, and they can help elevate your professional career. If you want to be considered for either of these career altering recognition programs, let’s hear from you!

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