Come mingle with some of Asheville’s brightest shining young professionals on Thursday, Sept. 26 when the The Biltmore Beacon will be hosting the ninth annual 40 Under Forty event.

The event, which will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville — Biltmore, will honor 40 Asheville residents who have made a difference in their respective fields who truly go above and beyond.

The Biltmore Beacon’s 40 under Forty event is a leader Leadership Awards Banquet that acknowledges individuals who truly stand out in the community. This year will be the ninth annual event and everyone is invited to attend.

In addition to acknowledging the accomplishments of the nominees, the event has proven to be a way for nominees to develop new friendships and build a network of contacts.

“40 under Forty strives to honor upcoming individuals who are doing great things and making their mark in their businesses and communities,” said Keri Hill, advertising and events coordinator for The Biltmore Beacon. “Choosing 40, and having them all come together for one evening where they can meet each other and inspire and support each other allows for the sharing of ideas and dreams. Many of our honorees come away from our gala inspired by their fellow honorees to do more and serve their communities in new and exciting ways.”

All honorees have been nominated by places of employment and/or service organizations. They are all 39 years of age or younger, live or work in the greater Asheville area and show the potential to be a leader in the business community for years to come.

“This event shines a light on the honorees who are making an impact in their field and a difference in their community but may otherwise go unnoticed,” said Jonathan Key, president, and publisher of Mountaineer Publishing Inc.

The evening includes a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and an awards ceremony from 7-9:30 p.m.

This year’s guest speaker will be Jael Rattigan, the co-founder and CEO of French Broad Chocolates.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore is located at 115 Hendersonville Road in Asheville.

The class selected for 40 Under Forty this year is an impressive one, consisting of dozens of people who have excelled in their positions and communities.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event. Tickets cost $70 for adults and $40 for children 12 and younger. Anyone who would like to reserve seats may visit or call Keri Hill at 828-452-0661 ext. 132 or email her at


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