This week, for the fourth consecutive year, Arkansas Business is introducing readers to talented young leaders in our business and nonprofit community in a feature called "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s."
An internal committee reviewed more than 300 nominations, including some strong leftovers from last year, with an eye toward accomplishments and responsibilities that were clearly ahead of their time for individuals who are not yet 30. Instead of getting easier, as you might expect after the low-hanging fruit were picked for the first classes, the field of nominees has been getting progressively stronger and the job of choosing 20 progressively harder.
The New Influentials may seem a lot like our ever-popular "40 Under 40" feature, and it's possible that you will see some of these faces in those ranks in the future. But we've long recognized that the younger nominees for "40 Under 40" rarely make the final cut because they are mixed in with a much larger crowd of people who have had an extra decade in which to make their marks. I enjoy this opportunity to scope out the names and faces that could well be household names for Arkansas Business readers 20 or 30 years from now.
We're proud to introduce these 20 New Influentials and to consider all the potential they offer our state in the decades to come.
The 2012 20 in Their 20s Class