Chamber wants nominations for Top 40 under 40 campaign

For the next 10 months, Top 40 under 40 will be putting the spotlight on some of the Penticton's youngest entrepreneurs.

For the next 10 months, the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with JCI Penticton, will be putting the spotlight on some of the community’s youngest entrepreneurs.

“We are very excited to be announcing this program” said John Devitt, the chamber’s general manager. “We couldn’t be happier to bring Prospera Credit Union on board along with our local media partners in order to recognize outstanding members of our community.”

Top 40 Under 40 will run for 40 weeks, kicking off on Sept. 25. Every Wednesday, a nominee will be profiled in the Western News as well as on JCI Penticton and the chamber’s social media platforms. The campaign will wrap with a celebration event in early July 2014.

“The Top 40 Under 40 campaign is a great way to recognize people in our community” said Carlo Carbajal, president of JCI Penticton. “It fits our mandate at JCI and we’re very happy to be partnering with the chamber on this.”

Candidates will be nominated by community members. The chamber will contact the nominee for additional background information that will help inform the selection committee, focusing on four key areas: community service, entrepreneurship, success and/or innovation.

“Penticton is a strong, vibrant community that will continue to grow and thrive thanks to the contributions being made by a diverse and amazing group of young leaders,” said Bruce Howell, CEO and president of Prospera. “Prospera is proud to be the title sponsor of the Top 40 Under 40, which provides us with an important opportunity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of these talented young people who are not only accomplishing great things in their field, but also in their community.”

Nominations can be emailed to Devitt at with the subject line “Top 40 nomination.” Additional details will be available online at and starting Sept. 25.