Winners celebrate at TBJ’s 2017 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards


Winners celebrate at TBJ’s 2017 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards

Downtown Raleigh was abuzz Friday as the next generation of Triangle leaders celebrated being part of Triangle Business Journal’s 2017 class of 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards winners.

The event, held at the Raleigh Marriott City Center, kicked off with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County Executive Director Kevin Campbell followed by John Grinnell of Grinnell Leadership, who spoke to the group about the importance of leadership and a driven attitude.

The award winners were introduced by four emcees who announced 10 honorees each. The emcees were Jane Doggett, senior leasing representative of Highwoods Properties; Jason Garey, a financial advisor at Meridian Financial; Terrence Holt, president of Holt Brothers Construction; and Keith Poston, president and executive director of Public School Forum of North Carolina.

As they came up to the stage to accept their awards, each winner was given the opportunity to explain the meaning behind the hashtag they chose to describe themselves in their profile featured in TBJ’s subscriber edition.

Read: Meet TBJ’s 2017 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards winners

Among them were Nation Hahn of and the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation. He explained his hashtag of #resolvetoserve this way: “Service and community are what saved me after the loss of my wife (Jamie Kirk Hahn, who was murdered in 2013),” he said. “None of us get to be where we are alone. This award is in her honor, as well as the others who help make our work possible.”

Ben Hartmere, CEO of inMotionNow, explained #persistent by folding in the tie-in to the song that was played as he received his award – “At Last,” by Etta James. “This song is fitting,” he says. “Because I’m the oldest winner here, being six weeks shy of 40. And the song was played at my wife and I’s wedding.”

But two winners that were introduced later in the program challenged Hartmere’s statement of being the oldest winner: J. Perry Hunt, owner and president of Hunt Forest Resources, who said he turned 40 two weeks ago (but was under 40 at the time of the nomination deadline); and Chad Parker, managing director and principal of architect firm Gensler, who was celebrating his birthday Friday and used #todayisforty.

The following information is replicated from the 2017 Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list of named leaders. Find all other recipients information and other details at the original published article.