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Young overachievers recognized at Accomplished Under 40 event

Boise State University College of Business and Economics Dean Patrick W. Shannon, Ph.D.

Some came by boat, crossing a lagoon. Others, on foot, walked across a wooden bridge. Nearly 400 friends, family, colleagues and community members gathered June 14 at the African Plains exhibit at Zoo Boise to honor Idaho Business Review’s 2012 Accomplished Under 40. The successful young professionals, ranging in age from 28 to 39, were recognized for leadership, achievements, reaching their goals and contributing to the community.

The event featured face-to-face networking opportunities plus a unique onsite social network, food, drink, entertainment and a welcome by Sean Evans, IBR vice president and publisher.

“We salute these young men and women who have achieved so much in such a short time,” Evans said. “Our community is lucky to have them and so are we.”

Boise State University College of Business and Economics Dean Patrick W. Shannon also spoke to the crowd and invited everyone to attend the upcoming grand opening for the Micron Business and Economics Building on Aug. 21.

In addition to holding the event at Zoo Boise, other 2012 Accomplished Under 40 upgrades included the use of Slide Klowd, an interactive app downloadable for the evening via smartphones, a passport treasure hunt with a drawing for an iPad as the prize, five buffet-style food stations, and African dancers and drummers.

In addition to the presenting sponsor – BSU College of Business and Economics – sponsors included Slide Klowd, Boise Young Professionals, Boise, Inc., Saint Alphonsus Health System and Impact Wireless.

About Jeanne Huff

Jeanne Huff is the special sections editor at IBR, editor of Women of the Year, Accomplished Under 40, CEOs of Influence, Money Makers, Leaders in Law, Corporate Guide to Event Planning as well as editor of custom publications including Welcome to Boise, Dining Decisions, Idaho Heartland Living and Travelog.


  1. MJohn you should take no offense. Nothing at all wrong with being an overachiever–unless you are a member of the British aristocracy, in which case I’m led to believe it is frowned upon. (This may have some relationship to the fact that Britain is now a small failing island, rather than an Empire.) Remember we are a nation of overachievers, from our Founding Fathers and their brethren forward; do you think George Washington was not an overachiever? He defeated the British Empire (see above). Now get back to work; I’m retired, we are nearly bankrupt, and you have taxes to pay. Please go forth and overachieve so that I may retire in peace.

  2. Maybe instead of taking offense you should take a pill. Lighten up. Editors write headlines to get attention. Cllearly this one got yours. By the way, why do you have time to waste writing whiny emails? We dont want you laurel resting, you know… Don’t you have some work to do?

  3. Really? Overachievers? I take offense to this headline as a past recipient of this honor. We are not “overachievers”, but people who have worked hard and accomplished a lot through that hard work and dedication to our goals.