It wasn’t your typical Outlaw Field concert production, but there were food trucks, a stage, DJs and music aplenty – and there was even the requisite beach ball toss.
The nearly 350 ticket holders who came to the Idaho Botanical Gardens on Thursday June 15 were there not to be sung to, but to sing the praises of, the 40 “rock stars” of business, industry and nonprofit status, all under the age of 40.
As an homage to the venue and as a nod to the overall theme of the event, each honoree was played to the stage by the DJs with a snippet from their favorite song after a brief introduction. The 2017 AU40 playlist is an eclectic collection that includes everything from Cielito Lindo, a classic Mexican song, to Billie Holliday, Modest Mouse, Duke Ellington, the Foo Fighters and PPL MVR. The playlist is part of this year’s AU40 publication featuring profiles of all honorees that was included in the June 16 Idaho Business Review.
This year’s honorees were chosen from more than 100 applicants. The selection committee of former AU40 honorees scored applicants in the areas of leadership, achievements, community service, and setting and meeting long-term goals. The 40 who scored highest are this year’s honorees.
Opening remarks by Associate Publisher Cindy Suffa noted the IBR’s 33rd anniversary and tracked its evolution from what began as a weekly business newspaper to its 24/7 business news cycle today, that also includes special publications and awards events such as the AU40.
Introductions of the 40 honorees were split by a 10-minute dance party, complete with bouncing beach balls. Another dance party followed the event along with dessert, provided by Sugar Rush Cupcakery.
Happy honorees and guests lingered until all the tablecloths were pulled and dusk bid them adieu. Hawley Troxell Attorney and honoree Sarah Reed said it was “a fabulous event” that presented the honorees at their best. Clay Long, assistant director for Nampa School District, said he was “honored to be part of it.” And Matthew McDaniel, co-administrator, activities director, Title IX officer and teacher at Victory Charter School in Nampa said it was “a wonderful evening. What an honor to be recognized among such high-caliber individuals.”
Nominations are now open for next year: //idahobusinessreview.com/events/au40/nominate/