The Up & Comer Awards were created to honor young professionals who have achieved excellence in their careers, shown a commitment to their community and demonstrated leadership. The categories are Accounting, Banking, Construction, Education, Finance, Healthcare, Hospitality, Insurance, Law, Manufacturing, Marketing, Non-Profit, Professional Services, Public Relations, Real Estate, Sports and Technology.
Nominations are sought from the public and judging is led by Editor-in-Chief Kevin Gale, who has 30 years of experience as a business journalist in South Florida. More than 250 applicants were chosen as nominees and 86 were selected as finalists.
Judging process is based off of the nominees profession not company industry. For example, if nominee is in the marketing department of an accounting firm, the category used for the nomination should be marketing.
The judging criteria are:
Seniority in the organization and the size and scope of the organization
Professional accomplishments, included career path and specific achievements
Giving back through professional, charitable and civic achievements
Nominees must be under the age of 40
The winners in each category will be announced during a cocktail reception and an awards ceremony. (Click here to purchase tickets) Winners will also be featured in an issue of SFBW.