A packed house has lined up for the fourth annual awards show to recognize the state’s top young business leaders and entrepreneurs, with the top 40 roster to be unveiled tonight at the Adelaide Convention Center.

South Australia Governor Hieu Van Le AC will attend the gala evening, along with Leader of the Opposition MP Peter Malinauskas and a packed house of over 340 guests.

The Governor is no stranger to the 40 Under 40 awards, having hosted a reception for the 2020 recipients at Government House in March, where he told alumni that the motto “If this has to be, it has to start with me”, should be their driving force.

This drive to overcome obstacles and give back to the community is the basis of the judging criteria, and the new generation of 40 young business leaders announced tonight have all demonstrated their passion for making South Australia a great place to be. ideal for living, working and playing.

Jury president David Rohrsheim, who also judged the awards last year, said he was happy to see that in his fourth year, the 40 Under 40 awards struck a chord with young people. leaders from South Australia.

“It’s one thing to get 640 referrals and 230 nominations, but when the vast majority of those nominations are worthy of the roster, it starts to show the depth of the state’s talent,” said Rohrsheim, who manages SA Venture Capital. Fund portfolio.

The keynote speaker is Michael Waite, an expat who returned to South Australia after spending years in the United States managing the financial and accounting departments of Bentall Kennedy and Cascade Investment companies, owned by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. .

Upon his return to the state, Waite founded News from the Naracoorte community in his hometown and this month was appointed Independent Director of Lenswood Apples.

Waite said he had witnessed the benefits of the Young Leadership Awards to individual winners as well as the cities that lead them during his time abroad.

“A lot of local elections, when it comes to advice and things like that, is just name identification,” he said.

“The 40 Under 40 is a great way to showcase your career, get noticed and have an impact on the organization you create or promote and it can be any unique type. It’s not in any way relative to the financial situation or the size of the company, it’s about the size of the impact and I would say the potential impact.

The winners will be announced throughout the night on Daily and CityMag social media channels and on the Daily website. The full list and profiles will be published in the winter print edition of CityMag in the streets of the city on Friday.

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