The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber on Monday night celebrated young business people in Nelson Mandela Bay with the launch of its second Top 40 Under 40 publication.
The list in the publication is a showcase of young business people in Nelson Mandela Bay, in recognition of the wealth of business talent available to the Bay. “First and foremost, the Business Chamber wanted to connect young business,” said Nicole Klokow, Top 40 Under 40 convener.
“We wanted to recognise the contribution made by young businesspeople to Nelson Mandela Bay, as they themselves recognise the potential held by Nelson Mandela Bay to support their careers, their businesses and their future,” she said.
In August, the chamber put out a call for nominations from its membership base, and these nominations were then judged by the Top 40 panel. This year, said Klokow, the chamber welcomed on to its panel high profile businesspeople from various sectors and disciplines.
“The judging panel – which included Businesswomen Association chairperson Michelle Brown, local businesswomen Jane Stevenson, Carol Hall and Lize Hayward, as well as director of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Alumni Association Paul Geswindt and Standard Bank’s Mzi Baleni – was highly impressed by the standard of the entries to this year’s list. “We have young entrepreneurs, company directors, managers and talented employees who demonstrate the potential to achieve great things for themselves, their companies and Nelson Mandela Bay.”
She said the chamber received more than 80 nominations to this year’s list from its members.
“The high-calibre panel of judges had the difficult task of whittling the nominees down to forty dynamic and passionate young business leaders. They are the new face of business in Nelson Mandela Bay.”
Chamber CEO Kevin Hustler said: “They are an untapped resource for Nelson Mandela Bay – people with drive and passion, and the skills and expertise to make a measurable difference to the growth and development of our region.”