It’s been said that one of Southern Illinois’ greatest assets is its people — a resilient, motivated and driven collection of individuals who cooperate, strive and work to make themselves, their businesses and the region better. Southern Illinois is especially rich with young professionals who are quickly taking their place and making their mark.

Southern Business Journal asked readers to nominate outstanding leaders all younger than the age of 40 who are making a difference. From those nominations we selected 20 deserving of recognition (actually, it’s 21, but one pair is a team). We asked them some questions about life, success and their futures.

Presenting our 2017 20 Under 40:

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