Jamie Summers-BrownThe State Journal's 2014 class of Generation Next: 40 Under 40

It seems as though West Virginia is full of tales about the "brain drain," or the lack of a talented, qualified workforce. Here at The State Journal we believe in promoting the good stories we know are quietly being told throughout our hills and valleys every day. 

This week, The State Journal highlights its ninth class of Generation Next: 40 Under 40, an annual award designed to shout from the mountains those stories of the incredible things professionals younger than 40 are doing throughout West Virginia. 

This year's honorees are native and adoptive West Virginians. They show leadership in various ways every day. They have created their own companies, helped other companies grow and have assisted community organizations flourish and change lives. The members of the class of 2014 have made commitments to West Virginia and the communities they call home. 

 

"This year's class of Generation Next winners shows us the true Mountaineer spirit," said Ann Ali, managing editor of The State Journal. "These are the people who wake up early and stay late, but still find the time to volunteer and give back."

This year's class includes car dealers, marketing directors and entrepreneurs. Some of them work for large corporations while others work for family-owned businesses, but they all have a dedication to the state, its citizens and local communities.

As West Virginia takes on new challenges, the state will turn more and more to Generation Next — West Virginians who have demonstrated their commitment to building a better state. 

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