Professional Builder's 40 Under 40 Frequently Asked Questions

November 30, 2018

Click here for the 2019 40 Under 40 nomination form 

Do you want to be part of Professional Builder's 40 Under 40 Class of 2018? Are you interested in nominating one of your employees, colleagues, or your employer for Professional Builder's 40 Under 40 Class of 2018?

Below are Frequently Asked Questions regarding our 40 Under 40 program, on topics ranging from nomination eligibility to support materials required to materials due date. If you have a question that was not covered below, click here and email us your question.

Professional Builder 40 Under 40

Who can be nominated? 
Professional Builder’s 40 Under 40 competition is open to all home building professionals who are under 40 years of age (born AFTER December 31, 1978). Nominees may come from any home building industry-related fields. Nominations, personal statements, and supporting materials must be received by December 4, 2018. Questions? Contact Denise Dersin at or (703) 992-7640.

Note: Individuals who were previously nominated for Professional Builder’s 40 Under 40 competition but not selected are eligible. Individuals previously nominated and who were selected as one of PB’s 40 Under 40 are not eligible.

Can I nominate myself?
Yes. Don’t be bashful. If you’re under 40 (IMPORTANT: Nominees must have been born AFTER December 31, 1978, to be eligible) and believe you qualify, feel free to nominate yourself.

Can I nominate more than one person?
Yes. If you feel there are several individuals who deserve consideration, please submit their nominations. There is no limit to the number of submissions you can make, but please note that you’ll need to send supporting materials for all nominated individuals. Click here for the nomination form.

Is there a fee for making a nomination?
No. There is no fee associated with the 40 Under 40 recognition program.

How do I know if my nomination went through? Will I receive a confirmation?
Yes. After submitting your entry information (via the online entry form), you should receive a confirmation email. If you have concerns that your nomination did not go through, please email PB's Denise Dersin at

Will I be notified if the person I nominate is selected?
No. Professional Builder will only contact the 40 individuals we select for 40 Under 40 recognition, and not the individual who submitted their nomination.

What are the criteria for selecting a 40 Under 40 winner, and how does the selection process work?
Nominations will be judged by the editors of Professional Builder, who will be looking for successful and well-rounded individuals under the age of 40. (IMPORTANT: Nominees must have been born AFTER December 31, 1978, to be eligible). Some of the qualities and characteristics the editors will be looking for (in no particular order):

·       Leadership skills
·       Productivity
·       Innovation
·       Professional growth and achievement
·       Creative problem solving
·       Personal integrity
·       Dedication
·       A passion for excellence

What materials do I need to send in support of my nomination(s)? 
A personal statement, a résumé or CV, plus supporting materials that make it easy for judges to see why your nominee is a standout in the home building universe. The brief personal statement should touch on as many of the topics above as possible, as well as these:

·       Technical skills
·       Education
·       Career progress
·       Professional affiliations
·       Community outreach/volunteer work
·       Off-the-clock hobbies and other interesting information that give us a picture of the whole person

For more tips on how to create a good personal statement, see our How to Win Tips Sheet

Additional supporting materials can/should include:

·       Nominee's résumé or CV
·       Descriptions of the nominee's work or projects
·       Newspaper or publication clippings about the nominee
·       Testimonials from clients or others familiar with the nominee's work
·       Awards received

For more tips on how to win, see our How to Win Tips Sheet

When will the 40 Under 40 feature be published?
The 40 Under 40 feature is scheduled for publication in Professional Builder’s March 2019 issue.

When are materials due?
The personal statement and supporting materials must be received by December 4, 2018. All materials should be sent to: 

Denise Dersin
Editorial Director
Professional Builder

Start your nomination now! Enter here.