Meet the 2019 Forty Under 40 class.

The Business Record is proud to announce the 20th annual list of Forty Under 40 honorees.

These 40 local business leaders, who were chosen by past award winners, are under the age of 40 and have demonstrated impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement.

Together, they join 760 past Business Record Forty Under 40 honorees to bring the total number of honorees to 800 since the Business Record began the awards in 2000.


2019 Alumnus of the Year

Each year, the Business Record honors a member of a previous Forty Under 40 class to recognize that person’s contributions since being named a Forty.

The 2019 Forty Under 40 Alumnus of the Year is Kathryn Kunert.

Kunert is vice president of economic connections and integration with MidAmerican Energy Co. She joined the company in 1996 as a legislative grassroots coordinator in the government affairs department.

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Meet the Forty Under 40s … LIVE

Each of the Forty Under 40s stopped up at the top of the Des Moines Embassy Club for their pre-event photo shoot, and sat in the chair for an impromptu interview with Business Record Publisher Chris Conetzkey.


“I have been given a great deal in life, and because of that I am driven to give back to others with the hopes that they too can find happiness and success.”

Caroline Bettis ‘19 / Full Article



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