Frequently Asked Questions

What is CFA's 40 under 40?

An annual list of 40 professionals who have achieved success in the commercial finance industry  before turning 40.


When will CFA announce thE first class of 40 Under 40?

The 40 Under 40 winners are announced in the September issue of The Secured Lender.


When do nominations begin?

Nominations open March 1, 2016. The deadline for submissions is May 13, 2016.


What are the qualifications for CFA 40 Under 40?

We are looking for those who are making an indelible impact on our industry. We also are  interested in those who exemplify true excellence in their careers and who bring a strong voice and commitment to their profession and the industry at large. Community service, as well as participation in trade groups, etc. should also be included. Nominees must be under 40 at the time of nomination, and must work full time.


Who decides who will be in CFA 40 Under 40?

A panel of CFA member industry leaders.


How can I nominate someone for CFA 40 Under 40?

Click here to place nominations.


Can I just call you or send you an e-mail with the name of the person I'd like to nominate?

No. We need to have the form filled out, including contact information for the person you are nominating.


I want to nominate someone, but can I remain anonymous?

No, we need to know who you are, though we do not share nominator information.


Can I nominate myself?

No, we do not accept self-nominations.


I want to nominate my boss but would it be better if someone higher up nominated him? Can I nominate a family member?

Nominator must be a senior leader or manager in the same CFA Member organization or CFA Education Foundation Supporter organization ($2,500 level or above) as the nominee. All nominations should provide clear, business-oriented reasons for the nomination, regardless of the relationship between nominator and nominee.


Does it help if many people nominate the same person?

No. In fact, evidence of an organized campaign to send many nominations is viewed negatively.


Will more than one nominee from the same company be accepted?

All qualifying nominations will be accepted.


I would like to nominate someone, but they will turn 40 before your cutoff date. Can I still nominate that person?

No. Nominations for anyone who does not meet the age requirement are discarded. We will verify birth dates of finalists.


How does the process work?

After we receive a nomination, candidates will be vetted. CFA’s panel will hold a series of meetings to determine which candidates will be chosen. We aspire to come up with a diverse list that represents a broad spectrum of our industry.


What is required of those who are selected?

Candidates who are selected must provide a photo and may also be asked for a short video (think camera phone quality). They will also participate in a phone interview in advance of the publication date. Selectee’s attendance at the ceremony is encouraged.


Can I contact you to see how my nominee is doing in the judging process?

No. We will not provide status reports. Should we need any additional information, we will contact the nominee.


I was not picked for CFA 40 Under 40. Can you tell me why?

With just 40 slots and a large industry, many nominees will not be chosen. Nomination itself is a form of recognition and an honor.