This award recognizes men and women under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to the inland marine transportation industry and collectively promise to play a big role in shaping its future.

Awards will be presented to young professionals working on towboats, passenger vessels, or other commercial craft, as well as those working shoreside at a port, terminal, shipyard or fleet. Those providing professional services to the industry such as surveyors, freight or equipment brokers, engineers, and consultants also qualify.

2024 nominations are now closed. We look forward to announcing and celebrating the winners at the Inland Marine Expo!


Nominations for 2025 will open in November. The following criteria should be considered when nominating a candidate:

  • Candidates must remain under 40 years of age throughout the duration of the event.
  • Candidates will be subject to approval by their direct supervisor.
  • Candidates may only win the 40 Under 40 Award one time.
  • Nominations are limited to 2 per operator and 1 per supplier.


View the past winners >