The future of Lake and Sumter counties is so bright that I have to wear shades.
How do I know? Because we have a bright and talented group of entrepreneurs, business leaders and professionals among us. And they’re just getting started!
I’m talking about our young workforce. Or, as we call it in Lake and Sumter Style Magazine, our “40 Under 40.” This month, we’re allowing these young whippersnappers to step into the spotlight as we celebrate their achievements in hopes of inspiring future generations of aspiring businesspeople.
It saddens me that young people are often erroneously stereotyped. You’ve heard the rants – they’re lazy, they want free handouts and act entitled, they don’t want to work for anything, they’re selfish, spoiled and irresponsible.
This year’s crop of “40 Under 40” shatters those stereotypes. And, for the record, we had no trouble finding this group of tireless workers who are entrepreneurs, doctors, marketing specialists, public information officers, attorneys, educators, chefs, painters, salespeople and more.
I thank each of them for their hard work, dedication and drive. There’s no doubt that their creativity, vision, and passion enrich our area. They ensure that Lake and Sumter counties continue to be wonderful places to live, work and play.
As owner of Akers Media Group, I see firsthand how valuable young employees are. Most of my staff is under 40. They help come up with great story ideas, produce eye-catching ads and designs and consistently meet deadlines despite heavy workloads. I’m so lucky to have them as part of my work family.
I hope everyone is off to a great start in 2024 and that you’re meeting your New Year’s resolutions. Keep it up and let’s all strive to make 2024 a year to remember!