Nominations are now open. To submit, download the form by clicking the link below. Be sure to read the rules and FAQs below. The deadline to submit is May 7, 2021.



The Secured Finance Network is once again looking to recognize young talent poised to impact the future of our industry.

Do you know a future leader? Are you impressed by a dedicated young professional? Is there a true go-getter in your office? Nominate them for a 2021 SFNet 40 Under 40 Award. It’s an affirmation that their hard work is noticed—and a career-boosting professional achievement as well.

SFNet's 40 Under 40 Awards celebrate the achievements of young professionals in the secured finance industry—movers and shakers who exemplify true excellence in their careers and demonstrate commitment to their communities as well to as the industry.

Online nominations are now open. Winners will be honored in the September 2021 issue of The Secured Lender and celebrated at our 40 Under 40 Awards Gala live online on September 9, 2021.

SFNet 40 Under 40 Awards Committee Chair


Stewart Hayes

Managing Director, Wells Fargo Capital Finance


Nominees must not turn 40 before May 1, 2021. Nominators must be the direct supervisor or manager of the nominee. Nominees and nominators must be employed by an SFNet member organization. For information on becoming an SFNet member organization, please contact James Kravitz at jkravitz@sfnet.com.

2021 Categories
  • Business Consulting/Turnaround
  • Business Development
  • CPA Firm
  • Credit Insurance
  • External Field Exam
  • Internal Field Exam
  • Investment Banker/Advisor
  • Legal Services
  • Liquidation/Appraisal/Auctioneer
  • Loan Documentation/Advice on Deal Structure
  • Operations
  • Portfolio/Risk Management
  • Software
  • UCC Services/Background Investigations
  • Underwriting

When will SFNet announce the 2021 class of 40 Under 40 Award winners?  
This year's winners will be announced in the September 2021 issue of The Secured Lender. Winners will be notified by July 1.

When do nominations begin?

Nominations open March 16, 2021. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2021. (The deadline has been extended to May 7, 2021.)

What are the qualifications for an SFNet 40 Under 40 Awards nominee?

We are looking for people who are making an indelible impact on our industry. We are also interested in those who exemplify true excellence in their careers and who bring a strong voice and commitment to their profession and to the industry at large. Community service, as well as participation in trade groups, etc. should also be included in the nomination information. Nominees must not turn 40 before May 1, 2021, and must work full-time.

Who chooses the SFNet 40 Under 40 Award winners?

Winners are selected by a panel of SFNet member industry leaders.

Can I call you or send you an email with the name of the person I'd like to nominate?

No. You must submit a competed nomination form, including contact information for the person you are nominating. A nomination letter as well as the nominee’s resume or LinkedIn profile is also required.

I want to nominate someone, can I remain anonymous?

No, we need to know who you are. However, 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?

A nominator must be a senior leader or manager in the same SFNet member organization as the nominee. All nominations must 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?

Yes, all qualifying nominations will be accepted.

I would like to nominate someone, but they will turn 40 before May 1, 2021. Can I still nominate that person?

No. Nominations for anyone not meeting the age requirement are discarded. We will verify the birth dates of our finalists.

How does the process work?

After we receive the nominations, SFNet’s panel of judges will hold a series of meetings to determine which candidates will be chosen. We aspire to have a list of winners that represents the diversity in our industry.

What is required of those who are selected?

Winners must provide a photo and profile (see last year’s profiles HERE). We encourage all winners to attend the ceremony.

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 or nominator.

I was not selected for an SFNet 40 Under 40 Award. 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. We encourage nominators to re-nominate if their candidate was not chosen.

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