Shreveport Bossier has a host of great minds and today we honor this year's "40 under 40" winners. The Young Professionals Initiative has selected this year's class of top leaders in our community.

More than 250 folks were nominated, but that list has been pared down to the 40 winners.

Congrats to all of the 2017 winners:
Sabrina Adsit, Film Prize Foundation; Allie Aiello, Bossier Parish District Attorney's Office; Desiree Alexander, Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL) ; Gabriel Balderas, El Cabo Verde; Courtney Spradlin Bryan, BRF; Leigh Anne Chambers, Shreveport Symphony; Margo Clendenin, Christus Shreveport-Bossier Foundation; Konstantin Dolagn, LA New Product Development Team; Katherine Douthitt, Blanchard Walker O'Quinn & Roberts; William Fish, Jr. Lt Col USAF, Barksdale Air Force Base; Adam Foret, University Veterinary Hospital; Catherine Foret, DVM, University Veterinary Hospital; Jana Freeman, Bank of Montgomery; Julie Gilley, EAP/Biomed; Adria Goins, KSLA 12; Sean Green, BIZ Magazine; Jordan Harris, Christus Health Shreveport-Bossier; Wendy Horton, Langley, Parks, Horton and Maxwell, LLC; Taylor Jamison, Strategic Action Council; Neco Johnson, U.S. Air Force; Dr. Nashawna Joseph, Southern University & Shreveport/centre 4 M.O.R.E; Heidi Kemple Martin, Shreveport Bar Association; Elizabeth Killough, Heard, McElroy & Vestal, LLC; Rich Lamb, Weiner, Weiss & Madison; Crystal Lauve, Lauve Pediatrics; Nick Lebrun, Lebrun Outdoors; Valerie Montet, Caesars Entertainment/ Horseshoe/Harrah's; Shannon Nichols, Regions Bank; Terry Petzold, Magee Resource Group, LLC; Joshua K. Porter, Shreveport Regional Arts Council; Arien Ragster, Dress for Success Shreveport-Bossier; Marvin, D. Rainey, M. Ed, Caddo Schools - Midway Elementary School; Ronnie Remedies, Shreveport Limousine; Allison Rhymes, Southland Home Health; Leslie Smith, AFS Logistics; Britney Spivey, Simply Chic Boutique Bossier; Melissa Stewart, Now You’re Cooking; Lauren Vizza, KTAL-NBC6 / KSHV-V45; David Watters, Morris & Dickson Co., L.L.C; Mary Wood, Caddo Parish School Board.

“The 2017 40 Under 40 Class is as professionally diverse as I’ve ever seen. This year’s
class is comprised of a wonderful array of Northwest Louisiana’s best and brightest
young professionals who are making a difference in their professional industries as well
as in their communities,” said YPI’s President, Kourtney Washington. “On behalf of
YPI, it will be our pleasure to honor this year’s amazing group of young professionals at
our Annual Gala in December.”

The gala is set for December 2th at the Shreveport Convention Center.