May 15, 2014 --
Marines representing three different commands at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany were selected as honorees for Southwest Georgia’s 40 under 40 Class of 2014.
The recognition ceremony was held May 1 at Stonebridge Golf and Country Club in Albany, Georgia, with more than 200 business and community leaders present to cheer on their winners.
Sgt. Stephanie Bowens, noncommissioned officer-in-charge, Official Mailroom, MCLB Albany; Cpl. Candice Clark, operations noncommissioned officer, Support Operations Branch, Marine Corps Systems Command; and Staff Sgt. Juana Snell, equal opportunity advisor, Marine Corps Logistics Command, were among the 40 young professionals chosen from a pool of nominees.
The Albany Herald and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Emerge Albany, the young professionals division of the Chamber, recognized some of Southwest Georgia’s best and brightest during an annual ceremony.
“I feel as though everything that I have done here since arriving in Albany, Georgia, has come together for me to receive such a tremendous honor,” Bowens said. “I don’t do it (volunteer) for the reward, but it is knowing that my role in giving back to the community is being fulfilled.”
Another Marine honoree echoed those same sentiments.
Clark said, “Having the opportunity to volunteer is an award in itself because there is no other feeling similar to the one you receive from knowing you made a difference in someone’s life. When I found out I was being recognized and awarded for serving others and participating in making an impact in the community, it was such an honor.”
Ken Boler, general sales manager, The Albany Herald, the sponsoring organization for the 40 under 40 recognition program, said he was happy for this year’s class and their selection speaks volumes for the community.
“I challenge each of you to push, pull and drag people through the door by nominating professionals to succeed you next year,” he said. “I need each of you to continue to push Albany and Southwest Georgia forward.”
Clark added, “I greatly appreciated being awarded and recognized for something I do out of the goodness of my heart and simply because I enjoy giving back to others what was once given to me - time.”
“Being nominated and selected for the Albany Herald’s 40 under 40 has truly been an honor and a privilege,” she said. “It reconfirms that I did not choose Albany, Georgia, as a duty station, but rather it chose me. I am truly humbled by the experience and recognize this is only the beginning. I know that more work must be done and I accept the challenge.”