Wilkerson Receives Award from the State Journal

Friday, March 7th, 2014

The State Journal is again recognizing 40 business professionals from throughout West Virginia who are younger than 40 with its ninth class of Generation Next: 40 Under 40 Award.  Kristi Lawrence Wilkerson ’99, director of alumni relations at West Virginia Wesleyan College, was among the young professionals receiving this accolade.  The annual award is designed to promote the good stories of incredible young professionals making a difference in the Mountain State.

“I feel very honored to be nominated and selected for the Generation Next: 40 Under 40 Award,” stated Wilkerson.  “I am a proud West Virginian and always look for ways to assist our great state in getting even stronger.  Helping to keep West Virginia Wesleyan College Alumni engaged with their alma mater and current students is just one of those ways.”

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recognized each winner during a reception March 6 in Charleston.  The honorees this year are car dealers, marketing directors, and entrepreneurs. Some of them work for large corporations and others work for family-owned businesses.

“This year’s class of Generation Next winners shows us the true Mountaineer spirit,” said Ann Ali, managing editor of The State Journal. “These are the people who wake up early and stay late, but still find the time to volunteer and give back.”

The State Journal could not produce Generation Next: 40 Under 40 without the gracious support of sponsors Custom Business Solutions, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, and Huntington Bank.

The State Journal is a statewide, weekly business newspaper. It is owned by West Virginia Media, which also owns the television stations WOWK in Charleston-Huntington, WBOY in Morgantown-Clarksburg, WTRF in Wheeling and WVNS in Beckley-Bluefield.

Profiles of all the winners can be found at www.statejournal.com.