[Updated Nov. 6: We have extended the deadline for nomination entry through Nov. 19.--E.S.]
The editors at McGraw-Hill Construction want your help to identify the future leaders and those who currently excel in their careers. Help us to learn and know about them and who they are. You are the experts. That is why we are calling on you to tell us who you consider the best and brightest of the many rising stars in the industry.

Here is the process: The McGraw-Hill Construction Regional Publications are accepting nominations for the Top 20 industry leaders, or future leaders, who will be under the age of 40 as of Oct. 29.

Top 20 Under 40 asks you, as A/E/C industry representatives, to tell us who best represents the most promising, outstanding and most likely to succeed in their respective fields. We are taking nominations for these individuals in architecture, engineering and construction who work in Texas as well as Oklahoma.

As the editor-in-chief of Texas Construction, I want to encourage all to take the time to nominate someone. The form is easy to access and requires careful consideration, certainly, but should not prove overly time-consuming. These individuals are our future, folks. Let's show them off!

What makes an individual a Top 20? Any number of reasons: contribution to major projects; innovation in process or leadership; achievement of or toward industry-related certifications; and so on.

If you've worked with one or more such individuals, or they work for you, even if you only know of them through the grapevine, we ask that you start by
filling out our nomination form and let us know who they are. All submissions will be reviewed by a independent panel of industry experts who will, ultimately, select the Top 20.

Mark your calendars and round up your brightest and best young professional achievers. October 29 is the deadline to submit your nominees. The winners will be featured in an early 2011 issue of Texas Construction magazine.