Forty Under 40 Awards Program


Nominate someone! Call for nominations is now open. Follow @IFMA for updates about the program.

In celebration of our fortieth anniversary this year, we want to recognize the future of the industry and the profession by honoring the talents and achievements of young facility professionals as they rise through the ranks of the profession.

This award program aims to tell the incredible stories of FMs under 40 years old that stand out as influencers in the built environment community for their incredible commitment to the industry.

Let us know who you think is an exceptional facility professional that should be recognized for this award.

Entries are open to anyone under the age of 40 as of December 31, 2020.

January 15 – Call for nominations opens.

March 6 – Deadline for nominations.

March 12 – July 10 – Nominations are reviewed and selected. Every nominee receives a follow-up profile questionnaire to complete.

TBD – Deadline for nominee profile questionnaire.

July 1 – Finalists announced via Facility Management Journal (FMJ Magazine).

September 30 – October 20 – Finalists recognized at World Workplace US and beyond.



Read the instructions on how to enter, program eligibility and deadlines and then fill out the nomination form below.

Step 1: Review the elibility requirements and deadlines.

Step 2: Fill out the nomination form for your candidate.

Step 3: You will receive a confirmation that your nomination has been recorded. In the event we need more information, an IFMA staff member will reach out to you.

Step 4: All nominees must fill out a follow-up profile questionnaire.

The call for nominations is open on January 15, 2020.

Final deadline for nominations is March 6, 2020.

How to enter

Eligibility & Deadlines

  • Nominees are Built Environment Professionals who are less than 40 years old as of 12/31/2020.
  • Nominees are making a positive impact on the FM industry, whether through innovation and discovery, special achievements, overcoming extreme challenges, making notable contributions, rendering aide to others, or bringing recognition to the profession.
  • Nominees are not required to be IFMA members or hold any certain title within their organization
  • Nominees are required to be working in any part of the FM industry
  • Anyone can nominate a young FM
  • You are welcome to nominate yourself
  • Call for nominations ends March 6, 2020.
  • Nominations will be reviewed March 12 – September 29.
  • View the full Terms and Conditions for more details.

Submitting a nomination

To submit a nominee for consideration click the button below and fill out the nomination form entirely. The nomination form has three (3) sections to complete.

*Multiple nominations will not improve a nominee's chances of being selected.

Section 1: Nominee's information - General information about your nominee so that we know who they are and what they do.

Section 2: Why they should be nominated - This section is where you'll make your case for why the nominee should be considered for the Forty Under 40 award.

Section 3: Your contact information - Here you'll provide your contact information in case we need to follow up with your about your nomination.

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Judging will take place over the course of 3 months. Our committee of independent judges are looking for exceptional contributions to the industry and interesting success stories that will inspire other facility professionals.

Whether its powerful personal stories of overcoming adversity while catapulting professionally or an innovation that is helping to redesign the impact of facility management, we want to hear the most compelling stories of successful, impactful facility professionals.

Contact + FAQ

Contact us to learn about sponsorship opportunities for this program.

If you have questions about this program, or need help submitting a candidate for consideration, please contact

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the 40 Under Forty Awards Program?

A: This is our way of honoring young FM professionals that are making waves in the profession and in their communities.

Q: Can I nominate myself?

A: Absolutely! So long as you'll be under the age of forty on December 31, 2020.

Q: Who can I nominate?

A: Any FM professional under the age of forty as of December 31, 2020 who is making contributions to the FM world through innovation, networking and/or community service in and out of the profession.

Q: Do I have to be an IFMA member to nominate someone? Does my nominee have to be an IFMA member?

A: No and no. Nominating is open to everyone.

Q: Can I nominate myself?

A: As we celebrate the 40th birthday of IFMA, we want to recognize the next wave of FMs as they face new challenges, technologies and innovations in the built environment.

Q: When is the deadline?

A: The deadline for nominations is March 6, 2020. View the timeline for details on other important dates and times.

Q: When will the recipients be announced and honored?

A: We plan to honor and promote the award recipients throughout the year. A formal honoring will take place at IFMA's World Workplace 2020 event in Chicago this October.

Q: How do I nominate someone?

Q: Do I win anything if I'm selected?

A: The 40 people selected for 40 Under Forty will be recognized across multiple IFMA channels (events, communication, publications, etc.) and globally recognized within the FM community.