Meet the Young Guns Class of 2018

November 13, 2017


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Meet the Young Guns Class of 2018

Photo by Jefferson
County CVB

By Samantha Cart

In a 1947 piece for the Morehouse College student newspaper, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote that the true goal of education is intelligence plus character. In this issue, which focuses on the Mountain State’s education industry, it is fitting that West Virginia Executive (WVE) is honoring a group of state leaders who never stop learning.

Whether it is in the classroom, on the job, within their families or in their communities, members of the Young Guns Class of 2018 are constantly learning about how to be better stewards of their time, talents and resources in an effort to make the greatest impact on West Virginia.

Every year, WVE chooses 10 standouts from among hundreds of nominees to be given the elite title of Young Gun—a selection process that comes with a strict set of criteria. Honorees must have lived and worked in West Virginia for at least two years, be under the age of 43 at the time of selection and have a dynamic resume of community service. The Young Guns Class of 2018 is comprised of men and women who are dedicated to lifelong learning and service to the Mountain State.

This year’s Young Guns photo shoot took place at prominent locations across Jefferson County. Sponsored by the Jefferson County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the region’s natural beauty, rich history and variety of outdoor recreation venues offered a unique backdrop to showcase this year’s class and their success stories.

If you know a leader who is making a positive impact on their business and home community, nominate them for next year’s class. Nominations are accepted year-round and can be submitted at

Meet the 2018 class of Young Guns.

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