12 Apr

Melissa Oliva Named One of Ingram’s 40 Under Forty

Melissa Oliva Named One of Ingram’s 40 Under Forty
Melissa Oliva
Photo credit: Ingram’s Magazine

Truss Proudly Congratulates Melissa on this well-deserved recognition!

This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Ingram’s Magazine:

On the Threshold of a Milestone
40 Under Forty Proves Its Durability With a 19th Class
by Ingram’s Magazine

Next year at this time, 40 Under Forty will turn 20, and by that time, Ingram’s will have identified 800 of the Kansas City region’s most promising young leaders, dating to that first class in 1998. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves: In this, the 19th installment of 40 Under Forty, we’re pleased to spotlight the achievements of many emerging leaders from a broad swath of industries in the Kansas City region.

They bring to 760 the number of people who have been recognized as being among the up-and-coming business and civic leadership in this region. And what an impressive group they have joined.Ingrams Magazine April 2017

From their ranks have emerged elected officials in Washington, Topeka and Jefferson City, bank presidents, law firm managing partners, financial services and wealth management professionals, entrepreneurs, physicians, educators and executives in engineering, construction, architecture, commercial real estate and other sectors.

The imperatives of time, of course, dictate that many of those alumni are no longer what we might consider “young.” But their leadership qualities are undisputed. A few have moved on to other companies in other locales, and the loss is Kansas City’s. Some, we note with a tinge of regret and loss, are no longer with us. But the vast majority, still here, have demonstrated not just their business sensibilities, but their commitment to making the greater Kansas City region an ideal place to live, work, play and own or operate a business.

As you read the unique stories of this year’s honorees, keep in mind those who have been recognized before them. Collectively, they have given much of themselves to this region. Collectively, the rest of us owe them a debt of gratitude.

Please join us in applauding their accomplishments.

A complete list of honorees and their features can be found on Ingram’s website.