January 23. 2018 4:11PM

17th Class brings total honored up to 680

Ryan Frew, 36, of Manchester, a member of the 2017 Class of 40 Under Forty, receives his award from David Juvet, senior vice president at Business and Industry Association, left, and Joe Carelli, president of Citizens Bank of New Hampshire and Vermont, during last year's reception. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

What do a 27-year-old program manager at C31 Inc. and a 39-year-old owner of Jewelry Creations Inc. have in common? They’re both members of the New Hampshire Union Leader’s 17th annual 40 Under Forty group.

The 28 women and 12 men chosen for the 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty have made professional and personal contributions to make New Hampshire a better place to live and work. This year’s group — perhaps best described as “experienced” — includes four people in their 20s; 16 people between the ages of 30 and 35; and 20 people between the ages of 36 and 39 (including nine 39-year-olds). So they have plenty of career advice to share, as well as what advice they would give their 22-year-old selves.

This year’s group brings the total of Granite Staters honored up to 680 since the program began in 2002. The most popular profession in this year’s group is attorney (four honorees). They represent a very diverse workforce — real estate, health care, arts and entertainment, state politics, retail, accounting, insurance, finance, education and coaching, engineering, advocacy, promoting New Hampshire, and one musician you may have seen popping up on your Facebook feed a bunch of times in December.

Nominations were gathered from across the state in the fall. Nominees had to be younger than age 40 and have lived in New Hampshire for at least the last three years.

In this section, the honorees have shared, in their own words, what motivates them to give back to their communities, why they chose their professions and more.

The New Hampshire Union Leader would like to thank the members of the 17th Class of 40 Under Forty for their time and efforts on this project.

Expanded features online

The features for each honoree in this print product were edited for space constraints. Visit www.unionleader.com to see their full features and learn even more about our Class of 2018.

March reception

The 40 Under Forty program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Union Leader in cooperation with the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire.

A reception and awards program, sponsored by Citizens Bank, will be held on March 14 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. Tickets are $40 per person.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit unionleader.com/forty.