The Times-Journal hosted its annual event recognizing DeKalb County’s top leaders on Tuesday night at Vintage 1889.

This was my third event that I’ve been a part of, and it’s always something I look forward to. It’s fun to celebrate with people that you know well, and I enjoy hanging out with them in a more relaxed setting.

I knew most of the people in the room Tuesday night professionally because they are the people that I talk to every week, and some of them I talk to almost daily. It’s amazing the different things they are involved in.

I’ve been working in DeKalb County for close to three years, and for about 18 months of those I’ve served as your managing editor.

I can honestly say that I’ve been impressed with the people of DeKalb County, and their willingness to serve people in need.

There’s so many people that will give their time in order to help others, and that’s what Tuesday’s event is all about. We wanted to honor those who don’t ever ask for recognition.

For subscribers, inside today’s issue you’ll get a Top 20 magazine recognizing these 20 leaders nominated by our readers and selected by a panel that’s been in place since we started the event years ago.

If you are one of the people that we selected, then you should take pride in the selection. You were chosen by your peers. Everyone I spoke to Tuesday night told me how honored they were to receive the recognition, and without fail, every single one of them told me how they didn’t feel worthy to receive the award.

I think that speaks to the character of these people and this community. There is a willingness to serve selflessly and not look to receive the recognition that inspires me, and I think many other people are inspired by it, as well.

I hope you’ll take the time to read the pages of this magazine. It’s something we take pride in putting together, and I love it because it’s written in the words of those people selected — I’m glad I don’t have to write 20 stories. I feel like they could say it better than I ever could.

Thank you, DeKalb County for your leadership and your support of the Times-Journal.

Congratulations, DeKalb County’s Top 20.

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