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2024 Men of the Year

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Editor's note: Who influenced the person you are today?

It’s a question someone asked me recently and the inquiry is still bouncing around in my head. Teachers, family members, bosses, old and new friends, acquaintances – if we’re smart, we learn a little something about the world and our place in it from everyone we come across.

I got a glimpse, and you will too after reading these profiles, into the people who have helped shape the individuals in this year’s class of Men of the Year. Through their short-answer Q&As, they answered questions about their families, dream dinner party guests and the words they live their lives by, among others. Compiling these answers from the honorees is my favorite part of the issue.

The way we work, the approach we take to projects, the reasons why we give back and the drive that keeps us going – all of this is influenced by the people who are or have been in our lives.

A round of applause to the honorees and the people who helped them become the standout employees and giving community members they are today. And thanks to the judges who selected the 2024 class.

—Christine Temple, Executive Editor


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