The runners and riders for the 2015 Birmingham Young Professional of the Year competition have been unveiled ahead of their grilling by judges today.
A total of 18 professionals from Birmingham's business community have been shortlisted with a further three young people, aged 16 to 24 and still in education, nominated for the aspiring talent category.
An overall winner will be chosen from the six category champions to be crowned BYPY 2015.
All candidates must be under the age of 35 on May 14, 2015, the date of this year's awards which takes place at the ICC.
The 2015 judging panel is headed up Birmingham Airport chief executive Paul Kehoe who will be joined by 2014 winner Jodie Cook, BPS Birmingham chairman Alex Bishop and Michael Shepherd, chairman of awards organiser BPS Birmingham Future, among others.
Sam Pennell, BYPY committee chair and managing director of espi PR & Events, said: "Over the last 15 years, BYPY has been dedicated to celebrating some of the best professional talent Birmingham has to offer.
"2015 marks a huge year, not only for the awards themselves, but also for the city and we're confident that these finalists represent the business leaders of tomorrow who'll help to continue to shape Birmingham's ever evolving landscape."
The full shortlist is:
Prithpal Saimbi, Charles Stanley & Co.
Sarah Bennett, Deutsche Bank
Lucy Ainscough, EY
Tom Rush, Gateley
Rachel Seaton, Shoosmiths
Kate Leavesley, Squire Patton Boggs UK
Property and Construction
Lorna Devane-Porter, CBRE
Jamie Sutton, DBK
Katie Kershaw, Node Urban Design
HR, Recruitment and Training
Verity Stokes, Katie Bard
Rachael Urwin, Wesleyan
Gemma Dipple, Higgs & Sons Solicitors
Marketing and Communications
Tom Cullen, ICHOOSE Birmingham
Hayley Walton, Customer Plus
Elizabeth Laidler, Encore Communications
Daniel Thompson, D4 Software
Simon Kaguramamba, Action Started
Glen Karlsson, GF Energy
Emily Rose, University of Birmingham
Lewis Sinclair, Aston University
Charlotte Watkivs, Birmingham City University