The year 2006 was full of momentous occasions. The U.S. population cracked the 300 million mark, Walt Disney bought Pixar and a fledgling Facebook opened its registration to anyone over 13 with an email address. It wasn't a banner year for Pluto, which got downgraded from a full-fledged planet to a lowly "dwarf planet." But good times were in store for a young Miley Cyrus, who debuted as "Hannah Montana" on Disney Channel. Watch her original audition.
It was also the year that Ad Age published its first-ever 40-under-40 list. OK, maybe that's not as momentous as the above, but we remember it because its members have only become more impressive as time went on. And it came to mind this week as we near the deadline to enter the 2018 edition.
You can nominate someone here. But act fast, because entries must be in by Thursday 5 p.m. eastern.
The list honors those who have, either personally or as part of a team, helped to advance a business or a brand at a advertiser, agency, media, tech or marketing company in a demonstrable way within the last 12 months. One rule: The nominee must be under the age of 40 on Sept. 24, 2018.
Looking for inspiration? Consider the names on our 2006 list. It included then-37-year-old David Droga, who opened Droga5 that year. "We're not trying to reinvent the wheel," he told us in his 40-under-40 profile. "We're trying to take the wheel to a different place."
Below, a few other 2006 standouts—and what they are up to now.
Then: Audi of America named the 37-year-old as its first chief marketing officer. He came from Mercedes-Benz USA, where one of his former Mercedes-Benz co-workers called him "one of the strongest cards in their deck."