Cody Firearms Museum Curator Ashley Hlebinsky honored in “40-under-40” in Wyoming

Ashley Hlebinsky teaches a firearms safety class for Center of the West staff.

Wyoming is quickly becoming a destination for young professionals in a variety of industries.

The Wyoming Business Report (WBR) has announced this year’s honorees for its “40-Under-40,” a group of young professionals the Report has tapped as the next generation of leaders shaping the future of Wyoming. Included on the list is the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Cody Firearms Museum (CFM) Curator, Ashley Hlebinsky.

“Lots of public officials decry the ‘brain drain’ that leads so many of our young people out of the state for schooling or for their first jobs,” WBR Editor M.J. Clark writes, “but the great thing is that many of our talented workers are returning to Wyoming, bringing with them insights and training that will enhance our economy.”

“I’m an East Coast girl—or what ranchers might call a dude—and I’ve fallen in love with Wyoming, the least-populated state in America,” Hlebinsky says. “I’m so hooked on its landscape and the community it provides, but I’m also impressed with the diverse opportunities for young professionals, as evidenced by this amazing list of peers.”

The 40-Under-40 honorees hail from every corner of Wyoming—12 counties of the state’s 23 represented—and their number is almost equally divided between men and women. They include individuals in finance, banking, business, non-profit organizations, ranching, hospitality/tourism, and government, among others. Those nominated by their employers, professional associations, or community organizations met four main criteria to be considered for the award: live and work in Wyoming, have a significant impact in their professional field…

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