Missourian Assistant Managing Editor Gregg Jones hates public recognition.

That’s why I didn’t tell him I was writing this column.

A few weeks ago, the managing editor said “Gregg, tell Karen what you won” to which he replied “GQ’s most handsome award,” smiling coyly like he does. If you know Gregg, you know this is what he does. He was trying to take the spotlight off of himself.

But it turns out that one of our own, Gregg, has been named to the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce’s fifth class of Outstanding Young Professionals.

While Gregg is toeing the “young” line (kidding!), I know why he was selected.

The special supplement in today’s paper lists his professional accomplishments and awards he’s won for his writing, but what it doesn’t say is this: Gregg is a tremendous mentor.

When I took over his position as Union editor earlier this year, I knew I had big shoes to fill, literally and figuratively. He has been a constant confidant. Gregg has answered calls and texts at all hours of the day and night, many that take him away from his family. He has gone out of his way to make sure there is a seamless transition to readers of the Union Missourian.

The Missourian has two previous Outstanding Young Professionals, Whitney Livengood in advertising and Ethan Busse, our digital director. Gregg is the first from the news department and sets a high bar for the rest of us.

All kidding aside, congratulations and thank you to a great mentor, co-worker and friend.

You’ve earned it!