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40 Under 40 Cover Story The Class of 2013
The Young Business and Community Leaders of Western Massachusetts

In 2007, BusinessWest introduced a new recognition program called 40 Under Forty. It was intended as a vehicle for showcasing young talent in the four counties of Western Mass. and, in turn, inspire others to reach higher and do more in their community.
Six years later, it has accomplished all that and much more. The program has become a brand, the awards gala has become one of the most anticipated events of the year, and the 40 Under Forty plaque that sits on one’s desk has become both a coveted prize and symbol of excellence, recognized by all.
On June 20 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke, 40 more plaques will be handed out, to members of a class that is both distinguished and diverse. It includes bankers, lawyers, and accountants, but also a Holyoke city councilor, a contractor who specializes in blitz building, and Springfield’s senior project manager. And it represents virtually every business sector, from healthcare to education; from technology to the nonprofit realm.
With that, we introduce the Class of 2013 with words (enough to explain why they’re an honoree) and pictures that tell a big part of each story, whether the winner is captured with his or her children, dog, company mascot, or even a giant corpuscle. The stories are all different, but the common denominator is that these young individuals possess that most important of qualities: leadership.

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2013 40 Under Forty Winners:

Timothy Allen
Meaghan Arena
Adrian Bailey Dion
Jason Barroso
Elizabeth Beaudry
Melyssa Brown
Kam Capoccia
Jeremy Casey
Tommy Cosenzi
Erin Couture
Geoffrey Croteau
William Davila
Ralph DiVito Jr.
Shaun Dwyer
Erin Fontaine Brunelle
William Gagnon
Allison Garriss
Annamarie Golden
Lina Alexandra Hogan
Samalid Hogan
Xiaolei Hua
Mark Jardim
Danny Kates
Jeremy Leap
Danielle Letourneau-Therrien
Isaac Mass
Kelvin Molina
Brenna Murphy McGee
Vanessa Pabon
John Pantera
Justin Pelis
Shonda Pettiford
Shannon Reichelt
N. Andrew Robb
Stacy Robison
Rachel Romano
Jennifer Root
Jonathan Stolpinski
Walter Tomala Jr.
Mark Zatyrka

 

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Photography for this special section by Denise Smith Photography

40 Under 40 The Class of 2013
Senior Commercial Credit Analyst and Information Technology Administrator, NUVO Bank & Trust Co., age 30

Beaudry-ElizabethLiz Beaudry has no fear of starting something new, and she’s been on the ground floor of quite a few new endeavors, in both the professional and personal arenas. “I love learning, and I have no fear of failing because there is always something to learn from it.”
In her professional life, Beaudry was on the ground floor for the 2008 launch of the only state-chartered bank in the Commonwealth, NUVO Bank & Trust Co. Originally opening temporary doors in Monarch Place during the completion of the institution’s current location in Tower Square, the initial small team was doing business from day one.
“We’d have people stop by with cash to deposit, and we didn’t even have a cash drawer yet,” she recalled. Starting with an initial $13 million in assets, the bank is now at more than $105 million.
Meanwhile, she earned her MBA from Bay Path College in 2010. After that, not content to sit back and enjoy some free time to plan her summer wedding, she saw her cousin’s activity in the World Adult Kickball Assoc. and thought it might be fun to have that type of adult recreation in the Western Mass. area. With a bit of research, she launched her own Holyoke kickball league under the Massachusetts Sports and Social Club banner.
Initially, Beaudry had no idea if anyone would be interested, but through e-mail invites, almost 100 people of all ages — many of whom hadn’t played since grade school — showed up to play the first night. The huge success of that league gave way to other sports, including dodgeball, indoor volleyball, and Wiffle ball, which keeps her busy many weekday evenings as a field advisor for the various leagues.
When not analyzing credit requests and overseeing the bank’s information technology, she’s offered her time and talent to the Down Syndrome Resource Group of Western Mass., the Buddy Walk, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke.
And chances are good that Beaudry will be starting something new soon. “I never shut the door on opportunity.”

— Elizabeth Taras

40 Under 40 The Class of 2013
Chief Operating Officer, Harold Grinspoon Foundation, age 31

Bailey-Dion-Adrian‘Business savvy’ and ‘entrepreneurial skills’ are phrases that some might not associate with the management of a nonprofit. But Harold Grinspoon — one of the region’s most successful business leaders, a true entrepreneur, and a philanthropist — certainly knows better.
And that’s why he hired Adrian Bailey Dion to help lead the foundation that bears his name and become “a partner in my philanthropic work.” In his letter nominating Bailey Dion for the 40 Under Forty Class of 2013, Grinspoon had high praise for her entrepreneurial approach to operating and growing PJ Library, one of the foundation’s signature programs, which supports literacy and values development in children ages 1-8 through the purchase and delivery of age-appropriate Jewish books.
“When it started in 2006, it was my hope to grow the program and send Jewish books to 5,000 families in five years,” he wrote. “With Adrian on board in 2008, she was able to strategically think through the operations side of these growth goals. She helped build this program, which now has more than 200 partners across the globe, sends more than 100,000 books per month, and has given away more than 4 million books!”
This was accomplished through Bailey Dion’s efforts to create a new model of doing business within the publishing industry, as she positioned PJ Library to work like an agent as well as a client by proactively and collaboratively finding new manuscripts and story ideas, and structuring a purchasing process and timeline that allowed new books to be published for both PJ Library and the trade market.
“Having more families get more books is the way we measure success, and the way we do that is through efficiencies and economies of scale,” she explained. “The same principles that apply to business can also be applied to philanthropy.”
Personally, she’s been applying those entrepreneurial principles and passions to benefit local food pantries and kitchens. She worked tirelessly to make Share the Bounty, a program that supports shares in local farms, a more viable business; it was eventually adopted by Berkshire Grown, a nonprofit Berkshire County program that supports local agriculture.
In her home life, she and her arborist and horticulturalist husband plan on growing gardens and an orchard at their new, 13-acre home in Granville. Chances are, she’ll exceed growth goals there as well.

— Elizabeth Taras

40 Under 40 The Class of 2013
Associate Dean, Division of Graduate and Continuing Education, Westfield State University, age 33

Arena-MeaghanMeaghan Arena’s career has gone to the dogs. And plenty of other places.
“I enjoy coming here every day,” Arena said of her role developing a host of Westfield State University’s continuing-education initiatives, many of them involving young people (and, occasionally, canines; more on that later). “I work with a really great staff, and no day is the same. I’ve been fortunate to be able to have a job that’s this flexible.”
Arena oversees a staff of 11, as well as seasonal and temporary employees, in maintaining programs such as College for Kids, a summer outreach for children ages 5-16, and Teen-U, a residential summer program for high-school students.
“In the kids’ program, they come to campus and take courses that are fun, but also learning-oriented,” she said. “There might be classes like Lego Engineering or Forensics Fun — and they are fun, of course, but they also have a science component to them.
“Teen U is similar, but for older students; they actually live on campus,” she said before listing a few of the offerings in that program. “This year, we’re running Westfield CSI, which is similar to Forensics Fun but more involved, teaching students about policing, fingerprints, and crime-scene investigation.” Other classes delve into subjects ranging from health to music.
“Meaghan helps serve the community by getting children and teenagers involved in college at an early age,” wrote Kelly Koch, a local attorney and former 40 Under Forty honoree, who nominated Arena. “She has taught them that college is within their reach and that it should be attainable for everyone.”
But Arena has other passions as well, including her work volunteering for the Dakin Pioneer Valley Animal Shelter; last year, she even involved Dakin staff and animals in College for Kids to teach children about kindness to animals.
“My master’s degree is in Humane Education, so animals and the environment have been part of my life for a long time. When I started working at the college, it was a wonderful opportunity to educate children about animals and about appropriate behavior with animals — again, in a fun way,” she said. “There’s a lot of flexibility here to do the things that mean something to you.”

— Joseph Bednar

Building Permits Departments

The following building permits were issued during the month of April 2013.

AGAWAM

David St. John
441 Silver St.
$35,000 — Exterior renovation

Joseph Walz, DMD
302 Suffield St.
$3,000 — Siding repair

Pioneer Tool
40 Bowles Road
$33,000 — Re-roof

RHM Realty
207 Bowles Road
$10,000 — Renovations

AMHERST

Amherst Presidential Village, LLC
950 North Pleasant St.
$8,000 — Insulate attic and weather stripping

Bank of America
1 South Pleasant St.
$35,000 — Provide new ADA compliant ramps and sidewalks

IAT Partnership, LLC
49 Boltwood Walk
$5,000 — Interior renovations

CHICOPEE

Fannie Mae
607 Burnett Road
$12,500 — Strip and re-roof

IB Investments, LLC
64 Ames St.
$19,000 — Replacement windows

Our Lady of Elms
291 Springfield St.
$388,000 — Duct system for new science center

Van Guard Consignment
450 New Ludlow Road
$12,800 — Install new roof

River Valley Council Inc.
247 Exchange St.
$70,000 — Renovation for new mental health office

HADLEY

Justin Hoehn
206 Russell St.
$7,500 — Replace roof

Stephen Smith
367 Russell St.
$10,000 — Install new storefront

HOLYOKE

Holyoke Hospital
6 Isabella St.
$9,000 – Bathroom renovations

Mass Housing Finance
346 Maple St.
$10,000 — Replace windows

NORTHAMPTON

518 Pleasant Street, LLC
518 Pleasant St.
$50,000 — Replace roof

Atwood Drive, LLC
8 Atwood Dr.
$240,000 — Build out third floor

Chamisa Corporation
25 Main St.
$10,500 — Renovate Veracruzana loading dock

Coolidge Center, LLC
47 Pleasant St.
$47,000 — Renovate second floor

Serio Cosimo
69 State St.
$7,000 — Strip and shingle roof

SOUTH HADLEY

Pioneer Valley Photo Voltaics
11 Parker St.
$42,000 — Install solar panels

SPRINGFIELD

Freedom Credit Union
1985 Main St.
$67,000 — Tenant fit out

JRH Realty Inc.
1673 Main St.
$8,000 — Minor renovations for take-out restaurant

Robert Allen
1819 Page Blvd.
$71,000 — Build out front offices

Steve’s Alignment
170 Taylor St.
$16,000 — New roof

The MRI Centers of NE
3640 Main St.
$48,000 — Interior remodel

United Bank
1946 Wilbraham Road
$1,020,000 — Construction of a new bank branch

Yukon Group, LLC
101 Wason Ave.
$683,000 — Interior fit out for new tenant

WESTFIELD

Falcone Retail
66 Main St.
$9,000 — Interior renovation

FHB Realty
36 Elm St.
$18,000 — Renovation

WEST SPRINGFIELD

1275 LLC
1275 Elm Street
$49,000 — Renovate 2,450 square feet of office space

Bertera Fiat
657 Riverdale St.
$965,000 — New 12,054-square-foot pre-engineered steel building

Mercier Carpet
1343 Riverdale St.
$279,000 — Rooftop mounted solar array

40 Under 40 The Class of 2013
Assistant Vice President and Commercial Service Officer, Westfield Bank, age 28

Casey-JeremyThose who nominated Jeremy Casey for the 40 Under Forty Class of 2013 used a number of descriptive words and phrases to chronicle his career accomplishments and work within the community.
One said he was the “face of Westfield Bank” at many events and within many organizations, such as the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield and the Springfield Rotary Club. Another said he had “a passion for civic leadership.”
But the word that came up most often was ‘innovative,’ and it was used in reference to everything from his work to launch an ultimate Frisbee league at Westfield State University while he was a student there, to innovative fund-raising ideas to benefit the Rotary Club, to his efforts to co-lead the Young Professionals Cup charity dodgeball tournament.
That competition, which started with 24 teams in 2011, has already grown to 44, drawing squads from across New England, while raising more than $10,000 for the YMCA of Greater Springfield and Junior Achievement.
Meanwhile, his career in banking has followed a similar trajectory. He started as a teller and has been promoted several times, most recently to assistant vice president. In that role, he is responsible for selling and servicing the bank’s cash-management products and growing the commercial-deposit customer base.
Casey was one of 12 professionals recently chosen for admission into the Business Leadership Mastery Alliance program, a results-focused initiative for executives and entrepreneurs committed to purposeful wealth-building endeavors in business, community, and life.
When asked about his definition of success and how to gauge that term, his answer was predictable given what others say about him.
“I don’t have a measurement for success,” he told BusinessWest. “It’s not money … it’s through my achievements that I want to help other people, and that really comes down to making connections.”
At 28, the connections he’s made to date, and the promise for more to come, have people taxing their vocabularies to describe what kind of leader Casey is.

— Elizabeth Taras

40 Under 40 The Class of 2013
Project Environmental Scientist, Tighe & Bond, age 36

Barroso-JasonJason Barroso went to UMass Amherst to study political science, but decided around his junior year that he didn’t really like politics that much.
So he switched gears and wound up earning a double major in Political Science and Earth Science, and he has built a successful career around the latter.
After a number of positions at other companies, Barroso joined Tighe & Bond in 2006. As a project environmental scientist, he provides services to a mix of clients, including municipalities, real-estate-development professionals, industrial corporations, and utility providers.
It’s a diverse job. For one thing, Barroso serves as Tighe & Bond’s point person for its demolition consulting and design business, a role he finds gratifying. “I like to drive by a site being redeveloped and know I had a part in making that redevelopment possible,” he said. “As cheesy as it may sound, it’s nice to see something growing out of something that was defunct.”
Meanwhile, in his role as emergency response coordinator for the firm, he directs assessment and response to transformer oil spills for major power utility providers throughout the region. There are usually about 30 of those events per year, but between June and October 2011 — a five-month period bookended by the spring tornadoes and the pre-Halloween snowstorm, not to mention a tropical storm in August — he dealt with 147 spills.
“That was pretty taxing on our folks,” he recalled. “It was quite a feat to get all that done along with our regular workload, but we made it through.”
And about his dislike for politics? Well, “I got bit by the political bug again,” he said with a laugh, and took a seat on the Ludlow Conservation Commission, acting as chairman for two years, then chaired the town’s Master Plan Committee. “Both professionally and personally, that just felt like a natural fit for me.”
But he wasn’t done. After the housing market collapsed and the Great Recession began, Barroso sought and won a seat on the Board of Selectmen, desiring to implement strategies aimed at minimizing property-tax increases and cuts to public services; he later chaired that board, too.
“It’s certainly given me a lot of perspective on the challenges of running a municipality, especially in this economic climate,” he said. “It’s been an amazing experience.”

— Joseph Bednar

40 Under 40 The Class of 2013
Principal, South End Middle School, age 34

Allen-TimothyTim Allen says he has a very basic approach to education and the students he serves.
“I feel that all students need to be valued,” said the man given the reins at Springfield’s new South End Middle School, which opened its doors in 2011. “And all students can achieve if they’re given the right environment in school, and if they’re given the tools they need to succeed.”
And he takes that same basic approach with the teachers in the classrooms.
“I believe in creating a family environment where people can work collaboratively,” Allen explained. “I believe in sharing leadership as much as possible, and I believe that teachers need to be supported, since what they’re doing is the most important thing in the building.”
To say that this philosophy is generating results would be a huge understatement. Indeed, the 300 students at the school — more than a third of whom are English Language Learners, or ELL — showed more improvement on the English portion of the MCAS tests in the school’s first year than any of the other six neighborhood middle schools in Springfield.
Meanwhile, 95% of the teachers who generated those results stayed at their positions for the 2012-13 school year, bucking a trend for extremely high turnover rates within urban schools.
Allen’s immediate goal is to continually improve on those results, a reflection of his habit of setting the bar high after he made that intriguing and often-difficult career decision to move from the classroom to the administrative wing in 2007.
“I like the challenge of leadership — I like leading adults,” he said in explaining that choice. “And I just felt that I could give a lot back by trying to help an entire school improve, as opposed to just one classroom; I really like that challenge.”
And while taking it on, he’s finding other ways to give back, especially through his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He’s been mentoring the same Springfield youth for eight years now, and says the relationship has been mutually beneficial.
“It’s been a real bright spot in my life,” he said. “He’s a very bright young man, and he’s come a long way, and I think the relationship has influenced both lives in a very positive way.”

— George O’Brien

40 Under 40 The Class of 2013
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Western New England University College of Pharmacy, age 39

Capoccia--KamKam Capoccia says she has two passions, teaching and patient care — activities that one what might not associate with someone who is a pharmacist by trade. But Capoccia, by bringing her passions front and center in an intriguing mix of career endeavors, is changing some attitudes about those in her profession.
She has a business card from Western New England University identifying her as a clinical associate professor and residency program director for the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Meanwhile, she is the director (and the heart and soul) of the Consultation and Wellness Center at the Big Y on Cooley Street in Springfield, a unique program created in a partnership between the school and the corporation.
In both settings, she gets to teach. At WNEU, she’s educating students about everything from conducting blood-pressure screenings to how to listen to a heart. And at the consultation and wellness center, she’s educating patients about such matters as monitoring their blood sugar, controlling hypertension, and achieving weight loss.
And there are ample rewards from both endeavors. “I enjoy the interaction with learners — I love watching the lightbulbs go on,” she said of her work with WNEU students as they assimilate the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in that challenging profession. At the clinic, meanwhile, she has helped one patient lose more than 40 pounds over the past year or so and assisted countless others with a host of issues, especially Type 2 diabetes.
“I love going to work every day — the clinic is what really drives me,” she told BusinessWest, noting that the facility is open three days a week. “With the patients, the numbers continue to increase, and we’re seeing some great results.”
Her many career pursuits — she also takes shifts in a Walgreens pharmacy on a per-diem basis — consume much of her time, but she also focuses on achieving work/life balance, making time for her family and especially her three children, Jacob, Marissa, and Jack.
The creators of the Big Y center describe it as a program featuring “the pharmacist as educator.” That’s a very accurate depiction, and one that brings Capoccia’s twin passions clearly into focus.

— George O’Brien

40 Under 40
The Seventh Annual 40 Under Forty Competition

This year’s nominations were scored by a panel of five judges, who accepted the daunting challenge of reviewing more than 100 nominations and scoring individuals based on several factors, ranging from achievements in business to work within the community. BusinessWest would like to thank these outstanding members of the Western Mass. business community for volunteering their time to the seventh annual 40 Under Forty competition. They are:

Jeffrey Fialky

Jeffrey Fialky

• Jeffrey Fialky, a member of the 40 Under Forty class of 2008 and a shareholder of the regional law firm Bacon Wilson, P.C., and member of the firm’s corporate, commercial, and municipal departments, where he specializes in all aspects of corporate and business law, banking, commercial real estate, and sophisticated commercial transactions. He joined the firm in 2006 after nearly a decade of living in Eastern Mass., where he held senior commercial attorney positions within some of the country’s most prominent publicly traded telecommunications and cable television companies. He previously served as an assistant district attorney in Hampden County.

Fialky is also active in the community, having served on a number of nonprofit and economic-development-related organizations. They include the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Springfield Museums, the United Way of Pioneer Valley, the Jewish Federation of Pioneer Valley, the Springfield Technical Community College Scibelli Enterprise Center Advisory Board, the Alden Credit Union board of directors, the Community Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield, Leadership Pioneer Valley, OnBoard, the YMCA of Greater Springfield, the Mason Wright Foundation, the EDC Tourism Development Committee; and the American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter.

Brendon Hutchins

Brendon Hutchins

• Brendon Hutchins, CFP, a member of the 40 Under Forty class of 2012, and senior vice president of Account Management for St. Germain Investment Management. Prior to joing the firm in 2003, he was vice president and financial advisor for the FleetBoston Financial Corp. Private Clients Group in Springfield. His prior experience includes eight years with Fidelity Investments as a vice president in the retirement division, with responsibilities across multiple locations during his tenure there.

In addition to being a certified financial planner, Hutchins holds NASD series 7 and 65 licenses for securities representation and investment-advisor services. He currently serves on the board of directors for the New England office of the March of Dimes, the Greater Springfield YMCA, and the Basketball Hall of Fame, and has also served on the board for the Springfield School Volunteers.

Mark O’Connell

Mark O’Connell

• Mark O’Connell, president and chief executive officer of Wolf & Co., providing audit and financial reporting services to both privately held and publicly traded financial institutions and holding companies across New England, including community banks and mortgage banking institutions. In his current capacity, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the firm, while also providing audit and advisory services to financial institutions. His experience also includes consultation on audit and accounting issues related to mergers and acquisitions and with respect to debt and security offerings filed with the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

O’Connell has been involved with a number of industry and nonprofit organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Massachusetts and Connecticut Societies of Certified Public Accountants, and the Children’s Study Home in Springfield. In 2010, he won the Human Services Forum Board Member Award.

Myra Smith

Myra Smith

• Myra Smith, vice president of Human Resources and Multicultural Affairs at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC). Joining the college in 1978, Smith has helped transform the STCC community into one of inclusiveness that celebrates cultural diversity. Among her many accomplishments is the creation of the STCC Diversity Council and its event series, which brings national and international speakers and artists to the campus. Smith also was responsible for the creation of the STCC “Think Tank” series, which brings community leaders together to assist with the retention and graduation rate of young men of color.

Smith is also active in the community, serving on many local boards, including People’sBank, the National Conference for Community Justice of Western Mass., and the STCC Foundation. Smith is a founding trustee of the Martin Luther King Charter School of Excellence and a trustee for the Non-Unit Health and Welfare Trust Fund for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Smith was recognized in 2007 by Unity First with a Women of Leadership Award, and received a Women of Vision Award from the Elms College Step Forward Program in 2005.

Jeff Sullivan

Jeff Sullivan

• Jeff Sullivan, executive vice president and chief operating officer of United Bank. In that capacity, which he assumed Jan. 1, Sullivan is responsible for the bank’s retail deposit and operations division, advancements in technology and electronic banking, and franchise expansion efforts. In addition, he also oversees the Information Systems and Facilities Departments and the United Wealth Management Group, and is also responsible for the company’s enterprise risk management program. He previously served the bank as executive vice president and chief lending officer and, prior to arriving at United, served in commercial-lending capacities for the Bank of Western Mass. and BayBank.

Sullivan has been involved with a number of area nonprofit and economic-development-related organizations, including DevelopSpringfield, Better Homes Inc., Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services, Briana Fund for Children with Physical Disabilities, OnBoard, the Pioneer Valley Plan for Progress, the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, and the Economic Development Council of Western Mass.