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When BusinessWest launched a program in 2007 to honor young professionals in Western Mass. — not only for their career achievements, but for their service to the community — there was little concern that the initial flow of nominations might slow to a trickle years later.

We were right. In fact, 40 Under Forty has become such a coveted honor in the region’s business community that it makes the job of five independent judges a challenging one — but also a gratifying one.

“That was fun!” one judge emailed along with her scores. “What an amazing way to get to know so many people, and so many better. This was an enjoyable process.” Another wrote, “what an amazing group of individuals! I was amazed to see such talent in Western Mass.”

We agree; in fact, we thought all 40 of this year’s cohort are deserving for many reasons — and so many different reasons — and also felt for the many worthy individuals who barely missed the cut. But there’s always next year, and nominations are welcome all year long.

As usual, this year’s winners hail from a host of different industries, from law to banking; from retail to healthcare; from restaurants to nonprofits, just to name a few. Many are advancing the work of long-established businesses, while others, with an entrepreneurial bent, created their own opportunities instead of waiting for them to emerge.

Almost all would be justified in saying their careers leave them no time for volunteer service. Yet, almost all are doing what they can for their communities and local nonprofits.

They’re all success stories — just 40 among so many more we haven’t gotten around to telling yet.

Meghan Rothschild Wins BusinessWest’s 10th Annual Alumni Achievement Award

At Thursday evening’s 18th annual 40 Under Forty event at the MassMutual Center, BusinessWest announced that Meghan Rothschild, president and owner of Chikmedia, is this year’s Alumni Achievement Award (AAA) winner. 

Click HERE to nominate next year’s Alumni Achievement Award.

This year’s 40 Under Forty sponsors include presenting sponsor PeoplesBank and partner sponsors the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, Live Nation Premium, Mercedes-Benz of Springfield, and Mercy Medical Center/Trinity Health. The presenting sponsor of the Alumni Achievement Award is Health New England.

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Alumni Achievement Award

Read about past Alumni Achievers.

Please nominate for 2024 HERE

2024 Presenting Sponsor Alumni Achievement Award

Celebrating Previous Year's 40 Under Forty

Class of 2023

On June 15, 2023, BusinessWest staged its annual 40 Under Forty Gala at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke to celebrate the class of 2023

Class of 2022

On June 16, 2022, BusinessWest staged its annual 40 Under Forty Gala at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke to celebrate the class of 2022

Class of 2021

On Sept. 23, BusinessWest staged its annual 40 Under Forty Gala at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke to celebrate the class of 2021

Class of 2020

The class of 2020 celebration was a hybrid event spread out over two days on Tues., Oct. 13 and Wed., Oct. 14. at the Upper Vista of the Log Cabin.

Class of 2019

The class of 2019 was celebrated at the annual 40 Under Forty Gala on Thursday, June 20 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke.

Class of 2018

The class of 2018 was celebrated at the annual 40 Under Forty Gala on Thursday, June 21 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke.

Class of 2017

The Log Cabin in Holyoke was once again bursting with energy and excitement as more than 700 people packed the house to celebrate the 40 Under Forty class of 2017

Class of 2016

More than 700 people packed the house to celebrate the 40 Under Forty class of 2016 — the 10th class of successful young professionals so honored by BusinessWest

40 Under Forty Past Honorees