First-ever 40 Under Forty Reunion on Tap
“I’ve had conversations with many 40 Under Forty honorees who’ve said they wish there were a way they could get together with other winners for a networking opportunity,” said Campiti, associate publisher of BusinessWest, adding that many of these individuals value their standing in what has become a highly desirable club throughout Western Mass.
“They include their status as a 40 Under Forty winner on résumés, in e-mail signatures, and when talking with clients and potential clients,” she noted. “Not only does this honor open doors for them, but they also give other honorees a preference on business relationships over other individuals and companies without a 40 Under Forty title.”
Given that reality, a reunion event was only a matter of time.
“After having these conversations and realizing the fraternity that has been made of 40 Under Forty honorees, we decided to give them what they asked for with a reunion exclusively for the 40 Under Forty winners,” Campiti said.
That event will take place the evening of Feb. 7 at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke, which has hosted several 40 Under Forty events. This high-energy networking event is exclusively for the 40 Under Forty winners from the classes of 2006 through 2012, as well as judges and sponsors. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres and entertainment, as well as a high-profile speaker, Health New England CEO Peter Straley. Overall, said Campiti, this will be an ideal venue for the 240 past honorees to meet each other and build relationships.
Jaimye Hebert, a 2011 honoree who served as a judge for the class of 2012 (see story, page 13), plans on attending, adding that she’s grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the 40 Under Forty legacy.
“It’s such a great event,” said Hebert, vice president at Monson Savings Bank, of the annual June gathering celebrating the year’s winners. “I call it the best networking event of the year for the region.”
Campiti said the Feb. 7 reunion, which is being sponsored by Bacon Wilson, Fathers & Sons, Moriarty & Primack, Northwestern Mutual, and Paragus Strategic IT, will take that annual opportunity to make connections to the next level by assembling an elite who’s who of Western Mass. professionals.
“We’ve said this before,” she noted, “but the 40 Under Forty program has become a status symbol and level of achievement that many of the young professionals in our region aspire to. Each year, we’ve seen an increase in the number of nominations we receive, and those nominations span every sector and industry.”
With the support of groups like the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield and Northampton Area Young Professionals, which have both encouraged nominations from their ranks and seen many members achieve the award, the 40 Under Forty program has even created a competition of sorts for young up-and-comers.
“We’ve heard directly from previous winners and those vying for the honor who said they had increased — or are increasing — their volunteerism on various nonprofit boards, as well as their business skills, by taking courses and working with mentors, in an effort to be worthy of a 40 Under Forty award,” Campiti said. “This healthy competition only helps our region by strengthening our young professionals and future leaders.”
The reunion also coincides with nomination season for the class of 2013. Nomination forms may be found on page 17 of this issue or at businesswest.com, and entries will be accepted through Feb. 15.
“Each year, not only does the number of nominations increase,” Campiti said, “but so do the breadth and depth of the nominees, their skill sets, the industries they work in, their volunteerism, and their commitment to the health and vitality of our region. I think we’re all a little surprised, and pleasantly so, that the nominations we’ve seen come in show no sign of dwindling in quantity or, more importantly, quality.” n
Class of 2007
William Bither III Atalasoft
Kimberlynn Cartelli Fathers & Sons
Amy Caruso MassMutual Financial Group
Denise Cogman Springfield School Volunteers
Richard Corder Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Katherine Pacella Costello Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, P.C.
A. Rima Dael Berkshire Bank Foundation of Pioneer Valley
Nino Del Padre Del Padre Visual Productions
Antonio Dos Santos Robinson Donovan, P.C.
Jake Giessman Academy Hill School
Jillian Gould Eastfield Mall
Michael Gove Lyon & Fitzpatrick, LLP
Dena Hall United Bank
James Harrington Our Town Variety & Liquors
Christy Hedgpeth Spalding Sports
Francis Hoey III Tighe & Bond
Amy Jamrog The Jamrog Group, Northwestern Mutual
Cinda Jones Cowls Land & Lumber Co.
Paul Kozub V-1 Vodka
Bob Lowry Bueno y Sano
G.E. Patrick Leary Moriarty & Primack, P.C.
Todd Lever Noble Hospital
Audrey Manring The Women’s Times
Daniel Morrill Wolf & Company
Joseph Pacella Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, P.C.
Arlene Rodriquez Springfield Technical Community College
Craig Swimm WMAS 94.7
Sarah Tanner United Way of Pioneer Valley
Mark Tanner Bacon Wilson, P.C.
Michelle Theroux Child & Family Services of Pioneer Valley Inc.
Tad Tokarz Western MA Sports Journal
Dan Touhey Spalding Sports
Sarah Leete Tsitso Fred Astaire Dance
Michael Vann The Vann Group
Ryan Voiland Red Fire Farm
Erica Walch Speak Easy Accent Modification
Catherine West Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.
Michael Zaskey Zasco Productions, LLC
Edward Zemba Robert Charles Photography
Carin Zinter The Princeton Review
Class of 2008
Michelle Abdow Market Mentors
Matthew Andrews Best Buddies of Western Mass.
Rob Anthony WMAS
Shane Bajnoci Cowls Land & Lumber Co.
Steve Bandarra Atlas TC
Dr. Jonathan Bayuk Hampden County Physician Associates
Delcie Bean IV Valley Computer Works (Paragus Strategic IT)
Brendan Ciecko Ten Minute Media
Todd Cieplinski Universal Mind Inc.
William Collins Spoleto Restaurant Group
Michael Corduff Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House
Amy Davis New City Scenic & Display
Dave DelVecchio Innovative Business Systems Inc.
Tyler Fairbank EOS Ventures
Timothy Farrell F.W. Farrell Insurance
Jeffrey Fialky Bacon Wilson, P.C.
Dennis Francis America’s Box Choice
Kelly Galanis Westfield State College
Jennifer Glockner Winstanley Associates
Andrea Hill-Cataldo Johnson & Hill Staffing Services
Steven Huntley Valley Opportunity Council
Alexander Jarrett Pedal People Cooperative
Kevin Jourdain City of Holyoke
Craig Kaylor Hampden Bank / Hampden Bancorp Inc.
Stanley Kowalski III FloDesign Inc.
Marco Liquori NetLogix Inc.
Azell Murphy Cavaan City of Springfield
Michael Presnal The Federal Restaurant
Melissa Shea Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn
Sheryl Shinn Hampden Bank
Ja’Net Smith Center for Human Development
Diana Sorrentini-Velez Cooley, Shrair, P.C.
Meghan Sullivan Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn
Michael Sweet Doherty Wallace Pillsbury & Murphy
Heidi Thomson Girls Inc.
Hector Toledo Hampden Bank
William Trudeau Jr. Insurance Center of New England
David Vermette MassMutual Financial Services
Lauren Way Bay Path College
Paul Yacovone Brain Powered Concepts
Class of 2009
Marco Alvan Team Link Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Gina Barry Bacon Wilson, P.C.
Maggie Bergin The Art of Politics
Daniel Bessette Get Set Marketing
Brandon Braxton NewAlliance Bank
Dena Calvanese Gray House
Edward Cassell Park Square Realty
Karen Chadwell Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury and Murphy, P.C.
Kate Ciriello MassMutual Financial Group
Kamari Collins Springfield Technical Community College
Mychal Connolly Sr. Stinky Cakes
Todd Demers Family Wireless
Kate Glynn A Child’s Garden and Impish
Andrew Jensen Jx2 Productions, LLC
Kathy LeMay Raising Change
Ned Leutz Webber & Grinnell Insurance Agency
Scott MacKenzie MacKenzie Vault Inc.
Tony Maroulis Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce
Seth Mias Seth Mias Catering
Marjory Moore Chicopee Public Schools
Corey Murphy First American Insurance Agency Inc.
Mark Hugo Nasjleti Go Voice for Choice
Joshua Pendrick Royal Touch Painting
Christopher Prouty Studio99Creative
Adam Quenneville Adam Quenneville Roofing
Michael Ravosa Morgan Stanley
Kristi Reale Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.
Amy Royal Royal & Klimczuk, LLC
Michelle Sade United Personnel
Scott Sadowsky Williams Distributing Corp.
Gregory Schmidt Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C.
Gretchen Siegchrist Media Shower Productions
Erik Skar MassMutual Financial Services
Paul Stallman Alias Solutions
Renee Stolar J. Stolar Insurance Co.
Tara Tetreault Jackson and Connor
Chris Thompson Springfield Falcons Hockey Team
Karl Tur Ink & Toner Solutions, LLC
Michael Weber Minuteman Press
Brenda Wishart Aspen Square Management
Class of 2010
Nancy Bazanchuk Disability Resource Program,
Center for Human Development
Raymond Berry United Way of Pioneer Valley
David Beturne Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County
Maegan Brooks The Law Office of Maegan Brooks
Karen Buell PeoplesBank
Shanna Burke Nonotuck Resource Associates
Damon Cartelli Fathers & Sons
Brady Chianciola PeoplesBank
Natasha Clark Springfield School Volunteers
Julie Cowan TD Bank
Karen Curran Thomson Financial Management Inc.
Adam Epstein Dielectrics Inc.
Mary Fallon Garvey Communication Associates
Daniel Finn Pioneer Valley Local First
Owen Freeman-Daniels Foley-Connelly Financial Partners and
Foley Insurance Group
Lorenzo Gaines ACCESS Springfield Promise Program
Thomas Galanis Westfield State College
Anthony Gleason II Roger Sitterly & Son Inc. and
Allen Harris Berkshire Money Management Inc.
Meghan Hibner Westfield Bank
Amanda Huston Junior Achievement of Western Mass. Inc.
Kimberly Klimczuk Royal, LLP
James Krupienski Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.
David Kutcher Confluent Forms, LLC
James Leahy City of Holyoke and Alcon Laboratories
Kristin Leutz Community Foundation of Western Mass.
Meghan Lynch Six-Point Creative Works
Susan Mielnikowski Cooley, Shrair, P.C.
Jill Monson Adam Quenneville Roofing & Siding Inc.
and Inspired Marketing & Promotions
Kevin Perrier Five Star Building Corp.
Lindsay Porter Big Y Foods
Brandon Reed Fitness Together
Boris Revsin CampusLIVE Inc.
Aaron Vega Vega Yoga & Movement Arts
Ian Vukovich Florence Savings Bank
Thomas Walsh City of Springfield
Sean Wandrei Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.
Byron White Pazzo Ristorante
Chester Wojcik Design Construction Group
Peter Zurlino Atlantico Designs and Springfield Public Schools
Class of 2011
Kelly Albrecht left-click Corp.
Gianna Allentuck Springfield Public Schools
Briony Angus Tighe & Bond
Delania Barbee ACCESS Springfield Promise Program
Monica Borgatti Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity
Nancy Buffone University of Massachusetts
Michelle Cayo Country Bank
Nicole Contois Springfield Housing Authority
Christin Deremian Human Resources Unlimited/Pyramid Project
Peter Ellis DIF Design
Scott Foster Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP
Stephen Freyman Longmeadow High School
Benjamin Garvey Insurance Center of New England
Mathew Geffin Webber and Grinnell
Nick Gelfand NRG Real Estate Inc.
Mark Germain Gomes, DaCruz and Tracy, P.C.
Elizabeth Gosselin Commonwealth Packaging
Kathryn Grandonico Lincoln Real Estate
Jaimye Hebert Monson Savings Bank
Sean Hemingway Center for Human Development
Kelly Koch Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP
Jason Mark Gravity Switch
Joan Maylor Stop and Shop Supermarkets
Todd McGee MassMutual Financial Group
Donald Mitchell Western Mass. Development Collaborative
David Pakman Vivid Edge Media Group/The David Pakman Show
Timothy Plante City of Springfield/Springfield Public Schools
Maurice Powe The Law Offices of Brooks and Powe
Jeremy Procon Interstate Towing Inc.
Kristen Pueschel PeoplesBank
Meghan Rothschild SurvivingSkin.org
Jennifer Schimmel Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity
Amy Scott Wild Apple Design Group
Alexander Simon LogicTrail, LLC
Lauren Tabin PeoplesBank
Lisa Totz ITT Power Solutions
Jeffrey Trant Human Resources Unlimited
Timothy Van Epps Sandri Companies
Michael Vedovelli Mass. Office of Business Development
Beth Vettori Rockridge Retirement Community
Class of 2012
Allison Biggs Graphic Designer
Christopher Connelly Foley/Connelly Financial Partners
Scott Conrad Center for Human Development
Erin Corriveau Reliable Temps Inc.
Carla Cosenzi Tommy Car Corp.
Ben Craft Baystate Medical Center
Jessica Crevier AIDS Foundation of Western Mass.
Michele Crochetiere YWCA of Western Mass.
Christopher DiStefano DiStefano Financial Group
Keshawn Dodds 4King Edward Enterprises Inc.
Ben Einstein Brainstream Design
Michael Fenton Shatz, Schwartz, and Fentin, P.C.
Tim Fisk The Alliance to Develop Power
Elizabeth Ginter Ellis Title Co.
Eric Hall Westfield Police Department
Brendon Hutchins St. Germain Investment Management
Kevin Jennings Jennings Real Estate
Kristen Kellner Kellner Consulting, LLC
Dr. Ronald Laprise Laprise Chiropractic & Wellness
Danielle Lord O’Connell Care at Home & Staffing Services
Waleska Lugo-DeJesus Westfield State University
Trecia Marchand Pioneer Valley Federal Credit Union
Ryan McCollum RMC Strategies
Sheila Moreau MindWing Concepts Inc.
Kelli Ann Nielsen Springfield Academy Middle School
Neil Nordstrom Pediatric Services of Springfield
Edward Nuñez Freedom Credit Union
Adam Ondrick Ondrick Natural Earth
Gladys Oyola City of Springfield
Shardool Parmar Pioneer Valley Hotel Group
Vincent Petrangelo Raymond James
Terry Powe Elias Brookings Museum Magnet School
Jennifer Reynolds Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.
Dan Rukakoski Tighe & Bond
Dr. Nate Somers Center for Human Development
Joshua Spooner Western New England University
College of Pharmacy
Jaclyn Stevenson Winstanley Partners
Jason Tsitso R & R Windows Contractors
Sen. James Welch State Senator, First Hampden District
Karen Woods Yankee Candle Co.