Introducing the Class of 2017
Announcing the 11th Annual Top Young Business and Community Leaders in Western Massachusetts
A year ago it was a first; now, it would have to be called a trend.
Women again outnumber men within the 40 Under Forty class of 2017, as the photos will reveal, although it’s quite close, actually. But who’s counting?
What people should be counting are the years and the numbers of area residents now in this special club, if you will. That would be 11 and 440, to be exact.
As the profiles (list of links to profiles below) reveal, each story of a 40 Under Forty winner is different and in some way unique, hailing from industries ranging from law to banking; from education to transportation; from media to healthcare — not to mention many others. 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.
40 Under Forty Class of 2017
David Griffin Jr.
Wilfredo Lopez Jr.
Megan Holl Shaw
But there are, as always, some common denominators, including excellence within one’s profession, a commitment to giving back to the community, dedication to family and work/life balance, and a focus on ‘what else’ they do in each of those realms.
The class of 2017 (go HERE for the PDF flipbook), its diversity, and its and individual and collective accomplishments will be celebrated at the annual 40 Under Forty Gala on June 22 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke. A limited number of tables are available, but a number of individual seats and standing-room-only tickets are still available.
The gala will also feature the announcement of the winner of the third annual Continued Excellence Award, a recognition program that salutes the 40 Under Forty honoree who has most impressively added to their résumé of accomplishments in the workplace and within the community, as chosen by a panel of judges.
Speaking of judges, we thank those who scored the more than 150 nominations for this year’s 40 Under Forty competition (see story HERE). They are:
• Ken Albano, managing partner of the Springfield-based law firm Bacon Wilson;
• Jean Deliso, CFP, president and owner of Deliso Financial Services;
• Samalid Hogan, director of the western regional office of the Mass. Small Business Development Center Network and member of the 40 Under Forty class of 2013;
• Patrick Leary, partner at the Springfield-based accounting firm Moriarty & Primack and member of the 40 Under Forty class of 2017; and
• Matt Sosik, president and CEO of bankESB.
Photography for this special section by Leah Martin Photography