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 2016 — the 10th class of successful young professionals so honored by BusinessWest since the program’s inception in 2007. This year’s winners were treated to a game-show-themed ceremony — complete with valuable prizes — courtesy of presenting sponsor Paragus Strategic IT. And for the second year, presenting sponsor Northwestern Mutual unveiled the winner of the Continued Excellence Award: Dr. Jonathan Bayuk, president of Allergy and Immunology Associates of Western Mass. and chief of Allergy and Immunology at Baystate Medical Center. Scroll down to view the photos by Leah Martin Photography.
Three members of the 40 Under Forty class of 2016, from left: Justin Killeen, Energia Fitness and 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition; Meghan Godorov, career consultant; and Lamont Clemons, S-Cel-O Painting and Proton Energy Group.
Rebecca Moriarty, Hampden Senior Center, 40 Under Forty class of 2016, and Laura Walsh, Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management, 40 Under Forty Class of 2016.
Ross Giombetti, Giombetti Associates, 40 Under Forty class of 2016; and his wife, Elizabeth Giombetti, Giombetti Associates.
From left: Amanda Moyer, Market Mentors, 40 Under Forty class of 2016; Ashley Clark, Berkshire Bank, 40 Under Forty class of 2016; and Renee Mancuso, Berkshire Bank.
From left: Diane Sabourin, BusinessWest; Rebecca Connolly, Moriarty & Primack, P.C., 40 Under Forty class of 2016; Jennifer Connelly, Junior Achievement of Western Mass., and Amanda Huston Garcia, Elms College, 40 Under Forty class of 2010, and finalist for the Continued Excellence Award.
Beth DeGray (right), Log Cabin and Delaney House, 40 Under Forty class of 2016, with her sister, Nicole Kim.
Lidya Rivera-Early (second from left), Springfield Technical Community College, 40 Under Forty class of 2016, with her husband, Dwayne Early, High School of Commerce; LaTonia Monroe Naylor, United Way of Pioneer Valley, 40 Under Forty class of 2016; Christina Grass, Training & Workforce Options, 40 Under Forty class of 2016; and Tom Reynolds, Paper City Strength and Conditioning.
Meghan Rothschild (second from left), chikmedia, 40 Under Forty class of 2011, Continued Excellence Award finalist, with her husband, Andrew Mankus, UMass Dining; and Leanne Sedlak, SkinCatering Spa, 40 Under Forty class of 2016, with her husband, Scott Sedlak, Adam Quenneville Roofing & Siding.
Scott Coen, game show announcer, Saga Communications; and Nunzio Bruno, Disruptive Strategy Co., 40 Under Forty class of 2016.
From left: Michelle Chase, PeoplesBank; David Chase, Freedom Credit Union; and Teresa Spaziani, Market Mentors.
From left: Beth DeGray, Log Cabin and Delaney House, 40 Under Forty class of 2016; Lamont Clemons, S-Cel-O Painting and Proton Energy Group, 40 Under Forty class of 2016; Nicole Kim; Waleska Lugo-DeJesus, Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley, 40 Under Forty class of 2012, and co-emcee of this year’s gala; and Michael Sakey, Center Square Grill, 40 Under Forty class of 2016.
Representing event sponsor the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield, from left: Samalid Hogan, 40 Under Forty class of 2013; Brittney Kelleher; Kyle Sullivan, class of 2015; Katie Chappell, class of 2016; Alfonso Santaniello, class of 2014; Leanne Sedlak, class of 2016; Heather Zielenski; Jeremy Casey, class of 2013; Ashley Clark, class of 2016; Peter Ellis, class of 2011; Justin Roberts; and Jose Delgado, class of 2014.
Representing event sponsor Moriarty & Primack, P.C., from left: Shelley Sheridan; Michelle Fenton; Rebecca Connolly, 40 Under Forty class of 2016; Beth deSousa; and Sharon Blazejowski.
Representing presenting sponsor Northwestern Mutual, from left: Tyler Landry, Kate Kane, Kelsey Fletcher, Jamie Campbell, and Tim Steffen.
From event sponsor Health New England, from left: Elaine Mann, Damion Brown, Sandra Ruiz, Sarah Fernandes, Sandra Bascove, Jennifer Loranger, Kerry LaBounty, Patrick McColley, and Jessica Dupont.
From event sponsor the UMass Isenberg School of Management, back row, from left: Mike Famighette, Trista Hevey, Elizabeth Paul Hoffman, Laurie Millikan, and Tom Moliterno; front row, from left: Chris Foley Pilsner, Rachel Trafford, and Jennifer Meunier.
From event sponsor EMA Dental, from left: Colleen Nadeau, Jeannie Reynolds, Dr. Lisa Emirzian, Dr. Vincent Mariano, Cassandra Woodworth, Dr. Rebecca Cohen, Laura Panzetti, Jennifer Ziobrowski, and Dr. Colleen Chambers.
BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien (right) presents the second annual Continued Excellence Award — honoring a past 40 Under Forty winner who has since significantly built on his or her success — to Dr. Jonathan Bayuk (class of 2008), president of Allergy and Immunology Associates of Western Mass. and chief of Allergy and Immunology at Baystate Medical Center.
Kate Morneau of John R. Fausey Elementary School, 40 Under Forty class of 2016, enjoys the celebration.
Waleska Lugo-DeJesus, director of the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley and member of the 40 Under Forty class of 2012, co-emcees the 2016 gala.
Michael Sakey of Center Square Grill cheers on his fellow 40 Under Forty class of 2016 honorees during the awards presentation.
This year’s 40 Under Forty gala added a game-show-style twist, courtesy of presenting sponsor Paragus IT. Here, Sophia Lilly (right) presents LaTonia Monroe Naylor of the United Way of Pioneer Valley with her prize, a Crosley portable USB turntable.
Ashley Clark of Berkshire Bank, 40 Under Forty class of 2016, is carried to the stage to receive her award by fellow members of the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield (and 40 Under Forty alumni), from left, Jeremy Casey (class of 2013), Jose Delgado (class of 2014), and Peter Ellis (class of 2011).
Adrian Dahlin of Conway School of Design dances his way to the stage to be honored as part of the 40 Under Forty class of 2016.
Robert Kain (left) of event sponsor United Bank is welcomed to the 40 Under Forty class of 2016 by BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien.
Representing presenting sponsor Paragus IT, from left: Tom Beyer, Jim Young, Margie LaMotte, a cardboard Delcie Bean, Alissa LaMotte, Ray Olson, Jocelyn Bugan, and Steve Monska.
Photo gallery from the June 16, 2016 BusinessWest 40 Under Forty Class of 2016 Gala