40 Under 40 Class of 2020

William Lynch IV

Deli and Bakeshop Regional Sales Lead, Stop and Shop; Age 38; Education: Holyoke Community College (AS)

Lynch has worked for Stop and Shop since 1998, starting in high school as a bagger and working his way up to his current role as Deli and Bakeshop sales lead for 138 stores in the Central Region. In 2015, he was recognized as Specialist of the Year, an award Stop and Shop gives annually to a single individual who leads and develops teams and drives sales through detailed planning and execution strategies. In 2019, Lynch was elected to the Easthampton City Council, where he serves on the finance and appointment committees. In short, he’s passionate about ensuring financial rigor and sound fiscal decision making in both his career and as a councilor. Active in the community, he has been a committed volunteer with the Holyoke Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Road Race committee since 2015, and he sits on the Easthampton Media board of directors, helping to guide the direction of public-access television locally. Lynch is also actively involved in Boys and Girls Clubs and the YMCA, and he often volunteers for his city’s Parks and Recreation department.

William Lynch IV

William Lynch IV

What did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to be an actor, and my dream was Saturday Night Live. Acting has helped me adjust to any situation, think creatively, and adjust at a moment’s notice.

What are you passionate about? I’m extremely passionate around music. I love going to live concerts and watching talented musicians share their craft. I have a lot of friends in the industry, and seeing them play live and create music helps fuel my passion.

What do you do for fun? When it rains, I play with my kids and build Lego creations. If it is nice outside, I enjoy geocaching in the woods.

What actor would play you in a movie about your life? I feel I would be played by Chris Pratt. He is very versatile and has taken on many different styles of characters in his career. I feel he would capture the range of roles I take on in life, from silly dad to business manager to city councilor. He could hit the full spectrum of those characters well.

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