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  Meet the Judges
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ith nominations now closed for but the judges until the night of the event. insurance industry and BusinessWest’s Alumni Achievement Past winners include: 2019: Cinda Jones, presi- has a background in sales, Award, it now falls to three judges — Vince dent, W.D. Cowls Inc. (40 Under Forty class of 2007); healthcare information
 Jackson, Keith Ledoux, and Cheri Mills — to study the entries and determine the sixth annual winner.
The award, sponsored by Health New England, was launched in 2015 as the Continued Excellence Award, an offshoot of BusinessWest’s 40 Under Forty program, which recognizes young professionals for their career accomplishments and civic involvement. Rebranded this year as the Alumni Achievement Award, it is presented annually to one former 40 Under Forty honoree who, in the eyes of the judges, has most impressively continued and built upon the track record of accomplishment that earned them 40 Under Forty status. The award will be presented at this year’s 40 Under Forty Gala. The date and loca- tion of the event are still to be determined due to reopening guidelines.
For each application, the judges have been asked to consider how the candidate has built upon his
or her success in business or service to a nonprofit; built upon his or her record of service within the community; become even more of a leader in West- ern Mass.; contributed to efforts to make this region an attractive place to live, work, and do business; and inspired others through his or her work.
The judges will first narrow a broad field of nomi- nees to five candidates, who will be informed that they are finalists for the coveted honor — an accom- plishment in itself. They will then choose a winner, the identity of whom will not be known to anyone
2018: Samalid Hogan, regional director, Massachu- setts Small Business Development Center (class of 2013); 2017: Scott Foster, attorney, Bulkley Rich- ardson (class of 2011), and Nicole Griffin, owner, ManeHire (class of 2014); 2016: Dr. Jonathan Bayuk, president, Allergy & Immunology Associates of New England (class of 2008); 2015: Delcie Bean, president, Paragus Strategic IT (class of 2008).
The judges are:
Vincent Jackson is exec- utive director of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce, a role he took on last year. He is also the founder and CEO of the consulting company Mar- keting Moves, which pro- vides companies — from Fortune 500 corporations to small businesses — with
strategic and innovative marketing support. Before founding the company in 2000, Jackson worked for a decade as a senior product manager at PepsiCo, two years as an assistant product manager at Kraft Foods, and three years as a senior systems analyst at Procter & Gamble Company.
Keith Ledoux is vice president of Sales, Market- ing and Business Development at Health New Eng- land. He has more than 25 years of experience in the
technology, and strategy development. Prior to join- ing HNE in 2019, he served as senior advisor and board member for MiHealth in Medway. He began his career at Tufts Health
Plan in Waltham, where he rose to become regional sales manager, and also held senior leadership positions at Fallon Health in
Worcester and Minuteman Health and Constitution Health, both in Boston.
Cheri Mills is a business banking officer with Peo- plesBank, and has worked in banking for 32 years. She began her career in 1988 as a mail runner, working up to banking center manager in 1997, and eventually dis- covered a love of business banking. She takes pride in assisting business owners
with achieving financials goals. She is currently the president of the Rotary Club of Chicopee, treasurer of Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts, and a board member with the Minority Business Council in Springfield. u
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