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   Alumni Achievement Award Judging Underway
When BusinessWest launched its 40 Under Forty program in 2007, it did so to identify rising stars across our region — individuals who were excelling in business and through involvement within the community — and celebrate their accomplishments.
In 2015, BusinessWest announced a new award, one that builds on the founda- tion upon which 40 Under Forty was created. It’s called the Alumni Achievement Award. As the name suggests, it is presented to the 40 Under Forty honoree who, in the eyes of an independent panel of judges, has most impressively continued and built upon his or her track record of accomplishment.
Past winners include: 2021: Anthony Gulluni, Hampden County district attor-
ney (40 Under Forty class of 2015); 2020: Carla Cosenzi, president, TommyCar Auto Group (class of 2012), and Peter DePergola, director of Clinical Ethics, Baystate Health (class of 2015); 2019: Cinda Jones, president, W.D. Cowls Inc. (class of 2007); 2018: Samalid Hogan, regional director, Massachusetts Small Business Develop- ment Center (class of 2013); 2017: Scott Foster, attorney, Bulkley Richardson (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).
This year’s nominees are currently being weighed by three independent judges, including last year’s honorees. They are:
   Anthony Gulluni was sworn into office as Hampden District Attor- ney in January 2015
and is currently serv-
ing his second four-year
term. He earned both
his bachelor’s degree
(2003) and juris doctor-
ate (2007) from Western
New England University.
As D.A., he has promoted
his vision of safer com-
munities by innovative and significant investment in community building and outreach, crime prevention and education, and by focusing efforts on the smart prosecution of violent offenders. The Hampden D.A.’s Office has engaged with many community-based organizations, including Roca, the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley, and the YWCA to broaden its reach and provide equitable services to all com- munities in need.
Keith Ledoux is vice president, Commercial Line of Business and Business Development at Health New England, responsible for driv-
ing commercial sales, marketing, and business development. He has more than 25 years of experience in the insur- ance industry, and has
a background in sales,
healthcare information technology, and strategy development. Previously, he held leadership roles with MiHealth, Tufts Health Plan, Fallon Health, Min- uteman Health, and Constitution Health. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Worcester State University and an MBA from Purdue in Health Care Adminsitration. He also completed the AHIP Executive Leadership Program at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.
Kimberly Williams is vice president of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Stanley Black & Decker. She provides the cen-
ter of excellence for the
Stanley Black & Decker
global DE&I community
through the development
and implementation of
best practices, knowledge
management, leadership
development, and met-
rics that can be deployed by the local talent and affin- ity teams within each region. With more than 25 years of HR experience, she has supported and led DE&I initiatives in several organizations across industries, including, investment banking, health care, nonprof- it, and aerospace manufacturing.
She received her MBA in Human Resource Man- agement from Syracuse University and her bachelor of Arts degree from American University.
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