40 Under Forty: Ryan Matson, 32


Employee benefits consultant

Small Business Insurance Agency, Worcester

Lives: Worcester

Birthplace: Worcester

College: Assumption College

This year, Matson won the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Advocate Award, memorializing his efforts as a community champion, expert network builder and visionary for the next generation of the Central Massachusetts economy. For eight years, Matson worked in sales at office supply company W.B. Mason, hitting $3 million in sales during his final year. Matson joined SBIA in the past year, obtaining his broker license to sell insurance. While building his book of business and relying on his extensive network of contacts made over the years, Matson encourages clients to pursue other affiliations, landing SBIA partnerships with the likes of Shrewsbury-based Provo Financial Services. He is the cofounder of the Paulsens Putt Against Parkinson's Disease golf tournament – named after his grandfather Bob Paulson, Sr. – which has raised more than $50,000 in two years for the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Parkinson's research programs at UMass Medical School. The Worcester chamber's ambassador group has more than doubled in size since Matson took over as chairman. He is a board member of the Girl Scouts of Western and Central Massachusetts and for the Canal Diggers 5K Road Race, which raises money for St. John's Church and the Hibernian Cultural Centre. Matson volunteered as head football coach for Millbury High School and the defensive back coach for Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

From 40 Under Forty judge Michael Arnum: “Ryan is the ideal ambassador for Worcester, working not only to improve his own life, but using his skills to be an advocate for the community.”

What will the statue they build of you say? Every man has the same potential to succeed. It is your determination and confidence in yourself that dictates whether or not you will.

What TV character is most like you? Eddie Haskell from “Leave It To Beaver” as the neighborhood women called me.
Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.