40 Under Forty: Sam Bitar, 36


Vice president & business systems manager
Webster Five, Auburn

Lives: Charlton

Birthplace: Worcester

Colleges: Assumption College, Clark University

Bitar started as a Webster Five teller 17 years ago, and now he holds one of the highest positions at the bank. To do so, he worked tirelessly to further his education. He took night classes at Assumption College up to four nights per week year-round for four years. He only paused classes for one semester to get married. He worked his way up the ranks with the bank, until achieving his current position in 2017, where he's improved efficiencies, including managing the bank's software applications. Bitar volunteers as executive director of the Webster Five Foundation, which has made $1 million in charitable contributions during his tenure. He serves as the board president of the Central Mass. Housing Alliance, a member-at-large for the Charlton PTO and Dudley-Charlton Regional School District Special Education Advisory Council. Bitar is a member of the endowment committee of St. George Orthodox Cathedral and a corporator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass./MetroWest. He's previously volunteered for the United Way of Central Mass. and Tri-Valley Elder Services. He served a three-year term on the Oxford School Committee.

From 40 Under Forty judge Kate Sharry: “In addition to rocking it in the world of finance, Sam is very deeply rooted in his community and is making a difference everywhere he goes.”

What are you most proud of? Personally, my children. Professionally, serving in a leadership role at Webster Five.

Which TV character is most like you? Superman or Steve Urkel because I enjoy helping others and think I am made of steel, but I am actually a klutz and geek at heart!
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.