40 Under Forty: Tom Lubelczyk, 39


Co-founder & CEO
The Worcester Jazz Collective

Lives: Worcester

Birthplace: Falmouth

College: UMass Lowell

Lubelczyk's greatest accomplishments at Worcester Jazz Collective aren't the three Worcester Music Awards won, but rather the hundreds – if not thousands – of connections he's made while playing music for Central Massachusetts over the last 20 years. He's worked to bring together as many of the current generation of jazz musicians in Worcester as possible, and that group has won the Worcester Music Awards nod for Best Jazz Act in each of the last three years. The WJC can accommodate any kind of request to perform, thanks to Lubelczyk's business model of having two to three permanent musicians and letting others join for any given gig. The group has played at venues as small as The Queen's Cups in the Canal District to larger events like the annual Harvey Ball. Lubelczyk, a Cape Cod native, has fallen in love with the city, particular its music scene. As such, his musical expertise is often donated in raffles or at charity events for free music lessons or free performances. He wears many different hats as a musician, as he plays in several groups, including The Carlos Odria Trio, Insincere Gentlemen and Fergus, the latter of which had performed for former President Bill Clinton. You can catch him hosting the monthly jazz jam at Millbury Street jazz bar Nick's.

From 40 Under Forty judge Kate Sharry: “An unsung hero in Worcester's music scene, Tom is lighting things up with his talent and keen business sense. He is a huge contributor to our cultural arts community!”

If you could go on a road trip with any four people, who would it be? George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The last couple of years have really left my head spinning, and a nice long road trip with these guys might answer some questions I have.

Whose career would you most like to emulate? Bob Ross. The man became an American icon by simply encouraging people to explore their creativity.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly spelled the name of the The Carlos Odria Trio.
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.