WBJ announces the 40 Under Forty for 2018

All 40 Under Forty photos by Erika Sidor
All 40 Under Forty photos by Erika Sidor
The 2018 Worcester Business Journal 40 Under Forty class photographed at The Hanover Theatre & Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Worcester.

Much has been made of a coming Worcester renaissance, the idea of the city and the Central Massachusetts region shedding its old reputation and becoming a thriving living and working destination, separate from the gravity of Boston. If that renaissance is ever truly going to happen, Greater Worcester must become a cultural hub unto itself, able to attract large swaths of visitors and new residents who see the region as the place to be.

Central Massachusetts has laid the groundwork for such a cultural revolution to flourish. Attractions like Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Worcester Art Museum and Bancroft Tower in Worcester have carried the torch for decades. New places like Apex Entertainment in Marlborough, the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton and Hanover Theatre in Worcester are bringing more crowds. Features like the WooRides pedicabs, the Highland Street food trucks in Worcester, the POW! WOW! Worcester murals and the Worcester Wares store create a fun interactivity with the region's cultural scene.

With this year's WBJ 40 Under Forty, you see the people who could turn the cultural renaissance from a well-started idea to a full-blown reality. Not only are these up-and-coming professionals dedicated to improving their businesses, but they are putting forth their talents to help the community flourish. Certainly this includes direct cultural efforts like Creative Hub Worcester, Tower Hill and POW! WOW! Worcester. Yet, they also work with nonprofits, churches, chambers of commerce and networking groups to help the people of Central Massachusetts succeed.

And, of course, through their day-to-day effort, they make their companies better, which makes the Greater Worcester economy better. That is how you create a true renaissance.

- Brad Kane, editor
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.