September 2, 2013

WBJ 40 Under Forty: A New Batch Of Youth

It's our 14th annual celebration of up-and-comers in the Central Massachusetts business arena.

Like their 520 alumni, the members of the 40 Under Forty Class of 2013 all have unique stories to tell: from how they discovered their callings, to who inspired them most, to the unique hobbies they engage in outside of work. For example, this year's class includes:

• An immigrant who entered the United States at the age of 4 and owes a lot to his mother and sisters, who emigrated with him;

• An honoree who has earned four promotions in less than four years;

• A hair stylist who has appeared on a reality TV show;

• A former employee of the office of the president of Uzbekistan.

• Six entrepreneurs; and

• Two editors of publications based in Central Massachusetts.

This year's honorees were selected after a months-long call for nominations. We received dozens of them, and added a few who didn't quite make the cut last year. We then turned to this year's panel of judges — Barbara Clifford of the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce, Rodney Capron of Pongo LLC and Synthenet Corp. in Northborough (and a 40 Under Forty honoree, Class of 2008), Joe Cox of The Ecotarium in Worcester, and Maureen Grenier of Mirick O'Connell (a 40 Under Forty honoree, Class of 2010) — for their feedback (see their profiles here). Each nomination was evaluated based on the individual's career trajectory, as well as his or her commitment to the local community. See each honoree's biography below.

Click here to see the winners of our Clue to Who contest!

(We'd also like to extend a special "thank you" to the Worcester Art Museum for allowing us to use their Renaissance Court for this year's 40 Under Forty photo shoot in July.)

WBJ 40 Under Forty Class Of 2013:

Osman Acheampong

Todd Brodeur

Amy Lynn Chase

Jared Chrudimsky

Ryan Clutterbuck

Sarah Day

Brittany Durgin

Adrien Finlay

Elisabeth Gilbride

Melissa A. Gleick

Jodie Grady

Thomas M. Gregory

Aldo Guerrero

Eric Gustafson

Sarah Gustafson

Richard Hayward Jr.

Corey F. Higgins

Jennifer Hogan

Fred Kaelin

Denise Kapulka

Heather G. Keenan

Ryan M. Kittredge

Olga Kwasniewski

Patrick J. McCarty

Derek Mohamed

Alexandra Montgomery

Tiffany A. Moore Simas

Amanda Parker

J. Christian Rea

Jackson Restrepo

Ben Robinson

Robert R. Rucci

Kate Sharry

Liz Sheehan Castro

William R. Simpson

Michael W. Steuer Jr.

Jessica Strunkin

Steven Thebodo

Lia Valentine

Bob Waitt

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2013 40 Under Forty: Osman Acheampong

2013 40 Under Forty: Todd Brodeur

2013 40 Under Forty: Amy Lynn Chase

2013 40 Under Forty: Jared Chrudimsky

2013 40 Under Forty: Ryan Clutterbuck

2013 40 Under Forty: Sarah Day

2013 40 Under Forty: Brittany Durgin

2013 40 Under Forty: Adrien Finlay

2013 40 Under Forty: Elisabeth Gilbride

2013 40 Under Forty: Melissa A. Gleick

2013 40 Under Forty: Jodie Grady

2013 40 Under Forty: Thomas M. Gregory

2013 40 Under Forty: Aldo Guerrero

2013 40 Under Forty: Eric Gustafson

2013 40 Under Forty: Sarah Gustafson

2013 Forty Under 40: Richard Hayward Jr.

2013 40 Under Forty: Corey F. Higgins

2013 Forty Under 40: Jennifer Hogan

2013 40 Under Forty: Fred Kaelin

2013 40 Under Forty: Denise Kapulka

2013 40 Under Forty: Heather G. Keenan

2013 40 Under Forty: Ryan M. Kittredge

2013 40 Under Forty: Olga Kwasniewski

2013 40 Under Forty: Patrick J. McCarty

2013 40 Under Forty: Derek Mohamed

2013 40 Under Forty: Alexandra Montgomery

2013 40 Under Forty: Tiffany A. Moore Simas

2013 40 Under Forty: Amanda Parker

2013 40 Under Forty: J. Christian Rea

2013 40 Under Forty: Jackson Restrepo

2013 40 Under Forty: Ben Robinson

2013 40 Under Forty: Robert R. Rucci

2013 40 Under Forty: Kate Sharry

2013 40 Under Forty: Liz Sheehan Castro

2013 40 Under Forty: William R. Simpson

2013 40 Under Forty: Michael W. Steuer Jr.

2013 40 Under Forty: Jessica Strunkin

2013 40 Under Forty: Steven Thebodo

2013 40 Under Forty: Lia Valentine

2013 40 Under Forty: Bob Waitt

Meet Our 2012 40 Under Forty Honorees

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