September 1, 2014

2014 40 Under Forty: Neil Petersen

Partner, Pojani Hurley & Ritter, Worcester

Birthplace: Denville, N.J.


Residence: Holden


High school: Cheshire High School; Cheshire, Conn.


Colleges and degrees earned: B.A., College of the Holy Cross; J.D., Boston College

Career highlights: Being asked to join the partnership of the firm is at the top. In addition to being excellent attorneys, my partners are terrific people, and I feel honored to be counted among them.

Community involvement: Three-year board member (currently vice president) of the Worcester Young Businessmen's Association; corporator, Greater Worcester Community Foundation; member, Professional Advisor's Network subcommittee of the GWCF; chairman, Boy Scouts of America Mohegan Council Golf Tournament Planning Committee; assistant coach, College of the Holy Cross Moot Court Team

Ultimate career goal: To continue the legacy of PHR for another 25-plus years.

Non-relative you admire most: Former honoree John W.S. Creedon Jr. The man is my age and already owns his own baseball team! Go Bravehearts!

Favorite book: "Founding Brothers," by Joseph Ellis

Hidden talents: I am an avid runner and have completed five Boston Marathons. I also enjoy cooking and consider myself an amateur chef. I am also a terrible but improving gardener.

"If I were to win $1 million in the lottery, I would … create a GWCF fund for my family and invest."

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