September 1, 2014

2014 40 Under Forty: Lee Curtis

Manager of Ecological Services, BSC Group Inc., Worcester

Birthplace: Newburyport


Residence: Ayer


High school: Essex Agricultural and Technical High School ("Essex Aggie"), Danvers


Colleges and degrees earned: B.S., M.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Career highlights: Within five years of starting as an entry-level scientist, I was managing one of BSC's top clients. After nine years, I was promoted to manager of ecological services, responsible for over $3 million in contracts, and appointed to BSC's management committee (youngest member to date).

Community involvement: Working with NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services) as a weekend puppy raiser. Also a member of the Ayer Conservation Commission and the Stormwater Committee; and a plant conservation volunteer for the New England Wildflower Society.

Ultimate career goal: To exceed my own expectations wherever I land.

Non-relatives you admire most: Leonardo da Vinci and Tina Fey.

Favorite book: I'm not one to choose a favorite anything. However, when I reach for a book, I tend to crave Jane Austen or similar period pieces.

Hidden talents: I'm an extremely talented shower and/or car vocalist and am known for consuming more food than should be humanly possible for someone my size.

"If I were to win $1 million in the lottery, I would … buy a farm and hoard animals; especially the broken ones."

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