Power comes in many forms, but from power derives influence; and how people use that influence is ultimately reflective of the power they hold.
Frederick H. Eppinger has been such a major player in the Worcester business community for so long, that even after he steps down as head of Hanover Insurance next year, he still is expected to wield tremendous influence, as long as he sticks around in some capacity.
At the other end of the spectrum, Amy Lynn Chase does not head a large company nor have access to a large amount of financing, but with a can-do attitude and a shoestring budget, she is reshaping retail and creating a powerful sense of place through her Crompton Collective.
Timothy P. Murray leverages his political contacts and networking ability to supercharge the influence of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. Nick Capasso -- director of the Fitchburg Art Museum -- leverages his relatively small organization to convince surrounding Central Mass. communities to rethink their economic development cornerstones.
This year's Central Mass. Power Players all derive their influence from different sources, but it is how they use their stature to reshape the business landscape to their vision that makes them important players in the real economic and political arenas.
Change Agents: Executives bringing their organizations to new heights
Visionaries: Forward thinkers pushing to realize the promises of the future
Politicos: Public officials leveraging their positions to further business development
Fresh Faces: Newcomers to Central Massachusetts with refreshing perspectives and ideas
Inner Circle: Long-time players who continue to have a significant role in new developments