August 26, 2016
Class of 2016

40 Under 40: Kola A. Akindele

PHOTO/Erika sidor
40 under Forty winners (from left) Amanda Marie Baer, Nicholas J. Carbone, Amanda Misilo and Kola A. Akindele.

Since starting at UMass, Akindele has been responsible for developing strategic relationships between UMMS and government and community organizations, especially in the Worcester region. He cultivated the institution's multi-departmental public health collaboration with the Worcester Division of Public Health.

Previously, he served as community relations manager in the department of community and government alliances at Hartford Hospital, overseeing community benefit initiatives. His proudest achievement was bringing a mobile market to neighborhoods designated as food deserts in Hartford, allowing residents with limited access to food to have affordable, high quality produce.

Akindele is a founding member of The African Council, seeking to increase civic engagement among Africans in Massachusetts.

What is your main professional goal? Having a successful career without sacrificing success at home.

What is your advice to young business people? Find a mentor.

I prepare for the unexpected by...praying for God's grace.

If I hadn't gone down this career path, I would have liked to...be a sports agent.

Meet the other 40 under Forty winners

Matthew Abraham - Tighe & Bond Inc. in Worcester

William E. Aubuchon, IV - Aubuchon Hardware in Westminster

Amanda Marie Baer - Mirick O'Connell in Westborough

Elizabeth Belliveau - Enlightened Interventions & Union Street Yoga in Worcester

Joe Bush - Worcester CleanTech Incubator

Nicholas J. Carbone - Boyle & Carbone, P.C. in Fitchburg

Christof Chartier - C.M. Chartier Contracting in Templeton

Rob Cleary - ClearCom IT Solutions Inc. in Leicester

Emily DeGray - Residential Mortgage Services in Sturbridge & Worcester

Alexander Dunn - Skyscope in Worcester

Peter Dunn - Worcester Executive Office of Economic Development

Amadeus Finlay - BlueHive Inc. in Worcester

Tiffany Gallo - Cutler Associates, Inc. in Worcester

Carly A. Gould - Reliant Medical Group in Worcester

Hawley Harrigan - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest in Worcester

Michael Herbert - Town of Ashland

Julie Holstrom - Worcester Business Development Corp.

Miriam Hyder - Ed Hyder's Mediterranean Marketplace in Worcester

Kham Inthirath - Envision Digital Group in Worcester

Isabelle Jenkins - College of the Holy Cross in Worcester

Renee King - The Queen's Cup in Millbury

Oriola Koci - Livia's Dish & Altea's Brunch in Worcester

Ryan Leary - Running Start Coworking in Worcester

D. Andrew McBeth - Green Leaf Construction in Leominster

Paul Medeiros - Easter Seals Massachusetts in Worcester

Bob Miller - Tegra Medical in Franklin

Jonathan Miller - YOU, Inc. in Worcester

Amanda Misilo - Commerce Bank in Worcester

Jasmine Jina Ortiz - Keller Williams of Greater Worcester in Worcester

Amy Peterson - DCU Center in Worcester

Katherine Pittinger - Worcester Fitness

Douglas T. Radigan - Bowditch & Dewey, LLP in Worcester

Caitlin Sargent Lubelczyk - Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester

Dr. Brian Sullivan, MD - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester

Evis Wilmes Terpollari - Veterans Inc. in Worcester

Brian Treitman - B.T.'s Smokehouse in Sturbridge

James A. Valis - Blackstone Valley Wealth Management in Hopkinton

Stephanie Weagle - Corero Network Security in Hudson

Nicole Zea - Saint Gobain Superabrasives in Worcester

Meet this year's judges

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