August 26, 2016
Class of 2016

40 Under 40: Matthew Abraham

PHOTO/Erika sidor
40 under Forty winners (from left) Evis Wilmes Terpollari, Kham Inthirath, Matthew Abraham and Amadeus Finlay.

Abraham has managed the environmental site assessment and remediation effort of properties throughout Worcester County as part of Tighe & Bond's Worcester office for more than 12 years. The goal is to see abandoned properties thrive again.

In addition to his day job, Abraham has coordinated 24-hour emergency response services for utility companies to clean up hazardous material releases following disasters such as tornados, hurricanes and ice storms.

Abraham helped the Tighe & Bond team raise more than $175,000 for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 192-mile bike-a-thon across Massachusetts. The PMC has been an important part of Abraham's life, as he met his wife at his first ride in 2010.

What is your advice to aspiring young business people? Listen closely to people's questions; it is the most effective way to help them.

Where do you get your motivation to succeed? Knowing that the results of our work ultimately help with the revitalization of properties.

If I hadn't gone down this career path, I would have liked to...become a wildlife photographer.

Meet the other 40 under Forty winners

Kola A. Akindele - UMass Medical School 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

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