August 26, 2016
Class of 2016

40 under 40: Jasmine Jina Ortiz

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40 Under Forty winners (from left) Julie Holstrom, Jasmine Jina Ortiz, Paul Medeiros and D. Andrew McBeth

Since joining Keller Williams three years ago, Ortiz has increased the numbers of Latinos purchasing residential and commercial properties and drove participation in first-time homebuyer and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development programs. She conducts workshops in community venues.

Ortiz teaches English writing and literature courses at Quinsigamond Community College and is the co-editor of the anthology "All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color." She received Worcester Arts Council's Artists Fellowship in 2006.

What is your most significant professional goal? To build the top multilingual real estate team in Central Mass.

What would you like to go back and tell your 10-year-old self? Never take a person or a second chance for granted.

I prepare for the unexpected by... being resilient and having other plans in place.

Who is the fictional character you are most like? Janie Crawford, from Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" – her strength is in her ability to be dignified in all circumstances, and she challenges the conventions of who should love whom.

Meet the other 40 Under Forty winners

Matthew Abraham - Tighe & Bond Inc. in Worcester

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

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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