August 26, 2016
Class of 2016

40 Under 40: Nicole Zea

PHOTO/Erika sidor
40 Under Forty winners (from left) Ryan Leary, Michael Herbert, Nicole Zea and Joe Bush

Zea's career at Saint-Gobain began 14 years ago, where in test development her team pioneered a program to improve testing at the facility. Later, in research and development, she collaborated to launch two new products generating $3.4 million in sales. After working in New Hampshire as production manager, she returned to Worcester as plant manager, responsible for annual sales of more than $40 million and 145 employees.

She served in the inaugural Leadership Worcester class in 2015.

What is your main professional goal? Make sustainable impacts to operational effectiveness through engagement of employees, focused initiatives and strong communication.

Who gave you the best career advice? My long-term mentor Regan Gallo: "What's your plan?" Rather than dwelling on what is frustrating, she told me to work toward solutions.

I prepare for the unexpected by...remaining grounded in my ethics and the long-range strategies of my team, always biasing towards what is right.

Who is the fictional character you are most like? Per my daughter, Elsa from "Frozen" – very intense but doing what is right for her kingdom.

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

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

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