August 26, 2016
Class of 2016

40 Under 40: Oriola Koci

PHOTO/Erika sidor
40 under Forty winners (from left) Dr. Brian Sullivan, MD, James A. Valis, Oriola Koci and Bob Miller.

Koci worked for big corporations until four years ago, when she and her husband – Enton Mehillaj, also from Albania – decided hard work and risk-taking could lead to powerful rewards. They opened Livia's Dish restaurant, named after their daughter and introducing the seven-day-a-week brunch concept to Central Massachusetts. The couple is working on a second location in Worcester, called Altea's Brunch.

Koci serves on the Worcester Airport Advisory Committee and as first vice president for the Webster Square Business Association.

What is your most significant professional goal? Creating Central Massachusetts restaurants that take brunch to a totally different level.

What would you like to go back and tell your 10-year-old self? Keep doing what you are doing because all this hard work will pay off!!

What is the first impression you like to leave with business contacts? I'm all about building trust. It is the foundation of great relationships.

Why do you work in Central Massachusetts? The 12 colleges and universities here bring so much youth, you just have to be creative and take risks when introducing new ideas.

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

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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