August 21, 2017
Class of 2017

40 Under Forty: Heather Belair

Erika Sidor
At Crompton Collective in Worcester are 40 Under Forty winners (from left) Heather Belair, Julianne Dahrooge, Robert Fecteau and Kevin G. Johnson.

At 18, Belair started with Bay State as a part-time student teller at Auburn High School, working in every branch and nearly every department. After graduation, she started as a teller full-time and received four promotions in 14 years to her AVP role, exceeding deposit and loan growth expectations for the virtual branch.

Belair volunteers on the audit committee for the Auburn/Webster Lodge of Elks and with Pink Revolution and Pancreatic Cancer Alliance. She and her husband, Jason, are expecting their first child. When she gets free time, she enjoys camping, crafting and reading.

What do you daydream about? Vacations I'd like to take!

If you spoke at a college graduation, what would the message be? The world is run by those who show up, not those who wait to be asked.

What is your favorite piece of Central Massachusetts history? As someone who grew up in Auburn, the story behind the Auburn Rocket and Robert Goddard.

Meet the other 40 Under Forty winners for 2017

Asmar N. Akman – Akman Enterprises Inc.

Brendan Aylward – Unified Health and Performance

Greta Bajrami Campoverde – Golden Group Construction Corp.

Kathryn Behan – UMass Memorial Healthcare

Neil Callahan – R.H. White Construction

Michelle L. Cote, Esq. – Law Offices of Richard S. Ravosa

Julianne Dahrooge – Chan & Dahrooge Financial Group, LLC

Patrick J. DiGregorio – Veterans Inc.

Justin Dufresne – VHB, Inc.

Courtney Ross Escobar – Doucette & LaRose, LLC

Robert Fecteau – BirchTree Bread Co.

Hilary Gardner – The Davis Cos.

Ashleigh C. Gelinas, Esq. – Gelinas & Ward, LLP

Avra Hoffman – BirchTree Bread Co.

Maryann C. Johnson – Oak Hill CDC

Kevin G. Johnson – O'Connor, Maloney & Company, P.C.

Heather Mangione – United Way of Central Massachusetts

Jay Merrill – Clifford & Rano Associates

Meghan E. Montaner – The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

Edward Murphy – Baystate Investment Fund

Joy Rachelle Murrieta – Main IDEA

Dr. Milka Njoroge, PharmD – Century Homecare, LLC

Jim Notaro – Fidelity Bank

Andrew B. Palumbo – Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Kevin Peterssen – United Bank

John T. Pitcavage – Endless Energy

Julia Randall, M.D. – Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Keith Reardon – Commonwealth Consulting Group, LLC

Giselle Rivera-Flores – The Learning Hub & IgWorcesterMA

Patrick T. Royce – UniBank

Jamie Salois – Atlas Distributing

Lindiana Semidei – Raices Latin Dance

Jody Staruk – Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

Francisco Torres – Town of Westborough

Abel Travis – Hanover Insurance Group

Elizabeth Tripp – Hanover Insurance Group

Alexis G. Vallejos – Columbia Tech

David Viens – Bowditch & Dewey, LLP

Ryan A. Wagner – Robert Fine & Associates

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