August 21, 2017
Class of 2017

40 Under Forty: Alexis G. Vallejos

Erika Sidor
At The Edge At Union Station in Worcester are 40 Under Forty winners Jim Notaro, David Viens, Edward Murphy and Alexis G. Vallejos.

Vallejos came to the U.S. 13 years ago after graduating from medical school to pursue the American dream, despite English being his second language. He landed in the contract manufacturing field at Columbia, starting as coordinator and, after four promotions, into his VP role, working with customers to seize market opportunities by utilizing the company's scaled product launch process, which Vallejos helped develop.

When Vallejos and wife Osiris and sons Alexis, Jr. and Gabriel travel to Nicaragua, they schedule a donation to a poor area, knowing how far a small donation has on the community.

What person do you look up to? Chris Coghlin, CEO of Columbia Tech. He is very positive, energetic, has a great passion for success and always takes the time to mentor and thank his team.

If you spoke a college graduation, what would the message be? It's ok if they don't land their dream job from the beginning, as multiple paths can make you a better, stronger, confident and more knowledgeable leader.

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

Heather Belair – Bay State Savings Bank

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

David Viens – Bowditch & Dewey, LLP

Ryan A. Wagner – Robert Fine & Associates

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