August 21, 2017
Class of 2017

40 Under Forty: Jay Merrill

Erika Sidor
At the Grid District in Worcester are 40 Under Forty winners John T. Pitcavage, Michelle L. Cote, Esq., Jay Merrill and Brendan Aylward.

When Merrill received his certified investment management analyst designation from Wharton in 2012, he was one of the youngest holders of the title in the nation. He has used this knowledge and five years spent with institutional clients at Fidelity Investments to help Clifford achieve substantial business growth, focusing on individual clients and small business owners.

Merrill volunteers for Junior Achievement in Worcester and teaches personal finance at high schools. He is president of networking group BNI Profit Rockets. He lives with his wife, Kat, and twin boys, Jack and Mason.

If you spoke at a college graduation, what would the message be? Listen. We are too eager to share our own ideas without hearing others.

What one Central Mass. location should everyone visit? Stone Cow Brewery in Barre has something for all ages, especially young families.

What did you want to be when you grew up? A New England Patriots player. Now 30, I feel the same way.

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

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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