September 1, 2017
40 Under Forty: Behind the scenes

40u40: The bandits of the Worcester ice rink

Erika Sidor
At the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center are 40 Under Forty winners (from left) Giselle Rivera-Flores, Elizabeth Tripp, Neil Callahan and Justin Dufresne.

This is the fifth in a series of 11 stories describing the photos behind this year's 40 Under Forty awards, where rather than shooting all the images in one location, WBJ took the winners to 11 properties around Worcester, showcasing the new developments of a city on the rise. Check out the first four parts: Burns Bridge, public murals, deadhorse hill, The Edge at Union Station.

The photo shoot at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center was almost over before it started.

Despite getting assurances from the developer we could take photos at the new recreational sports center under construction in the Canal District, on the day we showed up, a foreman for the contractor pulled up in his truck and told the four winners (Giselle Rivera-Flores, Elizabeth Tripp, Neil Callahan and Justin Dufresne) and photographer Erika Sidor they would not be allowed to go inside.

Then, he drove away.

Erika Sidor
After the construction foreman told us not to shoot inside, Sidor and the winners took several photos outside, just in case we got kicked out of the building later.

I arrived at the ice center after this scene, immediately flustered over the brusque way the winners had been treated and upset the permission and follow-up confirmation from the developer had not been communicated to the contractor. I wanted to speak with the foreman, but when Sidor told me he had left, it became abundantly clear: No one could stop us from just walking in the building.

Since both Callahan and Dufresne are executives with construction contractors, I wanted to make sure they were OK with us breaking the rules to get the photos we wanted to take. Since Callahan had already spotted a handful of safety violations already on the site (the two workers who were there were wearing shorts, for example), he didn't think it would be a problem to walk into an unoccupied part of the building.

So, we did.

Erika Sidor
One of the many "The new Worcester is under development" photos we took at the 11 locations for the 40 Under Forty shoots. Dufresne and Callahan had brought hard hats for everyone to use, and Sidor told the winners to strike poses similar to the movie poster for "Bridesmaids."

Despite the drama at the beginning, the photo shoot was pretty low key afterward. We walked onto one of the two rinks to be the home of the practice sessions for the Worcester Railers minor league hockey team, using creative lighting in the dark room. We took some photos in another under construction section of the building, attempting to symbolize how the new Worcester is still under development.

- Brad Kane, editor

Meet the entire WBJ 40 Under Forty Class of 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

Alexis G. Vallejos – Columbia Tech

David Viens – Bowditch & Dewey, LLP

Ryan A. Wagner – Robert Fine & Associates

Meet this year's judges

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