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September 1, 2014

2014 40 Under Forty: Richard Porter

Operations Manager, Cinch IT, Worcester and Boston

Birthplace: Leominster

Residence: Rutland

High school: Holy Name Central Catholic High School

Colleges and degrees earned: Bachelor’s, Worcester State University

Career highlights: Graduating from Ranger School in 2011. Ranger School is one of the toughest training courses for which a soldier can volunteer. For over two months, students train to exhaustion, pushing the limits of their minds and bodies.

Community involvement: I own a cross-fit apparel company that was created to raise money for various military charities. Most recently, we contributed to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Cinch IT also offers free IT support to the local animal shelter and raises money annually for the UMass Memorial Cancer Walk.

Ultimate career goal: To run a very successful company that is, first and foremost, known for being a trusted partner.

Non-relative you admire most: Each of my co-workers. It's entrepreneurship gospel: “Hire those who are smarter than you.”

Favorite book: “Good to Great,” by Jim Collins

Hidden talents: Delivering babies! In 2009, I did a rotation in a labor and delivery unit where I assisted in the delivery of five babies.

“If I were to win $1 million in the lottery, I would … tell no one.”

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