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August 26, 2016 Class of 2016

40 under 40: Evis Wilmes Terpollari

PHOTO/Erika sidor 40 under Forty winners (from left) Evis Wilmes Terpollari, Kham Inthirath, Matthew Abraham and Amadeus Finlay.

Sixteen years ago as a 17-year-old boy, Terpollari arrived in America on his own after escaping civil war in Albania. For the past 12 years, he worked two jobs to enable his family to come to the United States.

Since joining Veterans Inc. five years ago, Terpollari rose through three levels in the chain-of-command to become site coordinator, which includes clinical management of the 85-transitional bed-facility with 24/7 staff coverage. Twice, he saved the lives of veterans whose medical condition resulted in sudden heart attacks, using his training and trademark calm under pressure.

Terpollari is the founder of the Albanian educational institution Shoqata KOMBI in Worcester.

By the time I am 50, I would like to have accomplished... humanitarian missions abroad.

Who gave you the best career advice? My best friend, when he referred me to obtain employment in a homeless veteran shelter.

The people I work with would tell you I am… a supportive, unbiased, hard worker.

Who is the fictional character you are most like? Captain Planet – I love the idea of preserving our planet.

Meet the other 40 Under Forty winners

Matthew Abraham - Tighe & Bond Inc. in Worcester

Kola A. Akindele - UMass Medical School in Worcester

William E. Aubuchon, IV - Aubuchon Hardware in Westminster

Amanda Marie Baer - Mirick O'Connell in Westborough

Elizabeth Belliveau - Enlightened Interventions & Union Street Yoga in Worcester

Joe Bush - Worcester CleanTech Incubator

Nicholas J. Carbone - Boyle & Carbone, P.C. in Fitchburg

Christof Chartier - C.M. Chartier Contracting in Templeton

Rob Cleary - ClearCom IT Solutions Inc. in Leicester

Emily DeGray - Residential Mortgage Services in Sturbridge & Worcester

Alexander Dunn - Skyscope in Worcester

Peter Dunn - Worcester Executive Office of Economic Development

Amadeus Finlay - BlueHive Inc. in Worcester

Tiffany Gallo - Cutler Associates, Inc. in Worcester

Carly A. Gould - Reliant Medical Group in Worcester

Hawley Harrigan - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest in Worcester

Michael Herbert - Town of Ashland

Julie Holstrom - Worcester Business Development Corp.

Miriam Hyder - Ed Hyder's Mediterranean Marketplace in Worcester

Kham Inthirath - Envision Digital Group in Worcester

Isabelle Jenkins - College of the Holy Cross in Worcester

Renee King - The Queen's Cup in Millbury

Oriola Koci - Livia's Dish & Altea's Brunch in Worcester

Ryan Leary - Running Start Coworking in Worcester

D. Andrew McBeth - Green Leaf Construction in Leominster

Paul Medeiros - Easter Seals Massachusetts in Worcester

Bob Miller - Tegra Medical in Franklin

Jonathan Miller - YOU, Inc. in Worcester

Amanda Misilo - Commerce Bank in Worcester

Jasmine Jina Ortiz - Keller Williams of Greater Worcester in Worcester

Amy Peterson - DCU Center in Worcester

Katherine Pittinger - Worcester Fitness

Douglas T. Radigan - Bowditch & Dewey, LLP in Worcester

Caitlin Sargent Lubelczyk - Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester

Dr. Brian Sullivan, MD - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester

Brian Treitman - B.T.'s Smokehouse in Sturbridge

James A. Valis - Blackstone Valley Wealth Management in Hopkinton

Stephanie Weagle - Corero Network Security in Hudson

Nicole Zea - Saint Gobain Superabrasives in Worcester

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