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August 20, 2018 Class of 2018

40 Under Forty: Ryan Matson, 32

Photo | Erika Sidor Winners of the WBJ 2018 40 Under Forty (left to right): Nicholas Pelletier, Erica Grinkis, Allison Beckler and Ryan Matson.

Employee benefits consultant

Small Business Insurance Agency, Worcester

Lives: Worcester

Birthplace: Worcester

College: Assumption College

This year, Matson won the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Advocate Award, memorializing his efforts as a community champion, expert network builder and visionary for the next generation of the Central Massachusetts economy. For eight years, Matson worked in sales at office supply company W.B. Mason, hitting $3 million in sales during his final year. Matson joined SBIA in the past year, obtaining his broker license to sell insurance. While building his book of business and relying on his extensive network of contacts made over the years, Matson encourages clients to pursue other affiliations, landing SBIA partnerships with the likes of Shrewsbury-based Provo Financial Services. He is the cofounder of the Paulsens Putt Against Parkinson's Disease golf tournament – named after his grandfather Bob Paulson, Sr. – which has raised more than $50,000 in two years for the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Parkinson's research programs at UMass Medical School. The Worcester chamber's ambassador group has more than doubled in size since Matson took over as chairman. He is a board member of the Girl Scouts of Western and Central Massachusetts and for the Canal Diggers 5K Road Race, which raises money for St. John's Church and the Hibernian Cultural Centre. Matson volunteered as head football coach for Millbury High School and the defensive back coach for Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

From 40 Under Forty judge Michael Arnum: “Ryan is the ideal ambassador for Worcester, working not only to improve his own life, but using his skills to be an advocate for the community.”

What will the statue they build of you say? Every man has the same potential to succeed. It is your determination and confidence in yourself that dictates whether or not you will.

What TV character is most like you? Eddie Haskell from “Leave It To Beaver” as the neighborhood women called me.

Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty

Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance

Che Anderson - City of Worcester

Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.

Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.

Sam Bitar - Webster Five

Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP

Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives

Derek Canton - paerpay

Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.

Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics

Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching

Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm

Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting

Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.

Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning

Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College

Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering

David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care

Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank

Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill

Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.

Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority

Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp

Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions

Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants

Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank

Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.

Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective

Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester

Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency

Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP

Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities

Jessica Morris - MCPHS University

Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)

Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central

Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.

Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System

Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.

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