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August 20, 2018 Class of 2018

40 Under Forty: Sam Bitar, 36

Photo | Erika Sidor Winners of the WBJ 2018 40 Under Forty award (from left): Danielle Clark, Ursula Furi-Perry, Sam Bitar, Brian Lemerise.

Vice president & business systems manager

Webster Five, Auburn

Lives: Charlton

Birthplace: Worcester

Colleges: Assumption College, Clark University

Bitar started as a Webster Five teller 17 years ago, and now he holds one of the highest positions at the bank. To do so, he worked tirelessly to further his education. He took night classes at Assumption College up to four nights per week year-round for four years. He only paused classes for one semester to get married. He worked his way up the ranks with the bank, until achieving his current position in 2017, where he's improved efficiencies, including managing the bank's software applications. Bitar volunteers as executive director of the Webster Five Foundation, which has made $1 million in charitable contributions during his tenure. He serves as the board president of the Central Mass. Housing Alliance, a member-at-large for the Charlton PTO and Dudley-Charlton Regional School District Special Education Advisory Council. Bitar is a member of the endowment committee of St. George Orthodox Cathedral and a corporator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass./MetroWest. He's previously volunteered for the United Way of Central Mass. and Tri-Valley Elder Services. He served a three-year term on the Oxford School Committee.

From 40 Under Forty judge Kate Sharry: “In addition to rocking it in the world of finance, Sam is very deeply rooted in his community and is making a difference everywhere he goes.”

What are you most proud of? Personally, my children. Professionally, serving in a leadership role at Webster Five.

Which TV character is most like you? Superman or Steve Urkel because I enjoy helping others and think I am made of steel, but I am actually a klutz and geek at heart!

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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