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40 Under Forty Class of 2019

Photo | Erika Sidor The Worcester Business Journal 40 Under Forty Class of 2019

Since 2000, Worcester Business Journal has honored 800 young professionals with its most popular award.

That’s 800 people who started off strong and have further ingrained themselves in the Central Massachusetts economy and beyond, some reaching far off lands, like Houston and Michigan. You have a former lieutenant governor, dozens of CEOs, nonprofit executive directors, entrepreneurs and one three-time world champion boxer.

This year’s 40 Under Forty class represents another deepening of the alumni talent pool. Winners and alumni. The 40 Under Forty honorees over the years stand proud, with an endless list of accomplishments, collectively remaking the Central Mass. economy in their own image.

- Brad Kane, editor

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Meet the 40 Under Forty Class of 2019

  • Dani Babineau
    Dani Babineau
    CEO & co-founder, Redemption Rock Brewing Co., Worcester
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  • Sarah Baldiga
    Sarah Baldiga
    Co-founder & executive director, Rise Above Foundation, Hopkinton
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  • Eric D. Batista
    Eric D. Batista
    Director, Office of Urban Innovation, City of Worcester
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  • Julia Becker Collins
    Julia Becker Collins
    Chief operating officer, Vision Advertising, Westborough
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  • Nicole Bell
    Nicole Bell
    CEO, Living In Freedom Together, Inc., Worcester
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  • Julie Bowditch
    Julie Bowditch
    Advancement officer, community fundraising, UMass Medical School & UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester
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  • Charlotte Bradrick
    Charlotte Bradrick
    Owner, Eventive, Auburn
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  • Emrah Ercan Cakir
    Emrah Ercan Cakir
    Director, information management & analytics, Fallon Health, Worcester
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  • Mike Ciprari
    Mike Ciprari
    Co-founder, SJC Custom Drums, Southbridge
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  • Lismarie Collazo
    Lismarie Collazo
    Director of marketing & community outreach, Southbridge Credit Union, Sturbridge
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  • Joshua Croke
    Joshua Croke
    Founder, Action! by Design, Worcester; President & co-founder, Love Your Labels, Worcester
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  • Julie Davenport
    Julie Davenport
    Construction project manager, Cutler Associates, Inc., Worcester
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  • LIsa A. Drexhage
    LIsa A. Drexhage
    Project manager, Worcester Business Development Corp.
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  • Daniel Estevez
    Daniel Estevez
    Owner & co-founder, Families Together Adult Day Health Care & Synergy Wellness Center, Leicester
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  • Ricky Gala
    Ricky Gala
    Project manager, Consigli Construction Co., Inc., Worcester
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  • Patrick D. Hare
    Patrick D. Hare
    Staff associate & assistant for government & community affairs, Worcester State University
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  • Thomas M. Hoffey, Jr.
    Thomas M. Hoffey, Jr.
    Supervising attorney, MAPFRE Insurance, Westborough
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  • Justin Jarboe
    Justin Jarboe
    Visionary & CEO, The Jarboe Group Real Estate Team & The Jarboe Foundation, Inc., Worcester
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  • Nadja Johnson, Ph.D.
    Nadja Johnson, Ph.D.
    Senior associate dean of the college, Clark University, Worcester
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  • Dr. Shirley D. Konneh, Ph.D., MBA
    Dr. Shirley D. Konneh, Ph.D., MBA
    Assistant director, Center for Career Development, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester
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  • Orieta Kristo
    Orieta Kristo
    Founder & CEO, Horizon Insurance Inc., Worcester
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  • Kristie Lee Laskes
    Kristie Lee Laskes
    Owner & esthetician, Nkd Waxing, Lashes & Makeup Corp., Worcester
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  • Rex Macapinlac
    Rex Macapinlac
    Marketing officer Bay State Savings Bank, Worcester
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  • Mackenzie May
    Mackenzie May
    Executive director, Central Mass Grown, Worcester
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  • Steven C. Meyer, Ed.D.
    Steven C. Meyer, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of schools, Clinton Public Schools
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  • Danielle O’Connell
    Danielle O’Connell
    Dean of admissions, Becker College, Worcester
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  • Carolyn J. Perla
    Carolyn J. Perla
    Vice president of retail banking, IC Federal Credit Union, Fitchburg
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  • Stephanie Ramey
    Stephanie Ramey
    Executive director, Discover Central Massachusetts, Worcester
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  • Daniel Rea III
    Daniel Rea III
    Executive vice president/real estate development & business affairs, The Worcester Red Sox, Worcester & Pawtucket, R.I.
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  • Jessica Rubinow
    Jessica Rubinow
    Senior manager, Ernst & Young (EY), Worcester
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  • Sonia Sharma
    Sonia Sharma
    Social impact, campaigns manager, Dell Technologies, Hopkinton
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  • Daniel Stanhope
    Daniel Stanhope
    Partner, AAFCPAs, Westborough
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  • Erica Stritch Schultz
    Erica Stritch Schultz
    Owner & vice president, RAIN Group, Framingham
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  • Ted Strzelecki
    Ted Strzelecki
    Chairman & CEO, Solar Wolf Energy Inc., Douglas
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  • Jeff Taylor
    Jeff Taylor
    General manager, ERA Key Realty Services, Whitinsville
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  • Gilmarie Antoniette Vongphakdy
    Gilmarie Antoniette Vongphakdy
    Coordinator of the Future Focus Program and adjunct faculty, Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester
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  • Casey L. Wall
    Casey L. Wall
    Assistant dean of students & director of residential services, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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  • Jon Weaver
    Jon Weaver
    President & CEO, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, Worcester
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  • Kara Wiersma
    Kara Wiersma
    Vice president, learning & development manager, Fidelity Bank, Leominster
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  • Anna K. Zheng, MD
    Anna K. Zheng, MD
    Physician coordinator for perinatal services & family physician, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Worcester
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