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The Power 50, Class of 2020

PHOTO | MATT WRIGHT Monica M. Thomas-Bonnick, a member of the WBJ Power 50, Class of 2020

It’s not about having power. It’s about using it.

WBJ’s annual Power 50 issue gives us an opportunity to really examine who wields influence in the Central Massachusetts economy, understand who is making power moves and their reasoning for doing so. Back in 2018 when the Power Players feature expanded to 50, we made the conscious decision to look beyond who held the most power in the region. If we hadn’t made the change, the list simply would be the 50 people in charge of the 50 largest organizations in Central Mass. and wouldn’t change much each year. Instead, by understanding who is exerting their influence, we can see how the region is being shaped now and for the future.

This year's Power 50 is detailed below.

- Brad Kane, editor

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Health & Education

  • Kola A. Akindele
    Kola A. Akindele
    Assistant vice chancellor for city & community relations, UMass Medical School
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  • Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J.
    Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J.
    President, College of the Holy Cross
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  • Michael F. Collins, MD
    Michael F. Collins, MD
    Chancellor, UMass Medical School
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  • Eric W. Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP
    Eric W. Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP
    President & CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care
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  • Michelle Jones-Johnson
    Michelle Jones-Johnson
    Vice president for talent & inclusion at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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  • Laurie Leshin
    Laurie Leshin
    President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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  • Dr. Karen Munkacy, MD
    Dr. Karen Munkacy, MD
    President & CEO, Garden Remedies, Inc.
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  • Dr. Luis G. Pedraja
    Dr. Luis G. Pedraja
    President, Quinsigamond Community College
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Real Estate & Development

  • Denis P. Dowdle
    Denis P. Dowdle
    President, Madison Properties
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  • Allen W. Fletcher
    Allen W. Fletcher
    President, Worcester Public Market, Inc. and Harding Green LLC
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  • David Fontaine Jr.
    David Fontaine Jr.
    Vice president, Fontaine Bros., Inc.
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  • Kathryn Krock
    Kathryn Krock
    Managing member, Central Building Development Group
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  • Charles F. "Chip" Norton
    Charles F. "Chip" Norton
    President and owner, Franklin Realty Advisors
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  • James G. Umphrey
    James G. Umphrey
    President, Kelleher & Sadowsky Associates, Inc.
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Hospitality & Culture

  • Amy Lynn Chase
    Amy Lynn Chase
    Owner & founder - Crompton Collective, the Haberdash, the White Room & Canal District Farmers Market
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  • Marieke Cormier
    Marieke Cormier
    Owner, Roots Natural Foods Market. Kitchen+Juice Bar
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  • Juliet Feibel
    Juliet Feibel
    Executive director, ArtsWorcester
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  • Christian McMahan
    Christian McMahan
    President, Wachusett Brewing Co.
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  • Dan Rea III
    Dan Rea III
    Executive vice president for real estate development & business affairs, Worcester Red Sox
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  • Cliff Rucker
    Cliff Rucker
    Owner, Worcester Railers Hockey Club & Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center
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  • Brian Treitman & William "Billy" Nemeroff
    Brian Treitman & William "Billy" Nemeroff
    Owners, Soul Food Hospitality & B.T.'s Fried Chicken and BBQ
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Banking & Finance

  • Monica M. Thomas-Bonnick
    Monica M. Thomas-Bonnick
    Executive director, Webster Five Foundation
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  • Diane M. Giampa
    Diane M. Giampa
    Senior vice president, Bay State Savings Bank
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  • Barbara G. Fields & Carolyn J. Stempler
    Barbara G. Fields & Carolyn J. Stempler
    President & board chair, Greater Worcester Community Foundation
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  • Edward F. Manzi, Jr.
    Edward F. Manzi, Jr.
    Chairman and CEO, Fidelity Bank
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  • John C. "Jack" Roche
    John C. "Jack" Roche
    President & CEO, Hanover Insurance Group Inc.
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  • Bonnie Sullivan
    Bonnie Sullivan
    Vice president, Middlesex Savings Bank
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  • Christine Cassidy
    Christine Cassidy
    Chief communications officer, Fallon Health
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  • Linda Cavaioli
    Linda Cavaioli
    Executive director, YWCA Central Massachusetts
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  • Pattie Hallberg
    Pattie Hallberg
    CEO, Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts
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  • David A. Jordan, DHA
    David A. Jordan, DHA
    President, Seven Hills Foundation & Affiliates
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  • AiVi Nguyen
    AiVi Nguyen
    Partner, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
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  • Vincent Strully
    Vincent Strully
    Founder & CEO, New England Center for Children
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  • Anh Vu Sawyer
    Anh Vu Sawyer
    Executive director, Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts
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Connectors & Influencers

  • Mike Angelini
    Mike Angelini
    Chairman, Bowditch & Dewey
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  • Peo Nathan
    Peo Nathan
    President & CEO of Computervault, Inc.
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  • Meredith Harris
    Meredith Harris
    Executive director of the Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
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  • Ernie Herrman
    Ernie Herrman
    President & CEO of The TJX Cos., Inc.
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  • Edward M. Augustus Jr.
    Edward M. Augustus Jr.
    Worcester city manager
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  • Rachel Lopez
    Rachel Lopez
    President of Resource Management Inc.
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  • Sue Mailman
    Sue Mailman
    Owner of Coghlin Electrical Contractors
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  • Timothy P. Murray
    Timothy P. Murray
    President & CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
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  • Ralph D. Crowley Jr.
    Ralph D. Crowley Jr.
    President & CEO of Polar Beverages
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  • Shantanu Gaur
    Shantanu Gaur
    Co-founder & CEO of Allurion
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  • Stephen MacMillan
    Stephen MacMillan
    Chairman, president & CEO of Hologic
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  • Michael F. Mahoney
    Michael F. Mahoney
    Chairman & CEO of Boston Scientific
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  • Paul Sellew
    Paul Sellew
    President & CEO of Little Leaf Farms, LLC
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  • Jon Weaver
    Jon Weaver
    President & CEO of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives
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  • Shacey Petrovic
    Shacey Petrovic
    Director, president & CEO of Insulet Corp.
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  • Lavon R. Winkler
    Lavon R. Winkler
    CEO of FLEXcon
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