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The Power 50 for 2022

Photo | Matt Wright Jim Chacharone, president of Chacharone Properties; and Kimberly Salmon, president of the Hanover Insurance Group Foundation, two members of the 2022 Power 50.

Each year, the WBJ Editorial staff undertakes the impossible task of deciding who are the 50 most influential people in the Central Massachusetts economy for the past 12 months. We spend more collective time working on this print edition than we do any other throughout the year. At one point for this 2022 Power 50 list, we had 1,100 different professionals under consideration.A fter five months of proposals, evaluations, vetting, counter proposals, and re-evaluations, the 50 profiles you read below are about the most influential professionals in the Central Massachusetts business community.

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  • Kimberly Golinski
    Kimberly Golinski
    President & general manager at Wormtown Brewery LLC, in Worcester
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  • Ralph Crowley Jr.
    Ralph Crowley Jr.
    President & CEO at Polar Beverages, in Worcester
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  • Aimee Peacock
    Aimee Peacock
    President at FLEXcon North America, in Spencer
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  • Ulysses Youngblood
    Ulysses Youngblood
    President of Major Bloom in Worcester and adjunct professor at Clark University
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  • Stephen MacMillan
    Stephen MacMillan
    President & CEO of Hologic, Inc., in Marlborough
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  • Damien Goudreau, Nate Lanier, and Dean Rohan
    Damien Goudreau, Nate Lanier, and Dean Rohan
    Co-founders & owners of Tree House Brewing Co., in Charlton
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Higher education

  • Vincent Rougeau
    Vincent Rougeau
    President of College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester
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  • Dr. Shlomit Schaal
    Dr. Shlomit Schaal
    President of UMass Memorial Medical Group, in Worcester
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  • David Fithian
    David Fithian
    President of Clark University, in Worcester
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  • Luis Pedraja
    Luis Pedraja
    President of Quinsigamond Community College, in Worcester
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  • Dr. Michael Collins,
    Dr. Michael Collins,
    Chancellor at UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester
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Money & Influence

  • Kimberly Salmon
    Kimberly Salmon
    Assistant vice president of community relations for Hanover Insurance Group in Worcester; and president of The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation
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  • John & Jeanne Esler
    John & Jeanne Esler
    Co-founders of the Esler Family Foundation, in Worcester
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  • Michael Angelini
    Michael Angelini
    Chairman of Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, in Worcester
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  • Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham
    Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham
    Founder & CEO of Promoting Good, in Upton
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  • Edwin Shea
    Edwin Shea
    President of Bank of America Central Massachusetts
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  • Michael Welch
    Michael Welch
    CEO of UniBank, in Whitinsville
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  • Bob Mumgaard
    Bob Mumgaard
    CEO of Commonwealth Fusion Systems, in Devens
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  • Christopher Roy
    Christopher Roy
    General manager of Shrewsbury Electric & Cable Operations
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  • Udit Batra
    Udit Batra
    President & CEO of Waters Corp., in Milford
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  • Lila Snyder
    Lila Snyder
    CEO of Bose Corp., in Framingham
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  • Jon Weaver
    Jon Weaver
    President & CEO of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, in Worcester
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  • Michael O’Kronley
    Michael O’Kronley
    CEO & director of Ascend Elements, Inc., in Westborough
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Health care

  • Edward Kelly
    Edward Kelly
    President & CEO of Milford Regional Medical Center
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  • Dr. Matilde Castiel
    Dr. Matilde Castiel
    Commissioner of health and human services at the City of Worcester
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  • Carolyn Jackson
    Carolyn Jackson
    CEO of Saint Vincent Hospital, in Worcester
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  • Dr. Eric Dickson
    Dr. Eric Dickson
    President & CEO of UMass Memorial Health, in Worcester
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  • Odile Smith
    Odile Smith
    Vice president and Devens site head for Bristol Myers Squibb, in Devens
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Real Estate

  • Jim Chacharone
    Jim Chacharone
    President of Chacharone Properties, in Worcester
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  • Kaska Yawo
    Kaska Yawo
    Co-founder & executive director of African Community Education, in Worcester
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  • Anthony Consigli
    Anthony Consigli
    CEO of Consigli Building Group, in Milford
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  • Charles Norton
    Charles Norton
    Managing director of Franklin Realty Advisors LLC, in Wellesley
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  • Denis Dowdle
    Denis Dowdle
    President of Madison Properties, in Boston
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Arts & Culture

  • Olivia Scanlon
    Olivia Scanlon
    Managing director of the BrickBox Theater at the Jean McDonough Arts Center, in Worcester
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  • Larry Lucchino
    Larry Lucchino
    Chairman & principal owner of the Worcester Red Sox
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  • Weidong Wang
    Weidong Wang
    Owner & entrepreneur of Baba Sushi, in Worcester, Bristol, Sturbridge & Bolton; Great Meadowbrook Farm, in Hardwick
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  • Grace Lam
    Grace Lam
    Owner of Fivefork Farms, in Upton
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  • Cliff Rucker
    Cliff Rucker
    Owner of Worcester Railers Hockey Club, the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center, Off the Rails, The Palladium, The District Wood Fired Kitchen
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  • Troy Siebels
    Troy Siebels
    President & CEO of The Hanover Theatre & Conservatory for the Performing Arts, in Worcester
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Community Development

  • Bill Shaner
    Bill Shaner
    Independent journalist who runs Worcester Sucks and I Love It
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  • Timothy Murray
    Timothy Murray
    President & CEO of Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
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  • Roy Nascimento
    Roy Nascimento
    President & CEO of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, in Fitchburg
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  • Richard Lapidus
    Richard Lapidus
    President of Fitchburg State University
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  • Ivette Olmeda
    Ivette Olmeda
    Transformative Development Initiative fellow for MassDevelopment
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  • Anh Vu Sawyer
    Anh Vu Sawyer
    Executive director of Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, in Worcester
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  • David Jordan
    David Jordan
    President of Seven Hills Foundation, in Worcester; and social entrepreneur-in-residence & adjunct professor at Clark University
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  • Ronald Waddell Jr.
    Ronald Waddell Jr.
    Executive director of Legendary Legacies Inc., in Worcester
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  • Angela Bovill
    Angela Bovill
    President & CEO of Ascentria Care Alliance, in Worcester
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  • Liz Hamilton
    Liz Hamilton
    Executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
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  • Tim Garvin
    Tim Garvin
    President & CEO of the United Way of Central Massachusetts, in Worcester
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