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July 25, 2016 40 Under Forty 2016

Art Linares

Art Linares, Greenskies Renewable Energy Art Linares, Greenskies Renewable Energy; State Senate
Sen.Art Linares talks to constituents.
In addition to his work at Greenskies Renewable Energy, Art Linares is the youngest senator in the General Assembly.

Age: 27

Company: Greenskies Renewable Energy; State Senate

Title: Owner and Co-founder; State Senator

Town where I live: Westbrook

Town where I work: Middletown and Hartford

College: The University Of Tampa


What do you do and what are your goals in your current job? My goals are to make Greenskies the best place in America to work, and become the No. 1 commercial and industry solar developer in the world.

What are your goals for your community involvement? I would like to help mentor a young entrepreneur in getting their business off the ground and growing in Connecticut, and use whatever profits derive from that venture to donate to the community and nonprofit agencies.

What's your biggest passion? My biggest passion is building my business to take advantage of the opportunities ahead for solar energy development. As a state senator, my passion is getting our state's fiscal house in order and passing pro-growth economic policies.

What are your future aspirations? You'll have to wait and see!

What needs to happen for Hartford to become a more vibrant city where people work, live and play? In order for Hartford and Connecticut to become a place where Millennials want to live and work, we need to attract the companies that will drive the industries of the future. Big data, clean tech, cyber security, robotics and genomics will drive growth in our globalized world, and Connecticut needs to be home to those innovative companies and industries.

List four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

  1. I co-founded a top-five solar development company.
  2. I am the youngest state senator in Connecticut.
  3. I am an avid volunteer and supporter of various charities.
  4. I am committed to the future of Connecticut.

Time Tested:

What personal possession in your life has withstood the test of time? A statue of Jesus Christ my family hid from Castro in Cuba and brought to America. We still have it today, at my uncle's house.

What hobby did you develop at a young age that you still enjoy today? Reading and exercise

Twenty years ago, what did you envision as your future profession? NBA basketball player

Who do you consider your mentor? My father, Art Linares Sr.

See the complete list of Forty Under 40 Winners for 2016! 

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