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July 25, 2016 40 Under Forty 2016

Shaping Greater Hartford's future

Young leaders are the future of Hartford and the state of Connecticut.

Yes, it's a cliché, but the truth behind that statement will be even more self-evident in the pages that follow, as Hartford Business Journal highlights our 40 Under Forty class of 2016.

This year's class is particularly special not only because of what they have achieved in their careers and given back to the community, but also because we are celebrating our 20th annual 40 Under Forty awards.

The occasion is prompting us to look back at some of our past winners and, more importantly, look ahead to our current class and their perspectives on how to shape a more vibrant and prosperous region. They've each shared their insights on how to make the Capital City a better place to live, work and play, for all residents and visitors.

Our theme this year is “standing the test of time,” which our 40 Under Forty awards have done over the last two decades. Our annual awards issue and event have evolved and grown into a popular celebration drawing young leaders and entrepreneurs from across the region.

This year may be one of our most diverse classes ever, both in terms of our winners' backgrounds and their careers and journeys to early success.

We've got several entrepreneurs who didn't graduate or attend college, but run successful, growing small businesses. We've got lawyers, city officials, media and nonprofit executives and even military war heroes. They work in diverse industries ranging from education, automotive, steel and health care to financial and food services and renewable energy. The nonprofit sector is also well represented.

Their stories and talents are inspiring, offering the city and state hope that better days lie ahead.

Our winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges, who also happen to be past 40 Under Forty winners. They were asked to identify outstanding young professionals in the Greater Hartford area who are excelling in their industries through leadership roles. We thank our judges for their help and you can learn more about them here.

Finally, we ask that you join us in congratulating this exceptional group of young professionals and help us celebrate their accomplishments. We'll be holding our annual 40 Under Forty bash Sept. 14, 2016, at the Connecticut Convention Center. It's going to be a black tie and blue jeans affair and we're inviting all past winners to attend.

We hope to see you there.

– Greg Bordonaro, Editor

Hartford Business Journal

Hartford's A-Team: Celebrating our 20th annual 40 Under Forty

Meet the Forty Under 40 Winners for 2016

Elizabeth Ahlstrand, Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP

Dave Ambrose, Hartford City Mission

Brian American, Team Link Martial Arts

Mehmet Bakkaloglu, OFI

Charles Kenneth Botts III, CareerTeam, LLC

Justin Carbonella, City of Middletown

Isabel Ceballos, Horizons at The Ethel Walker School

Kimberly Chamberlain, Wells Fargo & Co.

Thomas J. "TJ" Clarke II, City of Hartford

Matt Conway, CareCentrix, RiseUP

Rebecca Kennedy Corbin Loree, Corbin Perception

Keith Corneau, United Steel, Inc.

David Daye, CREC

Laura Dinan Haber, MetroHartford Alliance

Michael Fitzpatrick, Connecticut Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America

Derrick Gibbs Jr., Change Inc.

Jonathan Gineo, Nutmeg Property Group

Kathryn Gonnerman, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, Inc.

Tyron Harris, ADP

Kate Hayden, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

Matthew Hoffman, Hoffman Auto Group

Aaron Isaacs, Goodwin College

Mitch Jackson, United Health Group; Northeast Payments

David Jorgensen, Morgan Stanley

Joel Kalinowski, Blatant Expressions

Scott Kluger, Hartford Baking Company

Karrie Kratz, Gilbane Building Company

Trudi Lebron, ScriptFlip!

Art Linares, Greenskies Renewable Energy

Ryan Matthews, Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters

Matthew Necci, Halloran & Sage LLP

Ryan O'Halloran, KNOX Inc.

Manny Rivera III, MD Tech Team

Andre Santiago, Leadership Greater Hartford

Liz Schmitt, Miss Porter's School

Ashley Stone, Beauty Entourage

Adam von Gootkin, Onyx Spirits Company

Devaughn Ward, City of Hartford

Liz White Notarangelo, Record-Journal

Amanda Kathleen Young, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

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