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2018 40 Under Forty Awards Honorees

Every year for the last 22 years, Hartford Business Journal, with the help of our independent judges, has selected 40 of the top up-and-coming young professionals who are leading their respective organizations.

This year we received 164 nominations. Narrowing down the list to 40 deserving winners was a difficult task. More importantly, our winners provide evidence that our region has a vast young talent pool. As a state, we must do everything in our power to keep them here.

They represent the promising future of our city, region and state.

We also must heed their advice on how to attract more like-minded people to the region.

Our 2018 winners hail from the private, public and nonprofit sectors and from organizations both small and large.


Meet the 2018 40 Under Forty Honorees

  • Eric Amodio
    Eric Amodio
    Managing Partner, Amodio & Co Real Estate
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  • William Bussey
    William Bussey
    Director of Operations, Triple Helix Corporation
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  • Jason Cabral
    Jason Cabral
    Regional Transmission & Distribution Manager, Burns & McDonnell
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  • Matt Chesky
    Matt Chesky
    Chief Operating Officer, Insuritas
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  • Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson
    Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson
    Partner, Robinson + Cole
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  • Joseph Connerton
    Joseph Connerton
    PGA Head Professional, The Hartford Golf Club
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  • Kathleen M. Coss
    Kathleen M. Coss
    Attorney, Kroll McNamara Evans & Delehanty
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  • Eric Cushman
    Eric Cushman
    Senior Project Executive, Gilbane Building Company
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  • Christopher Cykley
    Christopher Cykley
    Vice President, Construction Solutions Group LLC
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  • Dr. Ashley G. Dorin
    Dr. Ashley G. Dorin
    Medical Director, The Village for Families & Children
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  • Kate C. Farrar
    Kate C. Farrar
    Executive Director, Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund
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  • Nicole Feeney
    Nicole Feeney
    Director of AT Services, The NEAT Center at Oak Hill
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  • Morgan Sones Ferrarotti
    Morgan Sones Ferrarotti
    Senior Director, Integrated Marketing, MassMutual
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  • Sarah Gallardo
    Sarah Gallardo
    Founder & Executive Director, Sarah Speaks Up
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  • Megan Rees Gavin
    Megan Rees Gavin
    Sr. Monitoring Specialist and Evaluation Specialist
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  • Michael Guidicelli
    Michael Guidicelli
    Owner, Regions Real Estate Advisors
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  • Meghan M. Hanrahan
    Meghan M. Hanrahan
    Director, MS in Business Analytics and Project Management Program, UCONN, School of Business
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  • Emily Hultquist
    Emily Hultquist
    Principal Planner & Policy Analyst
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  • Ibrahim Ibrahim
    Ibrahim Ibrahim
    Operations Manager, Lynn Welding Co.
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  • Luis A. Valdez-Jimenez
    Luis A. Valdez-Jimenez
    Supply Chain Contracts Specialist, UTC Aerospace Systems
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  • Nisha Kapur
    Nisha Kapur
    Associate, Murtha Cullina LLP
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  • Ali Lazowski
    Ali Lazowski
    Founder and CEO, Bare Life
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  • Mae Maloney
    Mae Maloney
    Program Director, Leadership Greater Hartford
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  • Ryan Martin
    Ryan Martin
    President, Ryan Martin Foundation
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  • Jillian B. Mayer
    Jillian B. Mayer
    CEO, Bead Industries Inc.
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  • Jenna McClure
    Jenna McClure
    Senior Associate, Senior Project Manager, Amenta Emma Architects
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  • Guilaine Menefee
    Guilaine Menefee
    CEO, President, Menefee Associates Consulting LLC; Your Fitness Network
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  • Kara Mitchell
    Kara Mitchell
    Principal, Client Service, Mintz + Hoke
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  • Dr. Nathan Nartey
    Dr. Nathan Nartey
    Medical Director Medical Rehab Unit, Hospital for Special Care
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  • Monica Obrebski
    Monica Obrebski
    Director of External Relations, Foodshare
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  • R. Bradford Oneglia
    R. Bradford Oneglia
    Vice President, O&G Industries Inc.
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  • Brad Palazzo
    Brad Palazzo
    Director, Community Impact, Comcast
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  • Mahesh Puthenveetil
    Mahesh Puthenveetil
    Senior Director, Enterprise Execution, Anthem Inc.
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  • Philip Rigueur
    Philip Rigueur
    Head of Sales Effectiveness & Distribution — Transformative Markets, Aetna Inc.
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  • William J. Roberts
    William J. Roberts
    Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLP
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  • John F. Rossi
    John F. Rossi
    VP, Operational Integration, Hartford HealthCare
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  • Veronica Yvette Ruiz
    Veronica Yvette Ruiz
    Program Director, Capital City Education Alliance
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  • Andrew Salak
    Andrew Salak
    Associate Director, Fiduciary Investment Advisors
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  • Brendan J. Sullivan
    Brendan J. Sullivan
    Funeral Director, Embalmer, Farley-Sullivan Funeral Homes
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  • Alicia Woodsby
    Alicia Woodsby
    Executive Director, Partnership for Strong Communities
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