There appears to be no shortage of outstanding young professionals in Connecticut, as a glimpse at business publications this month clearly shows. Hartford Business Journal has named “the 40 best young professionals in Greater Hartford,” and Fairfield County Business Journal has honored its top choices, with their annual 40 Under 40 Awards recognizing emerging business leaders. Candidates are judged on their contributions to their specific industry or the position of authority they have achieved in their career. Leaders in business and non-profits of all sizes and industries were considered, according to the publication.
HBJ Managing Editor Brad Kane explains that “HBJ’s 40 Under Forty awards identifies young leaders who have already had success but who also have the potential to lead the professional world of tomorrow. These individuals want to lead both in the board room and in life.”
The Fairfield County Business Journal’s 11th annual event, held recently, honored 40 people working in industries including law, real estate, medicine, nonprofits and others in Fairfield County. More than 300 people attended the event at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling congratulated the Fairfield County group at the awards ceremony, “You’re the rising stars of Connecticut, and we thank you for what you do,” Rilling said.
Hartford Business Journal reveals its selections from a sizable pool of candidates in the current issue, and will present its awards at an event to be held at the CT Convention Center in Hartford on September 30.
Fairfield County 40 Under 40, as published by the Fairfield County Business Journal:
Joshua Aferzon, CEO, Orthozon Technologies
Megan Baroni, counsel, Robinson & Cole LLP
Eliot Bassin, partner, Bregman & Company PC
Assaf Z. Ben-Atar, associate counsel, Pullman & Comley LLC
Kelly Berwick, deputy assistant public defender, Division of Public Defender Services
Paul A. Bonomo, CFO and COO, Cannondale Generators Inc.
Peter M. Bryniczka, partner, Schoonmaker, George & Blomberg PC
James Calkins, executive chef and owner, Seasonal Sweets & Catering
Anthony A. Carpentieri, private wealth manager, Private Banking & Investment Group at Merrill Lynch
Nate Checketts, co-founder, Rhone Apparel
Joseph Cichowski, vice president of sales and marketing, Ash Creek Enterprises Inc.
Mario F. Coppola, Esq., partner and corporation counsel for the city of Norwalk, Berchem, Moses & Devlin PC
Jessica Curtis, senior managing director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Sergio DaSilveira, vice president, banking center manager, Webster Bank
Lara Devgan, plastic surgeon, Greenwich Hospital
Steven Fusco, sales consultant, Paychex Inc.
Emily Goldschmid, clinical director of children’s services, Kids in Crisis
Nicole Licata Grant, economic development specialist, UIL Holdings Corporation
Benjamin Healey, associate director, clean energy finance, Connecticut Green Bank
Jason Jaronko, senior program director, Westport Weston Family YMCA
Sean Keating, senior manager, McGladrey LLP
Bryan J. Kelsey, vice president, senior market manager, People’s United Bank
Christiane Kinseley, licensed clinical social worker, A Whole Recovery LLC
John Lim, CEO, Life in Mobile
Patrick B. McKiernan, account executive, Abercrombie Burns McKiernan & Company Insurance Inc.
Katrina V. Melei, bariatric surgery program coordinator, Greenwich Hospital
Kathryn Scheinberg Meyer, staff attorney, education success project, Center for Children’s Advocacy
Nick Nguyen, portfolio manager, Cambridge Hanover
Carrie O’Connell, director of employment services, day services and transportation, Ability Beyond
Thomas P. O’Connor, partner, Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan LLC
Douglas Polistena, general manager, Amber Room Colonnade
David Sansone Jr., project manager, A.P. Construction
Paul Santos, director, information technology and operations, The Center for Family Justice Inc.
Lindsay Clauss Sheehy, sales associate, Houlihan Lawrence
Alison Smith, housekeeper, global messenger, Stern Village, The Kennedy Center, Special Olympics
Dave Stambone, vice president, senior mortgage banker, Total Mortgage Services LLC
Laurie Stefanowicz, vice president, managing partner, Catamount Wealth Management
Jamie Toole, general manager, Bridgeport Bluefish Professional Baseball
Kristen L. Zaehringer, attorney, Murtha Cullina LLP