2016 20 Under 40 award winners announced


Nearly three months ago, NNY Business magazine asked the community to nominate emerging leaders under the age of 40 who are making an impact as rising stars in their professions and communities.

Today, we are excited to announce the sixth class of the NNY Business 20 Under 40 program, which garnered nearly 100 nominations for 62 nominees reflecting the region’s depth of developing and retaining young talent.

“This year’s class represents an impressive and diverse group of men and women who are an undeniable asset to the north country as they help chart the region’s future,” said Kenneth J. Eysaman, editor of NNY Magazines.

We share the full list today and invite community members to attend a celebration luncheon presented in partnership with The Morgia Group at HighTower Advisors at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Watertown, where we’ll introduce the class to the community. Tickets are $22 pre-pay by Nov. 28 and $25 after, and are available online at nnybizmag.com. Corporate tables of eight and 10 are available for $225 and $275, respectively, and may be reserved online. Ruth A. Doyle, St. Lawrence County administrator, will deliver the keynote address.

Complete profiles and photos of selectees will be published in the December issue of NNY Business, which we will unveil at the luncheon Dec. 7.

A nine-member selection committee with representatives from Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties vetted nominations, weighing the community service, professional achievements and leadership attributes of each nominee.

This year’s selection committee was John B. Johnson, CEO of Johnson Newspaper Corp. and co-publisher of NNY Business; Kenneth J. Eysaman, editor of NNY Magazines; Holly C. Boname, NNY Magazines associate; Brenda L. LaBrake, general manager of Northern New York Newspaper Corp. and Malone Newspaper Corp.; Jeremiah S. Papineau, managing editor of the Lowville Journal and Republican, Carthage Republican Tribune and South Jeff Journal; Jerry Moore, editorial page editor of the Watertown Daily Times; Beth Hornbarger, former advertising account executive, Northern New York Newspaper Corp.; Michelle L. Capone, director of regional development for the Development Authority of the North Country and Timothy P. Sweeney, general manager for Tunes 92.5/104.5 FM WBLH Radio and a member of NNY Business magazine’s 20 Under 40 Class of 2012.

NNY Business magazine’s 20 Under 40 Class of 2016:

  • David Adsit, 38, director of pharmacy operations, Kinney Drugs 
  • Jennifer Barlow, 35, director of integrated services, Children’s home of Jefferson County
  • Todd Burker, 36, social studies instructor, Carthage High School
  • AmberLee Clement, 32, employment readiness community educator, Army Community Service — Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Shawna Cutuli, 39, senior program director, Watertown Family YMCA
  • Daniel Daugherty, 33, firefighter, City of Watertown
  • Rebekah Grim, 26, communications specialist, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES
  • Kyle Hayes, 29, co-owner and managing partner, Gram’s Diner
  • Emily Herman, 24, manager, The Scrub Hub
  • Nathan Hunter, 36, senior vice president and CFO, Northern Credit Union
  • Erica Leonard, 36, general manager, University Suites
  • Dr. Matthew Maynard, 31, emergency physician, North Country Emergency Medicine Consultants and medical director, Jefferson County EMS
  • Ashley Meade, 32, branch administration specialist, Community Bank, N.A.
  • Jake Moser, 38, carpenter and maple producer, Moser’s Maple
  • Sarah Parker Ada, 29, English instructor, Indian River High School
  • Korin Scheible, 39, executive director, Mental Health Association of Jefferson County
  • Melissa Schmitt, 28, program director, Samaritan Medical Center’s Advanced Wound Care Center
  • E. Hartley Schweitzer, 29, community planner, Development Authority of the North Country
  • Shane Simser, 33, financial advisor, The Morgia Group at HighTower Advisors
  • Katy Troester-Trate, 36, director for Jefferson Community Schools, student personal counselor, Jefferson Community College

This year’s 20 Under 40 luncheon is also sponsored by the Northern New York Community Foundation, Watertown Savings Bank, New York Air Brake, BCA Architects & Engineers, RBC Wealth Management, Jefferson County Economic Development, Slack Chemical Co., Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization, The YMCA, Association of the United States Army NNY — Fort Drum Chapter, Timeless Frames, Décor and Expressions, Hilton Garden Inn Watertown/Thousand Islands, Tunes 92.5/104.5 FM WBLH Radio, WWTI ABC 50 and the Watertown Daily Times.