2017 Class of 20 Under 40 Announced

Twenty young people in the north country may not have noticed their impacts on their communities, but peers and fellow professionals have been paying close attention to their achievements and have identified them as emerging leaders in our community.

NNY Business magazine recently announced the seventh class of its 20 Under 40 program, which recognizes 20 people under the age of 40 who have shown great promise in their careers and strong involvement in their community.

“The depth and diversity of this year’s nominees is a testament to all of the young men and women in the north country who are destined to chart our community’s direction for the next several decades,” said Brian J. Kelly, editor of NNY Magazines.

The 2017 20 Under 40 class was selected from more than 75 nominations. The class consists of: Alexa Bennett, 34, Northern Federal Credit Union; Rob Bicknell, 39, The Bicknell Corp.; Ali Boolani, 36, Clarkson University; Alex Buduson, 30, Clayton Chamber of Commerce; Jennifer Gray, 35, Potsdam Central School; Justin Hall, 35, Jefferson-Lewis BOCES; Matthew Hudson, 33, Hilton Garden Inn; Megan Kendall, 29, Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendal; and Adam Love, 39, Massena Police Department. Also, Brian Marcolini, 37, North Country Initiative; Ian Maxwell, 29, Defelsko Corp.; Jason McCullouch, 39, Purcell Construction; Cody Morse, 26, Agbotic Inc.; Aaron Naklick, 33, Samaritan Medical Center; Ryan Niles, 38, Niles Asset Management Inc.; Blake Place, 34, Hidden Pastures Goat Dairy; Heather Pleskach, 30, Otis Technology; Julia Robbins, 35, Robbins Family Grain; Aaron Robertshaw, 36, North Country Emergency Medicine Consultants Inc.; and Erin Simser, 34, WinnCompanies.

Community members are invited 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 the class will be introduced to the community. Tickets are $25 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. Ryan M. Piche, Lewis County manager, will deliver the keynote address.

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

A six-member selection 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; Brian J. Kelly, editor of NNY Magazines; Holly C. Boname, NNY Magazines associate editor; Michelle Bowers, advertising director for the Watertown Daily Times and NNY Magazines; Jeremiah S. Papineau, managing editor of the Lowville Journal and Republican, Carthage Republican Tribune and South Jeff Journal; 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.

This year’s 20 Under 40 luncheon is also sponsored by the Northern New York Community Foundation, Watertown Savings Bank, Northern Credit Union, RBC Wealth Management, Jefferson County Economic Development, Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization, The YMCA, Timeless Frames, Décor and Expressions, Hilton Garden Inn Watertown/Thousand Islands, Tunes 92.5/104.5 FM WBLH Radio, and the Watertown Daily Times.