2018 20 Under 40 Class 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 is pleased to announce the eighth 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 talent pool of young professionals that were nominated this year speaks volumes to the level of professionalism and community service, reminding us the future of the north country is in good hands,” said Holly C. Boname, editor of NNY Magazines.

The 2018 20 Under 40 class was selected from more than 80 nominations. The class includes:     

Nance Arquiett, 36, 2 Mama Birds

Jamie Ashley, 38, Community Bank, NA

Christine Augliano, 30, Northern Glass Co., Inc.

Brooke Bazinet, 36, Children’s Home of Jefferson County

Jacqueline Bill, 36, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES

Nichol Borland, 34, 10th Mountain Division-Fort Drum

Justin Brotherton, 34, Brotherton Law Firm

Brian Buell, 30, Brian Buell Hoof Trimming

Jonathan Cole, 33, Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization

Brittany Davis, 29, Lewis County Industrial Development Agency

Erin Draper, 36, Clarkson University

Meredith Fox, 37, Watertown Savings Bank

Stephen Hunt, 38, Empire State Development

Kristen LaClair, 36, Children’s Miracle Network

John Nuber, 37, RBC Wealth Management

Kylie Peck, 35, Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce

Devon Shelmidine, 30, Sheland Farms

Emily Soderquist, 29, Samaritan Medical Center

Billy Soluri, 38, Watertown Industrial Development Corporation

Ammbrose Souza, 39, Watertown Family YMCA

20 UNDER 40 CLASS OF 2018 

            We share the full list today and invite community members to attend a celebration luncheon presented in partnership with Morgia Wealth Management LLC at 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Watertown, where we’ll introduce the class 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. Josh LaFave, director of the Center for Graduate Studies at SUNY Potsdam, 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. 6.

            A nine-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; Alexc Johnson, managing editor of the Watertown Daily Times; Holly Boname, editor of NNY Magazines; Brian Kelly, city editor of the Watertown Daily Times; Michelle Bowers, advertising director for the Watertown Daily Times and NNY Magazines; Jeremiah S. Papineau, former managing editor of the Lowville Journal and Republican, Carthage Republican Tribune and South Jeff Journal; Kylie Peck, CEO and president of the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce; Brooke Rouse, CEO and president of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce; Shane Simser of Morgia Wealth Management LLC  and a past recipient; and Timothy P. Sweeney, general manager for Tunes 92.5/104.5 FM WBLH Radio.

            This year’s 20 Under 40 luncheon is also sponsored by Morgia Wealth Management LLC, the Northern New York Community Foundation, Watertown Savings Bank, Northern Credit Union, RBC Wealth Management, Samaritan Medical Center, Jefferson County Economic Development, Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization, the Watertown Family 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.