2014 Class of 20 Under 40



This year’s class of 20 Under 40 (click the recipient’s name to watch a video and read his or her profile):



An architect, a director of business development, communication professionals, a national sales and marketing manager, an educator, a financial planner, health care professionals, an information technology specialist, a transportation center director, a director of human resources, a loan officer, a pair of camp leaders, a director of operations and a few small business owners.

Our fourth annual 20 Under 40 class was the most competitive field yet, and these individuals represent a snapshot of Northern New York’s most accomplished, dedicated and involved young professionals, across a wide spectrum of industries, and across three counties.

All of these young men and women are involved in some shape or form in their community, whether by serving on an organization’s board, being a foster parent, serving in a youth leadership organization, or something as simple as helping to organize community 5K runs or making time to donate to food banks.

All of these leaders, who are between the ages of 22 and 39, were chosen not only by the editors and staff of NNY Business magazine, but by virtue of glowing recommendations from their peers and employers. And not only do these emerging leaders, who embody the prized north country values of compassion, hard work and selflessness, make time in hectic schedules to volunteer in the community, they give their very best in challenging career fields each and day, all out of an effort to make the place they have chosen to stay in and call home the very best place it can be.

Jill C. Winters, 35: New York Power Authority


Jill C. Winters says there’s no place like home. [Read more…]

David A. Winters, 36: Watertown Audiology


When you talk to David A. Winters, it only takes a few minutes to discover how important it is to him to be involved. Whether it’s his community, family or his own health, Mr. Winters fully commits to anything and everything he does. [Read more…]

Lucas Wachob, 26 & Rebekah Wachob, 24: Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center


Lucas and Rebekah Wachob are no longer “working for the weekend.” [Read more…]

Robert M. Sligar, 29: Carthage Federal Savings & Loan Association


If there was a “Who’s Who” for service with Carthage-area organizations and civic groups, you would undoubtedly see the name Robert M. Sligar. [Read more…]

Stuart Schmitt, 28: Watertown Family YMCA


There are plenty of moving pieces at the Watertown Family YMCA, between multiple locations in the city and county, about 270 employees and hundreds of volunteers, and a seemingly endless list of program offerings. [Read more…]

Amanda Root, 35: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County


Amanda Root knew she wanted to work closely with children and their families. She thought she would achieve her goal as a teacher, but after accepting what she thought would be a temporary job at Cornell Cooperative Extension in 2003, she found her new calling. [Read more…]

Michelle I. Quinell-Gayle, 39: St. Lawrence NYSARC


When it comes to good business, Michelle I. Quinell-Gayle believes in making local connections, giving credit where it’s due, and good old R-E-S-P-E-C-T. [Read more…]

Samuel M. Purington, 37: Volunteer Transportation Center


His wife’s experience working at a nonprofit agency and a desire to spend more time with his growing family convinced Samuel M. Purington to take a pay cut, leave the corporate world and become executive director of the nonprofit Volunteer Transportation Center. [Read more…]

Michelle Monnat, 30: Children’s Home of Jefferson County


The paths were many for Michelle Monnat, but her journey has kept her in the north country, where she serves in a variety of roles at the Children’s Home of Jefferson County. [Read more…]