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’40 Under Forty’ Honors Include Six from West Hartford

Hartford Business Journal 2017 '40 Under Forty' honorees with ties to West Hartford include (top row, from left): Kristin Ingram, Jessica Ritter, Paul Diego Holtzer. Bottom row (from left): Jamie Bellenoit, Jennifer Widness, Kim Reid. Photo credit: J. Fiereck Photography

The annual list of outstanding young professionals in the Greater Hartford area was published in the most recent edition of the Hartford Business Journal.

By Ronni Newton

Six individuals who either live or work in West Hartford will be among the “40 Under Forty” honored at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford at the 21st celebration, a “blue jeans, black tie” gala on Sept. 13, 2017.

Each year 40 young professionals from throughout the Greater Hartford area are given the award, and honored at a gala presented by the Hartford Business Journal that is attended by hundreds of other movers and shakers, offering a great networking opportunity for business leaders.

Overall, more than 800 professionals have been honored with the award.

“The ’40 Under Forty’ program recognizes young professionals who are leaders in both their careers and their communities,” Joe Zwiebel, president and publisher, Hartford Business Journal, said in a news release announcing the winners. “We congratulate this year’s honorees on their accomplishments and look forward to watching them grow in their careers and continue to positively impact our region in the years to come.”

Hartford Business Journal editor Greg Bordonaro said in his introduction to the article about the winners that these up-and-coming young professionals represent “signs of hope for the state’s and region’s future.” They were chosen from among 200 nominees.

Gail Lebert, Wilson Camelo, and Julie Daly Meehan were this year’s judges.

Winners with ties to West Hartford are listed below with links to their profiles in the Hartford Business Journal:

Jamie Bellenoit, 37, West Hartford resident, executive director Community Child Guidance Clinic Inc. of Manchester

Paul Diego Holtzer, 39, West Hartford resident, executive director of Achieve Hartford! in Hartford

Kristin Ingram, 37, Windsor resident, director of Graduate Programs in Accounting at University of Hartford in West Hartford and CEO of Ingram Digital Media Inc.

Kim Reid, 38, Glastonbury resident, owner of Silver Dahlia in West Hartford and Glastonbury and Pinwheels Toys & Games in Simsbury

Jessica Ritter, 37, West Hartford resident, attorney and partner at Shipman & Goodwin in Hartford

Jennifer Widness, 39, West Hartford resident, president of Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) in Farmington

For the full listing of the “40 Under Forty” class of 2017 winners and to read the article in the Hartford Business Journal, click here.

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