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Forty Under 40 winners announced

The Rochester Business Journal has selected the 2021 class of Forty Under 40 winners. 

The honorees are men and women, under the age of 40, who have achieved professional success and who have also made significant civic contributions to the community. A panel of judges consisting of previous winners from various professions helped select the Forty Under 40 honorees. In choosing the winners, judges look for candidates who excel both professionally and who are actively involved in and giving back to the community. 

“This year’s Forty Under 40 are an impressive group of leaders who have achieved professional success and have made significant civic contributions to our community at a young age,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, senior group publisher of the Rochester Business Journal. “They meet challenges head on and pursue opportunities and passions to make the Rochester area an even better place to live and work. We at the Rochester Business Journal are pleased to honor them for their achievements.” 

The honorees will be recognized during an online celebration Nov. 16 at noon. Each will be celebrated for their achievements through video storytelling. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in the program with their congratulations and cheers using social media platforms from their homes or offices. For tickets, visit The event hashtag is #RBJevents. 

A happy hour for honorees and sponsors will be held Nov. 16 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. the Genesee Valley Club, 321 East Ave. in Rochester. 

Honorees will be profiled in the Nov. 19 issue of the Rochester Business Journal and online at 

The Presenting Sponsor is the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester. 

The 2021 honorees are: 

  • Erick Bond, Bond Benefits Consulting 
  • Amanda Burns, Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP 
  • Barry Carrigan, Nixon Peabody LLP 
  • Marc Cohen, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce 
  • Michael Condon, Harris Beach PLLC 
  • Chelsea Conway, Conway Beam Truck Group 
  • Indira Danner, Newtex Industries 
  • Stephen DeVay, Tuesday Digital LLC 
  • Chad DiBiase, Bank of America 
  • Junior Dillion, The Wilson Foundation 
  • Justin DiPasquale, Paychex Inc. 
  • Nicholas Dobbertin, Genesee Regional Bank 
  • Sheila Dunne, Dunne Goodwin 
  • Shannon Ealy, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce 
  • Jarrett Felton, Invessent Wealth Management 
  • Ryan Gilmartin, Highland Hospital 
  • Melissa Greco Lopes, St. John Fisher College 
  • Jacquelyn Grippe, Monroe County Public Defender’s Office 
  • David Grome, Greater Rochester Enterprise 
  • Naveen Havannavar, Paychex Inc. 
  • Brian Hedges, Mengel Metzger Barr & Co. 
  • Sarah Heisman, Junior League of Rochester 
  • Jennifer Hungate, Robert F. Hyland and Sons LLC 
  • Frances Kabat, LaBella Associates 
  • Sara Kelly, SUNY Brockport 
  • Jessica Lewis, ROC the Future 
  • Mary Moore, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC 
  • Chip Murphy, Hunt Real Estate 
  • Jessica Nhial, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Service 
  • Denishea Ortiz, Rochester Institute of Technology 
  • Sara Passamonte, Compeer Rochester 
  • Kimberly Povec, Accountable Health Partners/University of Rochester Medical Center  
  • Brittany Rumph, Rochester Excellence Academy Charter School 
  • Eamonn Scanlon, The Children’s Agenda 
  • Jamie Sonneville, Agri-Trak LLC 
  • Nicholas Stefanovic, Monroe County Veterans Service Agency 
  • Dawn Taubman, L3Harris Technologies 
  • Sheri Watkins, Camp Good Days and Special Times Inc. 
  • Shane Wiegand, The PathStone Foundation 
  • Kayann Williams, Spectrum Health & Human Services 


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