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RBJ announces 2023 Forty Under 40 honorees

Forty Under 40 logo
Forty Under 40 logo

RBJ announces 2023 Forty Under 40 honorees

The Rochester Business Journal has selected the 2023 class of Forty Under 40 honorees.

Forty Under 40 recognizes Rochester’s leaders who are 39 years of age or younger for their professional accomplishments, community service and commitment to inspiring change. These individuals are not only achieving success in their careers but giving back in meaningful ways to the Rochester community. Over the years, the Rochester Business Journal has recognized 1,120 outstanding young professionals with this award.

A panel of judges consisting of prior year honorees from different professions selected this year’s Forty Under 40 winners.

“The 2023 Forty Under 40 honorees juggle busy jobs, education and family, all while finding time to make a difference in the lives of others. They have not only achieved success in their careers but have given back in a meaningful way to the Rochester community,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, managing director of BridgeTower Media/Rochester Business Journal. “This year’s winners are the future leaders of the Greater Rochester area, and we are proud to celebrate their accomplishments.”

This year’s Forty Under 40 will be honored Nov. 28 at an awards celebration at The Strong Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square Drive in Rochester. The celebration will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with registration and a networking reception. The awards program begins 6:15 p.m. in the Paychex Theater followed by dinner and a celebration throughout the museum. The event hashtag is #RBJevents.

Attendance is limited, with sponsors receiving priority access.

There are various sponsorship levels available, which include the right to use the event logo, multimedia marketing, a table to share with co-workers and guests at the event, and much more. If seats are available after the sponsorship deadline, a limited number of individual tickets will go on sale. Tables are only available with sponsorship. To secure a sponsorship to ensure you and your guests can celebrate together, contact Suzanne Fischer-Huettner at [email protected].

Honorees will be profiled in a magazine that will be inserted into the Dec. 1 issue of the Rochester Business Journal and are available online at

The Presenting Sponsor is RIT/Saunders College of Business Executive MBA. The Social Media Red Carpet Sponsor is Paychex. For more information and the most updated listing of sponsors, visit

The 2023 Forty Under 40 Honorees are:

  • Sarah Bain-Lucey, Deloitte
  • Brent Bish, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Nash Bock, Greater Rochester Habitat for Humanity
  • Ryan Brandt, Rochester’s Cornerstone Group
  • Soyeon Caruso, Bank of America
  • Michael Cocquyt, LaBella Associates
  • Ashley Cross, Ed.D., The Hub585
  • Eric M. Ferrante, Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Ke’Shara J. Webb Fields, E.I.T., CPL
  • Laquanda M. Fields, Rochester City School District
  • Jeiri Flores, University of Rochester
  • Michaela Gascon, KJT Group, Inc.
  • Jennifer Gillen, LaBella Associates
  • Leah Granger, OakWood Financial Services
  • Anthony L. Hall, Community Resource Collaborative
  • Bill Kaser, Chick-fil-A Irondequoit
  • Caitlin Forsyth Kireker, Harter Secrest and Emery
  • Mary Leo-Kulig, The Housing Council at PathStone
  • Ana Liss, Monroe County
  • Cait Loury, Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts
  • Louie Maier, Brandmint & Delighted Hospitality Group
  • Matthew S. Martin, Tactical Construction, Inc.
  • Nykki Matthews, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Miguel A. Meléndez Jr., Ibero-American Action League, Inc.
  • Shanterra Mitchum, Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc.
  • Pete Nabozny, The Children’s Agenda
  • Lesley E. Niebel, Esq., Faraci Lange, LLP
  • Evelyn Parker, K12
  • Andrew G. Pluta, Select Fabricators
  • Dylan Potter, Howe & Rusling, Inc.
  • Samuel Remp, L3Harris Technologies | Communication Systems
  • Kevyn Rustici, Timeout with Leaders
  • Robert “Bo” Shoemaker, Monroe County Law Department
  • Christie Torruella Smith, Nazareth University
  • Neha Harshita Sood, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Alyssa Tallo, Monroe Community Hospital (MCH)
  • Deb Turner, 2-1-1/LIFE LINE (Goodwill of the Finger Lakes)
  • Melissa Valle, Knauf Shaw LLP
  • Josie Sheppard Wilson, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP
  • Kevin C. Woodworth, DeJoy & Co. LLP