EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 8, 2013

MVB magazine's 2013 winners to be honored at Oct. 18 event

By Kelly Burch

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — MVB, the Merrimack Valley’s business magazine and a sister publication to The Eagle-Tribune, will honor its group of outstanding of young entrepreneurs, community activists and volunteers at a luncheon and ceremony for the third annual 40 Under 40 Awards.

Each year, MVB makes a call for nominations of young movers and shakers in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire to be considered for this prestigious honor. A panel of judges from North of Boston Media Group and the broader community narrow the group down from hundreds of potential winners to 40 individuals under 40 years of age who are making a big difference in their local communities.

The winners will be announced in the October issue of MVB and honored Friday, Oct. 18, at a luncheon and networking event at Northern Essex Community College.

“These people were chosen for a reason,” said David A Tibbetts, president of Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council, who will be a keynote speaker the luncheon. “They are leaders in their community at a young age.”

In his address at the luncheon, Tibbetts will discuss the advantages of doing business in the Merrimack Valley and the importance of young go-getters like the 40 Under 40 honorees.

“The Merrimack Valley is a great place to live, work and play,” Tibbetts said, borrowing MVB’s tagline. “We are fortunate to have a wealth of natural and cultural resources in our own backyard”.

Karen Andreas, publisher of The Eagle-Tribune and North of Boston Media Group, will speak at the event before presenting awards with Editor Tracey Dee Rauh.

“These 40 honorees bring so much talent, energy and ingenuity to our region,” Andreas said. “They deserve to be thanked and lauded, and we are proud to feature them in MVB magazine and at this special luncheon.”

Here are the 40 recipients receiving awards from MVB in 2013.

Amy McLaughlin

Founder and CEO of Amy McLaughlin Lifestyles — Event Planning, Interior Decorating, Wardrobe Styling, Newburyport

“I absolutely love what I do. It is my passion.”

Maria Bonanno

Attorney and Partner at Manzi Bonanno & Bowers, Methuen

“I felt that pursuing my law degree was the best avenue to helping others.”

Brian R. Theirrien

Youth programming, education and services, Executive Director Haverhill Boys and Girls Club, Haverhill

“I believe that sharing their childhood with positive adult role models through staff and volunteers is the key to children’s future success.”

Jocelyn Maroun Sfeir

Owner, Jocelyn’s Mediterranean Restaurant & Lounge, Salem, N.H.

“The restaurant is an extension of my home and I take pride in it.”

Katie Cook

Director of Sales and Marketing, Comfort Home Care, Methuen

“Growing up in a tight-knit family environment has taught me the importance of serving others, especially those with mental health needs.”

Marcie Jacobson

Administrative Assistant, Andover Fire Rescue, Andover

“Whether it is helping the personnel in the Fire Department with everyday issues or answering questions for residents, I love what I do.”

Melissa Lachance

Executive Director, Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, Amesbury

“I believe a chamber is the heart of a community.”

Mike Cross

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill

“I think chemistry is the most fascinating subject in the universe and I love having the chance to share some of my wonder with students.”

Peter Soares

Branch Manager, Eastern Bank, Andover

“What makes me feel great at the end of the day is looking back and knowing that I provided exceptional customer service.”

Rachel Austin Dowd

Account Manager, Sallop Insurance Agency, Boston

“For anyone who says that insurance is boring, come to work with me for a day: I promise you won’t be snoozing!”

Karen, Kelli & Krissy Carberry

Owners of Nancy Chippendale’s Dance Studios, North Andover

“Our motto is ‘Champions breeding champions.’”

Casey Grange

Physical Education teacher at the Guilmette Elementary School in Lawrence; Girls Varsity Soccer Coach and Girls Basketball Assistant Varsity Coach at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence

“Everyday is different than the one before it and it’s challenging yet fun at the same time.”

James Durkin

Senior Sales Recruitment Accounts Manager, Philips North America, North Andover

“I get to change people’s lives on a daily basis.”

Olien Lu

Youth Development, Community Based Program Manager, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, North Andover

“We need to make sure that children have the skills, tools and opportunities that will shape them into well-rounded citizens that positively contribute to their communities.”

Andrew Nikonchuk

Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, Central Catholic High School, Lawrence

“Kids need inspired educators who can help them think critically and navigate an ever-changing, increasingly technological landscape.”

Jesse Plouffe

Footwear Developer and Senior Product Developer (Kids), New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc., Lawrence

“I have loved shoes since I was a kid. One of my two goals in life was to work for a shoe company.”

Tim Roberts

Executive Director BNI New Hampshire, Maine, Western Massachusetts; Founder of SuccessThroughReferrals.com

“My passion is teaching and coaching business owners and sales professionals on how to actually grow their business through referrals.”

Kathleen Soraghan Ryan, RN, BSN

Registered Nurse, Clinical Educator, Steward-Merrimack Valley Hospital, Haverhill

“When my grandmother was sick I saw how compassionate nurses were not only to her but members of my family.”

Jillian L. Tattan

Owner, President, Noteworthy Affairs; Marketing and Recruitment Manager, ActivMed Practices and Research, Haverhill

“Between my own event management company and my current marketing position I am left with endless ways to be creative.”

Tricia Lawler Sabulis

Insurance Agent, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, A.P Michaud Insurance Agency, Inc., Methuen

“There are so many opportunities in the insurance industry, especially for young people, and there is no limit to what I can become.”

Craig MacKenzie

Senior Vice President, Operations, The Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, Lowell

“I welcome the challenge of working with many of the operational areas of the bank, and focusing on delivering quality products and services in the community in which I live.”

Jennifer Cantwell

Vice President, Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, Haverhill

“My position at the Chamber enables me to leave my mark on Haverhill and make a difference in people’s lives while delivering programs to enable our business membership to flourish.”

Jennifer Carter

Manager of Public Policy,The Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts and New Hampshire

“I decided to pursue what I saw as the beginning of where change happens -- public policy and advocacy.”

Christine E. Krupa

Human Resources, Senior Benefits Specialist, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

“When I learned that the job required organization and provided the opportunity to work with, educate and get to know different people on a daily basis I knew this field was a good fit for me.”

Susan de Mari

Senior Vice President Marketing,The Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, Lowell

“Every company, every product, every candidate has a story that needs to be told.”

William P DeLuca IV

Vice- President, Bill DeLuca’s Woodworth Chevrolet-Cadillac, Bill DeLuca Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, Bill DeLuca Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Haverhill and Andover

“I started learning and working from the bottom up.”

Roylan Nolberto

Finance Manager, Raytheon Company, Andover

“In my experience leaders that are willing to get involved create teams that have a can-do attitude and are willing to do whatever it takes to drive positive results.”

Jack O’Donohue

Real Estate Attorney and Director of Social Media Marketing, Dalton & Finegold, LLP and Gold Title, P.C., Andover

“There may be too many lawyers, but there aren’t too many great ones.”

Pavel M. Payano

Vice Chair of the Lawrence School Committee and Co-Founder of the Greater Lawrence Young Professionals Network, Lawrence

“In life it is important to take leaps of faith.”

John Tompkins

Volunteer of the Year at the Boys & Girls Club Of Greater Haverhill, Haverhill

“I simple do it because I care about our future — the kids.”

Brian M. Heney

Director of Operations for the Kelly Automotive Group

“I am a very competitive person and have always enjoyed a challenge and interacting with people — a seemingly perfect fit for the automotive business!”

Louis Minicucci III

Entrepreneur, Working with Minco Development Corp , Wine and Beer at the Andovers, North Andover Quic Pic, and soon to open in Amesbury, Carriage House Liquors

“Do what you like. Your career shouldn’t feel like work.”

Bridget Jennings Seymour, MD

Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Steward Medical Group at Merrimack Valley Gastroenterology, Haverhill

“No one can fathom why I would chose to look at other people’s derrieres for a living,but I knew a day in my life would never be uninteresting.”

Max Puyanic

CEO ConvenientMD Urgent Care, Windham, N.H.

“I am passionate about challenging the healthcare system to provide higher quality care, at an affordable cost, while delivering excellent customer service.”

Josh Iovanella

Business Development Manager, Achievers

“It’s a great feeling when your individual hard work and effort has directly impacted the organization’s overall success or growth.”

Kristin Murphy

Owner and Chief of Operations, Bradford Country Club, Bradford

“I am able to use my business degree and event planning background to bring a Merrimack Valley business back to the forefront of the local golf & function industry.”

Analuz Garcia

Coordinator of Student Engagement and Activities, Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill

“After one week of employment I realized helping students was my passion.”

Angel Baez

Health & Wellness Instructor and Owner, Intense Physique Personal Training, Haverhill

“First, find out who you are and what you can do to help others. Once you’ve done so, be the best at it.”

Denise Olivares-Molina

Realtor/Partner, Coco Early & Associates Olivares, Molina & Alperin Division, Haverhill

“It’s a privilege to help buyers and sellers achieve their goals in all aspects of Real Estate.”

Richard L. Williams

Assisted Living Executive Director, Blaire House of Tewksbury Assisted Living, Tewksbury

“ I try to be a “senior resource” for everyone. Anyone can call me to ask questions or for advice.”

If You Go What: 40 Under 40 Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. When: Friday, Oct. 18, noon to 1:30 p.m. Where: Hartleb Technology Center, Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliot St., Haverhill. How: Tickets $29.95, which includes the event, lunch and a copy of MVB. Purchase at www.mvbmagazine.eventbrite.com or call 978-946-2000 and ask for Linda Gardner.