The first class of Otsego County’s “20 Under 40”, designed to recognize younger citizens who are excelling in their fields, was chosen Tuesday, Feb. 10, by an independent panel of six judges.
The honorees are:
The honorees will be recognized at a reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Springbrook’s new Oneonta campus on Route 7, (the former St. Mary’s School). $12.50 per person. Reservations, call 547-6103.
The judges were Ben Guenther, Five Star Subaru; Seth Haight, COO, Springbrook; Chris Kuhn, director, Oneonta Job Corps; Luisa Montanti, Southside Mall manager and president of the Foothills Performing Arts Center; Val Paige, director, Clark Sports Center, and attorney Martin Tillapaugh, Cooperstown.
The program is a collaboration of the Otsego and Cooperstown chambers of commerce, and the Hometown Oneonta & Freeman’s Journal.
By the deadline of midnight, Friday, Feb. 6, nominations had been submitted for 61 people, ranging from business executives and entrepreneurs to professionals.
“The partners are just delighted by the response,” said Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of the Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal. “This is a demographic that’s too often taken for granted – young strivers with young families juggling multiple responsibilities. Yet, this sector must be strong for the Otsego County of the future to be strong.”
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