January 25th at 7 P.M. at Villa Barone it was a literal “who’s who” as 350 Nominees, winners, family, friends, local business leaders and elected officials gathered to celebrate the winners and honorable mentions of the inaugural class of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce 40 under 40 Trail Blazer award. [PHOTO ATTACHED]
Here is what attendees had to say
“This sets the standard for a countywide recognition program for those that invest immeasurable hours into their communities. While many do it because we live here, it’s nice to put in place a way to publicly say thank you to those that contribute time and resources to the programs and businesses that we and our families will invariably benefit from.” Michael Bucci one of the 40 recipients.
Lauren J. Pistone another recipient said, “The event was a huge success and I was thrilled to be a part of it. Not only did it bring new faces and businesses together but it showcased the talent that is here in Putnam County not just with the nominees but all that were involved”
Geri Munnick a friend of a recipient says “I was there to support my friend Angelina Mendes who I nominated for the 40 Under 40 Putnam County Trail Blazers Celebration. Not only was it a night filled with dancing, good food and friends, it was a night to remember. This event brought together the future of Putnam County and I was honored to have been in the same room with all of them. Thank you Jennifer Maher for a job well-done and for all the hard work you do for the people of Putnam County. “
Alicia Madden-Canfield recipient from Kidzcountry said “ It was a honor to be nominated as well as to receive the 40 under 40 award for 2013! I was able to have me family come as well as a few of my coworkers to help celebrate my award! It was a great night to celebrate a job I have loved from day one and every ay since for 14 1/2 years!”
“Putnam Chamber and Villa Barone did an amazing job operating the first ever 40 Under 40 Event. My family and I were honored to be surrounded by such extraordinary leaders in our community” Master Paul Melella Jr. Recipient from UMAC.
Jamie Imperati, recipient of the Professional Woman of Putnam said “It was an amazing event and gave me the opportunity to meet so many new talented people from our County. Putnam has an outstanding 40 under 40 crew!
Chairwoman of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Jennifer Maher said “she was so happy to see a room full of so much energy. The emcees Kasey Green and Eric Gross were great and we look forward to different Trail Blazer Award events in the coming years!”
The inaugural 40 Under 40 class includes
Ruth Ayala-Quezada, Joe Bachmeier, Barbarossa, Julie Barr, Rebecca Bertoldi, Sue Boyd, Faith Ann Butcher, Alicia Candfield, Katie DeMarco, Savanna DeStefano, David Dretel, Brett Freeman, Eytan Hammerman, Brittany Hyatt, Jamie Imperati, Michael Lee, Joseph Lucia, Luigi Manente, Erin Meagher, Paul Mellela, Jr., Angelina Mendes, Jessica Olson, Jason Pabon, Lauren J. Pistone, Katie Robertson, Jonathan Schneider, Tara Scozzafava- Baisley, Richard Seidel, Bramdeo Singh, Heather Soss, Adrienne Spadaccini, Scott Van Niekerk, Nagi Wissa, Andrew Zacontinsky and Carmelo Zagari. Mike Bucci and Tom Bucci of Bucci Brothers Deli, Matt Camerino and Toni Vulaj of The Chophouse Grille, Johnny and Nicky Crecco of Villa Barone as well as Christina and Lee Vataj shared awards as the co-owners of their respective businesses.
The night also honored 40 Under 40 honorable mentions Greg Ball, Dan Branda, Louis Cardillo, Nicholas D’Andrea, Joe DeBellis, Neil Denaut, Sidney Haitoff, Anthony Malvagno, James Pfeifer, Amber Polhemus, Mike Reyes and Kelly Torres.
For additional information regarding this press release, contact:
Jennifer Maher Chair Woman
Putnam County Chambers of Commerce
953 South Lake Blvd., Mahopac, NY 10541
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