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Great ’40 Under 40′ Celebs? Java Knew That!

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Just  got the chance to finally peruse Connecticut Magazine’s 2014  ’40 under 40′ list and forty (2)there were certainly some familiar names listed among the ‘best and brightest among Generation Next.’

Familiar because they were people Java had written about long before the new list and long before they were inching their way toward the big ’4 0.’  Java just knew they were going to make gere positive marks in life.

Among them, 38-year-old David Gere, the Cromwell actor who is tearing up the world with projects including his own business, Shadow Films, an acting career that includes parts in movies and music videos and that little club of his, Blue Cafe & Ultra Lounge in Danbury.

And then there is Thea Montanez, one of Java’s first interviews way back when she was in her thea20s.  We knew she was going on to bigger and better things as she balanced a career with volunteer efforts. After working at the Hartford Financial Services Group, the now 34-year-old  has gone on to open her own philanthropy design and management firm while also serving as president of the Hartford Public Library.

Tyler Anderson, that 36-year-old celebrity chef who went rock star after appearing on reality television, is another name and face very familiar to Java readers. Formerly at the Copper Beech Inn, Anderson opened his own restaurant, Millwright’s , in SiDAYM DROPSmsbury, and is well-known for his philanthropic work as well as his culinary expertise.

Java was also happy to see that bigger-than-life  Daymon “Daym” Patterson from New Britain made the grade. The 36-year-old YouTube food critic had Java  at ‘hello’ when he talked about his Travel Channel show “Best Daym Takeout”  featuring his take on fast food from across the United States.

WNPR’s Chion Wolf, a fellow ‘ville resident and 33-year-old is of course on the list because of all she does beyond her day job including judging food contests, telling stories, dressing up,  playing the trash can bass drum and selflessly serving as a champion for charity.

Other familiar names include Fox Ct anchor Erika Arias, the 36-year-old who showed everyone ariasthe real meaning of multi-tasking a job and family,   and former Courant reporter Samaia Hernandez, the 32-year-old who left Broad Street to do some heavy media lifting across the street in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office.

Also making the list from the Greater Hartford area is 19-year-old violinist Sirena Huang, 25-year-old New Britain city council member Manny Sanchez and former boxer and motivational  speaker, 31-year-old Sammy Vega.

For the entire list go here.

Ct Mag Announces “40 Under 40″ List

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Connecticut Magazine has announced its Class of 2013 “40 fortyUnder 40” and the Greater Hartford area has not fared too bad when it comes to who made the “best and brightest” roll call  released this month.
Area “under 40s” included on the new list are:
-Jordan Cohen Coe, 32, Wethersfield, who oversees many business aspects of the ShopRite store chain, and sits on several boards including The Friends of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Our Piece of the Pie.
-Mark Berardi, 38, Southington, who is the director of membership and training at the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits.
-Nathan Grube, 37, West Hartford, tournament director of the Travelers Championship which raised a record $1.1 million in 2012 for a host of local charities.
-Dave Marcoux, 28, Marshall Deming, 28 and Luke Davis, 26, all of West Hartford who together are the entrepreneurs who built the successful The Hartford Denim Co. The fashion-forward jeansmakers are also active in their local Neighborhood Revitalization Zone.
-Erika Wilson, 32, Hartford, director of reporting and insights at Optum, a subsidiary of United Health Group. She founded an annual farmers’ market in Rocky Hill and is on the board of the sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery’s Mission Advancement Council, a member of the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut Women’s Leadership Council.
-Jeffrey J. White, 34, Simsbury who is a partner and chair of Robinson & Cole’s appellate practice group. Chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award winner has worked with the Billings Forge Community Works and volunteers with the New England Air Museum.
-Michael D. Goldfarb, 34 of West Hartford is an attorney at Murtha Cullina. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association house of Delegates and a director of government relations for CBA’s young lawyers section.
-Carrie Titolo, 25, West Hartford is a member of the steering committee of the Young Women’s Leadership Program and is communications and events coordinator for the Connecticut Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
-Thomas Tedesco, 34, Glastonbury is director of business development for The Music People in Berlin.
-Jarrett Solomon, 32, West Hartford is sr. financial adviser and certified financial planner at Connecticut Wealth Management in Farmington. A mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, she is also a budget coach at Co-opportunity in Hartford.
-Jeff “Zeke” Zyjeski, 39, Avon is lawyer/lobbyist at Gaffney, Bennett & Associates.
-Taryn Mondi, 34, West Hartford is sr. vice president at Wells Fargo Advisors, a registered corporate coach and serves on the executive committee of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Connecticut chapter.

-Jeremy C. Lowe, 38, Hartford is a trail lawyer at the Hartford firm of Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider whose pro bono efforts include Adoption from the Heart and the Hartford Rescue Mission.
-Carolyn Kuan, 34, Hartford is the Hartford symphony Orchestra’s first female conductor/director who, since being hired in 2011, has established the Discovery concerts for children and developed unique programming and collaborations to attract and expand symphony audiences.

For the entire list go here.