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Recognizing Forty Under 40 In Putnam County Business     


The rising stars of local business are about to be recognized as the Putnam County Chambers’ first 40 under 40 awards program gets underway.  This honor will be bestowed on those young professionals who work full time within our county’s borders, showing financial acumen and superb leadership in their company and community.  The selection process began awhile ago with some 70 applications being received from various business and community leaders.  After removing duplicates, etc., some 54 final nominees remain, so it’s time for the panel of judges to get busy.  Business leaders from six separate communities within the Chamber will serve as judges for the awards, including: Geoffrey Reinwald (Brewster), Vincent Tamagna (Cold Spring), Henry Boyd (Kent), Laurie Ford (Mahopac), Bill Evans (Patterson), and Barbara O’Hare (Putnam Valley).  After meeting with the remaining candidates, the judges will narrow the field down to the 40 award winners who will be celebrated at an event to be held at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in Mahopac on January 25, 2013.  Masters of Ceremonies for the event will be the Courier’s Eric Gross and Kacey from WHUD 100.7FM.  Various sponsorship levels are still available, ranging from $500-$5,000 .  Visit for more details.


Although this is Putnam’s first-ever recognition of the younger generation of businesspeople, events such as these are commonplace throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond.  Every community needs to encourage its future leadership to dream big and excel at their chosen professions, and each year a new crop of leaders is given a chance to shine through these high profile events.   By publicly recognizing the feats of an already-distinguished group of under-40 professionals, Putnam County is letting the world know that our business and economic development efforts are in full swing.   This will result in a better future for all of us, so please plan on celebrating this coming January!


-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce