40 Under 40: Class of 2013

 

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Our third-annual class of the best and the brightest among Generation Next includes superstars from every walk of life—doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, creative artists and philanthropists—nominatedby friends, family, coworkers and Connecticut Magazine’s editors.

PHOTOS BY BOB GRIER PHOTOGRAPHY


 

Felix Malitsky, 33, Newtown

This lifelong whiz-kid’s star began to rise in the financial industry almost immediately after he landed a job at Ameriprise Financial right out of college. Malitsky quickly climbed the corporate ladder to field-complex director, and word of his financial prowess began to spread within the industry. In 2010, MetLife Financial Group of New York offered him the position of managing director to direct the sales operations of its flagship New York City office. Within two years, he oversaw a 60-percent rise in profitability for the organization, making it one of the company’s most successful offices in the country. About which, he modestly says, “I couldn’t do this without our talented team—they are the unsung heroes.”


 

Kimberly J. Weintraub, 32, Fairfield

In an industry with few successful women under 40, Weintraub—of Atlantic Residential Mortgage in Westport—stands out as a top mortgage-loan originator. In the field for 10 years, she’s savvy about real estate and mortgage markets, a creative marketer and user of social media, and passionate about her work. Admirers say she builds strong relationships and gains respect by offering extraordinary “white-glove” service, staying ahead of trends and going the extra mile for clients and colleagues. 


 

Heather Harris, 31, Groton

Harris, office manager for Black Hawk II, a party fishing boat from Niantic, started “Black Hawk and the Community” four years ago. To date, the program has, among its numerous accomplishments, donated thousands of pounds of fresh fish to the local food bank, hosted a pajama party to collect jammies for those in need and organized “Fishing for Wishes” with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut. “Heather [who is also a special education teacher at Mystic Middle School] has made a difference in the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of residents in Southeastern Connecticut,” says nominator Greg Dubrule. “We look forward to seeing what she’ll come up with next.” 


 

Quentin Phipps, 27, Middletown

Known to all as “Q,” Phipps is rapidly running through a series of civic positions while still in his 20s. He’s served as chairman of the planning and zoning commission and is at present Middletown’s city treasurer. Phipps is also the executive director of the Downtown Business District, which he hopes can benefit from a relatively unspoiled Main Street and the close proximity of Wesleyan University and the Connecticut River. “It’s a dream job in a lot of ways,” he told The Middletown Press last April. “All the pieces are there to put Middletown at the forefront of conversations on what a city to live in, work in and play in should look like.”


 

Jordan Cohen Coe, 32, Wethersfield

Growing up working at the family ShopRite grocery store in Manchester, Coe learned all aspects of the business, from stocking shelves and setting budgets to employee relations and customer service. Since graduating in 2005 from UConn with an MBA, her role in the enterprise has expanded; she now oversees many business aspects and 400 employees, as well as “The Exceptional Experience” program, aimed at improving conditions for shoppers and employees. She’s also involved with the community, serving on the boards of The East Hartford Chamber of Commerce, The Friends of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Our Piece of the Pie, which assists urban youth.


 

Christopher Noland Pisciotta, 39, Greenwich

Want to know about a hairstylist? Ask his regular customers. Marjorie Hilton comes up from Manhattan to Christopher Noland Salon on Greenwich Avenue because “Christopher is excellent at what he does—colorist to the stars” and also for “his wonderful personality and sensible, affable disposition.” Kimberly Van Munching notes his work for many local charities and causes but also that “Chris goes beyond the standard hairstylist questions and engages all his clients in quality conversations.” “Christopher is focused on his clients, his team and his community,” says another. Which is perhaps why his salon is such a local anchor after only two years.


 

Anthony Webb, 32, New Haven

Webb is not only a Dartmouth and University of Chicago Law School grad who practices corporate law and is pursuing his MBA at Yale, he’s someone who since 2007 has helped 1,000 disadvantaged youth nationwide through a program he created called Boys Speak Out. For example, he organized a “business students for a day” event at Yale for Metropolitan Business Academy students that’s being repeated and has inspired similar programs elsewhere. He was drawn here by Yale’s “reputation for intellectual capital and social responsibility”—lucky us. 


 

Jeannie Kenkare, DO, 38, Cheshire

Kenkare cofounded Urgent Care of Connecticut with the idea that health care in acute situations could be offered affordably, and without the ER wait. Five years, five clinics and 100,000 patients later, she’s chief medical officer, runs clinical operations and supervises 20-plus providers for the $7-million-a-year company, whose patient satisfaction is in the 99th percentile. As testament to her success, she’s been invited to work with the state on health-care cost-containment issues; she also volunteers her services teaching physical-examination tech­niques at Yale. 


 

40 Under 40: Class of 2013

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