40 Under 40

 

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Jason S. Andrews • 34 • Stamford
   In nominating him for “40 Under 40,” clients of Jason Andrews, a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and founding member of The Cutler & Andrews Financial Group at Wells Fargo Advisors in Old Greenwich, cite his integrity, work ethic and client care. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he was vice president–investments at UBS Financial Services, where he developed retirement-planning strategies for real estate professionals. In addition to working one-on-one with clients, he lectures on finance and investing. His message? With so much information out there—he deplores “information overload” that creates “paralysis by analysis”—he’s committed to doing his part to demystify financial planning for the layperson.
Denise M. Gallucci • 36 • Avon
   Since coming to Connecticut in 2007 to become the deputy executive director of the Capitol Region Education Council [CREC] and the superintendent of CREC schools, Denise Gallucci has had a positive impact on thousands of students who attend 15 magnet schools in Greater Hartford. Her efforts have helped CREC to significantly narrow the achievement gap in the region; more than 95 percent of CREC magnet school students graduating high school now go on to higher education. Also thanks to Gallucci’s influence, numerous schools in her jurisdiction have also been recognized nationally for their achievements.
Kara Sundlun • 37 • Hartford
   Kara Sundlun has become a welcome midday fixture on WFSB Channel 3, both as anchor of “Eyewitness News at Noon” and co-host of “Better Connecticut” at 3 p.m. Since joining WFSB in 2000, she has covered many of the major stories in the state, from 9/11 to Tropical Storm Irene, garnering two Emmy awards for outstanding achievement in reporting along the way. When she’s not behind a TV news desk, she is out and about in Hartford with her husband (and WFSB news co-anchor) Dennis House, often participating in or hosting many, many charity events for local causes.
Peter Sena • 28 • New Haven
   As technology creeps deeper into our everyday lives, geek has become increasingly  chic. Riding that wave is Peter Sena, self-proclaimed “Master of the Interwebz” and founder of Digital Surgeons, a digital marketing agency that in seven years has gone from a one-man side business to a heralded technology group with more than 20 employees. When Sena isn’t creating digital and traditional marketing campaigns and products for national clients such as Ovation Guitars and Lady Gaga, he’s volunteering with New Haven United Way, Greater New Haven Community Foundation, ACES and other charities.
Jay N. Hershman • 35 • Cheshire
   Real estate attorney Jay Hershman was a shoo-in for this honor. In the words of his partner, Donald S. Baillie, what sets him apart is his dedication, not only to his clients—“working long hours and always going above and beyond to make sure their needs are being met”—but to his community. Jay has been a devoted member of the Cheshire Volunteer Fire Department since he was 16, “responding to fire calls at all hours of the day and night—weekends and holidays included.” He has risen to the rank of assistant chief, and is president of the Waterbury Area Fire Chiefs Association.

 

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