40 Under Forty Class of 2012: Anything can be accomplishedBy TIM BUCKLAND
New Hampshire Union Leader
March 14. 2012 2:28AM
MANCHESTER - Jeremy Woodward of Concord nearly died five years ago. Lying in a hospital bed, waiting for a new heart valve, he made a promise that he would complete an Ironman race.
'My training basically started the day after the surgery with a lap around the intensive care unit,' Woodward said Tuesday after being honored as one of the members of the 2012 class of the New Hampshire Union Leader 40 under Forty.
Three years after that surgery, he did it, completing a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile marathon run. While training, he helped raise $200,000 for the Nature Conservancy's New Hampshire chapter.
'It just started with a promise and a follow-through,' said Woodward, a 33-year-old Concord resident. 'Anything can be accomplished if you put your mind to it.'
The 2012 class includes young business leaders, volunteers and inspirational people, like Woodward and 26-year-old Jonathan Lanteigne of Bedford, who overcame a serious childhood brain injury to obtain a bachelor's degree in computer information systems and volunteer his time with Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire.
In addition to the Union Leader, the awards are sponsored by the Business and Industry Association and Citizens Bank and featured Gov. John Lynch as a guest speaker.
'Citizens Bank is focused on our commitment to the community,' said Kathleen Reardon, spokeswoman for the bank's New Hampshire region and a member of the 40 Under Forty class of 2004. 'To recognize young leaders who share that commitment makes sense.'
'I think it is really important to acknowledge the leadership which they will provide the next generation,' Lynch said. 'Each of them has given of themselves to the community and I want to encourage that kind of leadership.'
One of those business leaders who gave of her time was Colleen Farley, a 28-year-old from Goffstown who spearheaded a $105,000 renovation of the Kids Kove playground in Merrimack.
'Hearing all the people who are in this group; they've all done amazing things,' said Farley, a second vice president and partner at the Robbins Farley Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Manchester. 'I'm honored to be included in that group.'