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DYN's Kyle York lives life with honesty, passion and persistence
Kyle York, 31Home: Bedford
Family: Wife, Katie; son, Henry; father: Don; mother: Gail; brothers: Travis, Evan, Tyler and Dylan
High school: Manchester West High School
College/post grad degrees: B.S., in marketing from Bentley University
Current job: CRO at Dyn
Key past positions held: Regional director, Business Development at WhippleHill
Volunteer activities: Chairman and president of the board at the abi Innovation Hub; board of directors of the Rock On Foundation
Most admired person (outside your family): Tom Brady
Key current professional challenge: Adapting to a much larger Dyn
Last major achievement: Beating our Dyn financial targets for the fifth straight year Biggest problem facing New Hampshire: Cultivating and retaining our younger workforce; implementing a rail system connecting us to Boston
Favorite place in New Hampshire: Bedford Village Inn Tavern
What book are you reading now? "Screw It, Let’s Do It" by Richard Branson
How do you relax? Spending time with family, watching sports or listening to music
What websites do you visit most often? Twitter.com, ESPN.com, Dyn.com, Inc.com
Favorite TV show, radio station or musical artist: Sportscenter
"I have a feeling of deep intrinsic ownership over my choices and actions, and feel personally accountable to live my life with honesty, passion and persistence, and ensure my success helps lead to others' success and happiness," said York. "I am driven by creating a lasting legacy that my kids and grand-kids will be proud of — just like how I look at my parents and grandparents before them with great admiration."
York, 31, is chief revenue officer for Dyn Inc., an Internet management company founded in 2001 that serves customers worldwide. At Dyn, York is in charge of sales, marketing, company branding and business development, and oversees about 120 employees. When he's not busy promoting startup businesses throughout New Hampshire, he serves on the board of directors of several companies, including Incutio, a Web management company in the United Kingdom, where he is also a partner; the nonprofit abi Innovation Hub that provides resources to start-ups; and the nonprofit Rock On Foundation, an organization that promotes education through music and athletics. He also serves as an adviser to SquareOne communications and Datanyze Web technology companies.
York is also co-founder of 1band 1brand, an organization that helps musicians self-promote through branding and networking. In addition, he has found the time and energy to speak at the Dublin Web Summit, Launch Conference, the Facebook headquarters in Dublin, HostingCon, North Bridge Interact, the Next Web Conference, eCommerce Expo, Sales 2.0 Expo, CloudCamp, Harvard, the Boston Startup School, Stetson University, Bentley University, Southern New Hampshire University and St. Anselm College.
Those who nominated York for the 40 Under Forty recognition noted his passion for business and dedication to his community. However, York said his greatest achievement is his family – his wife, Katie, and his son, Henry; York's parents, Don and Gail, and his brothers, Travis, Evan, Tyler and Dylan. The family has been very active for many years in the Bedford and Manchester communities and has owned Indian Head Athletics, a sporting apparel and equipment outfitter, since 1958.
"I think it is very easy for people to change with success. They forget about the hard work, commitment and support it took to get to where they are," York said. "It's most important to stay grounded and remember these roots. Growing up in a large family, I was always most motivated by and excited about starting a family of my own someday and supporting them as best I could. That hasn't changed and I haven't changed, so my family is by far my greatest achievement." York said he feels it's important for young people to succeed and help their communities.
"I believe that people tend to put limits on themselves and thus don't always reach their full potential," he said. "Whether too young, too inexperienced, too challenged, too busy, the excuses are plentiful. When young people power through and see early career success, maybe even in the face of naivete, it starts a 'can do' attitude trend that inspires others and carries into the rest of their lives and community for decades."
Nominations for Class of 2015
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