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Age 31, Bedford resident

President, Outdoor Pride Landscape & Snow Management

Birthplace: Lowell, Mass.

Family: Alyssa Aquilino, wife; Anthony Aquilino, son

High school: Londonderry High School

College/post grad degrees: Currently attending Southern New Hampshire University

What is the best career advice you ever received?

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” a famous quote from Peter Drucker. Once I read and truly understood the meaning of that quote it became my mantra and a key principle I have learned to lead by. The most important asset of any business is the team members who are a part of it; a well laid out plan means nothing if you don’t have the right teams to put those words into action and get the desired results.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

Helping others gives me a sense of pride, satisfaction, and happiness. I am extremely grateful to my parents for instilling a strong work ethic in me. That work ethic has allowed me to be confident in my abilities and in return I’ve made it a mission of my own to help others find confidence in themselves ... I don’t look at it as giving back; I look at it as a civic responsibility I have to make my community be better.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

“Slow down to go faster and ASK FOR HELP.” A very trusted mentor and friend gave me the first piece of that advice just years ago ... If I had taken the time to reflect, listen more, spend more time thinking strategically, while being more analytical, I truly believe I’d have accomplished more of my goals by now. And more importantly, asking for help is a sign of getting more clarity, not weakness.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

We need to ensure that we provide a conducive environment for businesses to thrive and have a legislation that is pro-business. Economic growth creates opportunities and the way to attract young professional to New Hampshire is to reinvest in our infrastructure to support the private sector’s ability to attract and retain young talent. We already have beautiful lakes, mountains, and ocean – icing on the cake is to embrace where we live, work, and play to build strong and healthy communities within the state.

Volunteer activities: Aquilino Foundation, personal family foundation helping the communities in which we live, work, and play (N.H. and Mass.), March of Dimes Board Member, City Year Mentor, Boys & Girls Club, Hope NH, Etc.Last major achievement: Professionally: Our company was nationally recognized and chosen by Forbes Magazine as a Small Giant.

Personally: The opportunity to create a formal process of giving and staying committed to investing into our communities with the Aquilino Foundation is something I am personally extremely proud of.

Upcoming Event

March 18, 2020 at the Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH

A reception for the 40 Under Forty Class of 2020 will be held in March. Network with the best and brightest young leaders in our state.

Registration is now open!

Tickets are $45


4:30 - 5:15 pm - VIP Reception

The VIP reception is only open to 2020 class, past recipients and other guests by invitation only

5:15 - 6:00 pm - Cocktail Reception

6:00 - 7:30 pm - Awards Presentation

View the event recap and photos from 2019


Become a sponsor and be a part of one of the most followed events in New Hampshire. Sponsors receive year round recognition from the nomination process through the special section to the event.  There is no better opportunity for your business to be seen by the most influential Granite Staters. For more information contact Stephanie Baxter at 603-206-7833 or


Since its inception in 2002, the New Hampshire Union Leader's annual 40 Under Forty awards have honored more than 720 outstanding Granite Staters making a difference in their communities and professions. Nominations are gathered from across the state and are followed by a reception in March.

Nominations for 2021 will open in April 2020


  • Candidates should have already contributed significantly to their field, their community and/or the state and should have the potential to do much more in future years.
  • Nominees must not turn 40 before February 1, 2021.
  • Nominees must have lived in the state for the past three years.
  • Candidates may nominate themselves.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.
  • Past nominations that were not selected can be submitted with updated information
  • Selections are not final until announced.
  • The number of nominations received for a person has no bearing on the judging process
  • Additional letters or emails of recommendation will not be accepted
  • DEADLINE: All nominations must be received by October 6, 2019