40 Under Forty Ceremony

Kevin Desrosiers, Chief Medical Officer, Elliott Hospital and Elliott Medical Group Acute Care Services, was honored. At left is Katie McQuaid of the Union Leader, and at right is State Senate President Donna Soucy.

CONCORD — Taking their places in the ranks of honorees considered among the state’s top political and community leaders, members of the 2019 class of the New Hampshire Union Leader 40 Under Forty were honored during a ceremony Wednesday night at the Grappone Conference Center.

The program, now in its 18th year, honors New Hampshire residents who have achieved professional and volunteer accomplishments in the state.

Past honorees include former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter and Olympic gold medalist skier Bode Miller.

“A lot of great people here committed to their community and the state of New Hampshire,” said state Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes, D-Concord, one of this year’s honorees.

“I’m just grateful to be a part of it. It’s an honor to be included, and really grateful for everything everyone’s doing. There’s a lot of committed public servants, especially a record number of young Democrats, committed to moving New Hampshire forward and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with them to make sure New Hampshire remains a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

“As individuals and as a group, you represent the best of New Hampshire, and its future — people who are passionate about building and about helping others in our communities,” said Senate President Donna Soucy of Manchester, a member of the inaugural 40 Under Forty class in 2002. “When reading the stories of this year’s honorees, it’s impossible not to be inspired.In 2002 the Union Leader recognized the inaugural 40 Under Forty class with words I think still resonate today. ‘You are tied to New Hampshire’s past, and wired into her future. You are the future, and the future is now.’

The 21 men and 19 women chosen for the 18th annual Class of 40 Under Forty, sponsored by Dartmouth-Hitchcock, have made professional and personal contributions to make New Hampshire a better place to live and work.

This year’s group features two honorees in their 20s; 13 between 30 and 35; and 25 between 36 to 39.

This year’s group brings the total number of Granite Staters honored to 720 since the program began.

The 2019 class represents a diverse workforce, including three first responders, a former police officer now helping young adults make healthy choices, and a Latin teacher who also coordinates security and crisis management.

Three more honorees work as advocates for children in need and those battling substance abuse. The class also includes six lawyers, six medical professionals, four honorees from politics and four educators. Other industries represented include finance, marketing, construction, culinary arts and weather.

Close to 250 nomination forms were received from across the state in the fall.

“They are all passionate advocates for our way of life in the Granite State,” said New Hampshire Union Leader Executive Editor Trent Spiner. “Tonight you join a very select group including CEOs, fire chiefs, doctors and volunteers.”

“It’s very exciting, I love what I’m doing right now in terms of working at the state and running a business and being very active in the community,” said state Rep. Erika Connors of Manchester, a former city school board member. “It’s an honor to be selected and be among this great group of people. I hope to live up to the group, and there are some amazing people here who have done great things for New Hampshire and beyond, and I hope to as well.”

“It’s really humbling,” said state Rep. Matt Wilhelm of Manchester. “I would always pay attention to who was on that list, and it’s an honor to be chosen, and be a part of the legacy of 40 Under Forty.”

“It was a complete surprise and an honor to be recognized with everyone else here tonight,” said Bow Fire Chief Mitchell Harrington. “There are an awful lot of folks here at the top of their profession.”

“It’s a pretty cool honor, but doing this and doing any job is easy when you have found something you are passionate about,” said Joseph Stalker of Concord, an EMS captain with the Hooksett Fire Department. “It makes it easy to do what we do when you love your job. It’s nice to be recognized once in a while.”

Nominees had to be under 40 as of Feb. 1, have lived in the state for at least three years, and have made professional and personal contributions to making New Hampshire a better place.