VermontBiz Recognizes Vermont’s Rising Stars Class of 2023

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Outstanding young leaders chosen for contributions to the Vermont economy and their community

Vermont Business Magazine (VermontBiz) is proud to announce the winners of its Rising Stars recognition award. The list is comprised of 40 winners under the age of 40. Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and involvement in their communities.

“We are thrilled by the response to this initiative to recognize these up-and-coming leaders nominated by the Vermont business community. This is our fourteenth year,” said VermontBiz Publisher John Boutin. “We received over 130 outstanding nominations this year. The total number of honorees over the past 14 years now totals 641,” Boutin said. “The five judges had a difficult time picking the top 40. These young professionals have chosen to make Vermont home. These honorees over the years have stepped up as leaders, not only at their place of employment but also in their communities,” Boutin said.

VermontBiz will honor Vermont's most accomplished young leaders at the Rising Stars special event on November 2nd. The honorees will also be featured in the November issue of VermontBiz.

FAST FACTS: Of the 40 honorees, there are 23 women and 17 men. There are 2 from Addison County, 2 from Bennington County, 15 from Chittenden County, 2 from Lamoille County, 4 from Rutland County, 10 from Washington County, 2 from Windsor County and 3 from Windham County. The average age of the honorees is 35 years old. The oldest is 39 and the youngest is 26 years old.

The images above and below correspond to the listings, left to right.

Rising Stars Class of 2023

Name County Company Age
Mahat Abdullahi Chittenden United Way of Northwest Vermont  28
Diane Abruzzini Chittenden Rigorous Technology Inc 36
Alex Adams Rutland Green Mountain Power 34
Clara Ayer Washington  Fairmont Farm 35
Ike Bendavid Chittenden WCAX Channel 3 News 29
Ravi Bidichandani Chittenden PC Construction 35
Ryan Black-Deegan Washington  Davis & Hodgdon CPAs 36
Melissa Bounty Washington  Central Vermont Economic Development  39
Jackie Burrell Chittenden Avalon Natural Medicine 32
Matthew Burzon Rutland Source & Recruit Company 38
Daniel Chiaccio Windham First Proof 33
Katya d'Angelo Washington Bridgeside Books 37
Jennifer duToit Barrett Addison The Vermont Community Foundation 33
Erin Fagnant Chittenden KSV 39
Phillip Foy Chittenden Encore Renewable Energy 37
Andie Fusco Bennington Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty 38
Anna Grearson Chittenden Union Mutual 39
Dani Kehlmann Washington Vermont Huts Association 38
Kate Lamb Washington  SunCommon 39
Dora Levinson Windham Building Bright Futures 38
Olivia Lyons Rutland Chamber & Economic Dev Rutland Region 26
Sarah Marshall Chittenden Vermont Federal Credit Union 34
Brit McKenna Addison Vermont Vocational Services 36
Kevin Moyer Chittenden Vermont Frames 37
Katye Munger Rutland Heritage Family Credit Union 39
Maddy Murray-Clasen Chittenden  Green Mountain Power 28
Brittany Nevins Chittenden State of Vermont 32
Peter Paggi Windham Windham & Windsor Housing Trust 37
Daniel Preston Windsor KW Vermont 39
David Richards Chittenden Vermont Construction Company 32
Megan Roush Washington Vermont Housing Finance Agency 30
Amy Spear Rutland Vermont Chamber of Commerce 37
Megan Sullivan Chittenden Vermont Chamber of Commerce 39
Gregory Tatro Lamoille  Jenna's Promise 35
Lucy Thayer Chittenden Trudell Consulting Engineers (TCE) 39
Matt Washburn Windsor Washburn & Wilson Agency, Inc. 38
Teddy Waszazak Washington  Hunger Free Vermont 26
Zachariah Watson Washington Central Vermont Habitat for Humanity, Inc. 36
Lo Wolf Lamoille Tetra Tech 34
Ahmad Yassir Bennington VT News & Media 26