40 Under 40 WYBA members for 2017:
Viens completed a judicial clerkship with Massachusetts Superior Court before entering private practice, relocating to Worcester County in 2010 to join Bowditch. He was named partner in 2015 and been recognized as a Rising Star by Massachusetts Super Lawyers and named a Super Lawyer for Business Litigation in 2017. Viens practices in business/commercial areas, counselling businesses, nonprofits and individuals.
He serves on the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester board and is a member of the Worcester Young Businessmen's Association. He enjoys time with his wife and four kids, especially at hockey rinks watching the kids compete.
What would a movie made about your be called? "The Counsellor" -- My job is to be a trusted advisor, guiding clients in difficult and challenging issues.
The one Central Mass. location should everyone visit? Davis Farmland
Where is your ideal vacation spot? Florida. It's where I was married, has beautiful beaches and is home to my kids' favorite place – Disney.
Royce joined UniBank in 2015, after serving in financial roles at other institutions for nine years, including small business development and retail branch management before transitioning into commercial lending. He is now responsible for working with companies needing to borrow $1 million or more.
He co-chaired the bank's 2015 and 2016 United Way of Central Mass. campaigns, raising more than $150,000. He serves on the board for Abby Kelley Foster Charter School and chairs the race committee for the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce Applefest 5K. He lives with Jessica McGarry, his two children, Aidan and Conner, and her two sons, Jeremy and Josh.
If you spoke at a college graduation, what would the message be? Do your very best, never sacrifice integrity.
Why work in Central Mass.? I was born, raised, educated and raise my kids here. Enough said.
What movie actor would play you? Adam Sandler. His comedic style captures my quirky personality.
Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, Reardon co-founded Commonwealth in 2010 with Brian Pelczarski, transforming the firm from credit and debit processing to assisting with accounts receivable for clients ranging from entrepreneurs to multinationals, opening offices in New York, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C.
Reardon serves as co-chair for the Central MA Coalition for Suicide Prevention and is a community advisory board member for Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Suicide Prevention Program. An avid fisherman, he lives with his wife, Elaine, and son, Tom.
How do you define success? Growing our offices to where we have robust teams, first-class offerings, and are great stewards of our communities.
If you spoke at a college graduation, what would the message be? Every graduate should work hard now on creating their own ideas. Those on the edge of starting their own business need encouragement.
Murphy's interest in business first came working after school for his father's fire truck repair firm. Murphy obtained his real estate license at 19, and then acquired weRENTboston in 2005. He started weRENTcentralmass in 2008 – becoming the market leader in rentals – and then acquired the city's largest apartment rental agency, Guardian Select. Murphy then launched 7 Hill Property Management to provide services beyond leasing. In 2012 co-funded Stage One Investors to buy delinquent real estate tax and convert it into revenue for municipalities. That same year, he founded Baystate Investment Fund to buy and redevelop real estate.
If you spoke at a college graduation, what would the message be? I have failed miserably, so many times. Once you understand you can't move forward looking in the rear-view mirror, be prepared for your greatest successes.
Why work in Central Mass.? Boston real estate is for institutional investors. Central Mass. provides an opportunity for me in a growing market.
When Merrill received his certified investment management analyst designation from Wharton in 2012, he was one of the youngest holders of the title in the nation. He has used this knowledge and five years spent with institutional clients at Fidelity Investments to help Clifford achieve substantial business growth, focusing on individual clients and small business owners.
Merrill volunteers for Junior Achievement in Worcester and teaches personal finance at high schools. He is president of networking group BNI Profit Rockets. He lives with his wife, Kat, and twin boys, Jack and Mason.
If you spoke at a college graduation, what would the message be? Listen. We are too eager to share our own ideas without hearing others.
What one Central Mass. location should everyone visit? Stone Cow Brewery in Barre has something for all ages, especially young families.
What did you want to be when you grew up? A New England Patriots player. Now 30, I feel the same way.
Johnson joined O'Connor, looking to continue its legacy of professional excellence and community involvement, while strategizing clients tax, auditing and accounting needs and requirements. He has served on the board of Canines for Disabled Kids since 2008, on the audit committee of The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, as an executive committee member of the Worcester Estate & Business Planning Council, as a member of the Worcester Young Businessmen's Association, and as a member of Tatnuck Country Club. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, kayaking and playing volleyball.
What would a movie made about your career be called? "Kevin Can Do It!" When something new needs to get done, I'm usually the one with the knowledge and experience to do it.
Who gave you the best career advice? John Armstrong taught me the importance of hard work.
Why do you work in Central Massachusetts? I love the people and the smaller community feel of the area.