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WATERTOWN — The 2021 NNY Business 20 Under 40 class was celebrated Friday night in the ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The room was filled with 20 tables, each with eight chairs. Four televisions showed rotating images of the 20 under 40 award winners.

“It’s a privilege to be able to do this,” said Holly C. Boname, editor and designer for NNY Magazines and public relations manager for Johnson Newspaper Corp.

The keynote speaker was ABC 50’s Alex Hazard, who said he was a little surprised when he got the call and said he wrote his speech on a speech-to-text elliptical trainer.

Alex Hazard, ABC 50 host, delivers the keynote address at the NNY Business Magazine 20 Under 40 Awards on Friday night at the Hilton Garden Inn in Watertown. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily times

“I’ve thought a lot about what leadership is and what it means to me,” he said. “I had to decide what it would mean for me, but then what it would mean for the recipients, and I tried to combine the two.”

In his speech, Hazard, who is gay, said that having representation matters and that he sees representation in the 20 under 40 recipients. He added that he watched representations on TV as a kid and didn’t quite understand how important it was, but did understand that these people “represented something I wanted.”

“In the same way, Chris Marshall, you represent to Bryson, your son who I grew up loving, that daddy can be boss and he can be too,” he said. “In the same way, Mykel (Myrick), you have shown children in the North that people of color can appear in local media, which we rarely see, on a local level and even on a national level. And I’m sure you all have your own stories of who you looked up to to know you could do exactly what you’re doing here today.”

Mr. Hazard spoke of events that shaped his life—his mother made him do the morning school announcements and went to Brazil as a Rotary Club exchange student. But one example really caught his eye.

“I did a spot about fish fries at a church during Lent and was told I wasn’t welcome,” he said. “I was in a grocery store and someone told me I was a pedophile. I was at a country club and someone told me they wanted me dead and he wouldn’t be afraid to do it with his own hands while I was walking to my car so I better be careful. That’s when I realized I wasn’t physically able to protect myself… As you’ve probably guessed, those moments happened because I was openly gay, but what I left out of the story was that during a a short year ago when I moved to central Pennsylvania…this death threat was a life changing moment for me.”

He said after receiving the death threat he lost 85 pounds, started speaking publicly about his sexuality and moved back north.

“Here in the North we don’t pick people off when they have problems, we encourage them,” Mr Hazard said.

20 under 40 shine

From left: Winner of the 20 U40 class 2021: Dr. Asim Kichloo, Jessica Blair, Christopher Marshall, Nicole Caldwell, Mykel “Quince” Myrick, Catherine Bennett, Josh Leviker, Jeffrey Kimball, McKenzee Fisk-Kamide, Meredith Taylor, Cheyenne Steria, Suzanne Renzi-Falge, Dr. Corey Campbell, Lisa Virkler, Jordan Jones, Matthew Turcotte and Andrew Boulter at the NNY Business Magazine 20 Under 40 Awards Friday night at the Hilton Garden Inn in Watertown. Winners not pictured: Jason Hendricks, William Trithart, Dr. Jennifer Nightingale. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily times

The 20 under 40 class for 2021 includes Catherine Bennett, Milkweed Tussock Tubers; Jessica Blair, Watertown City School District; Andrew Boulter, Watertown Savings Bank; Nicole Caldwell, Better Farm/betterArts & Stacker; Corey Campbell, Jefferson Community College; Jason Hendricks, H3 Designs LLC; McKenzee Fisk-Kamide, GYMO Architectural Engineering & Land Surveying; Jordan Jones, CREDO Community Center for Addiction Treatment; and dr Asim Kichloo, Samaritan Medical Center.

Also honored were Jeffrey Kimball, Northwestern Mutual; Josh Leviker, Barret Paving Materials Inc.; Christopher Marshall, governor high school; Mykel (Quince) Myrick, tunes 92.5 and Holddown Upstate; dr Jennifer Nightingale, Country Veterinary Clinic; Suzanne Renzi-Falge, Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library; Cheyenne Steria, Lewis County Economic Development/Naturally Lewis; Meredith Taylor, Hiring Heroes Military Spouse Professional Network; William Trithart, Big Spoon Kitchen; Matthew Turcotte, North Shore Solutions and U Store; and Lisa Virkler, Lewis County and Samaritan Medical Center.

Mr Hazard said the recipients represent the best in the North and they are showing the next group of leaders that they too can become community leaders.

“Because representation matters, kindness matters, service to others matters, compassion matters, that’s what leadership is, and when you do those things, which everyone who wins this award does, you’re a leader of the.” Things that matter,” he called.

20 under 40 shine

ABC 50 host Alex Hazard delivers the keynote address at the NNY Business Magazine 20 Under 40 Awards Friday night at the Hilton Garden Inn in Watertown. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily times

Presented each year to people who exemplify what it means to be a young leader in the north of the country, the 20 Under 40 Awards have been an annual tradition of NNY Business Magazine for more than a decade.

“It is my honor to present this award to people in the community who make a difference every day,” said Ms. Boname. “It’s amazing to me how much talent I’ve seen over the past six years that I’ve presented this award.”

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