STAMFORD, Conn., May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Fairfield County Business Journal (FCBJ) and its business chamber co-sponsors have selected the 40Under40 Class of 2011 winners, who will be honored at a celebratory event June 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at High Ridge Park Corporate Center in Stamford.

Speaking on behalf of FCBJ and the sponsoring organizations, Dee DelBello, publisher, said, "It never ceases to amaze me, in the seven years we have been holding this competition, that there are so many bright young professionals and entrepreneurs doing good things in their businesses and the community. It really is very difficult to choose the winners."

The 40Under40 event will include FCBJ's A Taste of Fairfield County, provided by Fairfield County's finest restaurants; entertainment and an art exhibit organized by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County; a keynote address by Priceline.com founder Jay Walker; and a masterful Master of Ceremonies, Joe Connolly, veteran business reporter for The Wall Street Journal and WCBS Newsradio 880.

Honorees include Michele Albano, Michele's Pies; Jessica Angier, Hybrid Intelligence Inc.; James Bergers, Lord Chamberlain Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; Colleen Bike, Vice President and Market Manager, People's United Bank; Adam Birnbaum, Avon Theatre Film Center/Nova Theatre Circuit; James Burshtein, Beyond IT Support; Lisa Bratt, Stephen's Village L.L.C.; Gina Calder, Bridgeport Hospital; Mark Calzone, Ash Creek Enterprises Inc.; Jason Corsi, GE Capital; Jackie Effren, Norwalk Mentor Program; Alison Fischer, The Plumed Serpent Bridal; Christopher Fleming, Compass Furnished Apartments; Bonnie Geppert, Pierson & Smith; George Gerhard, Barnum Financial Group, an office of MetLife; Christopher Given, St. Vincent's Health Services; Paul Gojkovich III, Newmark Knight Frank; Taryn Harrigan, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC; Jennifer M. F. Hillgen-Santa Esq., Hillgen-Santa Financial Group L.L.C.; Jenn Bond Huisking, Westport Country Playhouse; Amy Jacabacci, Main Enterprises; Lisa Lou Joaquim, The Trek Bicycle Store; Jamie Jones, Jones Family Farms Winery L.L.C.; Adam Klimek, Cushman & Wakefield; Jennifer Lynne, The Backstroke; David Marceau, Ridgefield One L.L.C.; Penni Martin, Ludlowe Center for Health and Rehabilitation; Patrick Minicus, Norwalk Hospital; R. Patrick Morrow, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Eric Niederer, Wilson Elser; Eli Newsom, Bridgeport Theatre Company; Caitlin Nurge, Westfair Communications Inc.; Brian Reklaitis, Webster Bank;Maureen "Mo" Reynolds, Deloitte & Touche L.L.P.; Joanna Rotonde, Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc.; Robert Russo, Robert D. Russo, Attorney at Law/Brooklawn Strategies; Jonathan Shapiro, Shapiro Law Offices L.L.C.;Matthew Storch, Match Restaurant; Kate Truesdell, Greenwich Dance Studio; Witney Wasserman, St. Vincent's Medical Center/Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health.

The 40Under40 awards recognize creative young professionals, all under the age of 40, who are dedicated to personal and professional development. These are individuals that serve as role models for their colleagues and are motivated to succeed in their distinct fields. They are hard workers who have truly mastered the "art" of leadership.

Event sponsors, to date, include ConnectiCare and HOTEL ZERO DEGREES.

To purchase event tickets, visit formstack.com/forms/wbp-4040RegForm or contact Beverly at (914) 694-3600begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (914) 694-3600 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, ext. 3027, bvisosky(at)westfairinc(dot)com. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, call or email Barbara at (914) 694-3600 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (914) 694-3600 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, ext. 3031, bhanlon(at)westfairinc(dot)com.

About Fairfield County Business Journal

The Fairfield County Business Journal and its sister publication the Westchester County Business Journal have been published for nearly 50 years; the last 20 years by Westfair Communications Inc. They were founded by a member of the Pulitzer family and a former Wall Street Journal executive. Modeled after the journals, Westfair founded HV Biz more than four years ago.

Business-to-business publications, the journals have become must-reads for local business people for their coverage of breaking business news, emerging trends in leading industries, business success stories, profiles on interesting business people, business leads and records.

The Fairfield County Business Journal has a circulation of more than 15,000 with a 3.5 person pass-along, resulting in a readership of nearly 55,000 each week.