The most influential people in the Central Mass. economy

In compiling our annual list of the most powerful people in the Central Massachusetts business community, there are countless CEOs, executive directors, presidents and founders to choose, from...


The Power 50: Steven Rotman

Rotman is building a retail-and-manufacturing empire, leveraging his role in the 56-year-old family furniture business, which has sold more than $1 billion.

The Power 50: Harry Kokkinis

The 94-year-old Table Talk Pies has been owned by the same family for three generations, and Kokkinis' chapter in that legacy will be the expansion of its production and return to its roots in...

The Power 50: Ernie Herrman

TJX has done so well in today's turbulent retail environment, one could almost think that Herrman and his leadership have it easy.

The Power 50: Michael Dundas

Dundas is quickly becoming the face and the brain behind Massachusetts recreational marijuana.

The Power 50: Christopher Baldwin

Since Baldwin assumed the role of president and CEO in 2015, the retailer more than doubled its net income, from $24 million in fiscal 2016 to $50 million in fiscal 2018.

The Power 50: Amy Lynn Chase

Short of a deep-pocketed developer, few could make as much of an impact on a neighborhood as Chase has in Worcester's Canal District and Hudson's downtown.

The Power 50: Karim El-Gamal

El-Gamal and his business partners didn't single-handedly make downtown Hudson what it is today, but it can sometimes feel that way.

The Power 50: Eric, Jack and Sam Hendler

The Hendler brothers have quickly become giants in the beer-making industry, running the second largest Central Massachusetts brewery at 44,250 barrels produced in 2017.

The Power 50: Sandy Dunn

Dunn's role at the DCU Center alone would makes her one of the Power 50. As general manager, she oversees all aspects of the operations at the facility hosting nearly 500,000 attendees annually.

The Power 50: Lynn Cheney

Cheney is the tie between Worcester County's 7,000 farms and its budding restaurant scene looking to serve fresh, locally grown food

The Power 50: Ann T. Lisi

Lisi sits at the head of a foundation with a $133-million endowment, distributing about $7-$8 million every year to nonprofits.

The Power 50: David A. Jordan

Seven Hills Foundation extends far beyond its Worcester base, to 160 locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and seven countries abroad, with more than 4,000 employees and a budget of $223 million.

The Power 50: Jill C. Dagilis

If you've ever served on a volunteer nonprofit board in Central Massachusetts, you've probably met Dagilis, serving right along aside you.

The Power 50: Michael F. Collins, MD

The numbers tell the story best: more than $900 million in annual revenues, 1,100 graduate students and 700 medical residents and fellows.

The Power 50: F. Javier Cevallos

Framingham State's student body is 95-percent Massachusetts residents, and most of those are from a short drive from its campus.

The Power 50: Rev. Philip L. Boroughs

This was the year Boroughs deftly navigated controversial waters while still moving Holy Cross forward academically.

The Power 50: Kate Sharry

Sharry's role as a business leader in Central Massachusetts was solidified in January when she was named the chair of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, just the third woman to hold that...

The Power 50: Tina M. Sbrega

For nearly 10 years now, Sbrega has led a community-based credit union with $498 million in assets and 28,162 members.

The Power 50: John C. Roche

Roche joined Hanover in 2006 as vice president of underwriting and product management for commercial lines, with previous stops at other insurers, including Travelers in Hartford.

The Power 50: Elaine Osgood

What Osgood started more than 30 years ago under the Uniglobe Travel franchise umbrella has blossomed into a travel and technology behemoth.

The Power 50: Edward F. Manzi Jr.

Fidelity Bank, with its $809 million in assets and 143 employees, has been around longer than the more broadly known Fidelity Investments.

The Power 50: Susan Mailman

Like Michael Angelini, Mailman is one of two people in the Worcester economy whose clout built up over a long career extends beyond her day job, allowing her to implement change throughout the...

The Power 50: Dinesh Wadhwani

What started as a late-night college dorm room conversation nine years ago at Babson has blossomed into one of the industry giants in efficient-lighting technology.

The Power 50: Ravi Vig

In April, Vig decided to move Allegro's 286 employees making computer semiconductors from the firm's 53-year-old Worcester home to Marlborough, continuing Marlborough's regional pull.

The Power 50: Nobuhiko Tamura

Tamura and the Marlborough-based drugmaker are big players in the state's growing life sciences industry, especially in Central Massachusetts.

The Power 50: Valentin Gapontsev

Gapontsev founded IPG Photonics in 1990 and has since created more than 1,500 jobs in Worcester County, and hundreds more could be on the way, as the company is eyeing expansion projects at its...

The Power 50: Chris Coghlin

As head of both Columbia Tech in Westborough and Cogmedix in Worcester, Coghlin is in charge of nearly 600 employees making products for both the capital equipment and medical device markets.

The Power 50: Jeffrey M. Welch

As the head of one of Worcester's two largest hospitals, Welch leads one of the biggest employers in Central Massachusetts with 2,450 employees and healthcare provider for a wide range of area...

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Top NIH grant recipients in Central Mass.

Ranked by FY 2018 total amount funded

RankGrant recipientNo. of awardsTotal funding
1UMass Medical School, Worcester345$160,982,250
2Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester13$4,680,702
3Embera Neurotherapeutics Inc., Sudbury1$3,762,556

Source: National Institutes of Health

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