Congratulations, 40 Under 40 Honorees!

Dan Cullen, Workforce Development Institute. Photo credit: Victoria Kereszi

Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE) congratulates the 2017 honorees of the Albany Business Review’s “40 Under 40” list. This year, 10 of the 40 honorees are involved with ACE, or are leaders in the industry segments that compose the region’s Creative Economy. Among them:

  • Dan Cullen, regional director of the Workforce Development Institute (ACE Leadership)
  • Alejandro del Peral, founder and owner of Nine Pin Cider Works (Culinary Arts sector)
  • William Gamble, CEO and owner of Pinhole Press (Visual Arts and Handcrafts sector)
  • Dave Gardell, owner of the The Ruck/Rolling Stock Co. (Culinary Arts sector)
  • James Hardesty, medical strategy, Fingerpaint (Media sector)
  • Kristen Holler, executive director of the Albany Barn (Performing Arts, Media, and Visual Arts sectors)
  • Tony Iadiccio, executive director of the Albany Center Gallery (Visual Arts sector)

    Kristen Holler, Albany Barn. Photo credit: Donna Abbott Vlahos, Albany Business Review

  • Cory Nelson, owner of Troy Kitchen (Culinary Arts sector)
  • Banni Singh, principal, D2D Green Design (Design sector)
  • Ali Skinner, director of strategic communications for CDPHP (Media sector)

“We’re really glad to see that so many of the ‘40 Under 40’ honorees are working in the Creative Economy,” said Maureen Sager, ACE’s project director. “Their businesses and organizations add so much vibrancy, excitement, and real competitive edge to the Capital and upstate region.”

ACE has recently begun working with the Culinary Arts and Agriculture industry. This group, estimated to employ 5,000 people in the region, is an integral part of the local Creative Economy, and ACE will have much more to announce about this sector in the coming months.  Until then, toast these ’40 Under 40′ winners at Nine Pin Cider Works, Troy Kitchen, or the Ruck!

Cory Nelson, Troy Kitchen. Photo credit: Donna Abbott Vlahos, Albany Business Review