Josh Schwartz. Photo: Jeff Knight

Joshua Schwartz, executive director of the Mad River Valley Planning District and a Waitsfield resident, is among the 40 young leaders named by Vermont Business Magazine (VBM) as Rising Stars. He is joined on this year’s list by Mark Frier of Waterbury, who is with the The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room/The Bench; Andrew Wood, Duxbury, with Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation; and Nick Managan, Waterbury, of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative.

Vermont Business Magazine selects 40 winners under the age of 40 for the award. Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities.

“We are thrilled by the response to this initiative to recognize these up-and-coming leaders,” said VBM publisher John Boutin. “We received over 100 outstanding nominations this year. The judges had a difficult time picking the top 40. These young professionals have chosen to make Vermont home. For these young professionals, it’s not just about business. It’s about them making a difference in their communities,” Boutin said.

Vermont Business Magazine will honor Vermont's most accomplished young leaders at the Rising Stars dinner on November 5. The dinner will be held at the Hampton Inn Burlington Hotel in Colchester. The honorees will also be featured in the November issue of Vermont Business Magazine.

Of the 40 honorees, there are 20 men and 20 women. There are 13 from Chittenden County, 10 from Washington County, three from Franklin County, one from Windsor County, nine from Rutland County, three from Addison County and one from Orange County. The average age of the winners is 32 years old. The oldest is 39 and the youngest is 22 years old.