40 Under 40 2023: Hall of Fame inductees share advice

The 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame recognizes young professionals who have made an impact across several industries.

40 Under 40 2023: Hall of Fame inductees share advice

The Albany Business Review will induct Matt Baumgartner - a serial restaurateur who has become a gentleman farmer - Annmarie Lanesey, a tech workforce development advocate and Oliver Robinson, the superintendent of Shenendehowa Central Schools District - into its 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame this year.

The Business Review has honored young professionals since more than 20 years. Several have left their mark in multiple industries and become an important part of the business community. The 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame recognizes professionals who have made the greatest impact since receiving the award.

Business Review's newsroom selects the Hall of Fame. Past inductees include Vikash Agrawal, Vikram Agrawal, Guha Bala, Karthik Bala, Kevin Bette, Sonny Bonacio, J. David Brown, Gary Dake, Denise Gonick, Joan Hayner, Mike Keegan, Jennifer MacPhee, Ruth Mahoney, Ed Mitzen, Debra Pollard and Hamdi Ulukaya.

We've got a few more details about our inductees for 2023:

Matt Baumgartner

Owner, June Farms

Class of 2007

What was your most significant accomplishment during your career? My most significant accomplishment has been to know that I've carved my own path. I quit a well-paying, safe job to take a risk in the world of restaurants after realizing that a career as a cubicle worker was not for me. Despite many failures in my life, I'll always remember that I made it my own way.

What advice would you give to this year's graduating class? When I was recognized as one of the 40 Under 40, I was in mid-thirties. Now I am in my late forties. You will be able to see how fast time passes. Don't wait. Take your chances now. Do not delay.

Annmarie Lanesey

Can Code Communities founder and President of Greane Tree Technology

Class of 2012

What is your most significant accomplishment? CanCode Communities was one of my most significant accomplishments. It has helped many people gain digital skills and to find jobs in the tech sector. CanCode's efforts to close the skills gap, and promote diversity in the tech industry have had a positive effect on many lives.

What advice would you give to this year's students? Never underestimate your ideas' potential to bring about meaningful change. Be persistent despite obstacles. Celebrate even the small victories, because they are a sign of your progress and positive impact.

Dr. L. Oliver Robinson

Superintendent, Shenendehowa Central School District

Class of 2004

What is the most significant accomplishment you have made in your career? Since 1992, I've been a superintendent of school. It is impossible to single out one particular accomplishment, as I was able to foster and lead a school environment and culture for all of these years. This has given thousands of students a solid base to pursue their goals. The trials and tribulations that Covid brought to education leaders and school systems pushed them to the edge. No playbook is available to assist us in overcoming the challenges that we face. All we need is a firm commitment to doing what is right, and preserving equity for our students. The strategy was tactical, but also strategic. We analyzed the impact of the crisis and reacted accordingly while remaining focused on the long-term prosperity of our school system.

What advice would you give to this year's graduating class? Leadership is more than just doing the right things. It is about doing them for the right reasons -- leading with conviction. It's about pursuing excellence in a reckless manner, without regard for the unknown. The cerebral is armed with courage, and the sword of conviction. It's about having a clear focus on your North Star and transforming challenges into opportunities. Leadership is sanctioning what will happen. Leadership is important.