Vermont Business Magazine (VBM) awarded their annual Rising Star honor to 40 up-and-coming leaders Nov. 8 in South Burlington. Among the honorees, who are all under the age of 40, are residents Krysta Sadowski and Phura Sherpa. The 2018 Rising Star award recipients were selected by a panel of judges in recognition of their commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and involvement in their communities.
Sadowski works for Gallagher, Flynn and Company, LLP in South Burlington as senior manager of its human resources consulting division. She joined the firm in 2017.
“I was very humbled to be honored with this award among so many incredible young professional Vermonters,” said Sadowski. “It was wonderful spending the evening with folks from across the state that are doing great work in their communities,”
Sherpa is co-owner of Sherpa Foods, headquartered in South Burlington. The company, which produces traditional Nepalese food for various co-ops, health food stores, supermarkets, and online marketplaces, recently received the COTS Business Hero Award for their commitment to giving back both locally and abroad.
“The 40 under 40 Rising Star Award meant a lot to me. It was a very humbling experience to be included with this talented group of young Vermonters from various industries doing amazing things in their respective fields,” said Sherpa.
“We received over 220 outstanding nominations this year. The six judges had a difficult time picking the top 40,” said VBM Publisher John Boutin. “These young professionals have chosen to make Vermont home. For them it’s not just about business, it’s about making a difference in their communities.”