Bristol Hospital doctor tapped for ‘40 Under Forty’

Every year, since 1998, the Hartford Business Journal has acknowledged 40 outstanding individuals in the state, who are under the age of 40, and have made their presence known in the business world.
This year, out of more than 100 nominations, two individuals in the area were chosen as recipients of The Hartford Business Journal 40 Under Forty Awards.
One local recipient of the Hartford Business Journal 40 Under Forty Award is Dr. Mark Watson, of Farmington, who is part of a practice in Bristol, the Bristol Hospital Multi-Specialty Group. Watson said winning the award is “flattering” and he was happy to be able to be recognized for his work. The 38-year-old always had an interest in science when hewas younger, and he said his passion eventually evolved into a career choice. He said he has done a lot of volunteer work with hospice and other chronic patient care facilities.
Watson said he would say his greatest accomplishment is being able to open his own practice, and would advise the future of the working world to “listen more than you talk.” He also said to not rush into a final career choice from the start.
“Don’t make any decisions too early,” Watson said. “Take the time to explore and then, when you find something you truly enjoy, to really focus on that.”
To qualify to be nominated for the 40 Under Forty Award, Brian Baum, Hartford Business Journal events coordinator, said a candidate must work in the Greater Hartford area, should be in a high level of a company or an owner or founder, must be under the age of 40 and must not be a previous recipient.
“The 40 Under Forty class of 2012 recognizes outstanding young professionals in the Greater Hartford area who are excelling in their industries through their leadership roles,” Baum said in an email. “They are driven by success, motivated by challenges, and are role models for their peers. These individuals are part of an outstanding class of upcoming business leaders and share a commitment to business success, personal growth and community involvement.”
Another recipient, Alison Gilcreast, a Plainville resident and new employee of Aetna in Fairfield, said when she found out she was chosen as a recipient she was “humbled.”
“I was looking at all of the other people chosen who were lawyers and doctors and entrepreneurs, it felt odd to be in the same category as them,” she said, adding that she just recently started a new job at Aetna as an engagement consultant and project manager. “It’s still nice to be recognized.”
Gilcreast has always been involved in the public health industry, and spends a lot of her time volunteering and working on projects. She began working as an administrative assistant in a doctor’s office when she was 16-years-old, and has worked her way through other kinds of medical offices, then found herself in the health insurance business. The 30-year-old has her master’s degree in public health from Southern Connecticut State University, and is the mother of a 2-year-old. Yet still finds time to advance in her career, and also take on other volunteer work and community projects.
There will be a gala for the award recipients held on Monday, Sept. 24, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Tickets are $85 per person and $750 for a table of 10, before Sept. 17. For more information or tickets contact Brian Baum, Monday through Thursday, at (860) 236-9998 ext: 34.
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