By KAITLYN NAPLES
Out of 125 nominations around the state, Bristol’s own Heather Lombardi has been selected as one of the recipients of the Hartford Business Journal’s “40 under Forty” Award. She isn’t 40 yet, but is already married with two children, and is a certified trade broker and co-founder of Barter Business Unlimited, right here in Bristol.
“I was very surprised, but I am incredibly proud and grateful for the recognition,” Lombardi said in an email.
Lombardi was born in Bristol, but moved away when she was in elementary school. When it was time to find a home and a place to set up her business, Lombardi said Bristol was the spot since “Bristol is where my roots lie.”
Every year, since 1998, the Hartford Business Journal has been recognizing 40 outstanding individuals in the state, who are under the age of 40, and have made their presence known in the business world.
Barter Business Unlimited is a family-owned and operated barter exchange, Lombardi said, adding that the company works with businesses “and brings them new sales and increased market share, to move available inventory and to minimize cash outlay for everyday business expenses.”
In her job, Lombardi gets to work with entrepreneur’s right in her own community, and said she enjoys everything about that. She said they not only make her job “incredibly rewarding, but they are the reason I love what I do. They give me the opportunity to make a difference each & every day, it is incredibly rewarding personally and professionally.”
On the list of her proudest accomplishments in her life so far, are the success of her company, being chosen as one of the recipients of the 40 Under Forty Award, and her two children.
When she isn’t at the office, Lombardi spends her time with her family, and also enjoys photography and has an interest in tattoos.
Her goals for the future are to bring her business “to the next level,” and she also wants to inspire her friends and family to “be the best they can be, not only in their careers, but in their personal lives.”
For the professionals who are either just starting out, or who are in the midst of their professional lives, Lombardi would remind them of this: “With hard work and desire, anything is possible. Your attitude determines your altitude.”
Each year, the 40 Under Forty recipients are determined by an independent panel of judges, who are all 40 Under Forty alumni.
“This year’s honorees were chosen from more than 125 nominations. They are leaders in their respective fields and committed to bettering the communities in which they live and work,” Gail Lebert, publisher of the Hartford Business Journal, said in a press release. “We are delighted to recognize their accomplishments and wish them continued growth and success.
The 17th annual 40 Under Forty Awards Gala will feature networking and dinner, and will be held on Monday, Sept. 23 at the Connecticut Convention Center from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission to the event is $85 per ticket and $750 for a table of 10 ($95/$850 after Sept. 17).
To register or for more information, contact Brian Baum at BBaum@ HartfordBusiness.com or (860)236-9998 ext 134, or register online at www.hartfordbusiness.com.
For more information about the winners and the event, visit www.hartfordbusiness.com.