CEO & Founder Named on The Boston Business Journal's 7th Annual 40 Under 40 List

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NXTevent, a premier event management firm regional to Boston announced that its founder and CEO Allyson M. OÂ?Connor has been named to the Boston Business JournalÂ?s list of Â?40 Under 40Â? which is a listing of the best and brightest of Greater BostonÂ?s businesspeople under 40 years old.

NXTevent, a premier meeting, event and destination management firm regional to Boston announced that its founder and CEO Allyson M. O’Connor has been named to the Boston Business Journal’s list of “40 Under 40” which is a listing of the best and brightest of Greater Boston’s businesspeople under 40 years old. Each year, The Boston Business Journal honors forty outstanding professionals under the age of 40 for their business success and community contributions. "Boston stands at the forefront of America's economy, and the vigor and razor-sharp intelligence of this year's honorees holds out promise that the region will continue to lead," said George Donnelly, the BBJ's editor. "Every year, we receive more nominations than the year before, and 2004 was no exception."

On Nov. 9, the Boston Business Journal will host a celebratory reception at the new Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to honor the 40 finalists and their guests. "We are once again amazed and impressed by the quality and quantity of young talented businesspeople in Boston," said Michael Olivieri, publisher of the Boston Business Journal. "The nominations reflect the vitality and mirrors, the diversity of our local business community."

“I am grateful and honored to be included in the Boston Business Journal’s 2004 Class of the 40 under 40,” Allyson O'Connor, Founder and President. “I love this industry. After my first experience with the Grand Openings of the World Financial Center in New York City, I was hooked on event management and logistics. I am proud to have my industry represented in the central business media of the New England community, and I am delighted to represent “all things Boston”. With the newly opened, ready for business Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and the success of the Democratic National Convention, Boston is THE ideal global events destination. The advantages of hosting world class events and meetings in the City of Boston are undisputable!” NXTevent completes the design, implementation and execution of 70 to 80 programs each year for numerous clients including organizations coming to the area for annual meetings, events and conferences. Not yet 40, Allyson O’Connor has designed and managed corporate and worldwide sponsor programs at international events such as Super Bowl, the Olympics, and Ryder Cup. Her first gala was a presidential event - “Stop Cancer” with President Ronald Reagan.

Ms. O'Connor and NXTevent have also been known for many contributions to nonprofit organizations in the North Shore region as well as in Boston. As an active mother, she also remains a constant participant and contributor in her hometown community of Gloucester, MA. “Ally frequently utilizes our company resources to fundraise for women affiliated causes and to advocate advancements in industry standards. It’s great to observe an individual who has been successful in business, while also being successful in her family life. Ally reminds our team that the quality of life’s issues can be realized with hard work, focus and dedication. It’s good old-fashioned hard work. The reward is internal promotion, professional training and development, and the ability to set and reach personal goals”, said Joanne O’Connell, Program and Account Manager, NXTevent.

“Having worked directly in the Massachusetts and New England market for many years, Ms. O’Connor has a demonstrable acumen for creating ingenious and customized event marketing programs while adding value with national and global standards. There is no other individual in the meetings and events industry that I would consider referring whether it’s city, regional national or worldwide. I am confident that Ms. O’Connor will continue to bring vision and visibility to the City of Boston and raise the bar on a global level in the meeting and events industry.” said Christian Coffin, General Manager, Hilton Hotel Family of Boston.

Dedicated to the art of event, meeting & destination management in Boston & New England, NXTevent is global in scope yet regional in resourcefulness.

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George Donnelly        

Boston Business Journal,



Douglas Banks

Boston Business Journal,

Editor, 40 Under 40 Editor        


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