Imagine our delight when we found an email with the following subject line last week: Congratulations … You have been selected a BBJ 40 under 40!! That’s right, our incomparable CEO Pawan Deshpande has been honored as of Boston’s top 40 executives under the age of 40 — from a field of more than 400 nominations, which the Boston Business Journal says is the highest number of nominations in the 13 years that the publication has been running the program.
In addition to placing Pawan among some of the rising stars of the region’s leading enterprises, this honor reflects Pawan’s ascendancy as a thought leader for content curation and content marketing, a burgeoning field for which Boston has become a hub, thanks to organizations like HubSpot, Brightcove and of course, HiveFire. Among other events, Pawan has been seen and heard throughout town and on the Internet at the Social Media Breakfast, on the July 21st AMA Webinar and at TedX Boston. And, as you may have heard, we’re in the running for a panel discussion at SXSW — keep your votes coming!
We all know that Pawan has professional chops, but what helped tip the scales in his favor for the BBJ award is his commitment to his community. As an active member of the Executive Council for the Hindu American Foundation, Pawan has worked on the research and writing of the Hindu Human Rights Report, an annual report providing detailed accounts of human rights violations against Hindus in areas where they are minority, and has played an instrumental role in developing the Foundation’s internship program.
So now you don’t have to take our word for it. We’ve always thought Pawan was awesome, and now we know that the editors of Boston’s leading business publication agrees. Congrats, Pawan, and thanks for helping us shine in the light of your star.