The first class of Otsego County’s “20 Under 40”– a collaboration of the Otsego County and Cooperstown chambers of Commerce, and Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal to recognize citizens who are excelling early in their careers – was chosen Tuesday, Feb. 10, by an independent panel of six judges.

The honorees are:

► CHAD ANGELLOTTI, Oneonta, staff social worker, Otsego County Mental Health

► BRENT BAYSINGER, owner, Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales, Portlandville.

► DAN BUTTERMANN, Oneonta, casualty supervisor, New York Central Mutual, Edmeston

► DAN CROWELL, Fly Creek, Otsego County treasurer

► JESSICA GUENTHER, Oneonta, Internet & marketing specialist, Five Star Subaru

► STACIE HAYNES, Cooperstown, CROP program manager, ONC BOCES, Milford

► DANIELLE HENRICI, Cooperstown, NYSHA, director of education

► DANA LEONARD, Cooperstown, co-owner, Origins Café

► KRISTEN LEONARD, Cooperstown, co-owner, Origins Café

► HAROLD “BUD” LIPPITT, Cooperstown, teacher and coach, Cooperstown Central School

► SARAH MANCHESTER, Oneonta, financial adviser, Edward Jones,

► HEATHER MANN, Oneonta, owner, Mann Made Cakes and Soda Jerks

► ANDREW MARIETTA, Cooperstown, New York Council of Nonprofits, Oneonta

► SHANNON MCHUGH, Oneonta, Lil’ Ladybug Day Care, teacher

► HANNAH MORGAN, Oneonta, sustainability coordinator, SUNY Oneonta

► JONATHAN PHILBY, Oneonta, adaptive phys-ed teacher, Springbrook

► MEGAN SCRIVENER, Oneonta, internship coordinator, SUNY Oneonta

► CORINNE SMITH, Cooperstown, nurse practitioner, Bassett Hospital

► ZOË VAN DER MEULEN, vice president/marketing, Unalam, Unadilla

► CHAD WELCH, finance and Internet manager, Smith Ford, Cooperstown.

The judges were Ben Guenther, Five Star Subaru; Seth Haight, COO, Springbrook; Chris Kuhn, director, Oneonta Job Corps; Luisa Montanti, Southside Mall manager and president of the Foothills Performing Arts Center; Val Paige, director, Clark Sports Center, and attorney Martin Tillapaugh, Cooperstown.

By the deadline of midnight, Friday, Feb. 6, nominations had been submitted for 61 people, ranging from business executives and entrepreneurs to professionals.

“The partners are just delighted by the response,” said Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of the Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal. “This is a demographic that’s too often taken for granted – young strivers with young families juggling multiple responsibilities. Yet, this sector must be strong for the Otsego County of the future to be strong.”

The honorees will be recognized at a reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Springbrook’s new Oneonta campus on Route 7, (the former St. Mary’s School). $12.50 per person. Reservations, call 547-6103.