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    Tribute to Matthew Connolly

    by Former Representative Tom Latham

    Posted on 2013-03-05

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    LATHAM of iowa in the house of representatives Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate and recognize Matthew Connolly for being named a 2013 Forty Under 40 honoree by the award-winning central Iowa publication, Business Record.

    Since 2000, Business Record has undertaken an exhaustive annual review to identify a standout group of young leaders in the Greater Des Moines area who are making an impact in their communities and their careers. Each year, forty up-and-coming community and business leaders under 40 years of age are selected for this prestigious distinction, which is based on a combined criteria of community involvement and success in their chosen career field. The 2013 class of Forty Under 40 honorees join an impressive roster of 560 business leaders and growing.

    Matthew Connolly is the president of his own green builder company, Generation Green Builders Company, and resides in the Beaverdale neighborhood of Des Moines with his wife Jodi and their two children, Malaya Rose and Lane Matthew. Mr. Connolly's path to being a successful businessman and family man was anything but easy and required overcoming a serious mental illness, schizophrenia. Matt credits his ability to maintain his recovery since 2004 on five pillars of recovery--medication, therapy, social worker support, family and friends, and support groups. Today, Mr. Connolly is running his own company and serving as an advocate for mental illness awareness. Matt's ability to not only survive, but thrive, amidst his mental illness is a testament to his unwavering work ethic and commitment to bettering himself and those around him.

    Mr. Speaker, it is a profound honor to represent leaders like Matthew in the United States Congress and it is with great pride that I recognize and applaud Mr. Connolly for utilizing his talents to better both his community and the great state of Iowa. I invite my colleagues in the House to join me in congratulating Matthew on receiving this esteemed designation, thanking those at Business Record for their great work, and wishing each member of the 2013 Forty Under 40 class continued success.


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