Leadership Development | Young Professionals

Q&A with Merle Booker

President and owner of Booker Auction Company/ Western Real Estate Auctions Number of employees you oversee: 8 to 25 depending on sale Brief background of your business: It is a family business that has grown by providing professional productive marketing advice and services, selling a variety of assets. How did you land your current role?…

Young Professional 2019: Marcus Aranda

Marcus Aranda, Project coordinator for Veolia Nuclear Solutions Federal Services Age and hometown: 32, Pasco How long have you worked at Veolia? 4 years Describe your company: Veolia Nuclear Solutions Federal Services specializes in the facility clean up and treatment of radioactive waste. Specifically at the 222-S Laboratory, VNSFS performs the analytical services production functions.…

Young Professional 2019: Dee Boyle

Dee Boyle, Brand strategist at BrandCraft Marketing in Kennewick Age and hometown: 25, Pasco How long have you worked at BrandCraft Marketing? 2 years Describe your company: BrandCraft Marketing is a growth marketing firm driven by performance. We believe in well-thought strategy and execute with unrivaled marketing services through our team that contains vast and…

Young Professional 2019: Meaghan Brooks

Meaghan Brooks, Mobile branch financial service specialist at HAPO Community Credit Union Age and hometown: 37, Richland How long have you worked at HAPO? 1 year, 3 months Describe your company: HAPO is definitely not a bank. We are a proud credit union that puts our members first. Our primary focus is to offer products…

Young Professional 2019: Ellicia Elliott

Ellicia Elliott, Artistic director and co-founder of The Rude Mechanicals Age and hometown: 39, Kennewick How long have you worked for The Rude Mechanicals? 6 years Job title: Artistic director, co-founder of The Rude Mechanicals, as well as an adjunct professor at Walla Walla University teaching theater classes and directing the fall play, “Ada and…

Young Professional 2019: Brandon Lange

Brandon Lange, Recreation, facility and marketing supervisor for the City of Kennewick Age and hometown: 34, Moses Lake How long have you worked for the City of Kennewick? 9 years Describe your company: The largest of the Tri-Cities is Kennewick. It stretches 29 square miles and features a variety of sporting and recreational activities, entertainment,…

Young Professional 2019: Dr. Antonio Lopez-Ibarra

Dr. Antonio Lopez-Ibarra, President and founder of Tri-City Dental Care in Kennewick Age and hometown: 34, Yakima How long have you worked at Tri-City Dental Care? 2 years Describe your company:  Our mission includes two parts: ultimate dental comfort and edifying our community. We are a dental spa that prides itself in offering the most…

Young Professional 2019: Angela Pashon

Angela Pashon, Policy analyst and interim city clerk for the City of Pasco Age and hometown: 29, Puyallup How long have you worked for the City of Pasco? 3 years Describe your company: The city of Pasco is a municipality providing services to nearly 74,000 residents. As a council-manager form of government, residents elect seven…

Young Professional 2019: Chris Turner

Chris Turner, Electrical engineer at ARES Corp. in Richland Age and hometown: 30, Duvall How long have you worked at ARES? Since November 2016 Describe your company: ARES is an engineering support services company providing advanced technology solutions across the energy, space, defense and environmental markets in both the public and private sectors. Education: Bachelor’s…

Rocco Luongo, left, and Paul Casey talk inside the podcast studio at Fuse SPC in Richland. The entrepreneurs produce podcasts dedicated to providing content and coaching on leadership for business owners and executives. (Photo by Elsie Puig)

Lessons on leadership: Tri-City business podcasts offer advice, wisdom

Need inspiration and guidance on how to be a better performing leader? Look no further than Tri-City business podcasts. Business and leadership coach Paul Casey has produced “Tri-Cities Influencer” for more than a year and a half now. In his podcasts, he interviews chief executive officers, nonprofit executives and entrepreneurs to hear how they lead…

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