Young Professionals

Every year, the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business highlights local, rising stars who distinguish themselves in their careers for its annual Mid-Columbia Young Professionals edition. These
young professionals are not only rockstars in their careers, but make a difference through charity work, leadership and community involvement.

Young Professional 2018: Shannon Aiello

Shannon Aiello, Co-Owner and Doctor of Audiology at Columbia Basin Hearing Center Age: 35 Education: Doctorate of audiology Hometown: Idaho Falls, Idaho How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 11 years Do you have family? Pets? Yes! We have a his, hers and ours family. My stepdaughters are 23 and 21, my son is…

Young Professional 2018: Gina Donangelo

Gina Donangelo, Washington marketing manager at Hayden Homes Age: 32 Education: Bachelor’s of science in business administration, minor in marketing; master’s of business administration in business marketing Hometown: Monterey, California How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? I have lived in the Tri-City area for over five-and-a-half years. Do you have family? Pets? Two…

Young Professional 2018: Jason Hogue

Jason Hogue, Agent/owner of Jason Hogue Agency-American Family Insurance Age: 39 Education: Missouri State University, communications, 1997-2001 Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 7 years Do you have family? Pets? I have an amazing wife, Krystle, beautiful daughter Autumn and we have one cat and one dog. Briefly describe…

Young Professional 2018: Jeff Johnson

Jeff R. Johnson, Attorney, partner at Johnson & Johnson Law Firm Age: 36 Education: University of Oregon School of Law, J.D.; Washington State University (Pullman), bachelor’s in business administration Hometown: Palm Springs of Washington, Yakima How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? Nine years Do you have family? My wife Andi and I have…

Young Professional 2018: Phillip Morton

Phillip Morton, General manager, senior project manager at Sound Solutions Northwest Age: 33 Education: Associate’s in general studies, bachelor’s in criminal justice and political science, Christian apologetics grad certificate Hometown: Richland Do you have family? Pets? I don’t have any pets at the moment. But here in the area I do have my parents, my…

Young Professional 2018: Jaclyn Phillips

Jaclyn Phillips, Civil engineer II at the City of West Richland Age: 31 Education: Bachelor’s in civil engineering from Washington State University Pullman Hometown: West Richland Do you have family? Pets? Fiancé and two kids (Almost 2 years old and 3 months old) Briefly describe your company: The city of West Richland is a local…

Young Professional 2018: Joyia T. Smith

Joyia T. Smith, Senior agriculture operations analyst at Lamb Weston Inc. Age: 32 Education: Bachelor of science in agricultural business, Florida A&M University; master’s of science in agricultural economics, Purdue University Hometown: Greenville, Mississippi How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? Three years Do you have family? Pets? I am the youngest daughter of…

Young Professional 2018: Brett Spooner

Brett Spooner, Founder, CEO and Managing Partner at Gravis Law Age: 35 Education: Juris Doctor Hometown: West Richland How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? Since 2010 Do you have family? Pets? A wife Tracy Spooner; two daughters, Sloane and Iris; two cats, Sage and Sky; and two horses, Missy and Vi Briefly describe…

Young Professional 2018: Lauran Wang

Lauran Wang, President of Mustang Signs Age: 28 Education: Bachelor’s in finance Hometown: Kennewick How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? Born and raised Do you have family? Pets? Two kids, Blakely, 2, Noah, 10 months, husband, Will, and two dogs, Mowgli and Baloo. Briefly describe your company: Mustang Signs is a sign and…

Young Professional 2018: Ann-Erica Whitemarsh

Ann-Erica Whitemarsh, Founder/Executive Director of Rascal Rodeo Age: 35 Education: Warner Pacific College, bachelor’s in business administration Hometown: Pasco Do you have family? 1-year-old son named Colton Briefly describe your company: Rascal Rodeo produces rodeo events for people with special needs of all ages throughout the Pacific Northwest. Showing them they are loved, cared for,…

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Eligibility

Applicant must be 40 years of age or under at the age of the application deadline (July 31).

Applicant must work and live within Benton or Franklin counties.

Past winners are not eligible.

Handwritten or printed applications will not be accepted.

Submission Deadline: July 31