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.

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Millennials won’t have their grandparents’ retirement

By Megan Nichols Attention fellow millennials: You and I are facing a retirement that is likely going to be longer than our parents’ and grandparents’ and will involve more uncertainties. In general, we will have to pay more for our retirement out of personal savings than previous generations. Not to mention the fact that life…

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Online comments can spread like wildfire, cause irrevocable damage

By Don C. Brunell Since President Trump took office, the attention to social media has mushroomed.  His pointed tweets are often the top news story each day. Twitter, Facebook and the other apps are pervasive and even though Google and some others have their share of problems preventing leaking of private information, they aren’t going…

Consider professional service buy-in for young professionals

By Beau Ruff One of the big planning challenges for professional service organizations is attracting new talent — young doctors, lawyers, accountants and others — to ultimately take over the business or the practice, and facilitate the business succession strategy. It is a financial challenge for the young professional recently out of school who is…

Young Professional 2017: Olivia Berg

Olivia Berg, Owner of BlankSpace Age: 27 Hometown: Burbank Describe the Company: BlankSpace in Kennewick is an urban gathering place designed to cultivate and inspire community and culture. Essentially, BlankSpace provides infrastructure for people to enjoy each other and the uniqueness of our region, from pop-up shops, to the Karma Juice bar, to high-end event…

Young Professional 2017: Nathaniel Burt

Nathaniel Burt, President and shareholder at Burt Tax and Accounting Inc. Age: 30 Hometown: Kennewick Describe the company: Burt Tax and Accounting Inc. is a traditional CPA firm with a modern twist. We provide tax and accounting services typically provided by CPA firms but we have a flat fee structure (instead of hourly) and we…

Young Professional 2017: Patrick Conrad

Patrick Conrad, Communications specialist at Mission Support Alliance Age: 37 Hometown: Olympia, Washington Describe the company: As the Hanford Site integrator, Mission Support Alliance provides the best in critical infrastructure site services to the Department of Energy and Hanford cleanup contractors, allowing them to focus their energies on the cleanup mission. What brought you to…

Young Professional 2017: Travis Hartliep

Travis Hartliep, Owner/designer/digital guru at Cougar Digital Marketing & Design Age: 40 Hometown: Prosser Describe the company: Cougar Digital Marketing & Design provides businesses, large and small, with highly effective digital marketing strategies and solutions ranging from websites, search engine optimization, social media marketing, online campaigns, video production, graphic design and branding, and much more.…

Young Professional 2017: Walter Kinney

Walter Kinney, Shareholder at PorterKinney PC Age: 33 Hometown: Richland Describe the Company: PorterKinney PC is a full-service CPA firm offering bookkeeping, payroll, tax preparation, business consulting, tax planning and other related tax and accounting services. Our firm is located in Richland and consists of six employees working with a variety of local businesses and…

Young Professional 2017: Melissa Lantz

Melissa Lantz, Emergency preparedness specialist at the Benton-Franklin Health District Age: 38 Hometown: Selah Describe the employer: The Benton-Franklin Health District is a bi-county health district serving both Benton and Franklin counties. The district provides a wide variety of public health services that protect and promote the health and wellness of all residents in Benton and…

Young Professional 2017: Brandon McEwen

Brandon McEwen, Commercial insurance sales executive at PayneWest Insurance  Age: 34 Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee Describe the Company: PayneWest Insurance was formed in 2012 from two leading agencies in the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest regions. We are now a top 40 nationally ranked insurance agency fiercely committed to our clients, our colleagues and our communities.…

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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