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.


Please meet our 2022 Young Professionals

Welcome to one of our favorite issues of the year – the one where we honor and celebrate our community’s up and coming leaders. This year marks our 15th annual Young Professionals contest and we’re pleased to introduce you to the 10 winners who are excelling in their careers and efforts to better our hometowns.…


Keep growing forward, Young Professionals

Are you 40 years old yet? Are you already experiencing a great deal of success in your career? Are you are wanting to make an even bigger impact in your industry and the Tri-Cities? Then keep reading. There are eight critical traits for displaying influence and three areas in which you can develop a professional…

Joel Bouchey

Young Professional 2022: Joel Bouchey

Joel Bouchey Regional Director & Public Policy Coordinator Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors Favorite book? Movie? Hard to name just one favorite of either, but book: “The Song of the Lioness Quartet,” by Tamora Pierce, and movie: “Chocolat” Favorite music? Genre: Symphonic metal Band: Nightwish What would people be most surprised to learn about you?…

Jenna Coddington

Young Professional 2022: Jenna Coddington

Jenna Coddington Managing Broker The Paragon Group What’s your dream vacation? Hiking the fjords of Scandinavia Favorite sports team, if any. Sounders and Seahawks Favorite music? 1970s and 1980s Most disliked food? Parmesan cheese What would people be most surprised to learn about you? I have never consumed a cup of coffee Age: 38 Current…

Madison Evangelista

Young Professional 2022: Madison M. Evangelista

Madison M. Evangelista Senior Communications Specialist Mid-Columbia Libraries Favorite thing to do in Tri-Cities? I love going to art shows through DrewBoy Creative or hiking Badger Mountain. Favorite music? I love EDM and hip hop. Anything with heavy bass and drop will do just fine. What would people be most surprised to learn about you?…

Tara Kenning

Young Professional 2022: Tara Jaraysi Kenning

Tara Jaraysi Kenning Asset Management Requirements Subject Matter Expert Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Battelle What’s your dream vacation? Mediterranean cruise where I can experience the finest the countries have to offer. Favorite sports team, if any. Eastern Eagles Football, Go Eags! Most disliked food? Any food without spice or flavor. First thing you check on your…

• Applicants must be 40 years of age or under by Dec. 31, 2022.
• Work or live in Benton or Franklin counties.
• Cannot be a past winner.

• Submission deadline was Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
• Self-nominations and nominations for Young Professionals will be accepted.