Young Professionals

The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business features rising stars in its annual Mid-Columbia Young Professionals edition, now in its 16th year.

Mid-Columbia professionals age 40 and under are encouraged to apply for the contest. 

Judges review applications for career development, leadership, and charity work or community involvement. Answers form the basis for the profiles featured in our special Young Professionals edition.

The winners are featured in a special printed section in the July issue of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.

Thank you for your applications and nominations!


We’re pleased to introduce our 2023 Young Professionals

Welcome to one of our favorite issues of the year. We always enjoy honoring and celebrating the Tri-Cities’ up-and-coming leaders. This year marks our 16th annual Young Professionals contest, and…


Integrity, trust and positive impacts lay groundwork for success

Vicki Monteagudo, who owns two Tri-Cities real estate brokerages, was among the inaugural class of Young Professionals showcased in 2008, the first year the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business began…


Young Professional 2023: Jennifer M. Colborn

Jennifer M. Colborn Public Affairs Specialist U.S. Department of Energy What’s your dream vacation? Fiji in an overwater bungalow What would people be most surprised to learn about you? Not…


Young Professional 2023: Anthony R. Contreras-Sanchez

Anthony R. Contreras-Sanchez Training and Technical Assistance Manager Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WISE) What are you currently binging on TV? “9-1-1” What would people be most surprised to learn…


Young Professional 2023: Tara Divers

Tara Divers Director of Philanthropy Chaplaincy Health Care Planner or procrastinator? Planner. No doubt. I have a plan for the plan. First car? A 1999 Ford Escort I fondly referred…


Young Professional 2023: Jordan Engel

Jordan Engel Business manager YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities Favorite music? I mainly listen to podcasts or audiobooks. Favorite thing to do in Tri-Cities? Pool time to combat the hot…

• Applicants must be 40 years of age or under by Dec. 31, 2023.
• Work or live in Benton or Franklin counties.
• Cannot be a past winner or a candidate for a public office.

• Submission deadline was Thursday, June 1, 2023.
• Self-nominations and nominations for Young Professionals will be accepted.