Young Professionals

The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business is looking for rising stars to feature in its annual Mid-Columbia Young Professionals edition.

Mid-Columbia professionals age 40 and under this year are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed for career development, leadership, and charity work or community involvement. Answers will form the basis for a profile in our special Young Professionals edition.

Letters of recommendation and additional materials may be submitted with applications but are not required.

Winners will be notified in June. The winners will be featured in the July issue of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.

Thank you for your applications. Good luck!


10 Young Professionals honored in 14th annual contest

Ten diverse and passionate leaders have been selected as the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’ top Young Professionals for 2021 for their work and civic accomplishments. These business and community leaders – all under the age of 40 – stand out in their career, company or industry. All clearly love our Tri-City community as they…


Tri-City leaders share their favorite books

Regular readers of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business likely know that we run a monthly Q&A feature highlighting local business leaders. We always like to ask them to tell us about their favorite book. We compiled a list of some of their favorites, as many of them are leadership books, to share in this…

Elizabeth Barnes

Young Professional 2021: Elizabeth Barnes

Elizabeth Barnes Executive Director The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia Favorite sports team? U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team Favorite Tri-City restaurant? Foodies Favorite music? Pure pop What’s your dream vacation? Warm sandy beaches Age: 38 Current city of residence: Richland How long have you worked for The Children’s Reading Foundation? 2 years Briefly describe…

David Billetdeaux

Young Professional 2021: David J Billetdeaux

David J. Billetdeaux General Counsel Port of Benton Favorite book? Movie? “Infinite Jest,” “No Country for Old Men” (or “Die Hard,” depending on the mood). What thing would people be most surprised to learn about you? I love cooking, watching cooking shows, reading cookbooks and developing new recipes. Favorite snack? A toasted English muffin with…

Erin Braich

Young Professional 2021: Erin M. Braich

Erin M. Braich Transportation Planning Manager Benton-Franklin Council of Governments Favorite music? Common Kings Favorite thing to do in Tri-Cities? Ride bikes along the river with my fiancée (Kayla), dog (Edgar), and cat (Kona – in his cat backpack). Favorite Tri-City restaurant? Dovetail Joint (best chicken sandwich in town) and Family Garden (best garlic chicken)…

Julie Campos

Young Professional 2021: Julie A. Campos

Julie A. Campos Certification Analyst Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises What’s your dream vacation? Bali and Nice, France Favorite Tri-City restaurant? Dovetail Joint in Richland & El Pollo Sabroso in Pasco Favorite snack? Life Saver Gummies and all the spicy chips I can find. First thing you check on your phone in morning?…

• 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.