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 2017: Katherine Sterling

Katherine Sterling, Material asset manager at Washington River Protection Solutions Age: 37 Hometown: Clear Lake, Iowa Describe the Company: Washington River Protection Solutions is reducing environmental risk posed by 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste stored in 177 underground tanks. WRPS’ focus is transferring waste from aging tanks into newer tanks where it…

Dan Schwabel, an author and expert on millennials, gave a keynote talk about the group known as being tech savvy, diverse, connected and activists for personal rights during last month’s Association of Washington Business’ Policy Summit in Cle Elum. (Courtesy Association of Washington Business)

Our top Young Professionals prove to be up and coming leaders

This year’s top Young Professionals represent a diverse and distinguished group from the Tri-Cities. These new rising stars of business are under the age of 40 and work in Benton or Franklin counties. They didn’t have to be business owners to compete in our ninth annual Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business contest, but they had…

Young Professional 2016: Laura Eder

Laura Eder is the 0perations decision support analyst, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Hometown: Walla Walla How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 10 years Family: I have a family. My husband and I consider our children to be all the pets we can handle! Company background: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is a collection of…

Young Professional 2016: Dr. Guy C. Jones

Dr. Guy C. Jones is a radiation oncologist at Tri-Cities Cancer Center, Kennewick Hometown: Richland How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 15 years Family: My wife is a teacher in Kennewick. Our parents, our siblings, and our niece and nephews all live in the Tri-Cities. Tell us about your job/career and how you…

Young Professional 2016: Steve Lee

Steve Lee is the owner/founder of Green2Go, Kennewick Hometown: Tri-Cities                       How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? I have lived in the Tri-Cities for 23 of my 32 years. Family: I am incredibly lucky to have the (singularly) best wife in the whole world, Jessica Lee. I am also pretty lucky that she came…

Young Professional 2016: Christopher J. Porter

Christopher J. Porter is a partner at PorterKinney, Richland Hometown: Boston How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 11 years Family: I have been married to Crystal Porter for 11 years. We have four beautiful children: Cailyn, 10, Ashley, 7, Derek, 4, and Matthew, 1. We also have a cat named Cleo. Company background:…

Young Professional 2016: Elizabeth Porter

Elizabeth Porter is the owner/teacher of Bon Voyage French School Hometown: Kirkland How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 3 ½ years Family: Yes, I live here with my husband David, my two sons, and my yorkie Henri.  My children are 3 and 8 years old and my older son has autism spectrum disorder,…

Young Professional 2016: Jeff Pomeroy

Jeff Pomeroy is the owner of Legacy One Insurance Services, Richland Hometown: Mesa, Arizona How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? Five years Family: I am married to my lovely wife Amanda Pomeroy and we have two sons named Brayden and Ethan. We also have a Maltese dog the boys named Russell, after the…

Young Professional 2016: Anne Spilman

Anne Spilman is the managing director at Academy of Children’s Theatre, Richland Hometown: Tri-Cities How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 25 years, off and on Family: My immediate family is quite tiny, just me and my mom. I am very lucky, however, to have a large family of close friends in many states…

Young Professional 2016: William Wang

William Wang is a financial Planner at HFG Trust, Kennewick and owner/partner at Mustang Sign Group, Kennewick Hometown: Sydney, Australia How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? Five years Family: We have a baby girl named Blakely Rae and two dogs named Mowgli and Baloo. Company background: HFG Trust is the first locally-owned trust…

Read the 2019 Young Professionals specialty publication

Eligibility

Applicant must be 40 years of age or under at the age of the application deadline.

Applicant must work and live within Benton or Franklin counties.

Past winners are not eligible.

Handwritten or printed applications will not be accepted.

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