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.

Shelby Moore

Young Professional 2020: Shelby Moore

Shelby Moore Executive Director, Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care Dream vacation: Bora Bora Planner or procrastinator: Planner Favorite kind of music? Any kind of pop Favorite app? Instagram Age and current hometown: 25, Richland Briefly describe your organization: Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching the quality of life of…

Flavien Sawadogo

Young Professional 2020: Flavien Sawadogo

Flavien Sawadogo Architect, MMEC Architecture & Interiors Favorite podcast or app? Podcast player app Favorite music? R&B Favorite sports team? Real Madrid Age and current hometown: 38, Kennewick Briefly describe your company: MMEC Architecture & Interiors is a firm with locations in Spokane and the Tri-Cities. We provide complete architectural design services. We offer skilled…

Jessica Schneider, MD

Young Professional 2020: Dr. Jessica Schneider

Dr. Jessica Schneider Founder and CEO, Empowered Health Institute Planner or procrastinator? Planner Favorite book? “The Power of One,” (series by Bryce Courtenay) Favorite music? Anything by Ingrid Michaelson Favorite sports team? USA Olympic swim, dive and gymnastics teams Favorite website or app? Google Docs Age and current hometown: 36, Richland Briefly describe your company:…

Young Professional 2020 Tracy Spooner

Young Professional 2020: Tracy Spooner

Tracy Spooner Campus Development Facilities Manager, Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Dream vacation? A Mediterranean cruise with lots of amazing sights, history, food and wine Planner or procrastinator? I am very much a planner Favorite movie? Favorite movie of all time is the original “Jurassic Park” Favorite website or app? Personally, Amazon. Professionally, Microsoft Teams Age…

Young Professional 2020 Justin Toner

Young Professional 2020: Justin Toner

Justin Toner Vice President and Sales Manager Basin Pacific Insurance and Benefits Dream vacation? Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas Favorite music? Country music Favorite website or app? Twitch.com Age and current hometown: 38, Kennewick Briefly describe your company: Basin Pacific Insurance and Benefits is a full-service insurance and benefits brokerage. Our agency was formed…

Young Professional 2019: Marcus Aranda

Young Professional 2019: Marcus Aranda

Marcus Aranda, Project coordinator for Veolia Nuclear Solutions Federal Services Age and hometown: 32, Pasco How long have you worked at Veolia? 4 years Describe your company: Veolia Nuclear Solutions Federal Services specializes in the facility clean up and treatment of radioactive waste. Specifically at the 222-S Laboratory, VNSFS performs the analytical services production functions.…

ELIGIBILITY
• 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.

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