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!

Young Professional 2017: Walter Kinney

Young Professional 2017: Walter Kinney

Walter Kinney, Shareholder at PorterKinney PC Age: 33 Hometown: Richland Describe the Company: PorterKinney PC is a full-service CPA firm offering bookkeeping, payroll, tax preparation, business consulting, tax planning and other related tax and accounting services. Our firm is located in Richland and consists of six employees working with a variety of local businesses and…

Young Professional 2017: Melissa Lantz

Young Professional 2017: Melissa Lantz

Melissa Lantz, Emergency preparedness specialist at the Benton-Franklin Health District Age: 38 Hometown: Selah Describe the employer: The Benton-Franklin Health District is a bi-county health district serving both Benton and Franklin counties. The district provides a wide variety of public health services that protect and promote the health and wellness of all residents in Benton and…

Young Professional 2017: Brandon McEwen

Young Professional 2017: Brandon McEwen

Brandon McEwen, Commercial insurance sales executive at PayneWest Insurance  Age: 34 Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee Describe the Company: PayneWest Insurance was formed in 2012 from two leading agencies in the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest regions. We are now a top 40 nationally ranked insurance agency fiercely committed to our clients, our colleagues and our communities.…

Young Professional 2017: Krista Patterson

Young Professional 2017: Krista Patterson

Krista Patterson, Co-owner of Northwest Paddleboarding Age: 24 Hometown: Tri-Cities Describe the Company: Northwest Paddleboarding provides instructional classes, tours, rentals, retail and more. We are a mobile business serving the Tri-Cities along the Columbia River. How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 24 years (born and raised) Do you have any family? Pets? Yes, my…

Young Professional 2017: Katie Rousso

Young Professional 2017: Katie Rousso

Katie Rousso, Education and outreach specialist at Gesa Credit Union Age: 25 Hometown: Bothell, Washington How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? I have lived in the Tri-Cities for just over three years. What brought you here? What brought me here was my then-boyfriend, now fiancé, who was born and raised in this area. Do you…

Young Professional 2017: Katherine Sterling

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…

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