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2013 40 Under Forty Winners

Congratulations — 40 Under Forty Class of 2013

40 Under Forty Event 2013

Drawn from a pool of more than 100 nominees, the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal takes great pleasure in introducing the “40 Under Forty” Class of 2013.

Our distinguished panel of judges selected 40 of the Kitsap Peninsula’s best, brightest, and most outstanding individuals under the age of 40. Our honorees were nominated for this very special award by community leaders and local business people, as well as past 40 Under Forty recipients. As we have done for the past eight years, this very special group was selected based on their career success, community involvement, and personal commitment to making a difference in our communities.

These young men and women represent the best of the Kitsap Peninsula’s upcoming generation of future business leaders, elected officials, and community activists. As they take the helm of leadership, they will not only influence, but in many cases, actually be the people charting our course and making the decisions which impact the future of our area and its growth. It is our pleasure to recognize them for the contributions they are already making.

We thank our judges: Former Mayor of Bremerton and Bellevue, Cary Bozeman; President and CEO of Professional Options, Doña Keating; and owner of Leader International, Rick Flaherty.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Special thanks to our keynote speaker, 26th Legislative District State Representative, Jan Angel.


The 2013 40 Under Forty Winners

40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Erin Abrigo
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Erin Abrigo cherishes the opportunity to help individuals and small businesses achieve their financial goals, including preparing for retirement, sending kids to college, and paying for the unexpected. She became aware of people being taken financial advantage of, by not having someone they could rely on for honest, unbiased advice. With lots of hidden fees and commissions many other advisors fail to fully explain, she’s proudest of building her business by being open and honest about exactly how she gets paid. With two small kids, she works at attending every sporting and school event, and helping in the classroom whenever possible. Her first dollar was earned knocking on doors until meeting a potential client. After following up with them several times, she was honored to be chosen to help them achieve their financial goals. Erin’s involved in The Gig Harbor Chamber, Soroptimist of Gig Harbor, and is currently in the process of meeting with members of The Prison Pet Partnership.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Amy Anderson
Owner, Cup & Muffin, Axe Handle Café
Amy owns Axe Handle Café, and The Cup & Muffin in Kingston. Soon after opening the little drive-thru espresso stand, she understood the need to broaden her offerings, which now include a moderate selection of sandwiches and salads, served quickly. Amy’s been in the service industry all her working life. Connecting with customers is a personal passion of hers, as well as serving as a conduit for information, introducing like-minded people who care about the community to each other, and just helping around town whenever possible. However, she’s quick to say she couldn’t do any of it without the support of her husband and amazing staff. Amy will travel to Kona, Hawaii this Fall to help another local business owner compete in the 2013 Ultraman World Championship — a three-day, 320 mile endurance race. Amy’s community service includes the Village Green Project, where when first opening her business, she donated food to the work parties as often as possible, and her sense of community has grown stronger ever since.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Ben Anderson
President, CEO, Part-Owner, Art Anderson Associates
Ben Anderson is President and CEO of Art Anderson Associates, which was founded in 1957, to deliver naval architecture and marine engineering services to the U.S. Navy. The company has expanded its clientele to include the Washington State Ferries, State of Alaska, NOAA, Lockheed Martin, and international clients worldwide. Ben reported to the United States Coast Guard Academy right out of Bremerton High School. He served nine and a half years of active duty as a commissioned officer, acquiring his graduate engineering degree. In 2011, he left active duty, joining Art Anderson as an entry-level naval architect. He quickly took on more responsibility and in 2013 took over as President and CEO. He’s proudest of wife, Melissa and children Jaxon and Finely. Community service includes Bremerton Rotary, KEDA, the AVID program at BHS, reading to kindergarten kids at Naval Avenue Elementary, and still serving in the Coast Guard roughly 30 days a year.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Audrey Barbakoff
Adult Services Librarian, Kitsap Regional Library
Audrey Barbakoff epitomizes Kitsap Regional Library’s mission — to “serve the community as a center for lifelong learning and a steward of access to stories, information and knowledge.” After graduating from the University of Washington with her Masters of Library and Information Science in 2010, she landed her first position at Milwaukee (WI) Public Library. While loving the job, she missed the culture and climate of innovation in the Pacific Northwest. When a position became available on Bainbridge Island, Amy applied immediately. She often observed people reading on the ferry, but didn’t see them in the library. After talking with WSF, she launched Ferry Tales, a monthly on-board book group. Featured on King 5 Evening News, and King 5 interview with bestselling author Susan Wiggs, as well as the Kitsap Sun and Bainbridge Review, the program is being expanded to include monthly on-board author visits. Her civic involvements include Island Theatre, Friends of the Farms and contributing to the public discourse.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Sarah Butler
Senior Financial Service Specialist, Kitsap Bank
Sarah Butler is a Senior Financial Service Specialist with Kitsap Bank. Her career began after working for the Bon Marche as a 15-year old intern. When she turned 18, Sarah joined Washington Mutual, later, Tapco Credit Union, and finally, Kitsap Bank. Starting as a teller, she rose through the ranks to Vault Supervisor, and Customer Service Representative, before being promoted to Senior Financial Service Specialist. Kitsap Bank has provided Sarah the opportunity to make a significant difference by using her fundraising and networking skills in conjunction with Bank President Tony George, raising over $35,000 dollars for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the past 5 years. She volunteers at Manchester Christian Academy teaching 3rd and 4th Graders the importance of financial skills, and is the bank spokesperson for school tours with local and foreign exchange students. She volunteers with Port Orchard’s “Chimes & Lights,” participates in the Jingle Bell Run, and heads up Kitsap Bank’s “Relay for Life” team.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Dominique Cantwell
Executive Director, Bainbridge Performing Arts
Dominique describes BPA as one of the region’s most treasured cultural centers, providing opportunities for local performers and students to build community by taking part in the performing arts. It’s home to a theater education program, symphony orchestra, improv troupe, commission-free gallery and theatrical programming. An early experience successfully lobbying on behalf of the California Library Association sparked Dominique’s interest in public service. Working at BPA provides the opportunity to balance principles of stewardship, service, and performance in ways that have a tremendous local impact in Kitsap County. She is proudest of developing a sustainable business model, that allowed meaningful raises to staff and guaranteed tuition assistance to 100% of BPA’s students in need. Her community service includes facilitating free strategic planning retreats for local non-profits, coordinating the Fourth of July Fun Run for Bainbridge Youth Services, and serving on several other local boards.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Jennifer Carrier
AVP & Branch Manager, Liberty Bay Bank
Jennifer is the AVP and Branch Manager at Liberty Bay Bank — one of the last community banks to open in our state. Her goal is to be in charge of Operations, ensuring that the bank provides the best products and services. as well as excellent customer service both internally and externally. She is most proud of her husband and two children — a 16-year old daughter, whom will be attending OC through the Running Start program, and their miracle 5 year old son. She’s also passionate about soccer, playing every week on a all women’s team with her daughter. Her community service includes the Kingston Rotary Club, where she’s volunteered with the Golf Tournament, 4th of July Fun Run, and most recently the Haunted House project. She’s responsible for the Youth Exchange Summer Program and participates every year for the March of Dimes walk, getting a team together and raise money for premature babies. Jennifer does these things because she enjoys meeting new people and seeing first hand how her participation helps.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Chris Clark
Graphic Designer & Front-End Developer, SuperStar Media
SuperStar Media is a digital agency representing some of the world’s most successful corporate and entertainment brands including Microsoft, Sony Music, VIP Nation and others. Chris helps deliver award-winning creative, and expertise in web design, development, marketing and project management. He’s always been into graphics, and has built a career in web design, and expanded his skills into web development. He’s proudest of doing quality-work for high profile clients, and being able to work on projects like eaglesband.com, kingsofleon.com, theshins.com, christinaaguilera.com right in downtown Bremerton. His community service comes through SuperStar Media, which is actively engaged in the local community, including Downtown Bremerton Association, Easter Seals Washington, WSU Alumni Association Kitsap Chapter and USO Northwest. Chris and the company are invested in the future of Kitsap County and believe in creating a sustainable business environment through active community engagement.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Marcus Croman
The Big Kahuna, Maggies On Front Street
Maggie’s on Front Street, formerly Cuppa Bella, is a non-profit food service establishment dedicated to helping families in need by awarding grants to local food banks, soup kitchens and shelters, using the proceeds from the sale of its food, baked goods and coffee. Marcus came to own Maggie’s after 15 years of management experience, primarily in IT. Despite having worked in what he thought was all aspects of management, he found being a business owner was a whole new world, and quickly learned how hard it really is. He initially purchased Cuppa Bella as an absentee owner investment. But a motorcycle accident, coupled with the loss of his home in a fire, and the loss of his job in Seattle, quickly found Marcus working full time to keep the business alive. He’s proud to create foods that people love to eat, knowing that every bite they enjoy helps someone else get food, shelter and the services they need to survive through rough times. Marcus credits the Marine Corps training and discipline as the biggest contributor to his success.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Dr. Devin Fisher
Dentist, Fisher Distinctive Dentistry
Fisher Distinctive Dentistry was started by Devin’s late father in 1987. She joined the practice in 2008, becoming sole owner after her father’s death in 2010. Today it’s a family business, with Devin and her husband, Dr. Zack Bergevin. They focus on people, not just their teeth, by listening to patients and helping them improve and maintain their dental health. Devin started helping out at her father’s dental office when she was 10. While at UW she earned degrees in both Microbiology and Biochemistry, was accepted to the University’s School of Dentistry graduating in 2008. Devin’s passion for learning, participating in multiple study clubs, contributes to her ability to provide the best quality care for her patients. Devin completed her first Ironman triathlon in August — 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking, and 26.2 miles of running. Her community service includes the Give Back a Smile program, Kitsap’s Stand Down program, and The Armed Forces Readiness program, along with food drives for the local food bank, and Relay for Life.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Nicole Floyd
Senior Planner, City of Bremerton
Nicole is a land use planner with the City of Bremerton’s Department of Community Development, where she helps plan for and shape the future of the City. After graduating from Western Washington University in 2004 with a degree in Environmental Policy and Planning, she was hired in Bremerton as an entry level Planner. Over the last eight years she’s risen to become a Senior Planner and supervisor. She is proud to be invested in Bremerton’s future, to have been a part of many exceptional projects within the City, as well as being a part of the network of relationships through the community and within the department. At 16, she worked for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) as a child-care provider. She’s highly involved with Leadership Kitsap, and as a 2013 graduate, currently a project co-chair for the 2014 class, where she helps mentor 30 people through the process of choosing, planning, and executing a community service project. She’s also involved with the Forest Ridge Park Stewardship Group.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Jennifer Fredericksen
President, Peninsula Electric Corp. & Latté On Your Way
Jennifer and her husband have owned Peninsula Electric Corp since 2005, and she also owns Latte on Your Way. She began working at age 15 and five years later bought Latte on Your Way from the previous owner. She has since purchased another location, and also founded Peninsula Electric Corp in 2005. She has always loved business and is always thinking about what to do better to improve her businesses and streamline operations. She is proud of her two boys, Chance and Mason and finds satisfaction in helping others, as well as local sports groups, schools and customers in need. What people would find surprising is that she was in the roller derby for several years until being injured. Jennifer’s first dollar was earned selling rocks, and as a pre-Kindergartener, would go around and find rocks and polish them and then sell them to neighbors. Her community service includes volunteering one year as Treasurer for Vinland Elementary, helping Little League, securing donations for all the school Auctions and at the Home Builders Association.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Jonathan Fritsch
Senior System Engineer, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Jonathan works in the IT Department at PSNS. They support an array of applications to get ships overhauled, supporting not only our local command, but all four shipyards and Ships Repair Facilities. Jonathan enjoys being a systems engineer, coming up with solutions to facilitate a need within the Navy, as well as mentoring young technicians. His goal is to grow into a management position where he can help steer the Navy’s IT origination. He’s proudest of seeing his children grow and become successful in life. Recently his oldest son advanced from cub scouts to boy scouts, and has embraced the challenge to become an Eagle Scout. Mentors saw great potential in Jonathan’s skills that advanced him forward to where he is today. His community service includes volunteering with the Boy Scouts and the Awana programs for youth, believing that while many parents use those programs as glorified child care, he takes the approach of giving his time as being actively involved in his children lives.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Greer Gates
Principal, Jewels of Hope
Greer founded Jewels of Hope (originally called Survivor Jewelry) in 2005, at age 7, as a project to support her friend Nancy, who later died of ovarian cancer, and donates the money to cancer research in Nancy’s honor. Nine years later, Greer has a full line of jewelry, accessories and Christmas ornaments, selling over $63,000 of her items, and donating 100% of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society and the UW Medical Center. She is a registered charity in Washington State, and has filed to become a 501(c)(3). She has a volunteer board of directors consisting of local professionals helping grow the business and achieve her goal of selling $100,000 before she graduates high school in 2015. She’s gone from selling at Relay for Life to selling in front of grocery stores, at festivals, home parties, to trunk show at the UW Medical Center, with local retailers and an online store on Etsy.com. She’s proud of sticking with this for over half her life, and of people telling her she inspires them. It makes her happy to know she can encourage others to do something in which they believe.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Corrigan Gommenginger
Executive Director, Hospice of Kitsap County
Founded in 1979 by volunteers seeking a better way to care for the dying in our community, Hospice of Kitsap County became the area’s first hospice care provider. Today, Hospice has 50 full-time employees and more than 150 volunteers. Corrigan grew up wanting to be a Physician. His grandmother was a nurse and instilled the importance of helping people. Joining a healthcare consulting group after college, he pursued a career centered on healthcare’s financial aspects, later founding his own financial consulting practice, where his last client was Hospice of Kitsap County. He started there in June 2012 as their contract CFO and was approached to apply for the top job. After a national search, they hired him as Executive Director. His proudest experiences all have to do with helping nonprofits and small businesses be more efficient process-wise and financially. Community service includes the Washington State Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, and the Steering Committee for Kitsap County Cross Care Continuum Transitions Project.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Kevin Hancock
Loan Officer, W. J. Bradley Mortgage – The Legacy Group
W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital, LLC — The Legacy Group, is a privately held mortgage lending firm, founded in 2002. Kevin’s career started as a District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America after graduation from WSU. He gained great experience in leadership, community service, and sales — which benefitted him when transitioning to the mortgage industry in 2003. After starting with a Bellevue mortgage bank, Kevin moved back to Kitsap to become part of the Hancock Mortgage Team with his father, and became a licensed Mortgage Loan Officer. The achievement Kevin’s most proud of is earning the Certified Financial Planner designation. He commuted to the University of Portland every other weekend for 9 months to complete his in-class pre-requisites, and studied for an additional 300 hours prior to sitting for the exam — which he passed on the first attempt. His community service includes coaching soccer and baseball, and as a State Director for the Home Builders Association, and Affiliate Committee Chairman for KCAR.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Nathan Howard
Assistant Project Engineer, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Nathan boasts a dual career path with PSNS & IMF and the Washington Army National Guard. He started at the shipyard as a test director and a work control technician after graduating from BYU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.. Work was interrupted twice by National Guard deployments — first to Afghanistan in 2006 and Iraq in 2008. He began studying for a MS in Engineering Management from California National University (CNU) during his deployment to Iraq, which helped him to become an Assistant Project Engineer in 2010. In 2012, he graduated from CNU Summa Cum Laud. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal in each of his deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s proudest of being married and the father of four, and of his community service, which includes serving as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts. He believes the greatest influence for good he can be is to mentor young men to become strong leaders of great moral courage.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Dr. Manas Jain
Physician, Harrison Health Partners
Harrison Health Partners consists of a variety of different physicians from different disciplines that work together to provide accessible and quality health care for the community. Dr. Manas Jain is a urologist in this group of doctors. Dr. Jain’s career path revolved around providing good health care for all those in need, and he prides himself on seeing all patients regardless of their background or monetary status. He takes the time to explain the disease process to patients so they can feel empowered to make informed decisions — a quality often missing in most communities. He’s most proud of being the father of two great kids (4 months and 3 years of age). His friends know him as a lighthearted person who loves having a good time, but would be surprised to see how serious he is at work. His community service includes helping create a free prostate cancer screening clinic in his Bremerton office, and having created a “Journal Club” that meets regularly to promote education and cutting edge medicine.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Dr. Sirisha Jain
Physician, Harrison Health Partners
Dr. Jain is a medical oncologist for Harrison Health Partners, which is the physician branch of Harrison Medical Center. She delivers oncology and hematology care to local patients, with days split between offices in Bremerton, Poulsbo, and Harrison Medical Center. After her fellowship training, she intended to practice in a university setting to participate in basic scientific research. However, after one year, her physician-husband was searching for a practice job in a community setting, and she joined in that search. They found that opportunity with Harrison. Being a hospital-employed physician in a small community also offers a great sense of fulfillment. Her biggest accomplishment isn’t being a doctor but the mother of two small boys. She makes the time with her children and husband, quality family time. Community service includes participating in a Breast Cancer Educational Lecture series, the Kitsap County Medical Society, Harrison Foundation, and Kitsap Cancer Society.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
James Jensen
Senior Vice President, Hendricks Berkadia
James Jensen is Senior Vice president at Hendricks Berkadia, one of the largest apartment brokerage investment banks in the country. James has been in real estate since the late 1990s, right after graduating High School. He worked three jobs in college — one of which was selling residential real estate at Coldwell Banker. The week after graduating from Seattle Pacific University he started at Coldwell Banker Commercial, moving on to Colliers, then Kidder Mathews, where he became one of the youngest partners ever. He was recruited to open up a Tacoma office for Hendricks Berkadia over a year ago. He’s proudest of starting a company that owns and operates 130 units and an industrial complex he developed, taking joy in growing and operating his portfolio along with his partner/cousin. Community service activities include mentoring younger people, working with the mentally challenged, coaching youth basketball, and giving college internships.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Alan Luder
Senior Graphic Designer, Jennergy, Inc.
Alan Luder, is the Senior Graphic Designer at Jennergy, an award winning design firm in Poulsbo that specializes in graphic design, website design and development, videography and mobile apps. Alan began his career as an in-house designer at a large corporation shortly after graduating college. After gaining experience and knowledge there he began working for Jennergy, where he’s been for the past five and half years. Since working there, his portfolio has increased beyond that of the average graphic designer — extending into website design, videography, and mobile app development. Alan is most proud of working on Jennergy’s award-winning projects, and enjoys seeing his work on the side of a ferry, signage hanging outside of a storefront, on a brochure out in public. He volunteers for the local elementary school acting as art docents. Growing up, he really enjoyed art projects, and he feels it’s a way to help teach children creative solutions.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Wendy McNeal
Communications & Development Officer, Hospice of Kitsap County
Wendy’s resume reflects nearly eight years of producing positive results for non-profit organizations. After receiving a degree in Communications and Marketing from Evergreen State College in 2003, she returned home to Bremerton pursuing a career using her education and skills to help the community. She served with Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, raising over $800,000. Wendy is proudest of her role in being able to hand the keys to people in desperate need of a home, and that motivated her to pursue non-profit fundraising and marketing. Her community service features organizing a monthly community bike ride to help promote Bicycle-Works, a locally owned bicycle shop, and car-free transportation. She organized the Kitsap for Peace festival, a camping gear drive for the homeless, and raised over $1000 worth of new and used camping gear, which was distributed to homeless people through Kitsap Care Coalition’s Project Connect.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Katie Morris
Vice President, Sales, Bell-Anderson Insurance
Founded in 1929, Bell-Anderson Agency, Inc. is one of the largest regional insurance agencies in the Pacific Northwest, with over 9 offices across the State of Washington and Boise, Idaho. Katie served in the Navy as a Nuclear Electronics Technician after community college. While enjoying engineering and electronics, she found her interests and strengths were most valued in a leadership role in the insurance industry. She’s spent the last 13 years in the industry and recently earned a Masters in Management from the University of Phoenix. Katie is most proud of raising her children, Tony and CJ Andren, with their father, to be respectful, honest, hard-working, and happy individuals, and considers it her life’s greatest accomplishment Katie’s community service includes serving on the West Sound Leadership Council for the American Red Cross, and she’s a trained disaster preparedness volunteer. A member of Bremerton Rotary, she oversees the foreign exchange program, and has hosted multiple students in her home.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
John Nesby
Chef & Owner, MorMor Bistro & Bar
In 2004, John and his wife Laura opened MorMor Bistro in Downtown Poulsbo, offering a restaurant showcasing the local products of our region — fresh seafood, wine, beer and farm fresh produce. With an emphasis on the community, they’ve hosted numerous charity events, raising well over $100,000 for various local causes, and have been a part of other local fundraisers as well. John is proud of operating from his heart, and utilizing his business as a way to help others. They have hosted fundraisers for cancer victims, including a cousin, and a local child fighting Leukemia. So while aiming to please both his guests and staff, John also teaches and learns from everyone around him. John finds a guilty pleasure in doctoring up ramen noodles. John’s community service includes numerous private fundraisers, and performing as an auctioneer at several local school functions, as well as sitting on the board of the Poulsbo Farmer’s Market and being active in promoting awareness of locally sourced foods.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Laura Nesby
Chef & Owner, MorMor Bistro & Bar
Laura and her husband John opened MorMor at age 24 in 2004. MorMor is a Northwest Inspired Bistro that pays tribute to Poulsbo’s local heritage, showcasing as many local products as possible. Laura and John met in 1997 at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute and shared a passion for not only the restaurant industry, but business in general. They also shared an early vision of finding a way to make a business a place to create not only a pleasant environment for customers, but for staff and the owners as well. As restaurateurs, they believe you should have your cake — and eat it too! Laura takes particular pride in doing hyper local fundraising. Be it for a child with cancer, a school fundraiser, or for a family in need — over the last decade they’ve been able to use their business to raise over $100,000 for local causes. Her community service endeavors include independent community fundraising, and involvement in the Poulsbo Farmers Market and providing internships for students from Olympic College Culinary Department.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Jessie Nino
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
After earning an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Jessie joined a local defense contractor working in torpedo manufacturing. Traveling throughout the US and UK negotiating and managing subcontracts for electronic circuitry for torpedo guidance and control systems, she also became certified as a Six Sigma Expert. In 2010, after the birth of her oldest daughter, Jessie decided made a career change after becoming passionate about personal finance during her MBA studies at Seattle University in 2006. She’s proud of making a dramatic mid-career change that allows her the flexibility to give 110% in her business and still have the energy to enjoy her husband and two young daughters. Jessie’s husband Erik is the primary caregiver for their two young daughters — putting his career options aside so Jessie could pursue hers. Community service includes the Executive Board of the Poulsbo Chamber — including being the incoming 2014 President, North Kitsap Rotary, and exchange student hosting.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Kim Overmyer
Director, Seaport Salon & Day Spa
Kim serves as the director of the Seaport Salon and Day Spa — a full service Aveda salon and day spa, located in Old Town Silverdale. Aveda uses environmentally friendly plant based ingredients and aromas in all its products. Kim has been at Seaport for over 4 years. She started out as a part-time receptionist and is now currently director of the salon. She helped expand the team to 18 employees and enjoys watching them grow as artists, as well as young women. Her goal is to inspire the women as much as they inspire her. Kim is passionate about encouraging the women to be the best that they can be, as well as about guests feeling welcome and beautiful. Her parents taught her the value of a strong work ethic at a young age, to always take care of the people around you, and always remember to laugh. As part of the Aveda network, Kim’s community service includes the salon raising money for the Puget Sound Keeper Alliance. In her time with Seaport, she’s helped raise approximately $8,000 for this cause.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Curtis Patnode
Player Development Manager, Port Madison Enterprises
Curtis is responsible for the effective implementation and management of all marketing activities and initiatives, as well as the management of all aspects of Club Clearwater, and has 30 employees that report to him. After earning a B.A at Western Washington University, Port Madison Enterprises became his second job — the first was in retail with Champs Sports from age 16 - 27. He sees the biggest challenge facing PME being increased competition and online gaming, although over 80% of Clearwater’s current business comes from Kitsap County. His business philosophy is “Treat people the way you want to be treated.” Curtis believes that business is about more than just the numbers — it’s the people that matter the most. He also believes leaders don’t ask people to do something that they aren’t willing to do themselves. He and his wife are expecting their first child. He mentors to 3rd and 6th grade students at Woodlands Elementary.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Brandy Rinearson
City Clerk, City of Port Orchard
Brandy is Port Orchard’s City Clerk. Since high school she’s always worked in administration, and later enrolled in a college that specialized in administrative responsibilities, receiving her certification in 1995. Her previous position was in the City’s public works department, and when the Deputy City Clerk position opened, Brandy was selected. It’s a position with many responsibilities that play to her organizational strengths. She knew when she became Deputy Clerk in 2008, she would eventually become a City Clerk somewhere. She earned her Certified Municipal Clerk certification in three just years — it usually takes five — and Brandy is also one of the first to receive the Certified Public Records Officer certification. Brandy has served on the membership and scholarship committees of the Washington Municipal Clerk’s Association. She’s also one of the founding members of the Washington Association of Public Records Officers — and recently joined Fathoms O Fun to help with the Chocolate Festival, and is involved with the Girl Scouts.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
David Reed
Vice President, Financial Sales Manager, First Citizens Bank
David is Vice President and Financial Sales Manager at First Citizens Bank, one of the nation’s largest and oldest family-controlled banks. He started in banking in 1999, and has risen to his current position through integrity and perseverance. David’s community service includes being a huge supporter of Gig Harbor Little League, where he coaches and serves as Community Relations Director, helping organize food-drives for the local food bank. He also serves as judge on an Oral Board for Gig Harbor High School’s Senior Exhibition presentations, and does mock job interviews for seniors to help prepare them for joining the workforce. He earned his first dollar at 16, working a baseball camp put on by his High School — Bethel, in Spanaway, helping teach how to play the game with the right fundamentals, win with humility and lose with honor. Most people would be surprised to learn David coached again the next year, as his senior project — for no money, but the love of the game and helping the kids.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Thomas Sawyer
Owner-Broker, Eagle Harbor Insurance, LLC
Thomas owns a full service insurance brokerage on Bainbridge Island, offering all lines of insurance. He started working at fourteen and has never looked back, doing jobs that included washing dishes, selling title insurance, woodworking, and restaurateur. He joined Eagle Harbor Insurance in 2004, and in 2013 bought his partner’s interest in the company to become the sole owner. Thomas is proudest of never having had a loan or financial help with school, business, or personal matters, and earned his first dollar stacking wood and cleaning duck ponds in California at the age of 10 for $1 an hour — and thinking it was great pay. Thomas loves playing soccer, riding dirt bikes, playing with his kids, and living quite modestly. His community service includes volunteering as a soccer coach, twice a week at the North Kitsap Academy for the 8/9 year old group. On a business level, his agency offers any local sports, civic, or club in need of insurance, the very lowest rates he can find, and always waives all broker fee’s for such entities.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Kerry Slone
Owner, President, Beautifully Polished at Longworth Studio
Kerry owns Beautifully Polished at Longworth Studio, a full service Day Spa providing a full compliment of skin, body and nail treatments, as well as beauty classes and clinics. Her goal is to provide clients with services that rival most major city spas, from the heart of Downtown Poulsbo. She joined the business community as a licensed master nail technician and make-up artist in Portland, OR, and knew she had found her calling. She relocated to Poulsbo in 1999, and opened Longworth Nail Studio in 2003, later adding skin care services. Kerry is most proud of her ability to balance being an entrepreneur, a devoted wife and full-time mother of a 10-year old daughter. Her community service consists of Soroptimist, being a Premiere Sponsor of the Miss West Sound Pageant, StandUp for Kids, and chairing a PAC committee for a proposed new fashion marketing program at OC. She’s also passionate about teaching young women about their value and self-worth, hoping to create a scholarship and foundation offering young women micro-loans to start their own businesses. Beautifully Polished is the only Washington State approved nail technician apprenticeship program in our region, and one of only four in the state. This program not only provides training, but jobs to the members of the community. Kerry is also the CEO of AKE Holdings LLC, which owns and leases commercial real estate in Poulsbo.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Matt Smith
President, The Rush Companies
Matt is president of The Rush Companies — a residential and commercial development, commercial and property management firm that develops and builds single-family homes, commercial buildings. multifamily, retail, professional office, medical and dental facilities. He joined the firm in 1992 as a field technician during high school and college. He went on to become a pilot for Alaska Airlines for seven years, but in the meantime, Matt and his wife started their own real estate investment company and started building a portfolio. He was approached by Rush to rejoin the firm, and in 2007 left the airline industry to rejoin Rush. Gordon, who is now semi-retired, mentored him for five years, and today, Matt runs the organization. Matt is proud of helping Rush weather the financial downturn when funding was difficult to obtain, by developing and implementing a strategic outside investment plan. He volunteers for race for the soldier, great strides/cystic fibrosis, and as a Franciscan health system foundation-donor.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Keith Sprague
Clinical Nurse Manager Intensive Care, Harrison Medical Center
Founded in 1918, Harrison has evolved from a small community hospital into the region’s busiest medical center. Keith is the Clinical Nurse Manager in the Intensive Care Unit. Harrison cares for patients from Kitsap, North Mason, Clallam, and Jefferson counties, boasting an impressive range of specialties, services, and programs. Keith’s career path has been one of opportunity and challenge. He has always tried to do the right thing in any given situation, and to accept the challenges that come with that. That philosophy has given him many opportunities to make a difference, and he says as long as he continues to make a difference, he will accept the challenge. He is proudest of leading a team of highly skilled professionals to achieve improved patient outcomes, and foster an atmosphere of collaboration that has led to the Intensive Care Unit at Harrison Medical Center being awarded the “Beacon Award for Excellence” by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) — putting Harrison among the top 4% in the nation.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Rochelle Stockwell
Slot Manager, Port Madison Enterprises
Port Madison Enterprises is the business arm of the Suquamish Tribe, which owns Clearwater Casino Resort. Casino profits help develop community resources while promoting economic and social welfare for the Tribe. Rochelle started working at Buck’s A & W in Port Orchard, as a cashier when she was 16. She was promoted to Shift Manager, which taught her how to prioritize school and work, learning early that hard work could pay off. After graduating from South Kitsap, she continued at A & W, but also started working for Clearwater Casino as a Slot Cashier. She enrolled at Olympic College, and after realizing her passion for gaming, deciding to make a career of it. Over the past 9 years she’s been promoted several times. She worked her way into the manager position in the Slot Department, and in 2010 she was Employee of the Quarter, and honored as Employee of the Year. She volunteers with Athletic Medicine at South Kitsap High School. She was a member of Leadership Kitsap’s Class of 2012, and has participated in PME’s for Relay for Life since 2004.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Steve Sutorius
Owner, Wildernest, Inc.
Wildernest Inc. consists of Wildernest — a NW lifestyle and footwear store, and The Gear Stash, which focuses mainly on backpacking, camping and climbing equipment. Steve has almost 20 years in the outdoor industry. He moved to Juneau, Alaska to be a whitewater paddling guide; then to Whitefish, MT to work in a ski shop, until finding his niche as a backpacking guide at an adolescent male treatment center, where he spent four years leading 16, 18 and 21 day backpacking, snowshoeing and ski touring trips — which is also where he met wife Kerry, a counselor there. Steve is proud of working with his wife and best friend every day since they met. They love the challenge of running a small business together. Steve’s community service includes serving as VP of the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, supporting Project Backpack via Helpline House, and serving as a drop off location for a group called Redeeming Soles which collects lightly used shoes which are distributed to the needy in Seattle.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Miriam Villiard
Owner, Heritage Builders NW, LLC
Heritage Builders started in 1998 while Miriam’s husband Ardi was serving in the Navy, with the intent to take it full-time upon his retirement, which they did in 2010, after he completed 20 years of service. At the age of 22, Miriam and Ardi started a general contracting business — Puget Sound General Contracting — which they operated on the side as she worked full-time and he was an enlisted Missile Tech in the Navy. The business provided them a general contractors license, which they used to build their own personal homes, and do remodeling and improvement projects for other clients. Miriam is most proud of surviving the odds — marrying a sea-going sailor at age 19, having son at 20, working full-time and attending college. Through the years, she worked as her husband’s “apprentice,” learning the various trades to save money on subcontractors. Miriam can operate a backhoe, excavator, skidloader, knows how to form and pour a foundation, frame, side, roof, paint, lay tile and hardwood flooring, and more. She serves on the board of the Kitsap Home Builders Association.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Jessica Wagner-Smith
Cancer Care Navigator, Harrison Medical Center
Harrison Medical Center is a non-profit hospital offering a robust complement of services ranging from state-of-the-art oncology care, orthopedics, and nationally recognized cardiac care. Jessica graduated from Central Washington University with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology in 2008. During her thesis work, she and her mentor, Dr. Tim Burnham, studied the effects of exercise, nutrition, and wellness education, on cancer survivors. After graduation, she found her “niche” at Harrison, which had just created the position of Cancer Care Navigator. In that slot, Jessica provides support, education, eliminates barriers to care, and guides patients through their cancer journey. After losing her father at age 57 to pancreatic cancer, her community service revolves around being an active contributor to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. She is passionately dedicated to support awareness and funding for continued research.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Allison Westergard
Industrial Engineer, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Allison works for the process improvement office at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. Her department is responsible for training, coaching, and assisting in the execution of Lean/Six Sigma concepts to help other departments improve safety and quality while reducing cost and schedule. She attended Montana State University — Bozeman, graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering. She was recruited by the shipyard, and plans on earning a Master’s degree and eventually a Ph.D in Industrial Engineering. She recently passed the Professional Engineering exam to become a licensed Industrial Engineer in the State of Washington. Allison’s community service includes Puget Sound Naval Bases Association, Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS) and Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) through the Professional Women’s Employee Networking Group (PWENG) at PSNS. Through PWENG, she organized a school supply drive to help gather needed items for CK schools.
40 Under Forty Winner 2013
Carmel Wieland
Owner, Personal Fitness Trainer, Boot-Camp Diva
Boot-Camp Diva is a group of 15 or less women. Small classes meet for workouts in their studio up to six days a week. Outside of class is a private group forum to support and motivate each other online. They also offer one on one personal training, nutritional guidance, personalized nutrition consultations, Zumba, Yoga, and R.I.P.P.E.D. After having two children within two years Carmel was desperate to figure out how to lose the body fat she gained. She started lifting weights with her husband and saw results. She became a certified fitness trainer in 2007, started training a couple of friends and got a job at a well known big box gym. In 2008 she decided to train small groups of women outdoors, because of the energy and the amount of people she could train at once. Adopting the name to Boot-Camp Diva triggered her success. Carmel’s community service includes helping gather Toys For Tots during the holidays. They put up a tree in the studio and hang tags, collect what the children want and deliver them to the Salvation Army.
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