The Journal of Business names its 2024 Young Professionals

The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Young Professionals awards. The Class of 2024 includes Raul Contreras, Kristy Leitze, Josh Lozano, Melissa McCoy, Nicholas Mercer, Ryan Nell, Jaylicia-Jinei Kanani Patricio-Young, Austin Regimbal, Melissa Torres, and Sonee Kulaga Wilson. These talented individuals come from diverse industries and have demonstrated exceptional dedication and skill in their respective fields.

The honorees will be recognized at a special event on May 15 at J. Bookwalter Winery in Richland. Tickets are available for purchase on the Journal’s website. In addition to being celebrated at the event, they will also be featured in a special supplement in the May edition of the Journal, highlighting their achievements and contributions to the community.

This year marks the 17th anniversary of the Young Professionals awards, which aim to recognize individuals under the age of 40 who have made significant impacts through their work and philanthropic efforts in Benton and Franklin counties. From a pool of 65 nominations, these outstanding young professionals were selected based on their professional accomplishments and community involvement.

We congratulate the Class of 2024 on their well-deserved recognition and look forward to celebrating their achievements at the upcoming event.

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