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The Journal of Business names its 2024 Young Professionals

This year, the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business is proud to reveal the winners of its annual Young Professionals awards. The Class of 2024 includes an impressive group of individuals who have made significant contributions in their respective fields and have shown exceptional dedication and talent.

The honorees come from a variety of industries, including technology, healthcare, education, and finance. They have achieved remarkable success in their careers and have also been involved in various philanthropic initiatives that have positively impacted Benton and Franklin counties.

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 individuals are truly deserving of recognition for their hard work and dedication to making a positive impact in the community.

The winners will be celebrated at an event on May 15 at J. Bookwalter Winery in Richland. Tickets for the event can be purchased on the Journal’s website. In addition to being recognized at the event, the winners will also be featured in a special supplement in the May edition of the Journal showcasing their achievements and contributions to the community.

This year marks the 17th anniversary of the Young Professionals awards program which recognizes individuals under 40 years old who have made significant impacts through their work or philanthropic efforts in Benton and Franklin counties. The selection process was rigorous with over 65 nominations submitted based on professional achievements and community involvement. We congratulate this year’s Class of 2024 and look forward to celebrating their accomplishments at the upcoming event!

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