The employee-owners of Riverview Community Bank congratulate each of the 2015 Accomplished & Under 40 honorees. These young professionals have not only demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication, but have also made significant contributions to their businesses and communities. Their trajectories and stories of success may be unique, but what every member of this diverse group shares –whether an accomplished entrepreneur, a rising corporate star or a nonprofit visionary – is a commitment to their industry and to the people around them. We are confident that, having achieved all this and more before the age of 40, these young leaders will continue to play a substantial role in our community for years to come. Riverview is proud to once again support the Vancouver Business Journal in this tradition of honoring Southwest Washington’s best and brightest young professionals.
Congratulations to the Accomplished & Under 40 Class of 2015!
Annie brings a drive and passion for foster care to our community that is unparalleled. She is an active foster parent and has inspired several other couples in the area to also open their homes to our community’s 700 vulnerable and at-risk foster children. Her vision of “Friday Night Out” – a once-a-month event that enables foster parents to have a night off has been a phenomenal success. While serving as the hospitality pastor for Compass Church, she also serves as the director of the Fostering Hope Clothing Closet – all the while working toward a master’s degree in spiritual formation at George Fox University.
Davidson & Associates Insurance
Bryce isn’t your average insurance agent. He’s more like a whirlwind in the community who just happens to sell insurance. He is strongly committed to helping community members understand and manage personal and business risks. For example, he teaches several classes each year, such as one for new home buyers. But there’s more to Bryce than that. A 2014 graduate of Leadership Clark County, he serves on several of the organization’s committees. He also is on the advisory board for Junior Achievement and is proud to be an Eagle Scout. His activities with the Safeco “Make More Happen” and “Community Hero” awards have raised more than $19,000 for Vancouver public schools, the Historic Reserve (where he serves on the Development Committee) and Share Vancouver.
Legacy Restoration LLC
As vice president of operations for a construction company, “Nikki” is an inspiration for other young female builders in an industry long dominated by men. She balances making make-or-break operational decisions for her company with being a wife, a mother and an active volunteer with YoungLife and eConnect. An active member of the Building Industry Association of Clark County, she regularly shares her expertise and experience with the young builder’s group. She has set a goal to double Legacy Restoration’s business. As one of the youngest builders ever to build a home in the Clark County Parade of Homes – and the recipient of three People’s Choice awards (architecture, landscaping and design) – she is well on her way to that vision.
Evergreen Public Schools
Kris is passionate about bringing his considerable skills for communication and organization (easily seen in his role as communications manager for Evergreen Public Schools) to bear in the community to make a difference. He has been pivotal in helping the fifth-largest school district in the state of Washington manage its reputation via local and digital media. In 2002, he was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award for electronic and online journalism. A 2015 Leadership Clark County graduate, he is an active member of the Clark County Parks Advisory Board, helped develop a marketing program for the West Van for Youth program, regularly attends Safe Communities Task Force meetings and actively coaches youth sports – all while raising two children and running a dance studio and golf tour agency with his wife. Kris is determined to be an active part of the changes he’s like to see in his community.
Evergreen Memorial Gardens
As vice president of administration for Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Lindsay is in daily contact with families in their most trying times. Her caring manner helps ease grief and stress. She is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) Foundation. For example, she is vice chair of the FVRL Foundation Board of Directors, chair of the FVRL Foundation’s Authors & Illustrators Dinner & Silent Auction planning committee, and a member of the Greater Clark County Rotary Club Foundation’s Board of Directors. She has also served on the Washington State University Vancouver Advisory Council and was a Leadership Clark County graduate in 2015. She received Rotary’s Paul Harris Award in 2015, acknowledging her outstanding contributions and exceptional service to her community. Lindsay has an incredible heart for others and works tirelessly to improve our community.
Sunny has a deep passion for the work of nonprofits and fully understands the critical role they play in ensuring our city and county continue to be healthy and thriving. She encourages collaboration between business and nonprofits, with an eye to making both sides of the relationship stronger. As the senior catering manager at Vancouver’s Hilton, she coordinates many fundraisers for nonprofits. She also takes an active role in community organizations, including Share of Vancouver, Habitat for Humanity, Vancouver Metro Rotary and Vancouver’s Downtown Association. She is a Red Coat Ambassador for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Like her name, Sunny is bright and warm, and never hesitates to give of herself to make our community a better place to live.
As co-owner and co-CEO of the Audiology Clinic in Vancouver, Charmi is dedicated to helping Clark County hear better. A few years ago, she developed and scaled the Medical Spa at PeaceHealth Plastic Surgery. She has demonstrated excellent community leadership skills through her involvement with the Pink Lemonade Project, the NW Association of Blind Athletes and the Cascade Society. Other organizations that benefit from Charmi’s boundless energy include PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation Gala, The Gift of Lift, Fort Vancouver National Trust, Share of Vancouver and the American Red Cross, as well as the Starkey Hearing Foundation and the American Academy of Audiology Foundation. If that wasn’t enough, Charmi also finds time to volunteer at local elementary schools. These activities demonstrate Charmi’s commitment to others and establish her as a current and future leader in our community.
NW Legacy Law Center
Thomas is an entrepreneur at heart, launching the unique law firm, NW Legacy Law Center, just a year ago. In its first year, Thomas’s firm has been recognized as Best in Business for law firms by VBJ readers and Best of Clark County for lawyers by the Columbian. A Vancouver native, Thomas focuses on community by offering monthly legal workshops, serving as president of the Vancouver Farmers Market Board of Directors and as a board member for the OR/SW WA chapter of the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation. Thomas is committed to the future of Vancouver and will play a significant role in the shaping and development of a vibrant, healthy and exciting community for years to come.
Having worked for Sherwin Williams since 1999, Jesse has consistently proven his leadership abilities. He is the recipient of seven Spectrum Awards from Sherwin Williams for his work in guiding teams to set record-high sales figures, expand territories and develop new accounts. Sherwin Williams has twice named him Portland District Representative of the Year, as well as the Midwestern Division Residential Salesperson of the Year. He holds four BA degrees and a master’s degree, and is the father of two children. When he’s not working hard for Sherwin Williams or his family, he’s working hard for our community. He is the co-financial development chair for YMCA of Clark County and Metro Sunset Rotary’s Rookie Rotarian of the Year. He’s also active with the Police Activities League, where he is a mentor for high school students. Jesse’s volunteer work underscores his passion for ensuring our local youth have positive role models and are able to engage in activities that further sprit, mind and body.
Darcy has been helping transform Clark County’s workforce for nearly ten years. She is currently the business services manager at WorkSource – ResCare Workforce Series. Her expertise is building and maintaining relationships with employers in Southwest Washington by providing workforce solutions and operating dozens of state and federal on-the-job training programs. She has played a critical role in the service delivery of over $7 million dollars of investment into our local business and economic systems. Outside her job, Darcy illustrates her caring personality by serving on the Emerging Workforce Committee (ensuring young people are connecting to employment) and volunteering on Habitat for Humanity “Women Build” projects. A Leadership Clark County graduate in 2013, she remains an active alumnus for the program. Darcy has an undeniable passion for serving our community and the necessary leadership skills to “make a difference.”
Frumenti, Lander & Wallace
Ryan is putting his knowledge of accounting and tax planning to work in our community. A CPA with Frumenti, Lander & Wallace, Ryan is kept busy providing business consulting and leading business development and marketing; he was recently promoted to shareholder. But he also shares his expertise beyond the corporate environment. For example, he is on the board of directors for the nonprofit New Day Community Dental Clinic and is also on the board of directors for the Clark County Skills Center Foundation. A 2011 graduate of Leadership Clark County, Ryan is also a member of the Greater Clark County Rotary and the Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Free Clinic’s Dental Advisory Committee. Ryan genuinely cares about his community and wants to contribute to its success.
Landerholm, P. S.
Referred to by those who know her as a “rising star in our community,” Erin neatly balances a busy schedule as an attorney with an equally busy schedule as a volunteer. As an attorney with Landerholm, she handles entity formations and dissolutions; mergers and acquisitions; purchases, sales and redemptions; tax matters; contracts; and succession plans. As a concerned citizen, Erin serves on the board of directors for the Pink Lemonade Project, the Legacy Salmon Creek Foundation Board of Trustees and the Legacy Salmon Creek Cares Luncheon Steering Committee. Erin’s commitment to service and strong motivation shine through both her professional and philanthropic activities.
Owner of A.C.T. Builders, a custom-home construction company, Aaron is extremely involved in the local building industry. He is the vice president/secretary for the local Building Industry Association, a member of the local BIA board of directors, and serves on the BIA of Washington Education committee. Additionally, Aaron chairs the Remodelers of Clark County, and was past chair of the local BIA’s Remodeled Homes Tour. He has received many awards for new construction and remodeling. Not one to rest on his laurels, he has achieved the National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Aging-in-Place designation and is currently pursuing their Certified Graduate Builder designation. With all these activities, Aaron still finds time to coach soccer at Kingsway Christian School and Vancouver Parks and Recreation and regularly supports the Our Family in Africa nonprofit organization. Overall, Aaron contributes a great amount of time and energy toward the success of his own business, the building industry, and the entire local community.
Melissa works tirelessly as the operational supervisor of the Plastic Surgery department at PeaceHealth Southwest. She has implemented many process improvements, with the goal to providing the best possible service to each patient. She has also accelerated marketing efforts for the department. Her energy and creativity, as well as her charisma and dedication are quickly noted by everyone who meets her. She volunteers on a regular basis with the Pink Lemonade Project, has spearheaded the continuous support of the Gift of Lift Project, and has participated in the Stone Soup community meal program. As one acquaintance remarked, “Giving evening and weekend hours to volunteer at events is as much a part of her life as sleeping and eating.”
Larry is manager of the Audit Services department for Clark County’s Auditor’s Office. Using proactive problem solving skills and business acumen, he has made significant contributions to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Clark County government. The Association of Local Government Auditors recognized his efforts this year by awarding the Audit Office’s job creation/fee waiver program the top award in its size category. In just the last three years, Larry has continued to build his skills, achieving certification as both a Government Auditing Professional and an Internal Auditor. He doesn’t spend all his time in the office, however. He was a past Battle Ground Commissioner, serving on the city’s planning commission, and was also past executive board member of the Battle Ground Education Foundation. In addition, he coaches youth soccer.
Spoiled Spa & Salon
April opened Spoiled Spa and Salon at the age of 25, four years ago. She currently employs 25, and is working to grow the company – or maybe even new companies. Thankful for the opportunities life has given her, April believes in giving back. Each year, she celebrates the anniversary of her company by holding a nonprofit benefit event. Throughout the year, she hosts various drives at Spoiled Spa and encourages her clientele to donate food and other items to help those in need. Examples of nonprofits that have benefited from April’s generous spirit include Share of Vancouver, CAMEO-Vancouver, Race for the Cure, Modified Style and Girl Friend’s Race. She also encourages her staff to volunteer in the community. April is an incredible example of someone who overcame obstacles in life to become not only self-sufficient but extremely successful and a role model for others.
Each member of the Accomplished & Under 40 Class of 2015 was honored during a recognition luncheon on Tuesday, November 3 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver.