The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business is excited to announce the winners of this year’s Young Professional Awards. The Class of 2024 includes Raul Contreras, Christy Leitze, Josh Lozano, Melissa McCoy, Nicholas Mercer, Ryan Nell, Jaylicia-Gini Kanani Patricio-Young, Austin Regibala, Melissa Torres and Sonny Kulaga Wilson. These individuals come from a variety of industries and have demonstrated exceptional dedication and talent in their respective fields.

This year marks the 17th anniversary of the Young Professional Awards, which recognize individuals under the age of 40 who have made a significant impact in Benton and Franklin counties through their work and philanthropic efforts. Winners were selected from a pool of 65 nominations based on their professional achievements and community involvement.

The winners will be celebrated at an event on May 15 at the J Winery. Bookwalter in Richland. Tickets are available for purchase on the Journal’s website. In addition, they will be featured in a special supplement in the May issue of the magazine, showcasing their achievements and contributions to the community.

Congratulations to the Class of 2024 and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at an upcoming event!

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