Spokane Journal of Business

Journal names 2022 class of Rising Stars

Ten young leaders to be recognized at event on Sept. 7

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The Journal of Business has selected its 2022 class of Rising Stars. 

They are: 

Jessica Atkinson, CEO, Sweet Frostings.

Justin Botejue, physician relations liaison, Shriner’s Children’s Spokane.

Heather Hamlin, executive director, Women Helping Women Fund.

Drew Henry, CEO, Revival Tea Co. 

Cally King, director of marketing, Hagadone Marine Group.

Amanda Landreth, director of lending administration, STCU.

Tim Ledford, CEO, Safeguard Equipment Inc.

Derek Taylor, CEO, Sports Scope.

Chad White, owner, CW Hospitality Group.

Latrice Williams, Realtor, Realty One Group Eclipse.

This year’s honorees will be recognized in an event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 7, at Barrister Winery, at 1213 W. Railroad, in downtown Spokane. Tickets for the event are now available.

The 2022 class of Rising Stars is the ninth the Journal has recognized. To be eligible for Rising Stars, individuals must be under 40 years old, work in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area, and demonstrate excellence in their chosen fields and leadership in the business community as a whole.

Past Rising Stars who have moved into new leadership positions in recent months include Brandon Rapez-Betty, who was named chief operations officer at Spokane Transit Authority; Jen Snell, who became senior vice president of marketing at artificial-intelligence company Babel Street; and Manny Hochheimer, who is now leading Idaho Central Credit Union’s expansion into Washington state.

Other leaders who have been Rising Stars include entrepreneurs, such as etailz co-founder Sarah Neblett and Doorsey CEO Jordan Allen; business executives, including Latisha Hill, vice president at Avista Corp., and Richard Denenny, president of Lee & Hayes law firm; and politicians, such as Spokane County Commissioner Josh Kerns and Natasha Hill, a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives.

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