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2018 Journal of Business Rising Stars

In the five years that Brooke Baker Spink has worked for Baker Construction & Development Inc., she's helped secure more than $40 million in construction work. But it was work in another industry in which Baker Spink, 32, learned how to build sales. Af...

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2018 Rising Stars: Brooke Baker Spink

In the five years that Brooke Baker Spink has worked for Baker Construction & Development Inc., she's helped secure more than $40 million in construction work. But it was work in another industry in which Baker Spink, 32, learned how to build sales....

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2018 Rising Stars: Jen Snell

In her 12 years of working at Next IT Corp., now a part of customer engagement company Verint Systems Inc., Jen Snell says she's never once been bored. The 38-year-old vice president of product marketing for Verint's intelligent self-service business...

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2018 Rising Stars: Jordan Tampien

Scott Isaak, owner of real estate holding company 5D Holdings LLC and owner of the Spokane's Sweeto Burrito chain, describes 34-year-old real estate agent Jordan Tampien as a cross between "Mr. Rogers, your favorite life insurance salesman, and your...

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2018 Rising Stars: Brandon Haugen

Brandon Haugen began working as a valet at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino in early 2008, when the casino and hotel were in the midst of a massive $275 million expansion. A decade later, the casino is undergoing another expansion, but this time Haugen...

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2018 Rising Stars: Christina VerHeul

Christina VerHeul, communications director at Washington State University’s Spokane-based Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, says she doesn’t take a moment for granted since returning last year to Spokane. “It has been one of the most rewarding...

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2018 Rising Stars: Ramsey Pruchnic

Ramsey Pruchnic, 31, describes himself as both a creative thinker and a serial entrepreneur, having established two new businesses in Spokane—an online marketing company and a donut shop—within less than a year. Pruchnic says that for him, being a...

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2018 Rising Stars: Deanna Tiemann

Deanna Tiemann created Squishy Peanut Marketing LLC six years ago out of her desire to have both a career and a healthy family life. “I really wanted to create a company where I could do good work for clients while having a family life,” Tiemann says...

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2018 Rising Stars: Jeff vom Saal

Most of us view music as entertainment or a hobby, but for Spokane Symphony executive director Jeff vom Saal, it’s a way of life. “I’ve always enjoyed music,” he says. “As a young person, I liked it and was good at it and just kept gravitating...

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2018 Rising Stars: Emily Arneson

Last year, employment and public records attorney Emily Arneson knew she needed a new line of work even though she enjoyed what she was doing for a Spokane law firm. “I really hated having to bill people for the work I was doing,” Arneson says. “I ...

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