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40/40: Growth in biz and preservation

Oct 2, 2017 - 02:54 PM

Michael Jorgensen began early as an entrepreneur and salesman, hawking his family’s over-producing blueberry crop at a roadside stand with his brother; they even expanded into homemade blueberry muffins to grow the volume. As a teenager, he helped with audio services at church, eventually taking over the lead and filling that role again during studies at Pacific Lutheran University.

This “40 Under Forty” honoree also was a top-seller in women’s shoes at the local Nordstrom’s store, and a natural in his post-graduation positions (promoted three times in 9 years) with a retirement financial services firm. Within evening studies for a graduate business degree, Jorgensen and two buddies won a business competition and its $10,000 cash prize. He recently joined a global technology company based in Fife.

A strong business resume, yet what makes this competitive runner most proud is working over three years to help a high school senior girl afflicted with asthma to finish her final race not in last place.

Faith, Family and Fitness are life-driving passions for Michael Jorgensen, as he continues forward with “40 Under Forty” recognition.

Amanda Reed is also living out her life’s passions as executive director of Capitol Land Trust based in Lacey. She came to this role three years ago, following a decade with The Nature Conservancy based in the nation’s capital.

“I have committed to helping our society make smart choices that protect the environment, while meeting the needs of local communities,” explains Reed. And the Trust is making great progress as it observes its 30th anniversary.

It has conserved 6,000 acres of land in Thurston-Mason counties, 14 miles of Puget Sound shoreline and more than 20 miles of streams. In addition to her own group’s work, Reed has also been elected President of the Washington Land Trust Alliance, leading similar groups statewide.

“The future is much brighter going forward with Amanda at the helm,” wrote her nominator, a past president of Capitol Land Trust. We agree, as Amanda Reed takes her place among 2017 “40 Under Forty.”

Meet Michael and Amanda, plus 38 other remarkable members of 2017’s 40 Under Forty cohort at the celebration of their honors on Wednesday, October 11, at Foss Waterway Seaport in downtown Tacoma. It begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and the recognition program will conclude before 8 o’clock.  Tickets are available at this link.


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