Heidi McCutcheon is a graduate of Shelton High School, who now uses those hometown roots in building partnerships to advance the local area as executive director for Shelton-Mason Chamber of Commerce. It’s a position that grew out of an initial part-time job, when she returned home 13 years after graduation, and marks her as a 2017 “40 Under Forty” honoree.
“Coming from a small town, many of those I work with I’ve known my whole life,” McCutcheon says, adding that usually makes this happen better. Her mother once remarked that she’d long been recognized in the community as “Al’s wife” – Heidi’s father was a well-known elected official in Mason County. Now, they recognize her as “Heidi’s mom.”
Among many accomplishments that make McCutcheon proud was her role in bringing about a community visioning plan in 2015, so residents could form the future they want for Shelton and vicinity into the future. Those views are now being implemented by chamber members, economic development resources with government and community leaders.
From a great little community already into the Shelton of tomorrow and beyond, Heidi McCutcheon is excited to be totally engaged with the work, its progress, the future – and in being named to “40 Under Forty.”
A.J. Losoya is a new arrival to the South Sound, but not to the record of accomplishments that clearly merit his selection for this individual recognition. A senior vice president and regional manager for Columbia Bank, his financial career began as a teller right out college with a local bank in central Oregon, that was later acquired by Tacoma’s regional financial giant.
As the first in his family to complete high school and college, he has always been a vocal advocate and participant in local education, even being appointed to the school board while residing in Redmond, Oregon. He was also board president of the Latino Community Foundation.
“I am the proud son of parents who were migrant farm workers,” Losoya says. “And my diverse background provides a unique perspective, demanding a quality education for all students.”
His grandmother Rodriguez was one of A.J.’s many early mentors, instilling strong morals and values in each of her grandchildren. She stressed the important of an education and the tenacity to overcome all challenges and obstacles.
“My wife and I strive each day to lead by example,” Losoya says. “As parents of five children, we want them to reach for the stars, whatever their hopes and dreams – just like my grandmother did for me.”
Meet Heidi McCutcheon and A.J. Losoya, 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.