​Jace Dwinell grew up in one of Eastern Washington’s “small town” and after working in the “big city” of Tacoma for five years, he has found that it, too, is a small place in the very best of ways. This “40 Under Forty” honoree has learned that Community and Family are the same basic principles regardless the location.

A commercial banking officer with Heritage and holding one of the bank’s largest portfolios, Dwinell is not all business. He’s also passionate about the development of youth, and works on that by coaching one of his three children’s sports teams, by mentoring weekly at a Tacoma middle school and as an elected director and treasurer of Metro Parks Tacoma.

“It is clear the impact a positive role model can have on a developing mind,” Jace wrote in his background answers, citing his father’s involvement in his own youth. “There are far too many who are much less fortunate (than I was).”

Describing himself as “a simple minded fella,” Jace Dwinell can now add that he is a member of Class of 2016 “40 Under Forty.”

Helping businesses in Washington grow their piece of government procurement contracts from $202 million to a record $592 million in three years deservedly makes Tiffany Scroggs very proud. It also impressed the judging panel that named her a “40 Under Forty” honoree.

That two-fold growth (and 18,000 new jobs created) are the results since 2014 when she became program director for the statewide Procurement Technical Assistance Center at Thurston County Economic Development Center. The program with its eight sub-centers and 14 staff members has become a national model being studied by many others to duplicate.

“Washington state is home to some of the most innovative, passionate entrepreneurs in the nation,” Scroggs noted. “Too often, businesses from outside our region come in (for) contracts that could be done better and more cost effectively by local firms.” Her PTAC efforts seek to change that for the better.

Scroggs earned a Masters degree in Public Administration while working full-time and is now the vice president of education for the national Association of Government Management Agencies. 

Yet her focus remains in her own state, where her goal is to see $1 billion in government contracts and subcontracts awarded to firms inside our state borders, many of which will be small, minority, women or veteran-owned businesses. 

And as her work already is at 60 percent of that, it seems likely we’ll be celebrating Tiffany Scroggs for another success soon, beyond her recognition as a “40 Under Forty” for 2016.

You can meet Jace and Tiffany, plus 38 other remarkable members of 2016 40 Under Forty at their celebration on Wednesday, August 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets and more information are at this link.