​Kellen Mangan decided as a teenager that he was going into home building and completed his first new home for sale at age 22, while still a Business student at Saint Martin’s University. That early decisive initiative made him a natural to include in 2016 “40 Under Forty” recognition.

Clear on his career so early let Mangan work on his background by earning a real estate license so he could sell new construction homes around his college studies time. By late 2009, he had formed High Definition Homes LLC and was off on his own, completing more than 100 new homes in the seven years since.

“I am proud to live next door to my customers in the communities that I build,” Mangan said. “Being hands-on in every home and community is important to me.” His biggest challenge has been having to constantly modify his business plans due to economic volatility.

He also supports Community Youth Services, YMCA and Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Kellen Mangan is on the “40 Under Forty” list for 2016 and expects to continue building his home community.

Galen Annest, marketing manager at Commencement Bank, claims to have “a PhD in undergraduate studies,” in addition to being an honoree in 2016 “40 Under Forty.” 

She can’t remember how many times she changed her major, until finally landing in Communications at University of Washington-Tacoma. Then Annest learned that adding Marketing to Public Relations would expand her employability, so she did that through MBA studies at Pacific Lutheran University, where she graduated cum laude.

“Half way through my MBA program, I started working as a marketing coordinator for Commencement Bank,” Annest said. And within three years, she had moved into a management position, thanks to bringing efficiency to those efforts.

Northwest Spay & Neuter Center is also benefiting from her talent, as she serves on the board and chaired its annual auction. Passionate about animals and passionate about learning new things both describe Galen Annest, member of “40 Under Forty” class of 2016.

You can join Kellen, Galen and 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.