If your personal passion is encouraging others, helping them to grow successful careers, you’d be well situated to succeed yourself in the professional staffing industry.  And that describes Jessica Rice, a member of the 2014 Class of 40 Under Forty, and volunteer extraordinaire in greater Olympia’s business and community life. Working as a national recruiter, she has the opportunity to bring new talent to the Sound Sound and share West Coast openings with locals eager to move.

President of the South Sound Business Promoters chapter of BNI, Rice is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Thurston County and an active volunteer with Olympia Downtown Association, Hands On Children’s Museum, Boys & Girls Club, Lacey and Thurston County Chambers, Rotary and Lakefair, among many others. Her life demonstrates a belief that a person can achieve their goals — they have what it takes, if they work hard, stay very clear about their objective and never stop growing. What a great description for Jessica Rice and all “40 Under Forty” honorees.

Jesse Rodman is an attorney associated with McGavick Graves firm in Tacoma for the past four years. But before that, he was working at a firm in Olympia, living in Tacoma and commuting three nights a week to UW Seattle to earn his masters in tax law degree. The odometer said he racked up 80,000 miles in that educational journey, but Rodman calls it totally worth it for the satisfaction he now has serving clients with complex estate, tax, business and succession matters.

One of his personal passions is to foster an open and honest discussion about mental health issues, and he offers up his own story of using alcohol to cope with a bipolar II disorder until five years ago. Today, he reports being the happiest and healthiest that he’s ever been, thanks to family and friends support. But Rodman knows that many others remain internal prisoners because of society’s stigmas regarding certain “brain cooties,” and he believes successful examples can help them. Congratulations on joining Class of 2014 “40 Under Forty.”

There are 38 other members of the 2014 Class who will be spotlighted on Daily Biz Briefs over the coming weeks leading to the Aug. 19 event to be held this year on the campus at Pacific Lutheran University. To assure your own attendance, click this link to the ticket sales portal, and check tomorrow’s Daily to meet the next new honorees. You can see all 40 of the honorees at this link.