Today we continue to highlight individual honorees from the 2013 “40 Under Forty” recognition program. In each of the next 18 editions, we will feature two among the class of 40 youthful leaders in the South Sound.

Matthew Stickie graduated Bethel High School, then South Puget Sound Community College before completing studies at Culinary Institute of America in New York. After working in Aspen, Las Vegas and Wisconsin, he chose to come back “home” as executive chef at Tacoma’s Sheraton that became Hotel Murano. He is passionate in support of small businesses and the local economy, including farmers’ markets and preserving farm land for agricultural uses. But don’t offer him an olive — he hates olives.

Ali Criss, CFP, is passionate about the outdoors (took her first skydive this year) and has worked as a sound engineer mixing bands in recording studios along with setting up concert sound systems. She is very proud to work with outstanding young persons from around the world as Youth Exchange Student committee chair for her Rotary Club. And her career in the family’s financial services world began at age 11 when she did filing and janitorial chores. This year she successfully tested as a certified financial planner in her first attempt.

The public is invited to join in celebrating the 2013 class of “40 Under Forty” at an evening program outdoors at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Wednesday, Aug. 7, beginning at 6 p.m.  Details and ticket information are at this link.