For the past 13 years, Ben Norbe has been responsible for more holiday cheer through his start-up business, Silent Lights LLC, than many others can imagine. He created the company to provide commercial holiday lighting all over Puget Sound. The Eagle Scout is also committed to improving his community and its nonprofit service providers.
The December seasonal business is a fun supplement to Ben’s full-time work in commercial real estate, where he became a partner-shareholder after just four years with them. He admits that keeping a cot in his office was a bit “over the top,” but meeting the woman who became his wife solved that. Ben Norbe belongs in the 2014 Class of “40 Under Forty.”
This next honoree says she’s had three careers since graduating high school and still hasn’t taken time to finish college, so each of them came without benefit of that “formal” education. And April Sage is also the mother of four children ranging from 5 to 15 years old, which probably qualifies as a fourth vocation as activity coordinator, taxi driver and cheerleader for each of them.
Oh yes, and Sage is also senior banking office and vice president at Key Bank, as well as president of Yelm Chamber of Commerce. Her focus and ambition might have been apparent in her childhood, when she earned her first dollar by selling painted rocks alongside a road near her home. We’re hoping she will have time to pause for a moment and celebrate being a member of 2014 “40 Under Forty.”
This next young honoree is also in the financing sector. Kari Scott has been with Wells Fargo for 13 years and now manages the regional commercial bank office, where she has doubled the staff and raised its asset size up to match the Bellevue and Seattle counterparts. She is also growing the individuals in her 20-person team, truly enjoying it when she can help them enlarge their own responsibilities.
Born in Tacoma as the oldest daughter of a career Air Force officer, the family moved all round the world. So when she and her husband located in Old Town Tacoma with the Wells Fargo assignment, she says it felt like moving back home. The EDB of Tacoma-Pierce County and YMCA both share her participation as a board member, as does the business school at UWT. And Scott is passionate about learning new things, which will fit well with her new opportunities in the Class of 2014 “40 Under Forty.”
There are 37 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 Monday's Daily to meet the next new honorees.