Daily Biz Briefs is highlighting individual honorees from the 2013 “40 Under Forty” recognition program. In each of the next 10 editions, we will feature two from the class of 40 youthful leaders in the South Sound.

Steve James started his event photography company, Images and Events, in 2004. His impact, though, on the community far exceeds his work behind the camera. James, who accepted the executive director post of the Daffodil Festival in Puyallup in 2011, was first asked to consult for the group when it was struggling one year before. The organization, according to James, was undergoing “financial, identity and purpose problems.” James helped define a vision and strategic plan, and the organization has undergone a rebirth of sorts, with a new focus on education, community service and leadership development.

Stephanie McCallum of Commencement Bank lists similar goals of community leadership and working with youth among her passions; “success to me,” she said, “is knowing that I've made a difference.” She's certainly done so in her career as a banker, which began at  a small community bank in California before she transitioned into the commercial banking team at Umpqua Bank in Portland. She relocated to Tacoma in 2010, a move that was originally supposed to be temporary, but she fell in love with the area, and now, after a year at Commencement Bank, she says that working for a Pierce County-based community bank has never been more important.

Join the public in celebrating these two honorees and the rest of 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.

The 2013 “40 Under Forty” recognition program highlights youthful leaders in business, social services and community in the South Sound.