Daily Biz Briefs is highlighting individual honorees from the 2013 “40 Under Forty” recognition program. In each of the next 9 editions, we will feature two from the class of 40 youthful leaders in the South Sound.

Michelle Lee, for one, has worked hard to earn her status as an honoree. Lee moved to Thurston County in 1998 and, from 2002 to 2005, held one full-time job while working another two part-time to help support her family. Now with Extreme Auto Spa and Line-X of Olympia, she continues to work hard toward success, which she describes in part as “having a beautiful home with a loving family,” including her husband, her daughter Chelsea and former neighbor Nancy, who Lee helped take care of for years. While Nancy is no longer in the states, Lee still calls her every Sunday.

Meanwhile, with a name like Sweet Pea Flaherty, you're bound to get noticed. But it's not just the distinctive moniker that makes him stand out; Flaherty, who moved to Tacoma in 2003 to work at King's Books, quickly took over the events and new book buying at the shop before taking it over two and a half years ago. Persevering to grow his business, he has seen several aspects of it grow, including the “Wayzgoose” letterpress and book arts festival which has ballooned into a large and sophisticated annual event. He continues to work toward creating a community of readers, and promoting a literate culture, he says, “is what makes (him) fulfilled.”

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.