Daily Biz Briefs is highlighting individual honorees from the 2013 “40 Under Forty” recognition program. In each of the next 11 editions, we will feature two from the class of 40 youthful leaders in the South Sound.

JD Elquist was an Abercrombie Kid in Sacramento at age 17 and really enjoyed the whole fashion world. Schooled at the Fashion Institute, he worked for many of the biggest names in men’s clothing first in San Francisco, then in New York City. Eventually, he chose community over the self-interest focus that he found in the big city and came to Tacoma, where he opened Feather & Oak, the first new men’s retail outlet downtown in 25 years. All of this — and falling in love with the woman he plans to spend his lifetime with — by age 26.

From his first degree in Mathematics, Ben Schafer was able to become a teacher. Then a master’s degree in Statistics led to a small biotech firm in Seattle, before he entered medical devices sales. But this rabid outdoorsman took on a new challenge three years ago when he purchased a carpet cleaning franchise and opened his own small business. Ben is passionate about the role that business can play in the environmental and society challenges that we face. He believes it can be “good business” to include having a positive, lasting impact on the global community in a company mission.

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.