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.

One of those leaders, James Evans, was motivated to start his first small business at the age of 14: an enterprise making senior competitively priced senior photos for his classmates. Fast forward to today, and Evans continues to show that drive at Gordon Thomas Honeywell Government Affairs in Tacoma, where he serves clients in the firm's multi-state and international practices as senior strategy consultant. Along the way, he once also served as president of the Washington Student Lobby — a position he takes pride in for the work he did to help ensure that students have financial access to higher education.

Another honoree, Lisa Patterson, started as an entrepreneur even earlier: She sold Kool-Aid, which, she admitted, contained twice as much sugar than the packages called for. Now, as editor-in-chief of Premier Media Group, she lists among her proudest accomplishments the maintained success of 425 magazine, which was launched in the winter of 2006 from humble beginnings sketched in a notebook at Tully's Coffee on Tacoma's St. Helens Avenue. She's also worked as a journalist for papers in Federal Way, Tacoma and Aberdeen, but says that she's found a home at PMG, the company she has been with now for seven years.

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.