It is an occupational responsibility for Savannah Kimball to see that any “party” she throws is lively and accomplishes its objectives for Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber because she is leader of the group’s Events Team and a membership outreach specialist. Fortunately, she is well suited for the role, so there has been a dramatic increase in participation (and accolades) since she started full-time in 2011 following an internship.

And proud as she is of that success  — and her supervisors value it much — for Kimball, the personal side of success comes by measuring the ongoing growth of her family, including parents, sisters and brothers-in-law plus nieces, and certainly, her husband. Growing up as a Coast Guard family with periodic relocations, all members are important and very tight-knit. And her friendly, out-going personality belies any misconception that home-schooling might leave a child with diminished socializing skills. Meet the real deal at the “40 Under Forty” recognition awards program by introducing yourself to Savannah Kimball.

Her nominator wrote, Halley Knigge “puts the ‘social’ in social media” in whatever assignment she has, and she always tries to find ways to work in a plug for the good news about her beloved hometown, Tacoma. One newspaper reporting job followed UW graduation in 2008 — “loved the job, but missed Tacoma” — so it was back to the South Sound to become the person behind Tacoma KOMO, a digital outreach by Seattle media. She excelled as the Tacoma resource for others not fortunate enough to reside there, leading to the responsibility for sharing 30 social media voices of MultiCare Health System.

Alaska Airlines flew into her life the past January and she is now a spokesperson for it, as well as launching a brand new corporate blog with another 2014 “40 Under Forty” honoree, Cole Cosgrove. In addition, she remains a board member of Social Media Club Tacoma and all around volunteer. Once a student there, then a teacher-staff member and now a trustee for the independent Seabury School, it's a perfectly natural connection for Halley Knigge, whose personal passion is learning. When you meet her, ask about performing in a hip-hop, break-dancing group that took Paris, France, by storm.

There are 38 other members of the 2014 Class of “40 Under Forty”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 tomorrow’s Daily to meet the next new honorees. You can see all 40 of the honorees at this link.