James Wilson VII is known to all as “JB” in his numerous civic roles and at Tacoma’s Cornerstone Financial Strategies, where he is director of client services and a CFP. At Truman Middle School, he’s president of the PTA and within his Homeowners Association he is treasurer.

Several hours a month, you’ll find him at Tacoma General Hospital’s Emergency Department, helping to bring calm and compassion to the chaos. JB also helps at NW Harvest in Kent and Emergency Food Network. He also supports NW Furniture Bank and the local blood bank.

“Success is finding something you are passionate about and focusing all of your energy into it,” Wilson said. “I am most passionate about helping people.”  

And he is an example of the “all-in” commitment that makes him a stellar member of 2016 “40 Under Forty” recognition.

​Leatta Dahlhoff just returned from a European vacation that included a visit to Nice, France, one week before its recent tragedy.

As she settles back into her position as a Toxics Reduction Specialist for Washington’s Department of Ecology, she’s using a Chemistry degree from UPS and a passion for protecting human health and the environment. Wanting to build a better community and being a bit overwhelmed by the many pieces and players involved, Dahlhoff reached out to one firm place. She applied for and was appointed a member of the Planning Commission for City of Tumwater, where the economic and gender inequity that faces so many folks was squarely in view.

“I wake up and think of my father and grandmother – my mentors – and all they did,” she said. “They helped me shine bright. It is my duty to continue that effort to help others shine their brightest.”

Clearly, the panel of 40 Under Forty judges picked a winner in naming Leatta Dahlhoff to this 2016 class. 

Meet all of this year’s distinguished honorees at “Club 40” a recognition celebration on Wednesday, August 17, at 5:30 p.m. Ticket information is at this link.