Meet the 40 under 40 rising stars of the Kootenays

Meet some of the inspiring young Kootenay rising stars

Luke Pierce, Gord McArthur and Gerry Taft were guest speakers at Kootenay Business magazine's 40 under 40 awards luncheon on April 8, 2016.

Luke Pierce, Gord McArthur and Gerry Taft were guest speakers at Kootenay Business magazine's 40 under 40 awards luncheon on April 8, 2016. — Marie Milner photo

To celebrate our first-ever compilation of 40 under 40 rising stars in the business world in the Kootenay/Boundary/Revelstoke areas, Kootenay Business organized a special recognition luncheon at the Prestige Inn in Cranbrook on April 8, 2016.

Keith Powell, publisher of the Kootenay Business magazine interviewed mayor Gerry Taft of Invermere and Kootenay Ice head coach Luke Pierce, both of whom are under 40 years old.

Guest speaker Gord McArthur kept the guests captivated with accounts of his ice- and rock-climbing challenges and successes.

Dawson Rutledge, performer/musician, provided live music throughout the event.

But the real highlight of the event was getting to know some of the 40 under 40 stars from the Kootenays.  All of those on the 40 under 40 list were chosen for their outstanding business/professional achievement, experience, innovation, leadership, entrepreneurship and community involvement.

We would like you to meet a few of these outstanding individuals as well:

Fly fishing takes a rare combination of art and science, which happen to be the same skills that Scott Deydey uses to run Wigwam Media.

Scott Deydey, owner of Wigwam media in Fernie, B.C.

Scott Deydey, owner of Wigwam media in Fernie, B.C. — Marie Milner photo

In 2010, Rebecca Jewell saw that motorcyclists were in need of additional accommodation in the Nakusp area, and so she started Riders Retreat.

Rebecca Jewell, owner of Riders Retreat in Nakusp, B.C.

Rebecca Jewell, owner of Riders Retreat in Nakusp, B.C. — Marie Milner photo

It is no surprise that Scott Duke is an entrepreneur today. He had his first business while still in high school. His latest ventures are Revelstoke Property Services as well as Welstand Business Brokers.

Scott Duke, owner of Revelstoke Property Services and Welstand Business Brokers.

Scott Duke, owner of Revelstoke Property Services and Welstand Business Brokers. — Marie Milner photo

Megan Lescanec, owner of Bumble Tree Baby and Children’s Essentials, is happy to be sharing the parenting journey of the customers who walk through her door.

Megan Lescanec, owner of Bumble Tree Baby and Children’s Essentials, in Cranbrook, B.C.

Megan Lescanec, owner of Bumble Tree Baby and Children’s Essentials, in Cranbrook, B.C. — Marie Milner photo

As owner of Primary Choice Homes Corp., Jessica Curran is pioneering a concept in the Kootenays that helps people build their dreams.

Jessica Curran, owner of Primary Choice Homes Corp., in Nelson, B.C., is posing with her daughter Cai.

Jessica Curran, owner of Primary Choice Homes Corp., in Nelson, B.C., with her daughter, Cai. — Marie Milner photo

Amy Robillard was a young entrepreneur who founded her own business and now she inspires and teaches youth how to do the same at Junior Achievement in Nelson, B.C.

Amy Robillard of Junior Achievement in Nelson, B.C.

Amy Robillard of Junior Achievement in Nelson, B.C. — Marie Milner photo

Mike Robinson was a Kootenay kid. When he grew up, he still wanted to spend his life outdoors—as an aquatic ecologist. Robinson is the owner of Lotic Environmental in Cranbrook, B.C.

Mike Robinson, owner of Lotic Environmental, Cranbrook, B.C.

Mike Robinson, owner of Lotic Environmental, Cranbrook, B.C. — Marie Milner photo

As an online marketing strategist and owner of Bullet Point Marketing, Jana Skerlak had to carve out a niche for herself in order to sustain her choice to live and work in the small town of Golden, B.C.

Jana Skerlak, owner of Bullet Point Marketing in Golden, B.C.

Jana Skerlak, owner of Bullet Point Marketing in Golden, B.C. — Marie Milner photo

Rachelle Colthorp believes financial success within a community starts with our youth. That’s why when she’s not running Sun Life Financial in Kimberley, Colthorp volunteers with Junior Achievement BC to deliver an Economics for Success program to high school students.

Rachelle Colthrop, financial advisor with Sun Life Financial in Kimberley, B.C.

Rachelle Colthrop, financial advisor with Sun Life Financial in Kimberley, B.C. — Marie Milner photo

Back in 2011, Tim Hoechsmann became the sole owner of  Owen's Drilling Ltd. in Cranbrook. Five productive years later, his company now takes jobs all across Western Canada and into the Yukon.

Tim Hoechsmann is the owner of Owen's Drilling Inc. in Cranbrook, B.C.

Tim Hoechsmann is the owner of Owen's Drilling Inc. in Cranbrook, B.C. — Marie Milner photo

Ryan Doehle, a self-confessed technology nerd, is under 40 years of age, yet he already has 20 years of business experience under his belt as CEO of Isosceles Business Systems Inc. in Fernie, B.C. 

CEO of Isosceles Business Systems Inc., Ryan Doehle

The CEO of Isosceles Business Systems Inc., Ryan Doehle with his wife, Laurel. — Marie Milner photo

Kimberly Shellborn

Kim is the editorial coordinator at Koocanusa Publications. She recently returned to the Kootenays after 15 years in Spain, where she taught English and got to know the food and wine regions of the country. When she’s not writing or taking photographs, she can be found showing her husband and two children all the backcountry trails that she longed for while in Europe. View all of Kimberly Shellborn’s articles

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