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The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with KPMG LLP to bring the KPMG Top 20 Under 40 to Vernon.  The initiative is meant to recognize and celebrate some of the young professionals under the age of 40 years of age who are making their mark through business success and community involvement. Starting Tuesday September 29, 2015 recipients will be announced over the course of four weeks and will be featured on this website (five per week). The recipients will also be honoured at a special recognition event on Thursday, October 22, 2015 during BC Small Business Week.  Make sure you check back and see who is being recognized!


  • Aj Eathorne

    Aj Eathorne

    Head of Instruction, Predator Ridge Resort

    AJ is the Head of Instruction at Predator Ridge where she manages the daily operation and scheduling of the Academy, she also provides golf instruction to players of all levels, including pros. Her early life was spent in Penticton B.C., after which she pursued a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing at New ...

  • Steve Brandner

    Steve Brandner

    Lawyer & Partner, Nixon Wenger LLP

    Initially interested in banking, Steve attended UVic where he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree. Following his graduation he took a position with a bank in Kamloops and handled both personal and commercial banking, lending, and investing services. While in Kamloops, he also joined the Kamloops Chapter of the Jaycees ...

  • Jeffery Holomis

    Jeffery Holomis

    Owner & President, Simolo Customs Ltd. SC Carts

    Jeff’s love for business started at an early age --with his parents owning their own business, he always knew that he had a passion for seeing companies grow, developing new products, all while supporting the local economy.At 19 years old Jeff bought his first company, Full Lotus Mfg, an established aircraft float mfg company. ...

  • Kim Nasipayko

    Kim Nasipayko

    Owner & Manager, Caufields Engraving

    The 32 year old Kim Nasipayko has owned and been the driving force behind Caufields Engraving for the past eight years. She is passionate about the business and industry, and says she is on a one woman mission to change everyone's impression of engraving. Although her career path literally fell in her lap she loves it! She pushes ...

  • Braden Nixon

    Braden Nixon

    Managing Partner, Postill Nixon Earthworks

    Braden Nixon is the managing partner of Postill Nixon Earthworks, a civil contracting business based in Vernon. After high school, Braden attended UBC where he received a degree in Economics. Upon graduation in 2004, Braden began working at RE Postill and Sons. It is here where he developed an understanding of the excavation ...

  • Josh Brazier

    Josh Brazier

    Entrepreneur & Business Owner, TND Naturals & 13th Floor Entertainment

    Josh has been involved in a number of business ventures including TNB Naturals, a garden-products wholesale business he started up with co-owner Travis Rypkema.  In the beginning, the young entrepreneurs worked out of a garage, borrowed money, scrounged bottles from recycling sites and worked through many nights to get product ...

  • Ryan Chambers

    Ryan Chambers

    Vice President, DCT Chambers Trucking Ltd. (Chambers Group)

    Ryan was born, raised, and resides in Vernon.  The 34 year old is the Vice President of the Chambers Group; a collection of bulk commodity transportation companies such as DCT Chambers, LFL Chambers, Glen Transport and Western Midstream. Privately owned and headquartered in Vernon, the organization consists of over 300 trucks, ...

  • Jacob Kuiken

    Jacob Kuiken

    Owner & President, Everton Ridge Homes Ltd.

    Six years ago, Jacob and his wife visited Vernon for the first time. Six weeks later they moved here!  When his previous employer decided that they were not going to continue investing in Vernon, Jacob knew that he wanted to stay.  This brought him to his life-long dream of starting and owning his own home building ...

  • Sareena Nickoli

    Sareena Nickoli

    Owner, Soul Studio / Purchasing & Marketing Director, City Furniture Vernon

    Sareena joined the family business City Furniture & Appliances right after she graduated with her Degree in Business Administration in 2001. She looks after the advertising and marketing, as well as the purchasing for City Furniture. She has been fortunate enough to travel worldwide including China and Italy, promoting the ...

  • Ricardo Smith

    Ricardo Smith

    Owner and President, Sun Country Cycle Ltd

    Ricardo is a bike shop owner and businessman living in Vernon BC.  His career in sports retail began in 1997 during his time in Calgary with Sport Mart. At the time, Sport Mart consisted of a few stores in BC & Alberta, owned by Kevin Jardine of Kamloops. Working in sales & service, his time there taught him a lot about ...

  • Melissa Dobernigg

    Melissa Dobernigg

    Owner, The BX Press Cidery & Orchard

    At this point in her career, it is difficult to untangle Melissa’s personal biography from that of the BX Cidery and Orchard, as it is truly an extension of who she is. The past three years she has poured everything into bringing this little business to life – building it literally from the ground up, determinedly learning how ...

  • Dr. Karl Langer

    Dr. Karl Langer

    MD FRCS - General Surgeon, Vernon Jubilee Hospital

    Karl Langer is a local surgeon in Vernon. He loves his work, and is constantly reminded by his patients of the true strength of the human spirit and the joy of life. He has been part of the community for over two years, having moved from Saskatoon, with his young family, following the completion of his training at the University of ...

  • Dr. Laura McPherson

    Dr. Laura McPherson

    B.Sc., D.C. - Chiropractor & Co-Owner, Bluebird Sport & Spine

    Laura McPherson is a fully licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. Dr. Laura completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta prior to graduating with clinical honors from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. Dr. Laura enjoys working with people of all ages, but has taken special interest in ...

  • Mark Zaino

    Mark Zaino

    VP Finance & Partner, Westwood Electric

    Mark was raised in Vernon, and thinks of the city as a hidden gem.  He is currently part-owner of Westwood Electric but previously held staff accountant and senior staff accountant positions with KPMG Kamloops and BDO Kelowna.  Mark’s professional growth was well supported by both firms, and he was able to achieve his ...

  • Sue Solymosi

    Sue Solymosi

    Mortgage Broker & Licensed Assistant, White House Mortgages

    Sue works hard as a mortgage broker and licensed assistant to Deb White at White House Mortgages, as well as in all the volunteer work she does because she loves this great community.  The UBCO grad says one of the best parts of being a mortgage broker is that she plays a role in helping people achieve their dreams of becoming ...

  • Justin Jackson

    Justin Jackson

    Founder of Nerd North Inc. & founder of Startup Vernon

    When Justin arrived in Vernon in 2012, his biggest concern was that there wouldn’t be a tech community to connect with. In response to that he founded “Startup Vernon” (a non-profit organization) with the goals to: connect local technology workers, encourage a remote work culture, encourage entrepreneurship.  He is also a ...

  • Elise Allan

    Elise Allan

    Lawyer/Partner, Nixon Wenger LLP

    Elise is a Partner at Nixon Wenger LLP. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2003, LLB from the University of British Columbia in 2006 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2007. Her practice areas at Nixon Wenger LLP include business law, wills and estates and real estate. She ...

  • On Ouchs

    On Ouchs

    Owner Rice Box Restaurant & Social Lead Marketing

    Born in Cambodia, On Ouchs came to Canada as a refugee in 1989. He started his first business when he was just 19 ("Import Dreams", a car accessory & clothing shop). He worked at Rice Box as employee starting in 2001 and then bought the company 2006.   After taking over he doubled sales in his 1st year of ownership and ...

  • Linsey Johannson

    Linsey Johannson

    Owner/partner, Postill Nixon Earthworks

    Born and raised in Vernon, Linsey Johannson graduated from the University of Alberta in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology. After graduating Linsey chose to continue in the family business and is the fourth generation family owner of R.E Postill & Sons Ltd. along with her husband Jamie. The company specializes in ...

  • Brett VanderHoek

    Brett VanderHoek

    Corporate Services Supervisor, Tolko

    Brett grew up on a family farm and has been fortunate enough to remain in the Okanagan throughout his academic and professional career. As a Provincial HR Director at the age of 24 for a non-profit of 140 employees across 13 locations, he had the opportunity to support the community and learn more about his chosen ...