Team is currently seeking team members who live, work, and play in Yakima County.  We are looking for smart, motivated individuals who love to share positive stories about the communities within Yakima County.  To apply to be a freelance writer, send your resume along with a 200-word writing sample about why you love your community to


Dan Jones, Founder

Dan has been running his own businesses in the technology realm for the last 13 years. He currently has around 50 team members working between his six organizations.  After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Western Washington University and Master of Science degree from City University, he focused on building products that create long-term impacts in the marketplace.  When not working long hours as an entrepreneur, Dan enjoys skiing, windsurfing, and spending time with his wife and twins in Olympia.

Stephen Backholm, VP of Technology

Stephen is passionate about using technology to help businesses succeed.  He has 12+ years of experience architecting and managing large, enterprise systems, and has held a variety of senior technology leadership positions. He enjoys spending time cooking, drinking well-made wines, and traversing the mountains and valleys of North America. Stephen is happily married to a beautiful girl named Paige and together they have four amazing children. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Western Washington University. Stephen has cried three times in his life: at the birth of his first child, when Spain won the World Cup in 2010, and during the final scene of Rudy.

Krysta Carper, Publisher

Krysta Carper and her husband Chris have four amazing sons. She enjoys spending time with her family in the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, hiking and camping. She is currently editor and publisher for NorthAmericaTalk and loves to share stories of positivity with the community. She has a Bachelor of Applied Management from Centralia College.



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