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JulieHeadshot2Local woman entrepreneur recognized for business success and community contributions.

Gig Harbor, WA – May 17, 2016 -- Julie Tappero, President and CEO, of West Sound Workforce, was honored as the 2016 Woman of Achievement for Business & Finance by the YWCA of Kitsap County at their annual event.

In 1998, Tappero founded West Sound Workforce, a full-service staffing and recruiting firm with offices in Kitsap and Pierce Counties.  Since then, the company has placed people in over 6,000 local jobs with employers in both the public and private sectors.

Julie’s award nominator wrote, “Business leaders throughout the region look to her for insights and opinions regarding maintaining a safe, legal, and thriving workplace.”

She was also recognized for her support and involvement in the local community.  Among her activities, she serves as the Chair of the Olympic Workforce Development Council, is Past Chair of the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance, and Treasurer of the West Sound Human Resource Management Association.  She is also the founder of the Alliance of Women Owned Businesses.  For the last ten years, Tappero has written a popular monthly column on human resources for the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal.

This isn’t Tappero’s first time receiving accolades for her hard work and contributions to our communities. She was previously recognized as a 2014 Woman of Influence by the Pierce County Business Examiner, and in 2009, she was a finalist for the prestigious Nellie Cashman Award from the Women Business Owners in Seattle. 

Her Woman of Achievement nomination said, “Near her computer, she keeps a quote by Tom Brokaw: ‘It’s easy to make a buck, it’s a lot harder to make a difference.’ These words neatly sum up what motivates her.  She is constantly driven by the belief that we have an opportunity while we’re here on earth to make a difference.”

Julie Tappero can be contacted at or 360-394-1882.

West Sound Workforce is a full-service temporary and direct hire staffing and recruiting company serving public and private clients in Kitsap, Pierce, Jefferson, Mason and King Counties.  Its team of talented recruiters and human resource professionals have over a hundred years of combined experience successfully matching candidates to positions.  

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