When he learned that readers of the Bellingham Business Journal had selected him as the BBJ’s Business Person of the Year, Tyler Byrd was caught off guard.
“It was unexpected,” he said, “and exciting.”
In recent years, voters have given the award to individuals who have spent decades establishing themselves in the community. Yet the 32-year-old Byrd is proving that young professionals in the region can also capture the attention of the Bellingham business world.
Byrd is president and CEO of Red Rokk Interactive, a Bellingham-based marketing firm that specializes in developing digital advertising campaigns. He founded the company in 2008 with his wife and brother.
Last April, after spending several years telecommuting, Byrd moved Red Rokk into its downtown Bellingham office at 114 E. Chestnut St.
The company employs eight people in Bellingham, and one part-time worker in its Portland, Ore. office.
Having grown up in Whatcom County, and just having returned to live in the area last year, Byrd said he was excited to be back and working in Bellingham.
Red Rokk Interactive is online at www.redrokk.com.
Also receiving a significant number of votes this year: Andy Anderson, owner of Index Sensors and Controls; Lylene Johnson, a real-estate agent with the Muljat Group; and Ken Bothman, owner of La Fiamma.
President and CEO
Red Rokk Interactive
Hometown: Byrd grew up in Whatcom County and graduated from Ferndale High School. He has lived in various locations around the U.S., but moved back to area with his wife last April. He now lives in Bellingham.
Education: He completed three years of studies toward earning a degree in international business from Linfield College in Oregon.
First job: In his teenage years, Byrd began his work life as a dishwasher at the now-closed Edric’s restaurant in Birch Bay.
Click here to view winners in other categories from the BBJ’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards.
Evan Marczynski, lead reporter for the Bellingham Business Journal, can be reached at 360-647-8805 or firstname.lastname@example.org.