2016's 40 Under 40: R.J. Apana

RJ Apana Apogee Physicians
RJApanaR.J. Apana 37, Director of Travel and Corporate Events Apogee Physicians, Phoenix What he does: Apana oversees Apogee’s corporate travel program in addition to its meetings, events and training functions. He admits medical meetings curriculum can be dry at times, so he works to keep meetings “fresh, fun and stimulating.” Bragging rights: First hired as a coordinator, he was promoted to director and built Apogee’s events team from the ground up. Meanwhile, the company grew by 300 percent. How I got here: “Even though I have a bachelor of science in zoology from University of Washington, I opted for the eccentric world of meetings versus the zoo. Which one is crazier? It’s hard to say—it depends on the day.”