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20 Under 40 winner: Brandon Duncanson

Brandon Duncanson, Step One Coffee House manager, at work in Prescott Valley.
Photo by Les Stukenberg.

Brandon Duncanson, Step One Coffee House manager, at work in Prescott Valley.

The Daily Courier lists its inaugural 20 Under 40 winners today, for which readers honored 20 area entrepreneurs, managers, business owners and professionals younger than 40.

Brandon Duncanson manages Step One Coffee House, a social enterprise of Stepping Stones Agencies. He landed at Stepping Stones about seven years ago after working as a barista in a Barnes and Noble café.

Brandon at a glance

Project Supervisor for the Step One Coffee House

Age: 27

Education: 2006 Bradshaw Mountain High School graduate; Associates Degree of Occupational Sciences in the Culinary Arts through Le Cordon Bleu College of Las Vegas.

Family: Parents and two siblings live in the Prescott/Prescott Valley area. Younger brother, Ryan, has a 4-year-old daughter. Younger sister is recently engaged.

Interests: Fire performing; juggling; hiking; spending time with friends; cooking; and catching up on the latest episodes of Saturday Night Live.

Business address: 6719 E. 2nd St. Suite C, Prescott Valley

Phone number: 928-759-3770

Website: SteppingStonesAZ.org/support/step-one-coffee-house-2/

Duncanson oversees every aspect of management for the coffee house, from inventory and scheduling to ensuring quality products are served to customers. “I like to do everything I can to make sure [the customers] feel welcome at Step One Coffee House and know how much we value their support, as our proceeds go to Stepping Stones’ 24/7/365 Helpline, shelter and advocacy services for women and children in West Yavapai County,” Duncanson said.

He deepens the customer experience by teaching coffee classes, in which he offers tips and tricks to coffee house patrons who enjoy their brew at home too. Putting his culinary degree to good use, he consistently crafts new food and beverage options to keep the coffee house menu fresh and offers onsite catering options for meetings in the Step One Community Center. He is also responsible for leading the paid job training program at Stepping Stones.

Duncanson is a member of the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Prescott Area Young Professionals. When he’s not working at the coffee shop, he said he frequently works on building his own business in the entertainment industry. “I own and operate a fire performing/juggling troupe in Prescott Valley called Matchstick Rush.”

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