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Boone Chamber of Commerce Hosts Inaugural 4 Under 40 Awards at Holmes Convocation, May 17

On Wednesday, May 17, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Boone Chamber of Commerce will host its inaugural 4 Under 40 Awards: Recognizing Emerging Leaders at the Holmes Convocation Center.

The event is to acknowledge and honor the businesses and leaders throughout our community who have shown exemplary determination, ambition and community involvement.

There were 30 nominations throughout the entire process of choosing the finalists.

According to a Boone Chamber Representative, there were nomination forms that were filled out that consisted of certain business achievements, civic and community activities that the nominee was involved in and other activities and honors that the nominee had accomplished and received.

“Anybody in the community could nominate anyone,” the chamber representative said. “The nominating committee then met and decided on the finalists for the awards.”

While all of the nominees for the event will be honored at the event, the winner will be announced for the first time during the luncheon.

“We are expecting to have a great turn out,” the chamber representative said. “It’s our inaugural event, so we can’t be sure who will show up, but we are optimistic that it will be a wonderful event.”


Tickets are on sale now for $20 for chamber members and $25 for the general public. Corporate tables are also available for purchase, and those tickets seat 8 people each.


The finalists are as follows:

Business Owner

-Chris Grasinger, Center 45 Climbing Gym

-Grant Seldomridge, River & Earth Adventures

-Tina Townsand, The Pet Place

-Matt Vincent, VPC Builders



-Preston Clarke, Valle Crucis School

-Caleb Marsh, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute

-Traci Royster, Appalachian State University Student Development

-Sumer Williams, Mabel School


Non-Profit Business Professional

-Sonya Hamby, Hospitality House

-Jennifer Warren, Western Youth Network

-Danny Wilcox, We Can So You Can Foundation

-Elizabeth Young, The Hunger & Health Coalition


Rising Star

-Anthony Brumfield, Hampron Inn & Suites

-Virginia Falck, Town of Boone/Downtown Boone Development Association

-Meghan Keith, The Pet Place

-Danielle Wade, Jackson Sumner & Associates


For more information, call the Boone Area Chamber at 828-264-2225.