5th Annual 4 Under 40 Finalists Announced

Posted By: Emma Faulkner Chamber News,

Finalists Announced For 5th Annual 4 Under 40 Awards

Sixteen members of the High Country community have been selected as category finalists for the 5th annual Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 4 Under 40 Awards. This showcase of emerging leaders is presented by Appalachian Commercial Real Estate.

Winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony, set for Tuesday May 11th, at 6PM, at the historic Appalachian Theatre in Downtown Boone. Those interested in accessing the event can be purchased here.

Nominations were received in four categories: Business Owner, Education Professional, Non-Profit Business Professional, and Rising Star. The finalists for each category are listed below:

Business Owner:

Charlotte Baxter, Shear Shakti
Elise Sigmon, Sole Impact Studios
Jessica Stansberry, Hey Jessica
Matt Vincent, VPC Builders

Education Professional:

Brian Bettis, Bethel School
Amanda Combs, Watauga County Schools
Dr. Alex Howard, Appalachian State University
Jason Marshburn, Appalachian State University

Non-Profit Business Professional:

Jenn Bass, Hunger & Health Coalition
Mollie Furman, The Mediation & Restorative Justice Center
Emily Neff, W.A.M.Y. Community Action
Ashlee Yepez, Watauga Humane Society

Rising Star:

Amber Bateman, Watauga Arts Council
Neil Brunson, Mountain Lumber Company
Richard Campbell, Boone Rent-All & Parties Too
Spencer Hodges, Boone Drug, Inc.

“This year’s 4 Under 40 class is among the most decorated and accomplished groups we’ve had in the five
years this program has been in existence. It has been exciting for us to see our past honorees and winners progress along their leadership journeys, and many of those people have played prominent roles in keep our community moving over the last year. This year’s class adds to the roster of emerging leaders that are eager to use their talents to help make Boone, Watauga County, and the entire High Country as strong and vibrant as possible as we move forward.” - Boone Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, David Jackson.

All finalists will be recognized at the 5th annual 4 Under 40 Awards ceremony. A limited audience will be
allowed inside the Appalachian Theatre for the event, but no public ticket sales are available at this time. A live stream of the event will be available, and access can be purchased here.

In addition to Appalachian Commercial Real Estate, additional sponsorship support for the 4 Under 40 Awards ceremony comes from Mast General Store, BB&T (Now Truist), and Beech Mountain Resort.

If you have questions, please contact the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce at 828-264-2225 or email