Finalists Announced for the 4th Annual 4 Under 40 Awards

Posted By: David Jackson Chamber News,
2019 Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 4 Under 40 Award Nominees

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

Winners will be announced at an awards luncheon at Harvest House in Boone on a date to be determined at an appropriate time.

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:

Bill Aceto, Blue Ridge Realty & Investments, LLC

Madelyn George, The Lavender House

Ben Harmon, Clean Eatz

Seth Sullivan, The Cardinal & Lily's Snack Bar

Education Professional:

Laura Barry, Watauga High School

Lauren Foster, Lees-McRae College

Rob Gelber, AppTV

Olivia Tarnowski, Watauga High School

Non-Profit Business Professional:

Nicholas Eichen, Watauga Humane Society

Ashley Galleher, Valle Crucis Community Park

Molly Jones, Hope Pregnancy Center

Lane Moody, Downtown Boone Development Association

Rising Star:

Brady Combs, Combs, Tennant & Carpenter, PC

Mark Mashburn, Century 21 Mountain Vistas

Andrea Morton, The Horton Hotel

Danielle Neibaur, The Inn at Crestwood

“In what has been a difficult couple of weeks for so many in our community, the opportunity to name our 4 Under 40 Finalists gives us much needed positive news to share about emerging leaders in our area,” said Boone Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO David Jackson. “Boone and the High Country will need strong community leadership more than ever as we deal with, and eventually come out of the COVID-19 crisis. We are fortunate that many of the leaders that have helped us out of tough times before are still active in our community today. These 4 Under 40 Finalists join our previous honorees as individuals that are eager to collaborate with current leaders, and build off their own talents to help make our community stronger and more resilient for decades to come.” 

All finalists will be recognized at the 4th annual 4 Under 40 awards luncheon. The event will be scheduled when deemed appropriate based on locally guided social distancing standards. When scheduled, tickets will be sold for $20 for chamber members and $25 for the general public. Corporate tables will also be available and will include special recognition at the event. 

In addition to Appalachian Commercial Real Estate, additional sponsorship support for the 4 Under 40 Awards Luncheon comes from Mast General Store, BB&T (Now Truist), and Boone Drugs, Inc.

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