MSA Employee Named Top 10 Under 40

MSA Employee Named Top 10 Under 40

Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs, P.A. (MSA) and the City of Hickory recently co-sponsored the 2014 Hickory Young Professionals' Top 10 Under 40 banquet at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. Nominees were required to be under the age of 40 and to be employed or reside in Catawba, Caldwell, Burke, or Alexander counties. Additionally, community involvement and making positive impacts in the greater Hickory area as well as focusing on career advancement were also areas of consideration. All nominations were reviewed by a select group of non-eligible community leaders with the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce.

Honorees and guests gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of these young leaders. Prior to the announcement of the honorees, Aaron Cox from the Hickory Crawdads presented the HYP Future Young Leader Scholarship to Abigail Cox, a local student from Newton-Conover High School. Following the scholarship presentation, Western Piedmont Council of Government Data Analyst, Taylor Dellinger, presented the results of the Young Professionals survey conducted last summer by the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. Following Taylor's presentation, Aaron Cox introduced each recipient while Vickie Martin, Managing Partner at MSA, awarded each honoree with a certificate.

Jennifer Queen, Tax Manager, was selected as an honoree. Other honorees included:

•Heather Benfield, Challenger Early College High School Principal
•Dr. Ralph Griffith, Assistant Professor and Director of Center for Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship at Lenoir-Rhyne University
•Lindsay Keisler, Senior Vice President at Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
•Shaylyn Ladd, Director of Public Relations at Abernethy Laurels
•Ryan McCreary, Principal of Oakwood Elementary School
•Chanell Morello, Executive Director of the Learning and Personal Enrichment Innovation Center at Catawba Valley Community College
•Joshua Page, Sensai and Owner at Hickory Academy of Martial Arts
•Casey W. Pope, Attorney at Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP
•Jennifer Queen, Tax Manager at Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs, P.A.
•Brian Smith, Responsiveness to Instruction and Professional Development Facilitator at Newton-Conover City Schools

Again, congratulations to these young leaders!

Hickory Young Professionals is a non-profit group of people between the ages of 21-39 organized to connect socially and professionally in the community. To find out more about becoming a member of this organization,  please visit their website at

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