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Ten Spartans honored in “40 under Forty”

On February 16, UNCG’s Bryan School hosted the Triad Business Journal’s 2017 “40 under Forty” awards event and ten Spartans were honored for their accomplishments in professions, industries and communities.

Tyler E. Freeman, Senior in Business Administration
Operations director / associate vice president of Barn Ridge Financial Partners

After five years and three deployments with the Marines, Freeman in 2014 joined Ameriprise, only two days after completing his active duty. He was pivotal last year as the firm transitioned into an Ameriprise franchise, Barn Ridge Financial Partners, ensuring a seamless shift for the firm’s 200 clients, 575 individual accounts and some $62.5 million in assets under management. Now 26, he is president of the UNCG Student Veterans Association and serves with the N.C. Entrepreneurship Centers GEMS Program that mentors aspiring entrepreneurs.

Rachel Moss Gauldin
Chief operation officer of Business High Point Inc. / High Point Chamber of Commerce

Upon the exit of the High Point chamber’s CEO two years ago, Gauldin stepped up to lead the organization through a challenging transition and merger and has since been instrumental in the growth and success of Business High Point. Now 34, she has helped lead strategic efforts and fundraising at numerous community organizations, including the High Point Market Authority, board of visitors at High Point University, the board of Laurel University and the High Point Food Alliance.

Dr. Nicholas Hester PhD ’10 Kinesiology
Interim director of Student Support Services (Building Outstanding Student Success) at Winston-Salem University

Hester, 35, leads the BOSS program that supports students who are either first-generation college students, have disabilities or are from low-income families. He’s also a personal trainer who, after losing 81 pounds in eight months, has authored 10 motivational books.

Skylar Mearing BS ’10 Marketing/International Business
Marketing and communications manager, Bank of Oak Ridge

Mearing, 29, has used her understanding of digital media to boost marketing reach wherever she serves. At Bank of Oak Ridge, she’s led branding for implementation of new interactive teller machines and managed the “ME Banking” social media promotion. As a community volunteer, she donated more than 500 hours to direct the 9/11 National Day of Service in Greensboro, coordinating 80 nonprofits, 40 corporate sponsors, 22 media outlets and training 450 volunteers.

Chris Murray, Senior in Business Administration
Vice president of member experience, Truliant Federal Credit Union

Murray, 38, joined Truliant in 2009 without a college degree and is now one of the youngest vice presidents in the credit union’s history. He supervises more than 260 professionals and 32 branches and has been key in guiding Truliant’s 10 branch Charlotte expansion. A foster parent to four children, he’s also engaged in the community, raising nearly $10,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank.

David Parrish BS ’00 Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
Assistant city manager, Greensboro

An assistant city manager since 2013, Parrish, 38, oversees engineering and inspections, field operations, transportation, water, fire and Guilford Metro 911 operations, as well as working with development services and Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise functions. He serves on the board with the Guilford County Partnership for Children, is a youth sports coach and a volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child.

Ashley Hicks Raper BA ’08 History, MBA ’15
Director of development, Junior Achievement of the Triad

Raper, 33, leads marketing, fundraising and business development activities, helping lead the nonprofit to 26 percent growth in revenues and the number of students served from about 11,000 to more than 16,000. She founded the UNC-Greensboro chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs and also serves on the Bryan School advisory board.

Jessica I. Roberts BS ’03 Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
Director of marketing and tourism, Mount Airy Tourism/Tourism Partnership of Surry County

Roberts, 36, leads tourism efforts that have helped tourism expenditures surge from $66 million to $117 million during her 12 years there. She is also a leader in the industry, locally and at the state level, including serving on the N.C. Travel & Tourism Board, the Piedmont Triad Film Commission and with the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Joe Scott BA ’06 English
Co-owner and creative director, Geeksboro Coffee and Beverage Co.

Scott, 36, transitioned Geeksboro from a coffeehouse and independent theater into a multifaceted event space that has since 2012 hosted hundreds of events for local creative communities. In the past year, he also launched the Superfamous Nintendo-fandom convention that brought 2,000 people downtown.

Adam Tarleton MFA ’03 Creative Writing
Partner, Brooks Pierce

Tarleton, 37, is highly regarded for his success in representing clients on tax, business, trust and estate issues. For example, he successfully defended a client when the IRS reduced his conservation easement deduction by 75 percent, ultimately saving the client millions of dollars in taxes. In the community, he’s served since 2011 with the Green Hill Center for N.C. Art, and has served on the board of the nonprofit Ten Thousand Villages.

Read more about the “40 under Forty” program and view the slideshow of recipients here.

Biographical copy drawn from Triad Business Journal. Photo courtesy Triad Business Journal.