Inside The Metro Series

Once per quarter, HYP hosts an ‘Inside the Metro Series‘ event where we introduce HYP members to different community leaders in an intimate lunch-and-learn setting. Some of the format is modeled after Inside the Actors’ Studio where one featured guest sits with one interviewer and answers questions about their career, the choices they made to get where they are, advice they have for young professionals, and what inspires them. Other events have speakers from the Metro Area and topics that are of interest to HYP members, like social media, what is being a leader in your company, and Catawba County’s Competitiveness Plan, to name a few.

Previous guests have included:

John Moretz, Founder of Moretz Marketing, Inc., Chairman of GoldToeMoretz, LLC, and Director of Acasti Pharma Inc.

Paul Thompson, Founder and Chairman of Transportation Insight

Dave Colburn, CEO of HSM Solutions 

Danny Hearn, President, Catawba Co Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, President, Catawba Valley Community College

Arnita Dula, Attorney, City of Hickory

Ken Church, President, Lake Hickory CC

George Moretz, President, Moretz Family Foundation; Chairman, Carolina Mills

Tracy Hall / Lamar Mitchell, Executive Directors, Education Matters and Champions of Education

Lee Yount, Programmer Analyst in the Technology Department at Catawba County Government

Tony and Alan Jackson, The Jackson Group

Tom Orr, President, Pöppelmann Plastics USA

Rudy Wright, Mayor, Hickory, NC

Anne P. Stedman, Mayor, Newton, NC

Shawn Brown, Mayor, Claremont, NC

Kyle Hayman, Mayor Pro Tempore, Conover, NC

Robert Smyre, Mayor, Maiden, NC