2017 Leadership Council

Zachary De La Rosa, Chair, Leadership Council – Transportation Insight

Zachary De La Rosa is a Raleigh native and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in math and economics.  After teaching math in the Teach for America program on the Texas-Mexico border, he returned to North Carolina to work in logistics consulting and project management at Transportation Insight.

He joined HYP in 2014 to grow personally and professionally.  He has been involved in the leadership council to help foster a spirit of community.

Zachary has previously served as the Membership Committee Chair and the Event Committee Chair.  He currently chairs the Leadership Council.



Ryan Sanford, Membership Committee Chair – State Farm 

Ryan Sanford, originally from Sanford, Florida, has been living in Hickory for the past seven years.  Ryan is an Agent Team Member with State Farm at Lance Cook's office on Springs Road.  He was previously with the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce for two and a half years.  He graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University in December 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.   



Rachel Beran, Events Committee Chair – Peoples Bank

Rachel Beran was born and raised in South-Central Pennsylvania.  She moved to North Carolina in 2011 to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, she began working at Peoples Bank in the Marketing department and has been with the bank for almost four years.  She moved to Hickory in August 2016 after spending five years in the Lake Norman area.  She’s looking forward to being a part of the Hickory Young Professionals’ Leadership Council and becoming more involved in the Hickory community.



Logan Shook, Treasurer & Leadership Council Member - Town of Cajahs Mountain


Logan graduated from CCC&TI in 2012 with an Associate in Arts.  He later graduated from Appalachian State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Public Administration, with a minor in Community Planning.  Then he graduated Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2016 with a Master of Arts in Leadership Candidate with a focus on General Management.

Logan is originally from the Hickory/Lenoir area.  He learned about HYP from a friend who was working within Hickory, who told him he should check it out and see what he thought.  After attending several of HYP professional and social events HYP, Logan knew he wanted to contribute to the group.




Cady Ray, Secretary & Leadership Council Member – Hickory Crawdads Baseball Team

Cady graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications-Public Relations.  She previously worked for the Charlotte Knights Baseball team and completed interships with various companies  - most recently the Charlotte Hornets and JHE Production Group.

Cady is originally from Wallburg, NC and recently moved to Hickory for her job with the Hickory Crawdads Baseball team as the Director of Promotions and Community Relations.

She was invited by co-workers to an HYP event her first week on the job and was thankful for the chance to network and meet new people. Cady is excited for the opportunity to be on the Leadership Council.



Amy Sigmon, Leadership Council Member – Carolina Trust Bank

Amy Sigmon graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University with Bachelor's in Finance.  She later gained her Master's of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Banking & Finance from Gardner Webb University.

Amy is originally from Hickory, and she got involved with the initial HYP event at Catawba Country Club. She went to a couple events then joined the Membership Committee, from then went on to join the Leadership Council in 2010.

Amy was the 2014 Events Committee Chair and has served as the Events Committee Co-Chair.


Sarah Davis, Leadership Council Member - Hickory Metro Convention Center & Visitors Bureau
Sarah graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management.  She is the Director of Sales and Marketing Coordinator for the Hickory Metro Convention Center & Visitors Bureau.
She is originally from the Hickory/Alexander County area and joined HYP in 2015 to become more involved in the community and grow professionally.




Robby Willis, Leadership Council Member – Hickory Crawdads Baseball Team

Robby graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in History. He later graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Master’s in Sport and Entertainment Management.

Robby is originally from New York, but has lived in the Southeastern United States (Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina) since 2009.  Robby joined HYP in 2016 after taking a job with the Hickory Crawdads Baseball Team as a Group Sales Executive.



Mary Goodnight, Leadership Council Member – Corning Optical Communications

Mary graduated from NC State University with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering.  She moved to Hickory after graduating in 2012 and is currently a quality engineer with Corning Optical Communications.    She is originally from Raleigh.  She also minored in Music in college, and keeps it as a hobby while playing clarinet in a couple of local bands.  Mary is new to the board and is excited to meet more people and grow professionally.


Megan Barrett, Leadership Council Member – Sherrill Furniture Companies

Megan Barrett graduated from North Carolina State University, College of Design with a Bachelor’s of Industrial Design degree.  Her career started in Museum and Exhibit design and then veered toward furniture when she was offered the Lead Designer position at Hickory Chair, spearheading her move to Hickory from Raleigh.  She is now the Director of Design for Sherrill Furniture Companies.

Megan joined HYP her first month moving to Hickory.  Almost three years later she is now looking forward to being part of the HYP Leadership Council and becoming more involved in the Hickory community.



2017 Leadership Council

Interested in joining the Leadership Council? Email, info@hickoryhyp.com for more information! 

2017 Advisory Board

Marcie Spivey, Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs, P.A., Chair of the Advisory Board

Marcie Spivey is a partner at Martin Starnes and Associates, CPAs, P.A. and has been with the firm over 20 years.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Lenoir-Rhyne University in 1996.  Marcie is an active member of the American Institute of CPAs and the North Carolina Association of CPAs where she serves as a member of the NCACPA Government Auditing and Accounting Committee as well as the Technical Resources Subcommittee.  She is active in the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Women's Resource Center Board as Secretary.  She lives in Conover with her husband and is interested in gardening, painting, and reading suspense novels.


Lindsay, Keisler, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Liaison

Lindsay Keisler grew up in Conover, NC and graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing.  Lindsay has held several roles in her tenture at the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, and she now serves as CEO.  She is passionate about Catawba County, specifically in the area of community and economic development.

Lindsay has served as the Chamber Liaison for the Hickory Young Professionals since 2010 where she has served many hats in the effort to grow and sustain the organization.  Lindsay resides in Conover with her husband, Corey, and considers her most important role to be mother of her son, Jeb Franklin.