Chad Burel is the owner of Lake Hickory Adventures, a company which offers dinner, party, and private boat charters on Lake Hickory. After growing up in Hillsboro, NC, attending college in Raleigh, and serving in the United States Air Force, Burel settled in Hickory for an engineering job and to raise his family. “I’m building my life, my businesses, and my family, right here on the lake in Hickory,” said Burel.
Emily Kiziah, a Hickory native and freshman at Lenoir Rhyne University (LRU), decided to spend her college years in Hickory because she loves the community and was so impressed with Lenoir Rhyne’s campus and academics. “Hickory is growing,” explained Kiziah.
Meg Jenkins Locke, owner of Carolina Moon Hospitality, is a native of South Carolina, but has lived in Hickory since 1995. She and her husband moved to Hickory for his job at Catawba Valley Medical Center and he opened his general surgery practice in the area.
A native of Troutman, NC, Candace Tait has lived in Hickory for only a year, but already appreciates the deep sense of community that she has experienced. She moved to Hickory from Wilmington, NC. She is the Event Director at The Crossing, a local event venue.