Doers and Makers
Click above to see how the community shares its love of Hickory.
Gretchen Oetting is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, but she has lived all across the globe - from Bangkok, Thailand and Jerusalem, Israel, to Florida, Arizona, and Ohio in the States. When her husband's career as a civil engineer brought their family to Hickory, Gretchen quickly fell in love with the City's small town charm and big city amenities.
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.