Matthew Vincent, 36
VPC Builders, Banner Elk
The Appalachian State University grad and Boone native is owner of a High Country construction business that builds both homes and commercial properties. He recently helped oversee construction of Rocky Knob Park, a mountain biking park operated by Watauga County. He’s also worked on adding new hiking trails on nearby Holloway Mountain, which is a favorite of mountain climbers. Vincent helps build the region’s economy as a board chairman for the Watauga County Tourism Development Authority. Earlier this year, VPC Builders was named Business of the Year by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. Vincent requires his staff to volunteer in the community for at least 16 hours annually. When he’s not working, Vincent enjoys hiking with his wife, son and German shepherd, Thor.