Statesville chamber honors young leaders with future5 awards

Posted at 1:08 PM on Aug 31, 2018


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Five young leaders have been recognized by the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce as the 2018 Iredell Health System future5. This is the third year of a campaign that profiles extraordinary leaders age 35 or younger who have shown a consistent effort to help create a better Statesville.

“We were so pleased to have had 14 nominees this year. The selection committee had a great deal of discussion about every candidate," said Carole Hendrix, chamber vice chairman of special events and chair of the Iredell Health System future5. "The work that is being done by our younger leaders suggests that the future of this community is bright.”

The recipents of the 2018 Iredell Health System future5 award are:

► Kristen Flora, Director of Human Resources
G.L. Wilson Building Co.

Flora has worked in human resources in Iredell County and the Statesville area for the past 13 years. She began her career at Target as the executive team leader in HR. She then moved to Goodyear, where she grew her skills and reputation as an outstanding manager of Human Resources. For the past year she has become a valued member of G.L. Wilson as director of Human Resources. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership, direction and oversight for the company’s human resources functions as well as ensuring overall company compliance with labor laws. Flora has volunteered many hours, leading projects for the Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont and Iredell-Statesville Schools. She has been instrumental as a board member for the Crosby Scholars program.

► Zachary Gordon, Vice President
L. Gordon Iron and Metal

Gordon wants to grow the family business while continuing to give back to the community. Giving back has always has been a family and business model since 1917 when L. Gordon Iron and Metal started. As a fifth-generation family employee, Gordon has watched the business grow. From mopping the floors at age 12 to working the scrap yard at 20, he has become a spokesperson for the family business as a board member of the southeast chapter of The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. He has served on boards for Carolina Farm, the Boys & Girls Club and Fort Dobbs. He and his co-workers host an annual golf tournament for the Boys & Girls Club and he is the current co-chair of the Iredell County American Heart Association Heart Ball.

► Brittany Hill, Real Estate Agent
Excel Real Estate Group

A Statesville native, Hill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education form Wingate University. She has made a professional impact on the community through her work as an educator and also as a real estate agent. She volunteers her time to numerous civic organizations, and continues to seek out new opportunities to help make Statesville a better place for all to enjoy. She serves on the board of th Downtown Statesville Development Corporation and the National Balloon Rally Charities. She gives many hours to several other local non-profits.

► Caity Gordon

Gordon graduated in 2010 from Columbia University in New York with a B.A. in Film Studies, while simultaneously earning a B.A. in Modern Jewish Studies from Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Since moving to Statesville, she has worked as a substitute teacher and in retail sales. She also started her own business on Etsy. Since the birth of her daughter, Gordon has focused on her family and volunteering for local community non-profits. She has become a major part of Statesville’s art scene, volunteering numerous hours for the Iredell Arts Council, Theatre Statesville and Iredell Museums. She has helped bring the Full Bloom Film Festival to Statesville and now serves as festival director.

► Ayana Pass, Support Specialist
Iredell Health System

Pass began her employment with Iredell Health System in October 2007 in the Dietary Department. Her outgoing personality, positive attitude and self-motivating ethics were evident to many, and she eventually became the receptionist for the Iredell Health System Human Resource Department. As she has continued to expand her knowledge, she has progressed to the role of support specialist in the Information Systems Department. Because of her love for local charities, including Fifth Street Ministries and the Iredell Children’s Homes, Pass has organized events that collect needed goods for those charities. In addition, she has become a huge supporter and volunteer for N.B. Mills Elementary School.

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