Byron Hicks is the Regional Service Center Director of the SBTDC at Appalachian State University. His center, with offices in Boone and Hickory, serves 14 counties in the foothills and high-country of North Carolina.
A graduate of Elon University, Hicks has 27 years of experience in business, including commercial lending with major regional banks, management of a family business, as well as purchasing and managing a multi-million dollar grading and utility contractor in Winston-Salem.
Hicks has served on the Catawba County Chamber Edison Business Competition committee, Lincoln Entrepreneurship Growth Group Advisory Board and as a panelist for the CVCC Funding Summit. He has facilitated strategic planning retreats as well as contributed as a featured speaker on Small Business Funding Options for CVCC and Burke County Chamber Lunch and Learn. In addition, he has worked with Appalachian’s Walker College of Business in mentoring and pairing MBA students with businesses in the region for student practicums.