The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the inaugural class of the Winston Under 40 Leadership Award winners. See complete listing below. These 20 young business professionals were selected from 47 total applicants. They are actively influencing the growth, prosperity and quality of life in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. The awards will be given on October 11 at the Benton Convention Center at the Winston<40 Gala. Tickets for the gala are on sale now at All members of the business community are welcome to attend.

“Our young business leaders are paving the way for the future success of our community. The Chamber is so proud of the tremendous achievements that this group has had over the past several months and we congratulate each winner. We look forward to the great things that this group will continue to do, “ says Gayle Anderson,  president and CEO of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

  • Lea Metz, Youth Opportunities, Volunteer and Donor Engagement Officer
  • Charlie Shaw, Wake Forest Innovations, Commercialization Associate
  • Scott Underwood, Apex Systems, Developer
  • Kayce Clodfelter, Rick Babusiak State Farm Insurance, Marketing Representative
  • James Long, Wake Forest University Baptist Health, Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine
  • Elizabeth Myers, Salem Electric Company, Project Manager in Charge of Special Projects
  • Theodore Kazakos, Forsyth County’s District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney
  • Katie Neal, Wake Forest University, Executive Director, News & Communications
  • Hayes Wauford, Wilson-Covington Construction Company, Executive Vice-President, Owner
  • Shelley Sizemore, Wake Forest University, Assistant Director, Pro Humanitate Institute
  • Weston “Wiggy” Saunders, Robinhood Integrative Health, Physician – Junior Partner
  • Meggan Goodpasture, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine,   Director of the Child Abuse and Neglect Team
  • Sonny Haynes, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, Associate Attorney
  • Patrice Toney, Forsyth County Government, Budget and Management Analyst
  • Elizabeth Dampier, Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, Executive Director
  • Mark Johnson, Inmar, Corporate Counsel
  • Camille Banks-Payne, State of North Carolina, District Court Judge
  • Zac O’Brien, Thrivent Financial, Financial Planner
  • Carrie Vickery, Holton Law Firm, PLLC, Attorney
  • Andrew Rodgers, RiverRun International Film Festival, Executive Director

To date, Winston<40 has nearly 400 registered members. For more information about Winston<40 visit,

About the Chamber

The Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce is the leading business organization in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, representing nearly 1,800 area businesses that are committed to increased economic development in the region. The Chamber is dedicated to establishing Winston-Salem as a technology-driven economic center, and provides services to strengthen existing businesses, support entrepreneurs, and encourage small business creation. The Chamber supports public school student achievement, workforce, and higher education development.