BOONE—Wade Montgomery of Elon, N.C., has received the Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award from The Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship in Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business. The annual award is presented to an undergraduate from Appalachian who has exhibited exceptionally meritorious entrepreneurial achievement. Montgomery will receive a $2,500 scholarship and a space in the center’s new business accelerator.
Montgomery is a senior majoring in commercial recreation and tourism with a minor in entrepreneurship.
He currently owns and operates multiple businesses. Pro-Seal is a seal coating and line striping paving business with large commercial clients. Montgomery’s primary focus is Local, a clothing and accessories company for skateboarders by skateboarders sold in specialty stores throughout the Southeast. In addition to running two profitable businesses, he also is passionate about using his entrepreneurial skills to give back to the local community. Through Local, he created a charity called Afford to Board that gives children the tools, skateboards and support they need to make their dream of skate boarding a reality.
Montgomery also provides custom design work for clients, is a vendor in the BootstrApps student-run campus store, serves as an officer in the Association of Student Entrepreneurs, was a finalist for Student Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 and was a finalist in the university’s Launch Pad Competition last fall.
He was a member of a student team that represented Appalachian at the Values and Ventures international competition hosted April 19-20 by the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University.
About the Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship
The Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship was established in 2006 to support student entrepreneurs at Appalachian State University. Approximately 200 students are enrolled in the entrepreneurship concentration in the management major. In a recent survey of students from across campus, 28 percent said their primary career aspiration was to own their own business.