Two members of the Clay County business community were recognized by The Times Record News as up-and-comers in North Central Texas.
Jill Montz, manager of the Pecan Shed, and Matt Kelton of The Clay County Pioneer Sentinel joined 18 other area professions named to the TRN’s 20 Under 40 Class of 2012 on Tuesday night during an event at the Wellington Conference Center and Banquet Hall in Wichita Falls.
Montz, 33, and Kelton, 35, are featured in a special section in today’s Times Record News. The TRN’s 20 Under 40 is a partnership between the newspaper, the Dillard College of Business at midwestern State University and the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation to honor young professionals between the ages of 20 and 40.
Montz, who has a master’s degree in business administration from Midwestern State University, grew up in the family’s pecan business. What began as 200 acres in Charlie has grown to 940 acres of pecan orchards.
Last year, the Pecan Shed was named Family Business of the Year by the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce. The Montz family is working to open a second location on Hwy. 287 in Henrietta.
Montz is a supporter of numerous non-profit organizations, including the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce.
Kelton began his newspaper career in 1997 as sports editor of The Bowie News. In 2007, he joined The Clay County Leader as managing editor under Publishers Phil and Lesa Major. In 2009, the newspaper was sold to the Vernon Daily Record. Kelton left The Leader in the summer of 2011 and started The Pioneer Sentinel in September 2011. The web-only newspaper now gets approximately 3,000 hits per week.
Kelton is active in the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce.
The Pecan Shed and The Pioneer Sentinel, along with ClayTex Trophies of Henrietta, have also been nominated as the chamber’s Business of the Year, to be awarded during the 86th annual banquet on Saturday, Jan. 26.