‘Our County Has Incredible Talent’: VISTA Millennial Superstars Share What the Honor Means to Them

From left: Max O'Keefe, Lauren Harrell, and Matt Holliday. Images via Paul Patton, Wilmington University.

We are two weeks away from the deadline – midnight on Nov. 2 – to nominate individuals for the second class of VISTA Millennial Superstars.

The winners will be announced on Monday, Dec. 14, and their profiles will be featured on VISTA Today every day leading up to a celebration lunch at Victory Brewing Company in Parkesburg on Feb. 4 from 12-1:30 PM.

The inaugural class of VISTA Millennial Superstars was feted at a reception attended by more than 350 people last February at Saint-Gobain’s North American headquarters in Malvern.

Eight months later, a few of the Superstars shared with VISTA Today what the honor means to them.

“It was humbling to be recognized alongside some truly incredible awardees,” said Lauren Harrell, the Head of Commodities for the Financial Institution Group at Chatham Financial, a Kennett Square-based firm that is a leader in financial risk management. “Our county has some incredible talent, and it’s great that VISTA is recognizing young leaders.”

Max O’Keefe, a Partner at Lamb McErlane in West Chester, said that being selected as a VISTA Millennial Superstar has further encouraged him to contribute to the community, both personally and professionally.

“Right now, millennials are in the unique position of being old enough to have accrued meaningful experience, but still young enough to desire to effect positive change,” said O’Keefe, who handles a wide variety of municipal, land use, property tax, administrative, and environmental law matters. “Given the tremendous amount of talent and dedication I see among my peers in Chester County, it’s an honor to be a VISTA Millennial Superstar.”

Matt Holliday, the Executive Director of the Chester County Bar Association, said that being included in the first class of VISTA Millennial Superstars was “an awesome experience.”

“Seeing 39 other hard-working Chester Countians who were doing great things in their respective fields was inspiring,” said Holliday. “However, the best part was knowing that we are just the tip of the iceberg, and that there are thousands of young people making Chester County a better place for all of us each and every day.”

The deadline to nominate someone for the second class of VISTA Millennial Superstars is fast-approaching. Click here to submit your nomination.

Have questions or want to know more about the program? Check out our FAQs by clicking here.

Sponsors are still being sought for the program. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to learn more about the various opportunities available to partner with VISTA Today as it honors Chester County’s next generation of leaders.

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